New Photos Added

I uploaded some more files to the gallery. The new album contains phtographs of the University of Melbourne grounds which I took on first day of semester.

More photos are yet to come. In the interim, I suggest you check out Decibel for some stunning photography and a most excellent site-design. That photographer sure gets around!

I think it's time to go to bed now.

Quae Vide

Each Friday, I'll try to collate a summary of interesting links, reviews, and articles upon which I have stumbled throughout the week. The links will be presented with minimum commentary, but are hand-picked for quality and categorised for convience. Here are the first Quae Vide picks. This week's theme is science and technology.
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Anti Anti-Spam?

The legal issues surrounding junk e-mail detection and removal continue to discourage internet service providers from employing pro-active filtering techniques. Many ISPs are concerned about being sued for filtering false-positive (incorrect) "junk" e-mail messages in compliance with the various anti-spam regulations currently under consideration in the United States.  Read more »

Court Rebukes Detention of Children

The Family Court today ruled that detaining children is unlawful. Affirming a previous decision, Justice Strickland said he had "determined prima facie that children are unlawfully in detention and there is a real issue to be tried about that." Counsel for the children applied for their immediate release pending a full trial which is due to begin on September 15.  Read more »

The RIAA's First Hurdle

Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week evinced the first signs of opposition to RIAA scaremongering. Over the past 3 months, the Recording Industry Association of America has issued 871 subpoenas demanding information from several major tertiary institutions about the use of file sharing P2P applications on their local area networks.  Read more »

Cliché of Today: Composition

Walking from the law school to the engineering precinct, my mind made a similar transition from right to left. During the reshuffle, I happened upon the following:

Every moment of my existence is a well-framed photograph.
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Federal Court Overrules Mod Chip Verdict

In a unanimous decision, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia yesterday overruled its previous verdict that video game console copy-protection schemes comprised a "technological protection measure" as defined in subs 10(1) of the Copyright Act. The result is to prevent the sale of so-called "mod chip" devices which circumvent said protection, and to draw uncertainty about the legality of similar software circumvention methods which are widespread in personal computing.  Read more »

Yahoo Settles Patent Dispute

Internet giant Yahoo has been the latest victim in a series of patent infringement cases filed by NCR, a United States based manufacturer of ATMs and holder of some 1500 patents. Its 15 recent claims are brought against key electronic commerce players, claiming infringement of several of their patents governing electronic transactions. Significantly, the patents involve fundamental aspects of e-commerce, and (were a verdict reached) may have spurned thousands of further claims against leading electronic stores.  Read more »

Equality and Law

I stumbled upon an interesting idea in one of my law lectures today: substantive equality is impossible. I say substantive (as opposed to formal) equality in the sense that measures are taken to reduce pre-existing negative social offset by actively promoting disadvantaged persons or sectors of the community. It is not possible because we cannot construct a society of clones.  Read more »

Internet Defamation Trial Date Set

In what promises to be a landmark case for internet publishers, Gutnick v Dow Jones will be heard in Melbourne on 3 October, 2003.  Read more »