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Ain’t nobody in the US House of Representatives gonna be listening to no Spotify at work. Why? The House’s IT overlords don’t see fit. Not because Spotify is distracting and there’s real work that needs to be done or anything, no. It’s because Spotify has P2P guts and P2P is baaaaaaad, apparently. Yeah, even the RIAA thinks that line of reasoning is stupid.
In a terse exchange with the New York Times, Melinda Gates, wife of billionaire tech playboy William Gates, says she’s all but banned Apple products from the Garden of Eden—er, her household.
Major Nelson, updating us on a periodic Xbox Live purge — banhammering cheaters, pirates and other folks of ill-repute, though not 12-year-olds — reminds us of Microsoft’s official policy that if you buy a used Xbox 360 that’s been banned, you’re screwed.
California is joining seven other states and Washington DC by imposing a full-on ban of text messaging while driving. The bill signed by the Governator himself imposes a $US20 fine for the first offence and $US50 for repeat offenders starting next year. Kind of a slap on the wrist if you ask me—but that is more than 43 other states in this country are doing. [LA Times via CrunchGear]
As a result of Nintendo’s loss in court to a Texas-based company called Anascape, the judge ruled that all sales of the Wii Classic Controller and the GameCube controller need to be temporarily halted until funds can be placed into an escrow account. What’s the impact on you, Joe or Dan Consumer? Starting today, July 23, all sales of those controllers AND GameCube systems will be placed on hold, meaning that you should really try and find a place to buy these accessories now if you need them soon. On the bright side, Nintendo’s Nunchuck controller isn’t affected by this ruling about analogue sticks, so you’re safe if you just want to play Wii games. [1up via Kotaku]
Student Catches Principal Fighting With Student on Mobile Phone Camera, School Responds By Banning Mobiles
Way to go, Caddo School Board. You’ve won yourself the Gizmodo luddite of the week award. See, when a student films the principal of your Huntington High School fighting another student, the correct response isn’t to ban cellphones, it’s to make sure principals don’t fight with students. It was only after the student showed the clip to local media that you actually did something about the situation, putting the principal on paid administrative leave. As a side note, we would also have accepted “resigning and putting people not completely retarded onto the school board” as a correct response. [Shreveport Times via Techdirt - Image courtesy Chicspeare]