inode_buddha writes: Former House Speaker John Boehner compared GOP Presidential canidate Ted Cruz to Lucifer a couple days ago, inadvertently sparking off a storm of contoversy — but not where he expected it. Remember, your -ism is full of beliefs!
inode_buddha writes: Its well-known that removing something from the internet is nearly impossible, like taking the pee out of the pool. That said, somebody or something is doing a credible job of trying lately. First there was the UCDavis pepper-spray video. Now its a Bernie Sanders ad. Nobody seems to know who or why but it was on the net for a few hours and it is rapdly being pulled and scrubbed. Any one got ideas?
inode_buddha writes: According to this article at New Scientist, humans are more convincing if they need to pee while telling lies. Some well-known politicians are used as examples, and the results are extrapolated. I have to wonder who is ultimately funding this, and how do you cite it on a CV?
inode_buddha writes: According to El Reg — MPHJ Technology, one of the most notorious patent trolls in America, has filed a lawsuit against the US Federal Trade Commission, claiming that the agency's attempts to interfere with its business are in violation of its constitutional rights. The obscurely named MPHJ is a patent-assertion entity that demands royalties of about $1,000 per employee from companies that own networked scanners with a "scan to email" function. By its own admission, MPHJ has so far sent letters to about 16,000 businesses, warning them that their use of such scanners is in violation of its patents. Links to the case are in the article, for the armchair lawyers and ex-groklawers...
inode_buddha writes: "After completing its bailout rescue and paying back the money with interest, AIG is considering suing the US Government for doing so. The reasons why? Among other things, the 14% interest rate paid to the government, and also "The lawsuit does not argue that government help was not needed. It contends that the onerous nature of the rescue — the taking of what became a 92 percent stake in the company, the deal’s high interest rates and the funneling of billions to the insurer’s Wall Street clients — deprived shareholders of tens of billions of dollars and violated the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits the taking of private property for “public use, without just compensation.” The former CEO and current major shareholder said: “The government has been saying, ‘We’re your friend, we owned and controlled you and we let you go.’ But A.I.G. doesn’t owe loyalty to the government,” a person close to Mr. Greenberg said. “It owes loyalty to its shareholders.”
The lawyer representing him is none other than David Boies of SCO fame."
inode_buddha writes: "Not long ago we ran a story about how a NY newspaper published lists of gun owners. Now, it seems the same newspaper has hired armed guards in response to unspecified threats to the editor, amid "large volumes of negative response". Funny, I thought these people had some problem with gun ownership?"
inode_buddha writes: This fellow must have been motivated, and had an iron stomach. He died of unknown causes after eating cockroaches in a contest to win a python. Yes, this was in a developed country — the USA --and the man was supposedly of average intelligence. How far would you go on a dare or a bet?
inode_buddha writes: The Supreme Court reaffirmed its two-year-old decision relaxing limits on corporate campaign spending. The justices reversed a Montana court ruling upholding state restrictions. Its interesting how anybody who doesn't toe the wall street party line is a "liberal".
inode_buddha writes: It's part of the $1 billion AOL patent deal, and it's something that would have made many minds explode back in the 1990s. It still makes my mind explode today. Marc Andreesen points out that MS now has a significant chunk of the old Netscape. What are the ramifications for Mozilla?
inode_buddha writes: The Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 that people arrested for any offense, however minor, may be forced to strip before being jailed even if no reasonable suspicion of contraband exists.
TFA has an amazing case of a man who was detained due to incorrect information, leading to the suit at hand.
inode_buddha writes: This Wall Street Journal blurb notes that a senior attorney who led several antitrust investigations against Google has been hired by Microsoft. The article is behind a paywall but it does say that his new job will be the same at Microsoft, namely, he will continue fighting on Microsoft's behalf in front of the FTC.
I find it interesting how this was published in a very quiet way, buried behind a paywall right before a weekend.
inode_buddha writes: According to this article at El Reg, Rupert Murdoch is not happy with Obama's comments on SOPA. He seems to think that Obama is being swayed by lobbyists and campaign contributions. Bear in mind that Murdoch owns several media outlets that are directly affected by the legislation, including FOX news.
inode_buddha writes: Groklaw has just received an invitation to be archived in the Library of Congress. In true FOSS style, PJ has decided to ask all the contributors and commenters if they wish to be included, since commenters own the copyrights on their comments. So far, the answer seems to be "yes". Even for Anonymous Cowards. It's a great honor for Groklaw, but one wonders how many AC's there are, or would Congress think that they are all one person?