Monthly Archives: May 2006


Every so often, I toy with the idea of getting an iPod. Then I read another article about how iPods only last a year

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Apple v. Does: We Won

The California (state) Appeals court issued its ruling today in Apple v. Does, a case in which I participated in a minor way as a signer of an amicus brief.

We won: The Court held that the Stored Communications Act prevents Apple from requesting the emails it sought from the ISP; instead Apple must go to the account holders directly, giving them notice and a chance to argue why the orders should not be granted.

The Court also held that the website editors are journalists entitled to claim the benefit of California’s Journalist Shield Law, which prevents them from being held in contempt for not disclosing sources, and also lets them claim the First Amendment’s protections for journalists.

This is, I fervently believe, the correct result. Congrats to EFF, and to Lauren Gelman who organized our brief.

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Bad News for the Republic

Bret Kavanaugh has been confirmed for the DC Circuit. We could do so much better.

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Avian Flu: Human to Human Transmission?

While we were distracted with searches of congressional offices and the Enron verdicts, back in reality, the flu virus may be doing that mutation thing. Or not.

The ever-informative W. David Stephenson blogs on homeland security et al. reports on More evidence human-to-human transmission is occurring. The picture is murky. But the news ain’t that good. WHO says, “…it is likely that for the first time H5N1 has spread from human to human to human — three generations of cases, possibly four. This does not mean that a pandemic strain has started but it is another warning signal.”

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How the Iraqi Dinar is Managed

Via Juan Cole, some interesting information about the management of the Iraqi dinar. Used to be you could get information like this in the Economist and sometimes even the New York Times.

If it has been in either, I sure missed it. But then again, I don’t read them as carefully as I used to — so much of the information was on blogs like Prof. Cole’s long before it made it into print…

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What if Microsoft Had Designed the iPod Box?

I never thought before about why those boxes are as icky as they are. This video explains it.

The most amazing thing about this video, though, is who made it: according to the Wall Street Journal, “it was produced by designers at Microsoft, in a spirit of self-criticism. It’s as if they know the sort of great design they ought to be doing, but are too smothered by a corporate culture to deliver it.”

If they know better, does that make them any more likable?

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Brian Eno Watch

The Guardian, ‘Working with someone is like dating’ describes a Brian Eno collaboration with … Paul Simon? Surprise indeed.

Then they drop the bombshell that Eno recently reunited (in the studio) with Roxy Music for a new album. (But they won’t tour together.) Be still my ’80s heart…

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