travdaddy writes "Lamar Smith, sponsor of the SOPA bill, wrote an opinion piece explaining why SOPA "protects consumers and innovators" and that "a great deal of misinformation about the bill has been spread around the Internet." I hope he has his asbestos suit ready." Link to Original Source top
travdaddy writes "As reported on Slashdot only about a week ago, a passage of a Massachusetts Gambling Bill would criminalize online poker. That passage has been stricken due to the help of a grass-roots organization called the Poker Players Alliance. It "quickly got the message to all of its Massachusetts members—around 25,000 people-- and over 1,000,000 nationwide to make their voices heard; apparently lawmakers were listening since the language making online poker illegal –and online gaming in general-- was taken out of the legislation." Another Massachusetts bill may even "take [poker] completely out of the gambling genre" and make it legislated as a game of skill." Link to Original Source top
travdaddy writes "An editorial writer for "The Roanoke Times" newspaper in Virginia obtained records of the state's concealed handgun permits, complete with full names and addresses, and put them on the newspaper's website. The article states, "You can search to find out if neighbors, carpool partners, elected officials or anyone else has permission to carry a gun." Due to public backlash, the database has been removed. The records are open to the public by law but how easily should they be accessed?" top
travdaddy writes ""The Roanoke Times" newspaper in Virginia published a statewide list of concealed handgun permits online and in print, complete with full names and addresses. Due to public backlash, the database has been removed. Concealed carry permit records are open to the public by law but should they be accessed this easily?" top
travdaddy (527149) writes "From a CNN article: "A 22-year-old woman was arrested after authorities say she tried to hire someone to kill another woman whose photo appeared on her boyfriend's MySpace.com Web page."
"She was arrested after she met an undercover Mesa police detective at a grocery store, gave the officer $400 and offered to pay an additional $100 once the woman had been killed, according to court records. The records say Kane gave the undercover officer photographs taken from her boyfriend's social networking Web page of the woman she wanted killed.""