Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
What happens to your keys and passwords after you die? Cory Doctorow looks at the various ways of giving loved ones access to your post-mortem online life.
On the topic of police dogs, someone in the comments posted this 2007 Grits for Breakfast post, in which a consultant expert on the use of K9s says the dogs are wrong about half the time. No idea how accurate that is, though it’s consistent with what cops from LEAP have told me.
Publishers Weekly interviews comic artist Peter Bagge, whose new book is a collection of the editorial comics he has written for Reason over the years.
Wired follows up on bCurtis Melvin’s work using Google Maps to annotate North Korea’s geography.
WalMart supports an employer health care mandate. Weirdly, this will likely win the company praise from its traditional critics. In truth, this really is an effort to impose expensive, government-enforced burdens on the company’s mom-and-pop competitors. Yet another example of how behemoth companies tend to welcome federal regulation, not shun it. More regs make it more difficult for upstarts to compete.
Stock up on Nyquil and Allerest now. The feds may ban them. Ridiculous. When you consider how many people benefit from the acetaminophen’s pain relief properties, 458 deaths per year sounds almost like a rounding error. (MORE: They want to ban Percocet and Vicodin, too.)
The Daily Show’s terrific reporting from Iran.
Husien Shehada, a 29-year-old unarmed Virginia man, was shot dead while vacationing in Florida this week. Police were apparently investigating reports of a man carrying a gun outside a nightclub. It doesn’t appear that he did anything wrong at all. The police bizarrely then interrogated the man’s brother and girlfriend about whether “they spoke Arabic,” then arrested the man’s brother for beating his girlfriend (he denies the charge). The cop who shot him was back on duty four days later, during which he was involved in a second fatal shooting. He’s now on paid desk duty. More here.