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Businessman Wins in Spam Lawsuit

December 28, 2005 at 1:27 pm | | News | | --Simon

In what clearly spells “bad news” for spammers… an internet marketing firm has been forced to pay damages for sending out unwanted e-mail adverts.

Nigel Roberts (37), a Channel Islands-based businessman, received unwanted e-mail adverts for a contract car firm and a fax broadcasting business, and decided to take action against Media Logistics UK. The result - he won. This victory is being touted as the first victory of its kind for people who are tired of junk e-mails clogging their in-boxes day-after-day.

German Ex-Diplomat Kidnapped in Yemen

December 28, 2005 at 1:07 pm | | News | | --Simon

German Ex-Diplomat and His Family Have Been Kidnapped in Yemen; Tribesmen Seek Jailed Members:

Armed tribesmen in eastern Yemen kidnapped a German family on Wednesday to press the government for the release of jailed members of their tribe, Yemeni government officials said. Germany said the family was missing and identified them as a former diplomat, his wife and children.

The five identified by a spokesman for German’s Foreign Ministry as former Deputy Foreign Minister Juergen Chrobog, his wife and three children were traveling as tourists in a two-car convoy when a group of gunmen surrounded their vehicles and forced all five Germans into their cars and sped off, said government officials in Shabwa, the province where the kidnapping took place.

Judge Lets Man Change Name to Jesus Christ

December 26, 2005 at 1:30 am | | News | | --Simon

Well, it had to happen at some point, and I don’t see why it shouldn’t be legal:

A Manhattan man’s holiday spirits soared to celestial heights Friday when a judge gave him permission to change his name to Jesus Christ.

Jose Luis Espinal, 42, of Washington Heights, said he was “happy” and “grateful” that the judge approved the change, effective immediately. Espinal said he was moved to seek the name change about a year ago when it dawned on him, “I am the person that is that name.”

via jenlight

Gates’ Microsoft Facing $1B EU Fine?

December 22, 2005 at 12:08 pm | | News | | --Simon

Bill Gates/Microsoft is facing $2.5 Million worth of fines a day from the EU because they aren’t disclosing certain facts about the windows system.

Now the company could be fined as much as $2.4 million per day unless it supplies “complete and accurate'’ information on its Windows operating system to competitors, European Union regulators said. Kroes, who promotes a fair and free environment for business in Europe, is clearly fed up to the back teeth with the affair, and gave the company five weeks to respond: “I have given Microsoft every opportunity to comply with its obligations,'’ she said in a statement. “However, I have been left with no alternative other than to proceed via the formal route to ensure Microsoft’s compliance.'’

Ford Confirms Ads in Gay Publications

December 22, 2005 at 1:57 am | | News | | --Simon

In a statement issued Dec. 14, Ford re-affirmed its commitment to its progressive workplace policies and has stated that it would advertise all of its brands—including Jaguar and Land Rover—in LGBT publications. The auto giant also declared its continued financial support of LGBT organizations.

According to The Washington Blade, the announcement was the second by the company since a meeting on Dec. 12 between a coalition of gay-rights groups and the automaker. The most recent statement was in response to reports issued the previous week that Ford made a deal with the ultra-conservative American Family Association to cease some advertising in LGBT publications in order to avert a boycott. Various media reports stated that Ford had agreed to not advertise its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in gay publications.

Read the rest over here.

Kids’ sex lives film is ‘scrapped’

December 22, 2005 at 1:53 am | | News | | --Simon

It appears that a documentary that involves children talking about their sex lives isn’t going to be played.

A CONTROVERSIAL film which allegedly shows nine-year-old Cumbrian children discussing their sex lives may never see the light of day.

National media reports said the fly-on-the-wall documentary would be shown on Channel 4 next year – but the channel yesterday told the News & Star it has no plans to broadcast it.

This is rather ridiculous, don’t you think? There is nothing illegal being portrayed here. There is no mention of any kind of adult/children relations.

More from the article:

Mike Cunningham, headteacher of Flimby School, said he was shocked to hear children so young had experiences like this.

So your answer to fixing this problem is by ignoring it and pretending it isn’t there? Sheesh.

District will abandon ‘intelligent design’

December 21, 2005 at 12:17 pm | | Politics, News | | --Simon

Good news. Although the battle is far from over, in this case Sanity has won.

A Pennsylvania public school district will abandon its practice of teaching “intelligent design” before lessons on evolution after a federal judge ruled that the concept is “the progeny of creationism.”

Americans tortured me - Saddam

December 21, 2005 at 12:14 pm | | News | | --Simon

Saddam is now claiming that Americans tortured him while he was in prison.

Saddam Hussein has been beaten and tortured by the Americans, he has alleged at his trial in Baghdad.

“I have been beaten on every place of my body, and the signs are all over my body,” he told the court.

Christopher Reid of the US Embassy in Baghdad rejected the allegation, telling CNN it was “absolutely bogus”.

Botched Stock Trade Rattles Japan Market

December 9, 2005 at 4:34 pm | | News | | --Simon

A major company in Japan has lost $225 million due to a single typo:

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government rebuked the Tokyo Stock Exchange and one of the country’s biggest brokerage firms Friday after a typing error caused Mizuho Securities Co. to lose at least 27 billion yen ($225 million) on a stock trade.

via fark

Web journalism now eligible for Pulitzer Prize

December 8, 2005 at 2:14 pm | | News | | --Simon

It appears that the Pulitzer Prize board will now consider news published online for the award:

Internet journalism received a leap in recognition Wednesday as the Pulitzer Prize Board widened its submission guidelines to include online material for all of its journalism categories.

“The board believes it has taken a significant step in recognition of the widening role of online journalism at newspapers,” prize administrator Sig Gissler said in a statement. Online material will be considered beginning with the 2006 competition (which honours work done in 2005).

via boingboing

Man claims to be bullet proof, gets shot dead

November 30, 2005 at 12:03 pm | | News | | --Simon

I think we have a new nomination for the Darwin Awards here:

Two UAE nationals — Ali S. A. (38) and Abdullah M. S. (30) — were sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting dead a Sudanese national Abdel Monaim M. Y., who claimed to be bullet proof, was shot in the stomach and the head, resulting in his death.

The court found them guilty of premeditated murder.

Via Fark

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