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Leni Riefenstahl, suing 12-year-olds and FFB

Leni Riefenstahl dead at 101 (CNN). Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, the 1934 Nazi propaganda film, is rightly famous — it’s technically excellent — but became a millstone around her neck for the rest of her life. To my mind, this lesson illustrates that an artist (or scientist) can never divorce the work one does from that work’s implications to society.

Music: 12-year-old sued for downloading music. ‘ ‘I got really scared. My stomach is all turning,’ Brianna said last night at the city Housing Authority apartment where she lives with her mom and her 9-year-old brother.’ Way to go, RIAA.

Spam: Paul Graham: a spam filter that fights back. Basically auto-spidering URLs found in spam messages as a form of anti-spam DDoS.

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