Sunday, January 29, 2012

Best Granny Ever!

I can't vouch for this but it's funny. It's making the rounds on the Internet, not for the first time, perhaps.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sound Check

Miranda Lambert with a pink Stratocaster and a mike stand made from a double-barrel shotgun.

WaPo.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Now THAT's A Typewriter!


And it's real!

Boing-boing.

The Fifth Amendment

A judge has ordered a Peyton, Colorado woman to furnish the password to decrypt the files on her laptop, the better to prosecute her for what's in them.

The story is in Cnet.

The suspect should negotiate for complete immunity from prosecution for any offense disclosed by decrypting the laptop. The decrypted contents of the laptop could then be used as evidence against others, but not against her (the original suspect).

If prosecutors offer her such a deal, and she refuses, then she can be charged with contempt of court and given a lengthy prison sentence.

But as it stands now, prosecutors want to have their cake and eat it, too: they want the contents of the laptop AND they want to use it as evidence against the suspect.

They can’t have both.

The fifth amendment allows a defendant to just go limp and dare the prosecutor to convict him (her).

Really, people! Have an auto-destruct password ready. C’mon! A fake password that would erase the password file and wipe it out permanently, rendering the laptop inert. A brick.

These defendants are hardly sympathetic; the current one is charged with mortgage fraud. In 2009 and 2010 there were two cases involving child pornography.

But the next victim could be Claire Wolfe, or David Codrea.

As H. L. Mencken said, "The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

More Rifles On The Wall

Picture on the front page of the Washington Post yesterday.

Top one's an M1 Carbine. On the bottom is a side-by-side hammer gun.

Can anybody ID the others?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gun Control - A Movement Without Followers

In the WSJ.

h/t Joe Huffman.

P.S. Ooops, you're right. It's not in the WSJ, it's in Bloomberg Business Week.

Daphne Oram

Interesting lady.

From Boing-Boing.