khaosworks: (Spider)
Those who choose security over liberty yadda yadda yadda. I can see the appeal of this kind of technology, but forgive me if I'm still a bit squeamish about letting total strangers see the sweat on my back.

USA TODAY: 10 airports install body scanners. )
khaosworks: (Despair)
Due to upcoming amendments to the Singapore Penal Code, there's been a small debate about the necessity for Section 377A, which prohibits homosexual acts between men. You'll understand why, as law enforcement, I can't really comment on the rightness or wrongness of this provision publicly. But here's a link to the campaign to repeal the section, if you're interested.

That being said, reading some of the letters going back and forth in the newspapers, I have to say this about a letter in today's TODAY morning paper:

You know that the remainder of the letter is going to go completely downhill to a really ugly place once you hit the paragraph that starts: "I am not against homosexuals; I recognise that they are as human and Singaporean as I am."

Sure, sweetie. Sure.
khaosworks: (Justitia)
The voice of the singer is awful, but the song is hilarious.

Well, to anyone who's gone through first year tort law, that is.

Ladles and gentlemints, "Snail in a Bottle" (YouTube clip).
khaosworks: (Spider)
CNN Tells YouTube to pull down video outing GOP party head. )

To be fair on CNN, the reason they probably pulled the piece isn't because of censorship but because it's defamatory, and they can get sued as a republisher. Now, I'm not sure whether there's been any case law for a situation where a republisher takes their stuff off the stands, but someone steals the content and puts it up anyway (fair use or no), and liability can still be established, but I don't think CNN would want to take the risk and the cost of litigation over a throwaway remark by Maher.
khaosworks: (Mouse)
For those of you who've not — but for some masochistic reason wish to — read my Master's thesis, Messing with the Mouse: Copyright, Parody and the Countercultural Wars in Walt Disney v. The Air Pirates, it's now publicly available, typos and all, on the UGA Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database.

The abstract:
In 1971, Disney sued a group of underground comic artists calling themselves the Air Pirates, who published two comics portraying Walt Disney characters in sex and drug-related situations. The resulting case lasted 8 years and ended in a settlement where both sides claimed victory. This thesis uses the case to examine the development of the law of copyright and parody as a defense and demonstrate that the court tends to rule against the parodist if the work is offensive or obscene, although these are irrelevant concerns. It also examines the case itself and the cultural and personal forces motivating the parody.
Here's the link to the 2.3 MB PDF file.
khaosworks: (Justitia)
Something for my own reference, from Deuteronomy Chapter 21:

1 If one be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and it be not known who hath slain him:

2 Then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain:

3 And it shall be, that the city which is next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke;

4 And the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer's neck there in the valley:

5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried:

6 And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley:

7 And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

8 Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.

9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
khaosworks: (Justitia)
Ananova: Prisoner sues God )

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