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DUI Defendants Beat Charge By Asking for Source Code

June 6, 2005

File this under yet another ridiculous Florida ruling. What the heck is up with Florida they days? There seems to be regular occurences of legal stupidity down there.

Apparently hundreds of cases involving breath-alcohol tests have been thrown out by Seminole County judges in the past five months when the defendant asks to see the source code for the breathalyzers used on them and the test's manufacturer will not disclose the source code.

All four of Seminole County's criminal judges have been using a standard that if a DUI defendant asks for a key piece of information about how the machine works - its software source code, for instance - and the state cannot provide it, the breath test is rejected, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.

SuperComm News

June 3, 2005

SuperComm is just around the corner and there will be lots of VoIP news I am sure. Already I've been given some news scoops under NDA that I'm holding under my hat. Unfortunately, I won't make it to SuperComm this year. However, this doesn't mean TMC & Internet Telephony Magazine won't be representin' at the show.

In fact, Greg Galitzine, Editor of Internet Telephony, and Rich Tehrani, Group Publisher & President with be at SuperComm checking out and covering the latest VoIP news.

Lucky the Dinosaur, Animal Kingdom

May 12, 2005

Lucky the Dinosaur is one of the latest attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The video of Lucky below doesn't do Lucky justice. It is an engineering marvel to see him (I mean "it") in person. On this video you will hear "bass" sounds that are in sync with his feet as they touch the ground.

Keating the Rebel

May 12, 2005

Back from Disney World

May 11, 2005

Well, I made it back from Disney World late last night and made the mistake of checking my email and my blog before going to bed. Over 500 Trackback spam to my blog, 3502 unread messages in my Inbox (some legit, some spam), and 1330 unread email in my Junk email folder. Yes, it is good to be back in the sea of spam. Oh how I missed you dearly on my vacation!

Burger King Fries Suck

April 29, 2005

It's rare I go to Burger King, it's been over 2 years, but I was in a rush so I went through the drive-thru and picked up some chicken tenders, fries, and a Diet Pepsi. Burger King's french fries still suck compared to McDonald's french fries (freedom fries?). Burger King fries used to be good like 15 years ago, but then they went and changed their formula like a gazillion times to try and taste as good as McDonalds fries. Alas, their fries still fall short...

Anyway, I was reading the box on the chicken tenders and it had some amusing text, I thought I'd share:

A lot of people ask us what makes our CHICKEN TENDERS well, so tender.

Vipers, 3000GTs, and Shelby Cobras

April 21, 2005

Had a fun day in the Viper yesterday. Yesterday morning while commuting to work in the Viper, I ran into a twin-turbo 3000GT-VR4 Spyder convertible, which is a very rare car - only 877 of these convertible twin-turbos were ever made. By comparison, a staggering 1,875 SRT-10 Vipers were made just in 2003 alone. I caught up to the 3000GT-VR4 Spyder and we talked for a bit.

Yahoo Mail Sucks

April 20, 2005

A friend of mine uses Yahoo Mail and just recently I noticed that when he sends me web links, the URLs get cut off and split onto two lines, thus simply clicking on the link doesn't work. What gives? The last time I remember encountering this was when I was
using <cough> <murmur> AOL's mail client several years ago.

Here's an example:

Notice the URL is cut? You have to click the first link then go back to the email and copy/paste the remaining/missing part.

Not Citing Sources!

April 20, 2005

Geez, I just blogged this morning about the "hoopla" behind the Vonage deal with and I pointed out that I had a "scoop" involving a company that added VoIP support to alarm systems BEFORE I stated that NextAlarm was first to do this and I stated as such in my blog entry both this morning and in a blog entry I wrote about a few months ago.

Well, wouldn't you know it, but not even 4 hours later I get a popup on my RSS reader with the title No Need for Alarm Over Home Security and VoIP. Curious to see what was about since I just wrote about VoIP & alarm systems I clicked on the link. Lo and behold this article STEALS my "scoop" and pretty much my entire analysis without citing me as a source.

That is a big no-no in the blogosphere or any journalism outlet for that matter.

In fact, the entire premise of this "other" article is identical to my blog.

Google for "Blog"

April 19, 2005

I was curious the top "general" blogs in the blogosphere, so I did what any person would do - I Googled it.

Why is it that John Kerry's website is ranked so highly on Google for "blog"? - a general search term? I refuse to give John Kerry any more Google PR, so I won't include the link to his site, but I'm sure you can figure it out. He is the 11th link and the 8th overall domain listed for the "blog" keyword.

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