An LA judge ruled that part of the Patriot Act is unconstitutional. She ruled that “a provision in the law banning certain types of support for terrorist groups was so vague that it risked running afoul of the First Amendment.” I also agree with Karen Schneider, who disagrees with Jessamyn West, that this part of the law is applicable to libraries in that it deals with who you can talk to, and about what. More specifically, “expert advice or assistance” given to terrorist organizations is considered a violation of the law. The Humanitarian Law Project folks saw this law as preventing them from providing relief assistance to Kurdish refugees in Turkey. And the judge agreed. It’s a step in the right direction…
Jerry Bruckheimer has bought the movie rights to American McGee’s Oz, a game not even released yet (though highly anticipated by those of us who swooned over American McGee’s Alice). The new news is that Bruckheimer plans to turn the game into a complete trilogy of movies. Could be interesting…very interesting.
MyDoom is making its rounds. Friends & colleagues are getting bombarded with this at work and at home already, despite hefty security. Bad, nasty, oh so nasty….
MSN has a toolbar. Kinda looks like Google’s toolbar. Go figure.
West Virginia University Library has a fairly content-rich Isaac Asimov site. Look at rare book images, cover art, and read about this pioneer in science fiction literature.
Microsoft is releasing Service Pack 1 for the Microsoft Office Suite in late June. Keep a lookout. Or, at least, remind your friendly neighborhood techie to do so
Return of the King and Lost in Translation (incidentally, my two favorite movies of the last year) both won big at the Golden Globes. It’s not usual that I agree with the award-distributors…
Gates chose the World Economic Forum as his podium. He announced that Microsoft search technologies would soon outdo Google, and that a new innovative three-pronged approach would effectively thwart spammers. Cheeky monkey, that Bill Gates.
This story has been around the tech block already, but I thought I’d post it anyway. An MIT survey found that the invention that is most-needed & most-hated is the cell phone. Funny enough, alarm clocks were second. I can certainly identify with that.