Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Riley Now Writing For The New Dominion?

A quick story: Back in the 1990s when I was writing Amiga software, we sent our products to magazines for reviews. Most of the time, we basically told the reviewer what to write, because the reviewers were usually too lazy or too rushed to really look at the software. You may be surprised to learn that we usually got good reviews. :) (This practice is not unusual in the software industry, by the way -- remember that when you're reading a rave review of some product or another.)

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Anonymous said,

Misleading Domain Name: Those who use a misleading domain name on the Internet in an attempt to deceive a minor child into viewing material that is considered harmful to that minor is committing a federal offense. This is irrespective of whether or not the material meets the legal definition of obscenity. [18 U.S.C. 2252B]

U.S. CODE > TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 110 > § 2252B

§ 2252B. Misleading domain names on the Internet

(a) Whoever knowingly uses a misleading domain name on the Internet with the intent to deceive a person into viewing material constituting obscenity shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

(b) Whoever knowingly uses a misleading domain name on the Internet with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material that is harmful to minors on the Internet shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 4 years, or both.

(c) For the purposes of this section, a domain name that includes a word or words to indicate the sexual content of the site, such as ?sex? or ?porn?, is not misleading.

(d) For the purposes of this section, the term ?material that is harmful to minors? means any communication, consisting of nudity, sex, or excretion, that, taken as a whole and with reference to its context?

(1) predominantly appeals to a prurient interest of minors;

(2) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors; and

(3) lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

(e) For the purposes of subsection (d), the term ?sex? means acts of masturbation, sexual intercourse, or physcial [1] contact with a person?s genitals, or the condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal.

[1] So in original. Probably should be ?physical?.

Alice said,

This practice is not unusual in the software industry, by the way -- remember that when you're reading a rave review of some product or another.

not anymore. there are enough freelancer reviewers that publishers use them.

Tom said,

Thanks Alice.. that's good to know!

Anonymous.. you didn't address anything I wrote, which would normally qualify you as "comment spam" but in this case you're lending more credibility to my point that ODBA is spinning this story like crazy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Against The Grain

As I did last year, I've got to go against the grain today. Along with all the somber "we won't forget" posts, and the partisan "we're still at war" posts, consider this: We should take time, especially on this media-sensationalized day, to remember the victims of all terrorist attacks around the world, both foreign and domestic. And while you're "always remembering," don't forget that lots of Americans have died in terrorist attacks that didn't occur on 9/11, and those families deserve every bit as much sensationalized attention as the 9/11 families, and you and I are largely ignoring their unintended and almost certainly undesired sacrifices.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Well I Bombed The Civics Quiz

I missed 14 of the 60 questions on this "simple" civics quiz (spotted on United Conservatives of Virginia), which would have barely gotten me a D back when I was in high school (which is roughly the grade I typically got in government classes, come to think of it). I got killed on the topics of philosophers and economics. ("Keynesian economists"? Are you freakin' kidding me?) On the plus side, three or four years ago I probably would have gotten like 3/4 of it wrong.

Cargosquid said,

Thanks for playing. Come visit anytime. Go UCV!

f mcdonald said,

It's funny all the bits of knowledge you pick up when blogging. It definitely helped me out on this quiz. (So did reading concretebob's comments before I took it.)

On Ahmadinejad Speaking at Columbia

Cargosquid said,

What irony? I may have missed it, but where have we posted anything about homosexuality? I started blogging there only last year, so is there something I'm missing. Not all conservatives "worry" about what other people do in the bedroom.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

U.S. News Needs More Gravitas

I forgot to post this yesterday. Sometimes the top news coming out of the United States is a little embarrassing when compared to the rest of the world...

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Sean/Red said,

My recent trips to Israel have shown me how horrible our press is. I can't stand it. I've never really read newspapers, so I can't vouch for them, but I feel our mainstream television press sucks. There is so much going on in the world, and I never hear about it until I go to Israel. sigh...

dan/green said,

It is almost impossible to keep up with the full set of events that are going on in the world. Even if you read the popular sources you end up losing information to the filters of the speaker. So you have to read multiple viewpoints of the same events. Who really has time for that?

sigh and double sigh...

Sean/Red said,

I understand and agree. Dan, do you have any sort of IM? I would love to catch up, email me at r e d a t 1 t w e n t y 3 c o m.

Monday, September 10, 2007

On That Ad

Just for the record, I don't like But seriously, how is their attack ad against General Petraeus any different from any number of other attack ads from any number of other lobbying organizations? Isn't this the free political speech we wanted in the U.S.? Aren't we happy that anyone can voice their opinion in a full page NY Times ad? Wasn't it just days ago that conservative bloggers grudgingly accepted the decision that Daily Kos could talk politics without government regulation? And wasn't it not too long ago that we all celebrated the Supreme Court decision to allow political "issue ads" again? Is this a case of "be careful what you wish for?"

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

A Different Viewpoint On The Missing Nukes

Having worked with federal employees, I have a slightly different take on that story about the B52 and the missing nukes: You mean they found out they were missing in ONLY 4 hours?? Congratulations on a job well done!

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Cargosquid said,


Turning Them Loose In Herndon

Am I the only one that wonders about the wisdom of shutting down that Herndon Day Labor Center where (supposedly) illegal immigrants hang out? I mean, I would think it'd be better to keep the lawless Mexicans out in the open where you could see them, as opposed to wandering around the neighborhood with no money and no job looking for houses burglarize. ('Cause Mexicans are criminals, ya know.) Not to mention losing the ability to keep tabs on all the people that hire the lawless Mexicans. I think Herndon's lost the forest for the trees. (Trees = cheap political points.)

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Can Bloggers Attack Without Question Marks?

Who knows? I certainly don't. But you never know. There could be a possibility. Or maybe not.


I have mixed feelings about this upcoming Brian De Palma movie Redacted that everyone's talking about (by everyone I mean some pro-war activists, who are raving about how De Palma should be locked up for treason). The film supposedly dramatizes the real-life incident of former Pfc. Steven Green planning the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl. (Allegedly, I suppose I should add, even though I haven't heard a shred of evidence suggesting they're innocent, and even if it turned out the girl was an insurgent holding an AK-47, that still doesn't justify rape.)

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Friday, August 31, 2007

The Larry Craig Irony

Life is filled with irony. It is rather ironic that mere days after the untimely death of Richard Jewell, a man whose reputation was destroyed by the collective incompetence of the media after the Atlanta Olympics bombing in 1996 -- a man whose untimely death was recently reported widely by the media almost as if they were trying to seek atonement for their previous misdeed -- we now see Sen. Larry Craig's reputation and career being destroyed by the exact same media.

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Alice said,

FireDogLake had an interesting take on this.