In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
Linky Friday #33
[H1] As Canada has figured out, if you don’t pay people for sperm, you don’t get enough sperm. Fortunately, the Canadians can just leach off America.
[H2] Relatedly, he’s another interesting article on Marginal Revolution about egg donation and the price-fixing thereof.
[H4] Aeon magazine looks at the science of sleep, and technological efforts to negate the need for as much of it.
[P1] Makes sense: Heroes and psychopaths have similar personalities. You know who knows this? Supervillains. They say it like all the time. Superheroes, on the other hand, tell them they’re wrong. Supervillains 1, Superheroes 0.
[P2] Maybe all of our fixation on the early years of life is misplaced.
[P3] Jessica Lahey points out how we’re shafting boys in school and offers some supported ideas on what we can do about it.
[P4] Miles Klee explains how you’re ruining the things you love. Actually, it’s more about how off-putting the wrong fans of something can be.
[P5] Repairing bad memories.
[Sh1] From Tod Kelly, posters you should keep out of your apartment or house.
[Sh2] From Aaron David, the original Mid-Century Modern.
[Sh3] Buildings made of ships.
[Sc1] From Michael Cain: What do you do when immense computational power is cheap enough? DNA sequencing of samples taken from bug-splattered windshields to measure relative abundance of different species of insects.
[Sc2] In the minds and hearts of rats, and probably humans, empathy and disgust go to war with one another.
[Sc3] Good.is has a list of seven coastal cities at great risk due to global warming.
[Sc4] Darwin and aliens.
[C1] Torie Bosch says that you should elope. There was a time in my life where I was much more sympathetic to the viewpoint of “small wedding, save for downpayment on the house.” Much to my surprise, though, I have actually come around to the idea of big weddings, to whatever extent they can be afforded.
[C1] How to have a conversation like a gentleman.
[C2] Distracted walking injures more people than distracted driving.
[C3] Did you enjoy the play? Well, it may be the product of child actor abduction. Well, if you were attending a play in olden times, anyway. Seriously, interesting article.
[C4] Marijuana shops can be their own worst enemy, perception-wise.
[B1] Will Linux be a solution for small businesses that reject Windows 8? I’m skeptical, but am starting to compile lists of what exactly is preventing me from making the transition. The lists aren’t as long as they used to be. Meanwhile, Microsoft wants control of your preboot.
[B3] Before we left Estacado, we had to get Clancy’s Camry fixed. She went to the dealership and they quoted $4,000. I called them back and they almost immediately started talking $1,100 (so angry were we, we went somewhere else – and paid less than $800). So the fact that women are overcharged doesn’t surprise me. It’s interesting how it can be mitigated, though.
[B4] Though not the enemy that some have feared, Obama has not entirely been a friend to the oil and gas industries, so it’s a bit ironic how much heavy lifting oil and gas are doing for him, economically.