McDonald's Obesity Law Suite Dismissed

In a stunning departure from the kinds of lawsuits that make you unable to eat, a judge has dismissed the case against McDonald's that claimed the food giant was responsible for obese patron' obesity.

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p>The suit, brought in New York, claimed that McDonald's had done too much to make its food tempting and not enough to warn people that eating an Egg McMuffin for breakfast and a SuperSize BigMac meal for dinner without any exercise would make you fat.

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p>CNN Money is reporting in this article that the lawsuit was dismissed because the judge couldn't find that McDonald's had done anything wrong, but has suggested that an amended complaint which focussed the cited deception in the original complaint might be fit to proceed.

Republican Senator Joins Fight Against TIA

In good news for privacy advocates, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa has come out against the controversial Total Information Awareness initiative by our fine government.

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p>In an article on CNET, there are details of this latest opposition from the chairman of the Senate Finance committee.

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Congress Readies for Another Go At Videogame Regulation

According to an article on CNN's Money section, Democratic Congressman Joe Baca is preparing to introduce a modified version of the bill proposed last year as the "The Protect Children from Video Game Sex and Violence Act".

IBM Release Linux/PPC PDA Platform

According to an article on LinuxDevices.com, IBM is showing a new reference platform for a PDA based on Linux and IBM's PowerPC chip.

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Bitstream Releases 10 Fonts To Open Software

Gnome Foundation and Bitstream, Inc. announced in a press release that they have reached an agreement under which Bitstream will provide 10 fonts to Open Source software.

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p>Now, if somebody finds out what fonts, please drop me a note.

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Interesting Take on the Abortion Debate

I'm not here to tell anyone how to think about this, or even ask anyone's opinion.

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p>However, the Economist has an excellent article about the mechanics of the debate and attempts to explain why this divisive issue still looms large over American politics.

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p>I think that whatever "side" you are on in the debate, you will find the article an interesting read.

More Fun With Wireless Keyboards

The Register reports in the following story, that a user of HP's Wireless Keyboards in Norway was shocked to find his text show up on a neighbor's computer.

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p>After phoning HP's support group, he was told to coordinate with his neighbors within 100M to make sure they are all using different channels.

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p>He was then given the best advice at all, not to type anything sensitive on the keyboard.

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Judge Orders Verizon to ID User to RIAA

In yet another travesty of justice that marks the DMCA, a report on CNET (also seen on other services) indicates that a Federal Judge has rules that Verizon's internet service will have to give up identifying information to the RIAA about a user who has been using the Kaaza service for music swapping.

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MovieFest: Lawrence of Arabia

This month's showing, scheduled for February 23rd at 2PM, will be the classic Lawrence of Arabia.

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p>As with last week's showing, please RSVP so that we can make sure we have ample seating.

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Thorough Linksys 802.11g AP Review Posted

Not surprisingly, Tom's Hardware has a very thorough review of the Linksys 802.11g access point.

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p>The short version is that it is OK for 802.11g only, but has some real problems with 802.11b.

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