Parents In Animated Children's Movies Often Die In 10 Minutes​

A study in the British Medical Journal found that characters in animated children's films die three times more often than folks in adult films. The study also found that those characters were likely to be parents, and that they were especially likely to die within the first 10 minutes of the film. » 12/18/14 2:40pm Yesterday 2:40pm

I'm also surrounded by good white people in my life, mostly. I've taken this opportunity to tell them directly when they piss me off or say something that I find inappropriate in the circumstances. Sometimes they agree, often enough they don't. But, at least we're having a conversation.

With *good* people, that's kind… » 12/17/14 9:46am Wednesday 9:46am

Aaron Sorkin Doesn't Think That Racism Should Make The Newsroom

Full disclosure: If I met Aaron Sorkin in real life I would probably wet myself. I can probably recite A Few Good Men, and all four "canonical" seasons of the West Wing. I love his writing, which probably means I love his thinking. And even though he has not yet explicitly turned his insightful gaze towards the… » 12/15/14 9:34am Monday 9:34am

Does the FBI Work For Sony Now?

Have you read about the Sony hacks? Somebody tell Nick Denton that Sam Biddle is killing it. Sony sounds like a more toxic place to work than Fukushima. Hilarity is ensuing as we speak. » 12/12/14 12:00pm 12/12/14 12:00pm

How Many Bites Do Sloppy Lawyers Get At The Apple?

The antitrust suit against Apple over the iPod forcing you to buy music from the Apple Store doesn't have to be stupid. I remember when I got my first iPod and I tried to download all the stuff I stole on Napster (uhh, just kidding, authorities) and it wouldn't let me. That's not right. I want Apple to be punished. » 12/10/14 4:15pm 12/10/14 4:15pm

Ignorance Is Worth $5.27 Billion of Bliss, Says Government​

New FDA regulations published last month affect certain retail chain establishments — including many restaurants, grocery stores, vending machine operators, movie theaters, and amusement parks — requiring them to display calorie counts next to their menu items. As part of the rule-making, the Food and Drug… » 12/08/14 2:30pm 12/08/14 2:30pm

Black Law Students Ask For Race-Based Exam Extension​

It's been a bad month for black people in America. It feels like the cops have declared open season against black males under the age of 20, and the legal system doesn't seem to care. I don't know about you, but I've been going through my days feeling like I'm carrying 400 years of racial oppression on my back. It's… » 12/08/14 11:56am 12/08/14 11:56am

Deal Judge: Getting Suckers To Market

Issue #1: The law has to protect idiots. That's just what we do in a polite society. The SEC is now taking a look at online "direct sales" pyramid schemes. From the Wall Street Journal: » 12/05/14 5:39pm 12/05/14 5:39pm

How Law Professors Can Help Failing Schools

So, the New York Times kicked off this week in law schools with one of their awesome trend pieces about some issue everybody who has been paying attention already knows about. Law schools are in trouble, don't ya know? If students don't come to law school, it makes the law school deans feel ouchy in the part of their… » 12/05/14 10:52am 12/05/14 10:52am

If You Think Cameras Will Stop White Cops, You Aren't Paying Attention​

There are lots of reasons to be against mandatory body cameras on police officers. We should be worried about police using those cameras to conduct illegal searches. We should be worried about the privacy of people who haven't yet been convicted of any crime. We should be worried about the police using the cameras to… » 12/03/14 3:53pm 12/03/14 3:53pm

Ancient Law Signed By George Washington Cracks Open Smartphone​s

In the battle between law enforcement and your privacy, law enforcement has a powerful ally. A law signed by George Washington in 1789 seems to give the federal government the authority to force smartphone manufactures to decrypt protected information on your devices. » 12/02/14 4:06pm 12/02/14 4:06pm