the Zealous

31 Dec 21

There aren't many songs in which lawyers are portrayed in a positive light. At best, lawyers are mentioned in order to depict someone in dire straits and desperate for legal help (see Warren Zevon's Lawyers, Guns & Money). At worst, lawyers are scapegoats for all of society's ills (see Tom PaxtonOne Million Lawyers).

The song My Attorney Bernie, by Dave Frishberg, is an exception. One of the better renditions of this song is here, by Blossom Dearie

14 Dec 21

University researchers conducted a study of 543 participants (communication majors studying privacy, big data and surveillance issues) to measure the frequency and depth of online terms review and comprehension. The research was motivated by a desire to point out the fallacy of a privacy regulatory regime that relies exclusively on the notice-and-consent model.
The study authors used modified versions of LinkedIn's terms and policies. They asked the students to sign up to a fictitious social network, similar to LinkedIn, that the university, the students were told, had contracted with. The terms required the user to consent to over-the-top terms, including the disclosure of data to the NSA and to "third parties [building] data products designed to assess eligibility", which, the terms state, "could impact … employment, financial service (bank loans, insurance, etc.), university entrance, international travel, and the criminal justice system."

26 Nov 21

Abro Industries, out of Indiana, makes and sells products under the “Made in the USA” label. Abro sells products like duct tape and epoxy glue, and does quite well in emerging economies. Abro’s Tim Demarias scours the world seeking to open new markets. At one point, Tim noticed that sales were down considerably, and suspected counterfeiters. In an NPR broadcast entitled “The Stolen Company”, Tim recounts his adventures in chasing down one particularly ruthless counterfeiter out of China. Here’s the transcript of the broadcast: