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  All Your Base Gag Lands 7 In Jail  
 
 
Posted 2003-04-07 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Seven Sturgis, Michigan lads were arrested for placing about 40 "All your base" signs up around town. The Sturgis police chief said "This is no joking matter. During a time of war and with the present concern for homeland security, terrorist acts will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." Chalk up signs as an instrument of terrorism. [story / link:taluagel]
 
     
 
   
 
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  Beef Bites Boy  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-28 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
An attack by a mad cow has allegedly left its 3 year-old victim with sleeping and speech problems resulting from the ordeal. A lawsuit by the boy's parents claims "...the cow grabbed his son's arm with its mouth and pulled the child's arm through the fence...then repeatedly rammed the child's arm against the fence." If only there was a talking pig nearby, it could have told the cow to please stop.
 
     
 
   
 
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  DNA Evidence As Flawed As Testers  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-25 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
After local media questioned the DNA test results of a Houston police lab, an outside audit was conducted, which found fundamental deficiencies including ill-trained examiners. Houston's Assistant DA has prompted the re-opening of 525 cases in which the lab was involved. "Prosecutors have flagged 62 more cases for retesting, including those of 17 death row inmates." [story]

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, "In the U.S., as of June 2002, 108 people including 12 death row inmates, have been exonerated by use of DNA tests. The increasing use of DNA testing to help confirm the innocence or guilt in capital cases is one among many reforms that will help ensure that innocent people are not sentenced to death." As long as the testing process is flawless *cough*.
 
     
 
   
 
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  5694th National Guard Unit: Transform and Roll Out!  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-20 by
 
 
     
 
A member of Ohio's 5694th National Guard Unit in Mansfield legally becomes the leader of the Autobots. This is so pathetically nerdy that not even *I* approve.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Dow Chemical Suing Survivors of Union Carbide Disaster  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-12 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
According to Greenpeace, "Dow has faced may protests since taking over Union Carbide but suing the victims [of the 1984 disaster in Bhopal, India] represents a new low in Dow's attempts to gag its critics."

Dow Chemical's side of the story is located at www.bhopal.com. The flipside has a voice at dowethics.com and bhopal.net.
 
     
 
   
 
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  George Lucas Would Have Jailed Han Solo  
 
 
Posted 2003-03-06 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Star Wars progenitor George Lucas wants you to stop pirating movies: "If people keep taking for free, it will cease to exist. It's as simple as that." [source] I can just imagine a future campaign by Hollywood to stop independent movies from being produced and distributed: "If just anyone can make a better movie, we'll cease to exist..." Everyone should be their own Hollywood.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Micro$oft’s Three Degrees of Exploitation  
 
 
Posted 2003-02-25 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Micro$oft's new community tool for teens has been unleashed, beta-style. "Threedegrees" is, at its core, an instant message service, but also allows file trading. While claiming to be "For the people, by the people," the threedegrees Terms of Use allow Micro$oft to exploit user-created content.

At first, the Terms say "Microsoft does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to Microsoft..." but then goes on to describe how submitted materials are automatically licensed to all other users. The Terms later state that by uploading images, you license them to Micro$oft, who is entitled to exploit them in all sorts of ways without crediting the artist, including (but not limited to) "...making prints and gift items which include such Images." I'm pretty sure the limitation is that the images can only be exploited to promote threedegrees, but the Terms of Use are still unecessarily grabby.
 
     
 
   
 
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  P2P Fallout: Napster’s Legacy, Kazaa People-Matching  
 
 
Posted 2003-02-21 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Former Napster investor Bertelsmann AG now faces a $17 billion dollar lawsuit from a group of music publishers. This is slightly more than the $100 million dollar investment Bertelsmann made in Napster back when file-sharing was not the devil. [source]

It seems "Napsterizing" is a buzzword describing making something available to P2P networks. Stupid buzzwords. "Napsterizing" should probably mean "Filing for Chapter 11 because your business model was fundamentally flawed." The whole idea of "Napsterizing" (sharing P2P-style) falls on its face when you're talking about another file-swapping service.

For example, Kazaa's getting into the dating game. Is this "Napsterizing" dating? No, dummy, because we're talking about Kazaa. See how well this buzzword stands up?
 
     
 
   
 
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  Another Web Standard Under Patent Fire  
 
 
Posted 2003-01-28 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Robert Cringley, nerd superhero, clues us in to U.S. patent 5,933,841, which gives SBC Communications a chance to capitalize on a commonly-used Web standard: peristent buttons (such as "folder" tabs on a Web page). [source] The hunt is now on for "prior art" to defeat this patent, because if it is legitimized, it's going to cause a world of hurt for a gazillion existing Web sites as well as anyone planning on making a Web site.
 
     
 
   
 
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  Remember when Windows were something you looked out of?  
 
 
Posted 2002-12-30 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Interesting article over at the NY Times about a company (lindows.com) suing Microsoft over the name 'Windows'. Best quote of the article:

People, he said, are always complaining about Microsoft. "But if you want to do something about Microsoft, go give them some competition," he said. "I'm young, I'm rich and I can do it."
 
     
 
   
 
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Dinozoiks wrote:
Wow! Thanks for that Tony. Just posted a bunch of other tips here... http://www.dino.co.uk/labs/2008/45-tips-when-designing-online-content-for-kids/ Hope it helps someone... Dino...
in Dino Burbidge's '10 Things To Remember When Designing For Kids Online'


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in Free iPhone Games Are Awful: Strategy?


I vote for popup radial menus. Highlight a bit of text, the push and hold, Sims-style radial menu pops up with Copy, Paste, etc....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


Hey Tony! A client of mine is looking to hire an internal Flash game dev team to build at a really cool Flash CCG…
in Dipping Into Toronto's Flash Pool


Yeah, there's a lot of weird common sense things I've noticed they've just omitted from the design. No idea why though....
in More iPhone Gestures, Please


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