— Perri Nelson, February 9, 2010
A bheil Gàidhlig agaibh?
Published Fri, Jan 19 2007 9:56 AM
Remember Betamax? It was technically superior to VHS but the world got stuck with VHS because Sony wouldn't let the pornography industry use its format. Now the DVD format wars may be decided in the same way. From Infoworld:
Sony said it will not work with the adult film industry to help put their movies on its Blu-ray Disc format, although it will not try to stop them completely.
The company will not allow its disc replicating subsidiary, Sony DADC, to handle adult film titles, it said this week. In markets where it operates around the world the company won't duplicate any movies above a certain rating or that have not been certified by a local motion picture association.
Many believe that Sony's Betamax video tape format, while technologically superior to VHS, died because the adult movie industry was barred from using Betamax, noted Jake Richter, an analyst at Jon Peddie Research. "Is Sony doomed to repeat one of the mistakes of the past? It seems like that may be the case," he wrote in a report.
"Sony is really protective of proprietary information and proprietary products, especially when it comes to the adult market. Sony is always a little more stand-offish and hands-away from it," said Jay Grdina, president of ClubJenna Inc.
I admire Sony's stand. We don't really need mass produced pornography with resolution so fine you can see every ingrown hair on some actors backside.
It's a shame that pornography has become so pervasive in our society that the adoption of a particular format by the smut industry can influence consumer's technology decisions.
Once again, Sony has made the right choice morally. It's just too bad that it could spell the doom of yet another technology because of our society's immorality.
Trackposted to Adam's Blog, basil's blog, Stuck On Stupid, Thought Alarm, Phastidio.net, 123 Beta, Rightwing Guy, The HILL Chronicles, Woman Honor Thyself, stikNstein... has no mercy, The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns, The World According to Carl, Pirate's Cove, Dumb Ox Daily News, and Right Voices, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.
Comments (0) | Trackbacks (1)
123beta trackbacked with "Open Trackback Weekend #38"
Published Fri, Jan 19 2007 12:01 AM
Technorati Tags: Courts, Open Trackbacks
What do those words have in common? They've all been applied to Mike Nifong's handling of the Duke lacrosse "rape" case. From the Washington Times:
Did a North Carolina prosecutor, members of his staff, Durham police and a DNA testing laboratory conspire to violate the civil rights of three Duke University lacrosse players in bringing high-profile rape charges against them?
That is what Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wants to know, calling on Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales this week to assign Justice Department attorneys and the FBI to find out.
"I am deeply disappointed by your apparent decision to defer a decision whether to investigate Mr. Nifong's prosecution of this case," Mr. King said, referring to rejections last week of probe requests by Reps. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican, and Carolyn McCarthy, New York Democrat.
"I urge you to reconsider your decision."
Mr. King said the Justice Department probe should target Mr. Nifong and members of his staff, including investigator Lindell Wilson; the Durham Police Department, including Officers Mark Gottlieb and Benjamin Himan; and DNA Security Inc., including its director, Brian Meehan.
He said the investigation should determine whether "these and other individuals conspired to violate and violated the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights of Collin and his two former teammates." In addition to Mr. Finnerty, 20, of Garden City, N.Y., Reade W. Seligmann, of Essex Fells, N.J.; and David F. Evans, 23, of Annapolis, are charged.
Mr. Nifong handed over the case after two major revelations:
• A Dec. 21 interview of the 28-year-old black woman who accused the three white players of raping her after she had been hired as a stripper to perform at their dorm house, during which she said she was not certain Mr. Seligmann had taken part in the assault and was not sure whether she had been penetrated during the attack, a necessary element of the crime of rape under North Carolina law.
• A Dec. 15 hearing at which Mr. Meehan said he shared tests results with Mr. Nifong but a summary report given to the defense did not contain the information that semen found inside the accuser did not match any of the Duke players. He said the decision not to give the defense the material was "an intentional limitation" at which he and Mr. Nifong arrived.
A stripper with apparent "amnesia". "An intentional limitation". Prejudicial statements in the media. That's what Nifong's case appears to be based upon.
That, and the presumption of guilt for the accused. After all, it's not the evidence that matters but "the seriousness of the charge." You'd think these kids were Republican congressmen up for re-election.
This case has everything. Hedonistic, rich, privileged, white playboys. A "frat party" atmosphere. Poor, black, underprivileged women forced to eke out a living degrading themselves. And what may very well be false, opportunistic accusations of rape (the rape charges were dropped) and sexual misconduct.
The perfect "opportunity" for a Democrat District Attorney up for re-election to get his name in front of the voters. It appeared to work, but now it's all falling apart. Regardless of the outcome in this case, there will be no winners.
The lacrosse coach is gone. Sad, because nobody accused him of the crimes. If they happened at all, they happened away from his oversight. Would he have been hounded out if he had been coaching basketball?
The Duke faculty has managed to pull a John Kerry and flip-flopped on their handling of the case. First they were all for the lynching of the lacrosse players. Now they're still for the lynching of the lacrosse players, but their letter was "misinterpreted".
