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Kohjinsha dual screen laptop

We’re all increasingly dependent on technology. And as much as we love our portable Blackberrys and iPods, for serious work we usually need an actual computer – a laptop at the least.

The new Kohjinsha Dual Screen DZ Series is now available in Japan for ¥95,800, about $1,170 Canadian. Yes, that’s a dual-screen laptop computer with two 10.1″ LED displays, Athlon Neo 1.6 GHz MV-40 CPU, 1 (exp to 4) GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 3200, and 160 GB of storage. There’s even a 1.3 megapixel web camera.

In some industries like health information management (one . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Practice Management, Technology

Switzerland Bans Minarets

Just as we were thinking the Texas ban on unions “identical…to marriage” and the Ugandan proposal to severely punish homosexuals were the loony tunes of the moment, here comes a Swiss miss: A right wing proposal to ban minarets in Switzerland, put to the people in a referendum, was a few minutes ago approved by “a majority of the Swiss people and the cantons . . .”

According to an announcement on the Federal Chancellery website:

The Federal Council respects this decision. Consequently the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is no longer permitted. The four existing minarets will remain.

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Posted in: Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Foreign Law

Slaw Retweets: 23-29/11/09

As many Slaw readers will know, much of the trading in finds and pointers on the internet has moved into “real time” applications, principally Twitter. Because not everyone uses Twitter—and because those of us who do will each follow different groups—Slaw will test out a new weekly feature that brings you a selection of interesting tweets relating to things we haven’t otherwise posted about. These are chosen (by me) from a collection of tweets proposed, in this first go-round, by Slaw contributors. (Apologies for the fact that too many are from me: it’s just a pump priming.)

But we’d like . . . [more]

Posted in: Slaw Retweets

The State of Marriage in the State of Texas

We’re late to the party on this one, which has been bouncing around the internet over the last week, starting with a claim (by Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a lawyer and a candidate for the office of Texas attorney general) in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, picked up by the Huffington Post, that a 2005 amendment to the Texas Constitution effectively wiped out legal marriage there. The thing that has Radnofsky fussed — and scornful — is Paragraph (b) of Section 32 of Article 1 (Bill of Rights), which reads as follows:

(b) This state or a political

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Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law

The Honourable Mr. Justice T. David Marshall

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a man with an extraordinary career which has been untimely cut short and I want to use this platform to draw attention to a true renaissance man. Justice David Marshall of the Ontario Superior Court, MD, LLB passed away unexpectedly a week ago today. While I did not know Justice Marshall well, upon meeting him one could not help but marvel at his career and list of accomplishments; regardless of his list of accomplishments, I was immediately struck by the genuine interest he took in the people he had just met. Over . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

A Milestone

Slaw reaches 5000 posts. For a law blog that’s awesome, and for a Canadian legal information blog, unthinkable.

And we have been told just this week that we’ve been recognized by the Law Foundation of Ontario and will be receiving a grant which will permit us to take Slaw to even greater heights. Thank you Law Foundation.

Over the next few months we’ll unveil our plans and respond to unmet needs, through Slaw.

As many of you know Slaw is deliberately unhierarchical in its structure and operations. Steve Matthews, Connie Crosby and I form three parts of our loose four-person . . . [more]

Posted in: Administration of Slaw

Text of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Given the current news stories arising out of the Commonwealth leaders meeting and the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill introduced last month, I thought it might be useful for Slaw readers to have access to the actual language of the bill. (I guess it’s too much to ask the mainstream media outlets to either quote the legislation at length, in cases such as this, or provide a link to a web location for the text of legislation under discussion.)

A PDF photocopy of the bill is available on the Box Turtle Bulletin site, as is an HTML text version. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Al-Jazeera English Approved in Canada

After months of deliberation, the CRTC today finally approved Al-Jazeera English for distribution in Canada, without conditions.

What’s remarkable about this decision is, well, that it’s entirely unremarkable. To all appearances, this should have been a relatively easy regulatory call: Al-Jazeera English fit squarely within the new regulatory framework announced a year ago for distribution of non-Canadian news services, where the CRTC stated that it would generally approve such services absent “clear evidence” that the service would violate Canadian regulations. There was strong demand for the service, as shown by the 2600 interventions in favour. Furthermore, Al-Jazeera English wisely engaged . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

Twittering Politicians

Shaunna’s mention of TwitterCommons prompted me to point out poliTwitter, which aggregates federal and provincial politicians’ Twitter feeds. The interface is a tad clunky (the dropdown menus are awkward to use), but there’s lots here to like.

Non-politicians tweeting on political issues are captured in the “community” display. You can sort by party affiliation, and the statistics are fascinating. Trend tracking via hastag, of course. And the search allows you to find your MP/MPP. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous