Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Woman Arrested for Poking Someone Else on Facebook—Seriously

October 13, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services

Woman Arrested for Poking Someone Else on Facebook—Seriously

A woman in Tennessee was recently arrested for poking someone else on Facebook. By doing so, Shannon D. Jackson apparently violated a restraining order that prohibited her from Dana M. Hannah. Violating this so-called “order of protection” is a Class A misdemeanor in the state—meaning the potential maximum sentence is “11 months, 29 days”, or barely below a complete year! All for clicking a link on a social networking website.
Technology and law traditionally haven’t meshed well together, as technology’s constant stream of new developments sometimes make the law’s adherence to the letter ludicrous. Stanford fellow Ryan Calo laid out the …read more

Student Sues Amazon for Remotely Deleting 1984 From His Kindle

August 5, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Handhelds

Student Sues Amazon for Remotely Deleting <em>1984</em> From His Kindle

Yes, it’s amazing that Amazon can remotely delete customers’ books, and hide behind a prompt refund.
What’s even more amazing is a student is willing to go through the trouble of suing Amazon over this (the company deleted his copy of 1984, which he needed to finish homework) to “set a precedent”. Not for money in other words, but to make the courts declare remote control of paid merchandise illegal.
I’m suddenly glad the Kindle never tempted me too much. Then again, I’ve also started worrying about my Steam games collection, which of course is subject to Valve’s control.

Are “Unauthorized Downloads” Taxable?

June 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Trends

Are “Unauthorized Downloads” Taxable?

Seems some states in the US are planning to apply taxes on digital downloads. According to Techdirt, this kind of tax is scheduled to apply this July 26 in Washington state. More important however is a potential legal ramification. To quote:
What is the value of the digital product for use tax purposes?
The value is the purchase price of the digital product. If the digital product is acquired by means other than a purchase, the value of the digital product is determined by the retail selling price of a similar digital product. [emphasis mine]
So, does this mean the state government can …read more

Wireless Gadgets Allow Warantless Searches?

May 21, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Household

Wireless Gadgets Allow Warantless Searches?

Apparently, thanks to ubiquitous equipment like cordless phones, baby monitors, and something called “cell phones” and “wireless routers”, the FCC can demand access to American homes.
That’s because the FCC claims that newer gadgets that use radio waves (or are subject to the same rules that have dictated the government agency’s actions in decades past. In other words, the power to search for non-certified equipment and pirate broadcasters without a warrant.
There’s a reason why the FCC wields such authority. After all, it was created to ensure that transmitting and broadcasting entities play nice and within the allotted frequencies, and prevent the …read more

Philippine Congress Mulling Over Anti Sex-Video Bill

February 13, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras, Cellphones, Digital Cameras, Trends

Philippine Congress Mulling Over Anti Sex-Video Bill

The Philippine House of Representatives has recently approved House Bill No. 4315, known locally as the “Anti Cyber-Boso [Peeping]” Bill. If passed into law, the bill will criminalize the recording of “private act… and other violations of the privacy of an individual” with a cellphone or camera, as well as “mere possesion” of such recordings and the act of sharing them.
As I’ve written on Philippine-affiliate Technograph, the intentions behind this bill are good—anyone remember that US high-school cellphone scandal? But again, it’s always a question of enforcement:
But, how will the government enforce the Anti Cyber-Boso bill, if it becomes …read more


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