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  Thursday, October 10, 2002

David reports in an email on this excellent website that lists all the things that would be regulated by the Hollings-proposed "Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act" (which does anything but "promote" the previously-mentioned media, except if you're a paranoid copyright holder that wants to ensure no one copies stuff.)

David's example?

Fritz's Hit List #10
Today on Fritz's Hit List: the remote controlled fart machine.
When a remote control is pressed, this device emits one of five prerecorded fart noises. Because these noises are stored in digital form, the device qualifies for regulation as a "digital media device" under the Hollings CBDTPA. If the CBDTPA passes, any newly manufactured fart machines will have to incorporate government-approved copy restriction technology.
Fight piracy -- regulate electronic whoopee cushions!

9:42:00 AM  comment []    

Just the facts, Ma'am

From the OJR:

The Washington State University school newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, was helping celebrate Filipino-American History Month but got one fact terribly wrong in this passage: "On Oct. 18, 1857, the first Filipinos landed on the shores of Morro Bay, California, on a Spanish galleon called the Nuestra Señora de Buena Esperanza, which translates to 'The Big Ass Spanish Boat.'" Well, it really means "Our Lady of Good Hope." The writer said she found the "fact" from a Web site (uh-oh) that looked official -- a weblog called (motto: "Now with more flavor and no added preservatives"; regular feature: "10 Things That Kick Ass").

Just goes to prove that you should never rely on the Internet for anything, ever. Present company excluded, of course.

9:38:10 AM  comment []    

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