law

  • You are a thief. How does that make you feel?

    You are a thief. How does that make you feel?

    The big record labels are getting brazen. Really brazen. Today marks the opening of the first trial between the RIAA and a person it says illegally downloaded music. The problem for the RIAA is this person, and by person I mean damned hero, has decided to fight back. The RIAA has acted like a bully in most cases it’s pursued so far, so it’s great to see someone taking a stand. But… Read More

  • Stupidity of the RIAA's Assertations to be Tried in Court

    Stupidity of the RIAA's Assertations to be Tried in Court

    We know you hate the RIAA. Everyone hates the RIAA (except, of course, for the RIAA). Somehow, it’s about the only thing I can think of less popular than the Prez that still gets to continue to function. The RIAA is like a pack of untrained dogs: It sees someone it can clobber, then it does just that. It tackles and rips apart and gnaws and revels in the chaos and destruction it’s… Read More

  • Arrested Man Wants To See Breathalyzer Source Code

    Arrested Man Wants To See Breathalyzer Source Code

    A Minnesota man (not me) has demanded to see the source code for the breathalyzer that landed him in the clink. Whether or not Dale Lee Underdahl would know what to do with the source code once it’s in his clammy hands is uncertain but “if a company proves unwilling to turn over the code, the case is often thrown out…” Read More

  • Lawmaker Votes for Talking-While-Driving Law, Breaks Law, Causes Accident, Makes Us Chuckle a Little Bit

    Lawmaker Votes for Talking-While-Driving Law, Breaks Law, Causes Accident, Makes Us Chuckle a Little Bit

    We’re filing this one under “cruel, humorous irony.” State Senator Carole Migden is a crusader for public safety, it would seem, voting for a measure to fine people for talking on their cellphones while driving, because that’s far more dangerous than, say, tuning the radio or eating, explaining why those activities are still perfectly legal. Imagine how red-faced she must… Read More

  • Apple Being Sued Over Laptop Displays

    Apple Being Sued Over Laptop Displays

    If there’s even a minor flaw in a product, there’s money to be made by lawyers and PC fanboys. A San Diego filing for a class-action law suit by Fred Greaves and Dave Gatley is the latest legal trouble for the Cupertino company. The lawsuit claims that Apple was marketing Macbook and Macbook Pro displays as if they were god’s gift to mankind. Claims are made that the Macbook Pro… Read More

  • Symantec Suing Eight Companies Over Piracy

    Symantec Suing Eight Companies Over Piracy

    Sheesh. I wonder if Symantec is going after the guy TorrentFreak interviewed. I doubt it, as Symantec is attacking eight companies it says illegally copied its software to avoid licensing fees. The software maker is looking for $55 million in damages and jury trials, meaning this just isn’t a case of Joe Blow burning a copy of Norton AntiVirus for his co-worker. According to the lawsuit… Read More

  • Sex Offenders Complain About Removed PCs

    Sex Offenders Complain About Removed PCs

    Over in Minnesota, a group of imprisoned sex offenders are pissed off because guards confiscated PCs they were using in their cells/rooms. So like any American, they took it to a court of appeals, only to have it shot down by a judge with half a brain. I’m guessing the court appearance went something like this: Judge: Why should I let a group of sex offenders keep their PCs? Inmates: So we… Read More

  • Don't Text And Drive In Washington

    Don't Text And Drive In Washington

    While NJ may have been one of the first states to ban driving and talking on a cellphone, Washington is smart enough to realize that plenty of people still text while they drive. Now in an effort to curb accidents and careless driving, Washington has made it illegal to operate a cellphone while driving. However, it’s a secondary offense, meaning the po’ can only give you a ticket if… Read More

  • Handgun Restrictions No! Used CD Restrictions Si!

    Handgun Restrictions No! Used CD Restrictions Si!

    Apparently, fair use is going to hell in a hand-basket very soon. If I buy a CD and don’t want to keep it anymore, I should be able to sell it to a third-party for a considerable sum of money. According to Florida and Utah law though, you can’t do that. In fact, these two states are placing restrictions on the sale of used CDs so that you must submit plenty of identification as well as… Read More

  • MacLockPick Extracts Mac Passwords

    MacLockPick Extracts Mac Passwords

    SubRosaSoft.com has developed a device that it claims can extract passwords from OS X 10.3 or later Macs. The unit consists of a single flash drive that is capable of pulling passwords from the Apple Keychain and system settings. It also compiles a database of the system it’s installed on. There is one catch though, to purchase one, you have to be an investigator or a law enforcement… Read More

 
  • Pedophile Blames Open WiFi Network For Kiddie Porn

    Pedophile Blames Open WiFi Network For Kiddie Porn

    Sure you can pin the blame on your unsecured router when the RIAA or MPAA comes knocking at your door, but when it’s the FBI and you’re accused of having tons of child pornography, don’t think you’re getting out of this one so easily. A guy in Texas had his home raided and the police found lots of child porn on his computer. When confronted, he blamed his router’s… Read More

  • Apple Wants Yer Podseses

    nee iPodGarage and now PodReady.com. See, the name PodReady would make people think of iPods and that could lead to a .00098% loss of revenue for the Madison, Wisconsin Best Buy store between October 2 and October 3 of this year due to reduced iPod sales. Protect your IP. Protect your designs. Protect your content. But please, big companies, don’t make your shiz a household name and then cry… Read More

  • Hands-Free Headsets Required for California Drivers by January 2008

    Governor Arnold is set to sign a bill today to outlaw drivers from talking on cell phones in cars unless they are using a headset or some other hands-free device. The law goes into action January 1, 2008, and will cost drivers $20 for a first time fine and $50 thereafter. Californians, you’ve got one year to get a phone that supports Bluetooth, get a headset, or get some kind of hands-free… Read More

  • Louisiana Judge Shoots Down Violent Game Ban

    Louisiana Judge Shoots Down Violent Game Ban

    A district judge in Lousiana threw out a bill today that would ban the sales of violent video games to minors. U.S. District Judge, James Brady, said the state had no right to stop any distribution of games because they contained violence. Brady dubbed the law an “invasion of First Amendment rights” of producers, retailers and kiddies who play the games. He said that depictions of… Read More