August, 2009

Damn LOL Cats Are Working As Programmers Now

August 6, 2009 @ 3:39 pm · Filed under Technology

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Obama’s Kenyan Birth Certificate

August 2, 2009 @ 4:55 pm · Filed under Reality

So, Orly Taitz has released a picture of what is purportedly a certified copy of a Kenyan birth certificate for Barack Obama. You can see it at WorldNet Daily. Before everyone gets too excited, here’s a few things to consider:

  • Kenya didn’t become a republic until December 1964. The birth certificate is dated in February 1964.
  • Reportedly, the name of the certifying clerk, E.F Lavender, is also the name of a common detergent in Kenya
  • The certificate# 44 0 47 is laughable: 44 = he’s the 44th US President, O = Obama & 47 = his age.
  • The book number listed is 44B. That’s 44 – he’s the 44th US President, B = Barack.

All in all, a lot of suggestions it’s a fake.

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What are the Limits of Fair Use on the Web?

August 2, 2009 @ 11:40 am · Filed under Technology

What are the limits of fair use on the web? If a journalist or blogger puts a lot of effort into a story, which is then summarized by a much more popular blog, are they being ripped off. Ian Shapiro, of the Washington Post, is debating this question right now in regards to Gawker’s summary of a story he wrote. Here’s the best analysis of the debate I could find: Gawker and the Washington Post: a Case Study in Fair Use.

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