Archive for 10/18/2003

judge raps out dismissal…


Here is the actual ruling handed down by a judge in the Eminem defamation case, quoted verbatim:

Mr Bailey complains that his rap is trash,/
so he’s seeking compensation in the form of cash./
Bailey thinks he’s entitled to some monetary gain,/
because Eminem used his name in vain./
The lyrics are stories no one would take as fact,/
they’re an exaggeration of a childish act./
It is therefore this court’s ultimate position,/
that Eminem is entitled to summary disposition.


Monkeys’ brains move robotic arms: researchers at Duke have conducted experiments in which monkeys learned to operate a robot arm using only their brain signals.

Music news…


Winamp 5 is in beta. I have just two words to describe it: GET IT

In other news, iTunes is now available for Windows. I was not particularly impressed with it. On the plus side, $1 per song is a lot cheaper than buying CD’s, especially since you only pay for the songs you like. On the downside, the iTunes software is not very powerful and does not support WMA. With my very limited student budget, I’m still waiting for an unlimited subscription model, even one that doesn’t allow songs to be stored locally.

What I’d really like, is music that plays in surround sound to justify the 5.1 speaker system I bought…

More loony Brits…


Terrorists can have serious moral goals, says Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Furthermore,

“Violence is not to be undertaken by private persons,” he said. “If a state or administration acts without due and visible attention to agreed international process, it acts in a way analogous to a private person. It purports to be judge of its own interest.”

A nation protecting its self-interest? God forbid!
In related news, here is an interesting story on Shirin Ebadi, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize: “Why the Mullahs Fear Her“

Yahoo bans Yahoo Groups


In response to Yahoo’s refusal to delete a listserv run by “banned separatists,” the Indian government forced Indian ISP’s to ban the entire Yahoo Groups community. The easily circumvented ban is one of many instances of censorship in India and Pakistan. I’m curious as to whether the site is still being blocked. Perhaps some readers in India could enlighten me…

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