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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Geoffrey A. Fowler, Wall Street Journal: We don't have to keep buying new gadgets. In fact, we should insist on the right to keep old ones running.. ... They said they'd charge $90 for an estimate, and at least $125 plus parts for a repair. Buying a similar-size Samsung TV today costs $380. Why wouldn't [my colleague] Shira just buy a new TV? She felt guilty. Even recycled e-waste can end up in toxic dumps in the developing world. Enter Plan B: I found a ton of people talking online about this TV's broken capacitors. There were even a few folks selling DIY repair kits. The parts cost ... wait for it ... $12. I splurged on a $20 deluxe repair kit, sold on eBay, that included capacitors, a soldering iron and something called a solder sucker. Its makers also sent me a link to a YouTube video where a man teaches you how to solder capacitors into a TV. To prove how easy it is, he's helped by a toddler. ... "Manufacturers are hiding behind copyright as a form of planned obsolescence," says Kyle Wiens, co-founder of the website iFixit.com and an advocate for the right to repair electronics and reduce e-waste.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Some of the empty cartridges that Impression Products recycled had first been sold overseas. Lexmark insisted that as patent holder, it had the right to block Impression Products from refilling or reselling these foreign-market cartridges in the U.S.

By extension Lexmark's argument applied to any patent-protected product that was first sold abroad. In the world according to Lexmark, an eBay user in the U.S. who bought a video game originally sold in Canada could be sued for patent infringement. An American traveler returning from Europe with a new Swiss watch could have it seized in Customs as unlawful for use in this country.

More ominously, patent holders could stop critically-important supplies from crossing the border. In times of shortage, technology users in the U.S. -- hospitals, defense agencies, businesses, schools -- might find themselves unable to secure replacement parts from overseas.

A local judge contends the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has derailed Tennessee's ability to determine what constitutes divorce -- leaving one Signal Mountain couple married against their will.

[Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey] Atherton said the Supreme Court must clarify "when a marriage is no longer a marriage." Otherwise, he contended, state courts are impaired from addressing marriage and divorce litigation altogether.

"The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorces," Atherton wrote.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Annalee Newitz, Gizmodo: I downloaded the data and analyzed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were. What I discovered was that the world of Ashley Madison was a far more dystopian place than anyone had realized. This isn't a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives. It isn't even a sadscape of 31 million men competing to attract those 5.5 million women in the database. Instead, it read more

Monday, August 24, 2015

Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, appointed in June, ordered that all arrest warrants issued in the city before Dec. 31, 2014 be withdrawn.

Defendants will receive new court dates along with options for disposing of their cases, such as payment plans or community service. Fines may be commuted for indigent people.

The Justice Department specifically said Ferguson's municipal court practices caused significant harm to many people with cases pending as minor municipal code violations turned into multiple arrests, jail time, and payments that exceeded the cost of the original ticket many times over.


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