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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

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MPAA Accuses Laser Jets of Downading "Iron Man"
For those who require further proof that services purporting to find copyright violators via automated programs are prone to error -- requiring substantial legal fees to fix -- consider this piece on a study on DMCA take down notices done by some folks at Washington University.
The People Have Spoken on Pooh.
Well, the results are in, and the overwhelming majority of people who answered considered Pooh an "animal" for purposes of 20 questions. You can view the results here: http://www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=1209771

As you might imagine, this came about as a result of a Twenty Questions game (a way to keep Aaron amused). Becky said "animal" and, when we couldn't guess it, said the answer was Winnie-the-Pooh. I protested that Pooh was a mineral, because he was a stuffed bear. She said he was real in the story and behaved as a real animal, and therefore should be "animal." I responded that the book itself described Pooh as a stuffed animal, spoke of him being in the toybox, and included things in the stories that were dependent on Pooh being an animated stuffed bear and not a real bear. This did not even rise to the level of Hobbs, who in Calvin's imagination is always a real tiger and not a stuffed tiger that acts like a real tiger.

I offered to take the question to LJ and let the people decide. And the people have spoken! Pooh is an animal and Becky gets bragging rights over her husband.

To quote Opus: "Stupid horse-brained masses!"

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