Avril Lavigne is too sexy . . . for Malaysia

Commenting on this story in the Globe and Mail, I feel like it's just too easy to make fun of some people. You know, fish-in-a-barrel easy. Apparently, the Canadian pop superstar was to perform in a concert in Malaysia later this month, but the concert was canceled amid complaints. What kind of complaints? Well, it seems that Avril Lavigne is just too darn sexy for Malaysia. Say what? Could these people, the ones complaining, possibly even remotely be Islamic Fundamentalists? Let's check the Globe for clues. The Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry said it had decided not to permit Lavigne's …

Open Source Licences Are Legally Enforceable

The legal power of open source licencing has won a major victory, upheld by the United States Court of Appeals. I hope you will read the whole thing over at InformationWeek, but the following quote is particularly interesting: The lower court ultimately ruled that Jacobsen could not sue Katzer and Kamind Associates for copyright violation because the Artistic License is “intentionally broad.”  The appeals court dismissed that argument in its ruling, and said that open source software developers have the right to dictate the terms under which their products can be used or modified (bolded emphasis is mine). That’s right, …

CNN Can’t Count

Last time I checked, the number 10 was a higher number than the number 8. While that might seem terribly obvious to those of us who managed to make it past elementary school, this is a bit tough for CNN to grasp. At least it’s tough for their Website. The screenshot you see below (click the small image for a larger picture) is the result of me trying to follow up a story link posted by Tim O’Reilly, which turned out to be a dead end. I did manage to find the story and the associated video, but I, apparently, …

U.S. Border Agents can take and copy your laptop, for no good reason.

This story is one that is both a bit frightening, if you happen to travel to and from the United States, and incredibly stupid on so many fronts, it’s downright laughable. Let’s start with frightening . . . Michael Willems, in his Unreasonable Man blog, led me to an interesting and scary story regarding US border searches. this CBC article. You should still read it, but here’s the short version. In order to protect us, the United States government has given its border guards the power to seize your notebook computer, cell phone, digital planner, documents, pamphlets, hard drives (you …