Couple of interesting bits

href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51220-2002Aug22.html">Secret Court Rebuffs Ashcroft “The secretive federal court that approves spying on terror suspects in the United States has refused to give the Justice Department broad new powers, saying the government had misused the law and misled the court dozens of times, according to an extraordinary legal ruling released yesterday.”

In a broad case of “Well, duh!”, British Telecom patent does not cover the Internet. Thank goodness, another overreaching patent holder has gone down in defeat. BT has a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/search-adv.htm&r=16&f=G&l=50&d=ft90&S1=sargent.INZZ.&OS=in/sargent&RS=IN/sargent"
target=_blank>patent for a remote terminal/mainframe/modem combination which they claimed covered linking over the Internet. In a recent href="http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/courtweb/pdf/D02NYSC/02-02452.PDF" target=_blank>opinion the US District Court for the Southern District of New York held that BT’s patent was not so broad as to cover the Internet.

When Boo Boo Kitties Attack! (Postman have such trying lives, no?)

And from the “Only in Florida” Files…it is apparently quite illegal to slander peninsula veggies. The statute allows “agricultural producers to recover damages for the disparagement of any perishable agricultural product” produced in Florida. So, no cucumber jokes…and I mean it!

Oh, well…heck, as long as we’re making fun of Florida, href="http://www.reuters.com/printerfriendly.jhtml?type=search&StoryID=1366978"
target=_blank>Watch those Waterway in Florida says the U.S. Coast Guard. Possible terrorist threats include drawing or taking photographs of the shore, being near the shore for a long time, and *shiver* renting a boat. The place really writes it’s own jokes, I swear.

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