The stripper's reputation has been ruined. She's been exposed as a liar and she's humiliated herself publicly. She may have actually been raped, but her ever changing story sheds more than a reasonable doubt on that.
Let's not forget that there were two strippers at the party. The accuser and another woman. Neither of their stories match. And the accuser's many stories don't match phone records or other records that give the lacrosse players an alibi.
Collin Finnerty, Reade Seligmann, and David Evans have had their reputations thoroughly trashed, whether they are found guilty or not. Even if they didn't rape the accuser, they were participating in rather questionable and immoral behavior at the party. They may not be guilty, but they're certainly not blameless.
And worst of all, the State of North Carolina may be open to all sorts of lawsuits and legal problems. After all, if DNA Security Inc. was willing to withhold evidence that had the potential to exonerate the accused, what other cases have been tainted by their handling of evidence? How many innocent men and women have been railroaded in North Carolina? How many guilty men and women are going to end up going free because of tainted evidence?
Justice is blind, but she just got sucker punched. The Department of Justice needs to investigate this mess, and then come along with a fire-hose to clean it all up.
This is your open trackbacks post for Friday, January 19, 2007 thru Sunday, January 21, 2007. If you have something interesting you'd like to share, feel free to link it here and leave a trackback.
Just remember the trackback policy.
For the best exposure, go to the blogger's oasis and use the linkfest chooser to choose the posts you'd like to hook up with.
Comments (3) | Trackbacks (42)
Rightwing Guy trackbacked with "al-Sadr and the Mahdi Army Are Going Down!"
Conservative Cat trackbacked with "01/19/07: Wrong Reason"
Big Dogs Weblog trackbacked with "Rosie Has a Double Standard"
stikNstein....has no mercy trackbacked with "Letting drugs through is just the cost of doing business….to get the Illegal Immigrants we need"
The Amboy Times trackbacked with "Open Trackback Weekend"
Thoughts on Design trackbacked with "Design Immaturity"
Woman Honor Thyself trackbacked with "DaydreaM BelieverS OpenTrackback Weekend"
Planck's Constant trackbacked with "Sports Balls and Corporate Structure"
Stuck On Stupid trackbacked with "Weekend OTB & Linkfest For Jan. 19-21, 2007"
Dumb Ox Daily News trackbacked with "Yugo! Yugo!"
Right Voices trackbacked with "Friday Open Trackbacks Open Thread"
Phastidio.net trackbacked with "Mixed marriages spark troubles in Europe [Weekend Open Trackback]"
The HILL Chronicles trackbacked with "Welcome to another OTA friday open post"
Pirate's Cove trackbacked with "Mexican Gov’t Protests Shooting Of Illegal Alien"
Ask Andrea trackbacked with "Go and Sin No More"
Wake up America> trackbacked with "Baby Steps vs Leaps and Bounds..."
Faultline USA trackbacked with "President Hillary? I Don't Think so..."
third world county trackbacked with "Still No Power at twc/Open Trackbacks"
Diggers Realm trackbacked with "Around The Blogosphere And Open Trackback #38: Liz Taylor In A Library Edition"
High Desert Wanderer trackbacked with "Quality customer service… or not"
stikNstein....has no mercy trackbacked with "Texas D.A. Reveals the Feds new “Don’t Catch, Or Else” Border Policy"
Blue Star Chronicles trackbacked with "Robert Redford Demands Apology for Iraq War"
The World According To Carl trackbacked with "Scott Charles "Bam-Bam" Bigelow -- R.I.P."
Planck's Constant trackbacked with "Why They Hate Us- No not the Muslims"
Mark My Words trackbacked with "Cognitive dissonance - Pelosi style"
The HILL Chronicles trackbacked with "Proud to announce my newest blog - Constitution Matters"
Constitution Matters trackbacked with "The Sanctity of Life"
Planck's Constant trackbacked with "Hillary's First Night As President January 2009"
Pirate's Cove trackbacked with "Save The Border Agents: President Bush Open To Pardon?"
Constitution Matters trackbacked with "Dershowitz on “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”"
Diary of the Mad Pigeon trackbacked with "Pigeontrack: May I take your order? at Rahoi.com"
The Right Nation trackbacked with "Weekend (Open) Must-Read List"
Mark My Words trackbacked with "A consumer lawsuit is inevitable"
The Uncooperative Blogger trackbacked with "Uncooperative Radio 01-20-07 And 01-21-06"
Mark My Words trackbacked with "I'm shocked, shocked to find that..."
Mark My Words trackbacked with "Well now, that will warm the cockles of one's hear"
Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker trackbacked with "Alabama meteorologist fights back"
Planck's Constant trackbacked with "ebooks, ibooks, gbooks"
Right Voices trackbacked with "Michelle Malkin: “There were no six Sunnis burned.”…"
Wake up America> trackbacked with "Are You Proud To Be An American?"
Woman Honor Thyself trackbacked with "Youre FireD"
Blue Star Chronicles trackbacked with "Celebrities Without Make-Up"