gone.fishing (213219) writes "
Stay tuned: This case is about to get really interesting If you would enjoy seeing what a federal judge looks like when he's hopping mad, drop by the federal courthouse in Duluth August 4th. The RIAA lawyers forgot to tell the judge about a couple of details he might have wanted to know: One, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, which presides over the District of Minnesota, had previously ruled that you can't have liability without proof of actual dissemination, and secondly, one of the two authorities the record company lawyers were relying upon, an Arizona case named Atlantic v. Howell, had been vacated a week before the Thomas trial." top
gone.fishing (213219) writes "According to this article: http://wcco.com/watercooler/watercooler_story_0110 53731.html In a U.S. government warning high on the creepiness scale, the Defense Department cautioned its American contractors about what it described as a new espionage threat: Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside.
The mysterious coins were found on contractors with security clearances on at least three separate occasions as the contractors traveled through Canada. The report doesn't suggest who might be tracking the contractors or why. It doesn't explain how the Pentagon discovered the coins or how the transmitters function." top
gone.fishing writes "A Lawsuit challenges government's right to read your e-mail. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting in this article: http://www.startribune.com/789/story/884388.html that a seller of "natural male enhancement" products sued after a fraud indictment based on evidence gleaned from his electronic mail. Federal prosecutors say they don't need a search warrant to read your e-mail messages if those messages happen to be stored in someone else's computer.
I just inhereted a retired Compaq 1130T. Cool little laptop with a P133 processor, 32MB RAM and a 1GB HDD. Not much of a computer really but it is something that I see has a few possibilities. She does not have a CD-ROM but does have a FDD.
I want to make her run Linux with X-Windows and a couple of applications (Spreadsheet, Word Processor, Browser). I'll use a PC Card to hook her to the network.
Here is my problem. I will need to install the base Linux from FDD and then connect to a shared Windows CD-ROM drive to get the rest down (or I could go straight to the net I guess). I really want the install to be simple and basic. But I don't know much about Linux and it strikes me that what I am attempting would almost send shivers down the spine of even the Slashdot Sysadmins!
Gotta make this happen. Summer is comming. Summer means time in the woods. Summer means many miles in the van. This computer is something that I could carry with and not worry too much about. My other laptop is really too good to risk in these environments.
My Lexmark X73 printer decided to quit feeding paper. Looking into the machine from the top or the bottom, I could not see anything jamming the printer but the paper simply wouldn't feed (however, it made lots of noise).
The printer is just 13 months old, has worked well and meets most of my needs in the Windoze environment (there are NO *nix drivers available).
No "disposable" income although I do lust after one a those Epson printers with the colorfast technology.
Time to tear it apart. There are only four screws available to the outside. Pulled all four screws and started unsnapping panels. These machines must be assembled by robots. Everything just snaps in and out so precisely.
Got the machine apart in a few big chunks and a couple of smaller pieces. Not much hassle at all. Started poking around and finally found a fuzzy little piece of lint jammed between a roller and the base - it could not be seen without taking the printer apart. It was really wedged in there! Finally managed to disconnect the roller from the frame and fish out the stuff.
Turns out to be toilet paper. How on earth could toilet paper find its way into a printer? There were two possibilities. The kids or the kitten. Grilling the kids, they claimed they didn't do it so I guess that leaves tha cat who does enjoy kleenex and toilet paper a whole lot.