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by Robin Harris on Friday, 11 August, 2006

Should Impersonating a Human Be a Crime?
Fascinating Wall Street Journal article about a YouTube video that satirizes Al Gore’s global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. The two-minute video is called Al Gore’s Penguin Army.

I haven’t seen either. What is interesting is that the video’s maker is listed as a 29 year old from Beverly Hills, but when the WSJ traded emails with “him” they found that:

. . . the email originated from a computer registered to DCI Group, a Washington, D.C., public relations and lobbying firm whose clients include oil company Exxon Mobil Corp.

Oops!

Stop Tux Abuse!
In the article’s illustration it looks like they are using Tux, the Linux mascot and symbol, as the penguin. Is Tux copyrighted? Is the open-source community going to let the very cute Tux be abused for crass political purposes?

Everything That Will Fit
The New York Times’ front page slogan is “All the News That’s Fit To Print”. With the internet and its massive storage capacity everything fits – and remains forever. Just another reminder that it’s reader beware 7×24. On the internet, and in life.

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