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Why People With Brain Implants Are Afraid to Go Through Automatic Doors
In 2009, Gary Olhoeft walked into a Best Buy to buy some DVDs. He walked out with his whole body twitching and convulsing. Olhoeft has a brain implant, tiny bits of microelectronic circuitry that deliver electrical impulses to his motor cortex in order to control the debilitating tremors he suffers as a symptom of Parkinson’s disease. It had been working fine. So, what happened when he passed through those double wide doors into consumer electronics paradise? He thinks the theft-prevention system interfered with his implant and turned it off.

Olhoeft’s experience isn’t unique. According to the Food and Drug Administration’s MAUDE database of medical device reports, over the past five years there have been at least 374 cases where electromagnetic interference was reportedly a factor in an injury involving medical devices including neural implants, pacemakers and insulin pumps. In those reports, people detailed experiencing problems with their devices when going through airport security, using massagers or simply being near electrical sources like microwaves, cordless drills or “church sound boards.”
internet-of-things  iot  best-buy  implants  parkinsons-disease  emi  healthcare  devices  interference 
11 weeks ago by jm
We need your help to keep working for European digital rights in 2014
Grim. DRI are facing a 5-figure legal bill from the music industry - they need your donations to avoid shutdown
donations  dri  funding  amicus-curiae  law  ireland  digital-rights-ireland  emi  irma 
january 2014 by jm
Same Old Stories From Sean Sherlock
Sherlock’s record is spotty at best when it comes to engagement. Setting aside the 80,680 people who were ignored by the minister, he was hostile and counter productive to debate from the beginning, going so far as to threaten to pull out of a public debate because a campaigner against the ['Irish SOPA'] SI would be in attendance. His habit of blocking people online who publicly ask him tough yet legitimate questions has earned him the nickname “Sherblock”.
sean-sherlock  sherblock  labour  ireland  politics  blocking  filtering  internet  freedom  copyright  emi  music  law  piracy  debate  twitter 
december 2013 by jm
FOI docs regarding lobbying of Sean Sherlock on the copyright SI
Truly amazing outcome from Mark Tighe's FOI request regarding lobbying on the copyright SI. It turns out that (a) IRMA want all Irish ISPs to enact "3 strikes", and view the SI as a way to force this; but (b) Eircom are of the opinion that "3 strikes" is now illegal and unenforceable under EU and Irish law. Despite knowing this, Sherlock then went ahead and signed the SI into law *anyway*, just to avoid the hassle of IRMA's members bringing the government to court. Which they did anyway, regardless. What an utter shambles
sopaireland  sean-sherlock  irma  emi  copyright  ireland  law  eircom  lobbying  foi 
march 2012 by jm
Irish ISP was lucky - l@w.geek.nz
Kiwi lawyer on the EMI v UPC case, lots of good commentary (via Eoin O'Dell)
emi  upc  law  ireland  nz  via:cearta  copyfight  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
Strike One? « A Clatter of the Law
Rossa McMahon rounds up some highlights from Mr. Justice Charleton's judgement on the UPC case; good post
law  ireland  upc  irma  emi  ip  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
Senator Paschal Mooney parrots the EMI "Aslan filesharing" story
'There is a perception that the big five record companies, all international companies, have been ripping off the consumer for many years. I do not want to be seen as an apologist for the music industry [jm: oh really], but at the lower level I can give a specific example to highlight the impact of illegal downloading on Aslan, an Irish band. [... blah blah...] Why must we wait for a High Court judgment to be made before we introduce relevant legislation? This is not the first time it has happened in the copyright sector.' -- wait, the what? It's a SECTOR now?!! wtf (via Charles Julienne)
copyright-sector  copyfight  omgwtf  paschal-mooney  seanad  ireland  aslan  emi  irma  filesharing  from delicious
october 2010 by jm

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