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TSA Worker Jailed In Body Scan Rage Incident

May 7th, 2010 05:32 admin View Comments

A TSA worker in Miami was arrested for aggravated battery after he attacked a co-worker for making fun of the size of his genitals. Rolando Negrin walked through one of the new body scanners during a recent training session and a supervisor started making fun of his manhood. From the article: “According to the police report, Negrin confronted one of his co-workers in an employee parking lot, where he hit him with a police baton on the arm and back.”

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Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad in a Bear Suit

April 21st, 2010 04:52 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “A radical Islamic website is warning the creators of “South Park” that they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode broadcast on Comedy Central last week. RevolutionMuslim.com posted the warning following the 200th episode of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “South Park”.”

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Bad PR Forces Apple To Reconsider Banning Mark Fiore’s App

April 16th, 2010 04:17 admin View Comments

cmiller173 writes with word from Wired that “After bad press over banning Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore’s app from the app store, Apple has asked him to re-submit the entry.”

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Family Has Right of Privacy In Decapitation Photos

April 3rd, 2010 04:31 admin View Comments

big6joe sends in an update to a morbid story we discussed last year: a California appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling, granting the family of an 18-year-old woman who was killed in a traffic accident in 2006 privacy rights and recourse against the California Highway Patrol. “In a case that highlights how the ease of online communication can overthrow both common sense and basic decency, a California appeals court has ruled that families have a right of privacy in the death images of their loved ones. In 2006, an eighteen-year-old woman was decapitated in a traffic accident. Two of the police officers who reported to the scene emailed photos of the woman’s body to their friends and family one Halloween.”

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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

March 15th, 2010 03:59 admin View Comments

eldavojohn writes “The Guardian is reporting on the strained relationship that Scientology is having with the German government and the airing of a pesky documentary on Southwest Broadcasting. Until Nothing Remains, a $2.3 million documentary, is slotted to air on German television at the end of this month. It recounts the true story of Heiner von Rönn and his family’s suffering when he tried to leave the Church of Scientology. A Scientology spokesperson called the film false and intolerant and also said they are investigating legal means to stop the film from being aired. More details on the film can be gleaned here.”

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Nintendo Shuts Down Fan-Made Zelda Movie

January 1st, 2010 01:25 admin View Comments

Andorin writes “An independently filmed adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, called The Hero Of Time, has been taken offline by Nintendo as of the end of December. The film’s producers write: ‘We came to an agreement with Nintendo earlier this month to stop distributing the film… We understand Nintendo’s right to protect its characters and trademarks and understand how in order to keep their property unspoiled by fan’s interpretation of the franchise, Nintendo needs to protect itself — even from fan-works with good intentions.’ Filming for the feature-length, non-profit film began in August 2004 and the movie was completed in 2008. It premiered in various theaters worldwide, including in New York and Los Angeles, and then became available online in the middle of December, before it was targeted by Nintendo’s legal team. As both an avid Zelda fan and an appreciator of independent works, I was extremely disappointed in Nintendo’s strong-arming of a noncommercial adaptation to the Game of the Year for 1999.”

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Court Orders Shutdown of H-1B Critics’ Websites

December 29th, 2009 12:44 admin View Comments

theodp writes “Computerworld reports that a NJ Superior Court Judge ordered hosting firms to shut down three Web sites that oppose the H-1B visa program and seeks information about the identity of anonymous posters. GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Comcast and DiscountASP.Net were ordered to disable ITgrunt.com, Endh1b.com, and Guestworkerfraud.com. Facebook Inc. was also ordered to disable ITgrunt’s Facebook page. The judge’s order was made in response to a libel lawsuit filed by Apex Technology Group Inc., which is citing its copyright ownership as it seeks the identity of the poster of a since-removed Apex employment agreement on Docstoc.com, which drew critical comments on U.S. and India websites.”

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AU Authority Moves To Censor Net Filtering Protest Site

December 20th, 2009 12:17 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “On Friday the Sydney Morning Herald reported that an Internet censorship protest site had been set up under the banner ‘Stephen Conroy: Minister for Fascism‘ and was ironically registered under the very name of the Australian Communications Minister responsible for trying to mandate the compulsory filtering scheme in federal law, stephenconroy.com.au. Within hours of the story being published, auDA, the Australian Domain Name Authority, had shut down the site, giving the owners only 3 hours to respond to a request to justify their eligibility for the domain. Normally auDA would allow several days to weeks for this process. An appeal to request an extension was denied, with no reason given. The site was quickly moved to a US domain, stephen-conroy.com in order to stay active while the dispute with auDA is resolved.”

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Netflix Sued For Privacy Invasion

December 18th, 2009 12:32 admin View Comments

We’ve discussed the Netflix Prize numerous times as the contest ran, including the news two years ago that the anonymity of the dataset had been broken. Now reader azoblue sends in this excerpt from Wired: “An in-the-closet lesbian mother is suing Netflix for privacy invasion, alleging the movie rental company made it possible for her to be outed when it disclosed insufficiently anonymous information about nearly half-a-million customers as part of its $1 million contest to improve its recommendation system. … The lead attorney on the new suit, Joseph Malley, recently reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with Facebook over its failed Beacon program, which drew fire in part for sharing users’ Blockbuster rentals with their friends. … If a data set reveals a person’s ZIP code, birthdate and gender, there’s an 87 percent chance that the person can be uniquely identified.” The suit turns on the question of whether Netflix should have known that their dataset’s anonymity could be broken, two years before researchers demonstrated that.

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Former Congressman Learns About Streisand Effect

December 16th, 2009 12:18 admin View Comments

corbettw writes Ted Alvin Klaudt, a former South Dakota lawmaker convicted of raping his two foster daughters, has sent news organizations what he claims is a copyright notice that seeks to prevent the use of his name without his consent.” The story says Klaudt maintains “no one can use his name without his consent, and anyone who does would owe him $500,000.”

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