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Episode 116


Tech News Today 116: CTRL-Foot-delete

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"Dear TNT gang,

You may recall the case of Paul Chambers who was arrested and convicted in January this year for making a twitter post threatening to blow up Robin Hood Airport. His original post read; ""Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"".

Today lost his appeal against that conviction.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/nov/11/twitter-joke-trial-appeal-verdict

During the appeal his defence raised the issue that the guilty verdict at his original trail was akin to prosecuting the British Poet Sir John Betjeman for the line ""Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough!"" in his 1937 poem 'Slough'. The poem caused an uproar when first published, but Betjeman, who was protest the building of factories in the English town of Slough, was never arrested or charged with inciting attacks on the Slough.

The Judge found that the the twitter post contained menace and Chambers must have known that it might be taken seriously. Justice may be blind, but it clearly has no sense of humour.

Regards, Conor from London (but currently in Dublin)."


"Hi,

Not sure if you've seen this already.

35,369 UK citizens signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to abolish the proposed law that will see alleged illegal filesharers disconnected from their broadband connections, without a fair trial: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/dontdisconnectus/

UK government responded by stating that ""The Act ... includes a reserve power to introduce further “technical” measures if the initial measures do not succeed. These technical measures would limit or restrict an infringers’ access to the internet. They do not include disconnection.""

Full reply to petition here: http://www.hmg.gov.uk/epetition-responses/petition-view.aspx?epref=dontdisconnectus

Seems like we got hot & bothered about nothing? Love to hear what you think about this.

Love the show!!

Thanks, Adam"


"Howdy TNT'ers,

Becky asked about discerning the difference between 120hz vs. 240hz tvs, and it's all about sports. The moment I watch any fast motion on an LCD I can tell which is a 120 vs a 240 set, although fast motion still looks worse on even the best LCD than it does on a plasma. I'm sticking with my Pioneer Kuro until it quits or until I can buy an 50-inch OLED tv without a second mortgage and a background check.


Pax, Regi"


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