internic writes: Barbershop Punk is a documentary that follows the story of Robb Topolski discovering that Comcast was forging packets to throttle torrents and how that led him to the center of the debate over net neutrality. I'm risking what is arguably a slashvertisement because I think this could be important to us geeks as the film that might finally make this technical issue accessible to the non-geeks.
internic writes: In 2003, a 17-year-old Georgia boy named Genarlow Wilson was convicted of felony aggravated child molestation for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a party. Yahoo is reporting that, after serving 28 months of the manditory minimum 10-year sentence, a judge has now reduced his sentence so that he can go free, calling the case, 'a grave miscarriage of justice.' But it seems that he's not going free after all, because Georgia's attorney general is appealing the case. The New York Times and ESPN have covered the case in the past characterized it as unjust. Georgia state law has already been changed to make these actions a misdemeanor, but the change is not retroactive. The Yahoo article also points out that, 'If he had instead had sexual intercourse with the teen, he would have fallen under Georgia's "Romeo and Juliet" exception'. Along with the prison sentence, Wilson's conviction earns him a spot on the sex offender registry.