May 2010

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Watch Those “Jury Duty” Tweets, People

I was on NPR's Science Friday show this week, yapping about how lawyers are using Facebook profile information as evidence (summary: we use it all the time, if it might be relevant), and one of the topics we discussed is…


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Parts of Anti-Plagiarism Bill Lifted from Wikipedia

Techdirt reported recently that a politician in Argentina who introduced an anti-plagiarism bill has come under fire for apparently copying some of the language he used without crediting the source, a practice some have called "plagiarism." The language of the…



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TSA: Thousands Standing Around

I'm sure this isn't a new thing, but it's the first time I've seen it, especially in parody-logo form, and I am finding it hilariously funny.  I have stolen it (fair use!) from Eric Turkewitz's New York Personal Injury Law…



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The Governator Cracks Wise in Commencement Speech

Love him or hate him, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a reasonably funny guy.  (I'm not going beyond "reasonably funny" until somebody apologizes for "Batman & Robin.")  It could just be that he has good writers working for him now (unlike,…


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Food Fight Breaks Out in Ukrainian Parliament

When your legislators really care about democracy, it shows.  In the U.S., most speeches are made to a C-SPAN camera in an otherwise empty room, and almost nobody watches.  In other countries, they feel strongly enough to get involved in…



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Study Links Long Hours to Death

How many reasons do you need to not work 10 or more hours a day?  How about one death-related reason? In a study published in the European Heart Journal this week, British researchers who conducted an 11-year study of 6,000 civil…