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November 29, 2002
Selling a used item as a copyright infringement?
Used knitting patterns are often resold by the original buyer when they've used them. "Alice Starmore(R)" is a company that makes patterns and yarns for knitters. Ebay is a big clearinghouse for knitters, and "Alice Starmore(R)" has repeatedly insisted that ANY auction of their yarns or patterns be pulled as the auctions violate their trademark and/or copyrights. So the knitters are getting a defense fund together to claim anti-trust and restraint of trade. Didn't we sort this all out over selling used books and cd's already?
You really shouldn't mess with people who have a hobby that makes them adept with big metal needles. (BTW Alice Starmore is from the Hebrides, hence the whole "KnittingBeyond..." business.)
posted by Salmonberry at 7:40 PM PST - 19 comments
This stuff is nasty!
Have anyone out there ever tried Marmite? It looks like something you might pack your wheel bearings in. The taste isn't much better. Maybe it's just a British thing?
posted by reidfleming at 3:37 PM PST - 69 comments
Got a health question? Go Ask Alice!
Fielding questions ranging from the common cold to way out there sexual dysfunctions, Go Ask Alice!--Columbia University's "Q&A Internet Service"--handles even the most bizarre
sounding questions with honesty, humor, and good advice. I visit this site about once a week, and have learned quite a bit.
posted by WolfDaddy at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments
Just say 'no' to Bose.
Bose speakers may be the best known brand to many people, but ask an audiophile about them, and be prepared for flames. Is this just snobbery and elitism? This guy walks you through why Bose speakers are a very poor choice for the money, Bose's deceptive marketing practices, and even gives you a list of better alternatives.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 7:34 AM PST - 89 comments
Millionaires' Havens, Heavens And Hell Holes:
Ghastly, depressing Monaco
comes in for a deserved drubbing from Philip Delves Broughton in this week's Spectator
. The idea of billionaires surfing the Web looking for a hide-out makes me giggle and gag, but it appears poor people can play too. Have a look at (free!) e-zine Escape From America
; run your index finger down a list
of tax havens
and choose the
you'd scarper off to, if your money problems, whether from excess or lack of money, ever become too [sorry...
posted by MiguelCardoso at 2:34 AM PST - 9 comments