Thursday, July 29, 2010

5-year-old suffers "injury to his reputation"?

A five year old boy was wrongly accused of stealing a bag of crisps at a Lidl store in Dublin, and won 7,500 Euros in damages. Fair enough, being wrongly accused of a crime can be pretty traumatic, and at that age you're pretty sensitive. Apparently he's also suffering from stress and inconvenience. All good reason to award damages.

What amazes me though is that these damages weren't awarded due to any of that, they were awarded for "defamation of character". Apparently this little kid had "suffered injury to his reputation". Say what? What reputation can this kid possibly have at the age of 5? Is he frowned upon by the other kids in kindergarten? Unable to get a job? Estranged by his neighbors?

Come on.

Photo: DJO Photo

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Blizzard ripping off Starcraft 2-buyers?

The computer game Starcraft 2 was released today, and color me surprised when I noticed Blizzard is actually selling the downloadable version of the game for 59.99 Euros (mind you there are virtually no costs involved with this kind of distribution!) on their website, whereas you can get pick up the dvd's from any number of game stores considerably cheaper than that: sells it for 48.00 Euros. sells it for 59.99 Dollars, also around 48.00 Euros.
Most computer stores in Sweden sell it for around 42.00 Euros.

Please tell me that the 59.99 Euro pricetag for downloading this game from was a mistake that has been corrected by Blizzard now. If anything it should be a way below 40 Euros.

Photo: Screenshot from game.

The dual-watch man

Speaking of celebrities, or rather semi-celebrities, the former boyfriend of Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt showed up smiling to the paparazzi wearing no less than two watches. What's up with that? Is it some strange way to keep track of two different timezones? Perhaps the watch on his left wrist shows Pacific Standard Time and the one on his right wrist shows Eastern Standard Time?

If so, here's a newsflash for you, Spencer, there are watches out there that will show two timezones. That way you can keep track of your time without looking absolutely clueless:

Breitling Aerospace
Tag Heuer Chronotimer
Victorinox Chrono Classic XLS MT

to mention a few.

Photo: Alloverpress

Monday, July 26, 2010

Brittany Murphy died from mold?

It appears mold might have been a contributing factor to the death of actress Brittany Murphy and her husband Simon Monjack. Unfortunately mold is a common occurrence in a lot of poorly constructed houses, but I'm surprised that a $7.25 million Hollywood Hills mansion would be so infested by it that it killed its occupants!

Let this be a warning to the rich and famous: Do spend some of your fortune on proper building maintenance. It could be the best investment of your life.

Photo: Unknown

Friday, July 23, 2010

Abusing copyright

Well I guess it's pretty obvious now why Swedish politicians are so reluctant to change today's destructive copyright legislation. The Christian Democratic party, Kristdemokraterna, for instance, are abusing the copyright legislation by registering catchphrases and slogans such as "Verklighetens folk", "the real people".

Remind me again, why the f*ck should anybody at all be able to copyright a phrase, a sentence, a collection of words that are used in everyday speech?

Clearly a revision of the copyright legislation is desperately needed. Unfortunately we can't rely on the traditional political parties to take any action as they're too busy taking advantage of it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No room for Internet censorship in a democracy

"There's no room for Internet censorship in a democracy. The EU should impose Internet censorship."

In other words, the EU should not be considered a democracy. This might not be what Folkpartiet politician Cecilia Wikström meant to say, but it's the message she's communicating in this letter, where she promotes Internet censorship as a means of fighting child pornography despite of her own reasoning that censorship will have little or no effect. That's like saying "we know banning action films from TV won't stop the violence, but we still want to do it". Why?

What's with these Folkpartiet Cecilias who are hellbent on Internet censorship without being able to present any credible argument that it is in fact a good idea? Stop hiding behind the ridiculous "think about the children" tactics and just come out and tell us who's paying you to stick to a stance that you don't even believe in.

The alternatives to Internet censorship have been discussed a million times before, so I won't go into details, but keywords are due process, shutting down and prosecute the offenders if they're found guilty. That's the way of a democracy.

Photo: Wikimedia.