Congressmen finally allowed on YouTube
Posted by Stephanie Condon October 3, 2008 3:05 PM PDT
Members of Congress can finally use Web sites like YouTube, after committees in both the House and Senate adopted new rules allowing members to post content outside of the .gov domain, as long as it is for official purposes.
Such an interesting world...
iPhone Antitrust and Computer Fraud Claims Upheld
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Friday October 03, @06:05PM from the everybody-hates-the-big-guy dept. The Courts Apple
"On October 1, 2008, a federal judge in California upheld a class action claiming that Apple and AT&T Mobility's five-year exclusive voice and data service provider agreement for the iPhone violates the anti-monopoly provisions of the antitrust laws. The court also ruled that Apple may have violated federal and California criminal computer fraud and abuse statutes by releasing version 1.1.1 of its iPhone operating software when Apple knew that doing so would damage or destroy some iPhones that had been 'unlocked' to enable use of a carrier other than AT&T."
Interesting, but not always comprehensible...
Oregon Judge Says RIAA Made 'Honest Mistake,' Allows Subpoena
Posted by Soulskill on Friday October 03, @07:41PM from the no-harm-no-foul-right? Dept. The Courts Music
"In Arista v. Does 1-17, the RIAA's case targeting students at the University of Oregon, the Oregon Attorney General's motion to quash the RIAA's subpoena — pending for about a year — has reached a perplexing conclusion. The Court agreed with the University that the subpoena, as worded, imposed an undue burden on the University by requiring it to produce 'sufficient information to identify alleged infringers,' which would have required the University to 'conduct an investigation,' but then allowed the RIAA to subpoena the identities of 'persons associated by dorm room occupancy or username with the 17 IP addresses listed' even though those people may be completely innocent. In his 8-page decision (PDF), the Judge also 'presumed' the RIAA lawyers' misrepresentations were an 'honest mistake,' made no reference at all to the fact, pointed out by the Attorney General, that the RIAA investigators (Safenet, formerly MediaSentry) were not licensed, rejected all of the AG's privacy arguments under both state and federal law, and rejected the AG's request for discovery into the RIAA's investigative tactics."
A nifty little summary for my Computer Security students. Thanks, Gary.
Beware of Online Brand Scams and Frauds
By Richard E. Peirce E-Commerce Law & Strategy October 3, 2008
Gas in Parker Colorado is 10 – 20 cents a gallon cheaper than it is in Centennial. Should I drive there to fill my tank?
CostToDrive estimates gas costs for road trips
Posted by Josh Lowensohn October 3, 2008 3:29 PM PDT
... A smart tool called CostToDrive ... calculates how much a trip is going to cost you based on how far you're traveling, combined with the fuel efficiency of your car and average price of gas. Assuming you have to fill up when your tank is about empty, it tells you precisely where to go to get the cheapest gallon too.
Since it is impossible to overcome my wife's shopping addiction, I am debating using a tool like this. Unfortunately, she spend more when there's blood (bargins) in the water...
(Oh look! DVDs at 20% off!)
GoToDaily.com - Online Shopping Resources
Bargain hunters are going to relish visiting the GoToDaily website, a portal where finding the best ways to save money when shopping is the order of the day. The site collects together free coupon codes and promotional coupons that can be used straightaway in order to shop more and pay less.
You can browse through the site using the provided navigation menu. This includes a “Popular categories” section that comprises items such as “Clothing & Accessories” and “Computer & Software”, and a list of featured stores. The latter category is made up of retailers such as Dell, Office Depot and American Eagle Outfitters. A keyword cloud is included as well.
The site also highlights the most popular coupons on the main page, and a link titled “Use this coupon” is featured for extra convenience.
Another aspect which merits mentioning is that those who register can actually create an online network of friends with whom exchange advice and tips when it comes to picking out the best deal in town.
Huh... This actually works!
DownloadAnyStuff.org - Downloads Made Easy
Talk about having a self-explanatory name. A site like this is mainly geared towards individuals who wish to download files of any ilk (movies, the latest music, you name it) without having to deal with programs like Halite, Utorrent or any of the existing P2P applications, or for those who are looking for torrent files and don’t know where to find them.
The mechanics of the site are as follows. You simple key in the relevant word or words and a set of corresponding links is produced. The search engine itself is powered by Google, and it comes complete with refinement labels that will make it easier to narrow down the results this search tool can wield. For instance, if you are looking for a specific soundtrack (let’s say “The Dark Knight” soundtrack) you type in your keywords and click on the “Songs” tag. This way you won’t have to browse through endless files which are relevant to your search query but which fall into different categories.