Wednesday, May 31, 2006
It was with some surprise, then, that I recently heard about the existence of the EpsonSettlement.com site. According to this, if you live in the US and have purchased one of the many qualifying Epson inkjet printers over the last few years, you've got some cash or a credit at the Epson online store coming your way, thanks to the modern miracle of class action lawsuits. In a nutshell, the plaintiffs "allege that Epson inkjet printers and inkjet cartridges indicate that cartridges are 'empty' and suspend printer function, even though substantial ink remains." Of course, everything hinges around the subjective word "substantial," one dear to the hearts of lawyers everywhere. Epson, as you might expect, "has denied and continues to deny the claims and any wrongdoing" but is nevertheless settling, no doubt to avoid a public relations melt-down.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
"This democratic Web did not just happen. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, envisioned a platform on which everyone in the world could communicate on an equal basis. But his vision is being threatened by telecommunications and cable companies, and other Internet service providers, that want to impose a new system of fees that could create a hierarchy of Web sites. Major corporate sites would be able to pay the new fees, while little-guy sites could be shut out."
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Bloggers can shield sources, court rules / In setback for Apple, Internet journalists are protected by law
From The San Francisco Chronicle www.sfgate.com -
The decision by the state Court of Appeal in San Jose, which reverses a ruling by the Santa Clara County Superior Court, speaks to changes in the way news is gathered and published. Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can now be a reporter. It also means that information, not limited by region or resources, can reach far and wide via the Web.
In their ruling, the judges said the online news sites should be treated as newspapers, television and radio broadcasts are. O'Grady and the other bloggers, they contended, were acting as traditional reporters and editors do: developing sources, collecting information and publishing it, albeit on the Web.
Friday, May 26, 2006
"Alibaba is the largest B2B marketplace in the world. Source model ship, wooden puzzle, one-piece toilet, RC hovercraft, photo album, prom dress, pocket bike, Vaginal Speculum, Samurai Sword, String Panty and PVC Pipe."
To quote Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove, "Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
A MIDDLE-AGED man in Nanyang City, central China's Henan Province, took advantage of 17 middle school girls by buying their virginity, arousing concerns regarding the education of rural area youths, a Guangdong Province newspaper reported today.
His motive has not been confirmed. There are rumors saying that he bought the virginities to gain "luck."
Deng was an officer at a taxation bureau in Wolong District. Despite being regarded as a talented man, he didn't receive any promotion opportunities. In 2005, he left the taxation bureau, and obtained a job in a real estate company.
Later he found a tip on the Internet, saying that having sexual relations with a virgin would give him the luck he needed to get a promotion. He then began to buy virginities from girls.
Monday, May 15, 2006
After the conference, Meg went out to dinner with a friend. She couldn't believe how boring it was to be in a place where everyone was walking, talking and eating the same. She said that none of their hands talked and no one had a dog or a cane or a wheelchair or a respirator. "There was no wealth, no richness. I felt a loss.">>
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Friday, May 12, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
"Speaking of not even having the decency to pretend to be sorry, Ken Lay is scum. Even as Enron was losing jillions, he kept spending lavishly. Said Lay, "It's the type of lifestyle that's difficult to turn on and off like a spigot," after which a pack of former Enron employees devoured his rancid flesh. You know what he should've splurged on? Soul implant surgery."
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