JibJab Gets $7.5 Million

It looks like there's still some lending going on. JibJab just closed $7.5 million in investor funding, according to TechCrunch. I guess no one told them that they were supposed to be asking Uncle Sam for money. JibJab is in the top 100 most popular sites in the U.S. It is best known for its political parodies, like This Land in the 2004 election.continue reading →

Want To Increase Online News Readership?

Here's a suggestion: provide links to primary source data. The inspiration for this mini-rant? Two stories on Navy and Marine motorcycle fatalities. The first ran in the NYT (and Seattle Times) on Sunday; the second ran on CNN.com yesterday.
In the last 12 months, 50 of the 58 sailors and marines killed on motorcycles were on sport bikes, which are faster and easier to maneuver than their cruiser counterparts. The Army, which also has a training program, lost 36 soldiers in sport bike accidents in the same time period.
Not surprisingly, articles like this get my motorcycle friends talking, especially those of us who teach MSF courses. And we always want to know more than the reporter thinks we need to know. In this story, our questions include: …continue reading →

Palin email Hacker Pleads Not Guilty

According to the Christian Science Monitor, 20-year-old David Kernell,  son of Rep. Mike Kernell (D), chair of the Tennessee Government Operations Committee, has pleaded not guilty to one felony count of "accessing a computer without permission." See the indictment (pdf).

Gov. Palin's personal Yahoo! email account was hacked into in September. You can see hacked material on WikiLeaks. Kernell turned himself in after he learned that he would be charged.

Internet response is interesting. A senior editor at ZDNet seems to think the crime is no big deal. Given that a Hawaiian postal carrier was sentenced to only six months for stealing mail -- maybe he's right. But it takes a lot more initiative -- and premediation -- to break into someone's personal email account than it does to fail to deliver a piece of mail.

Here's the federal statute on mail: …continue reading →