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Bits & Pieces, January 18, 2007

January 18th, 2007

There is a complication in the Scooter Libby trial that might not have been anticipated: so many people hate the Bush administration now that it would be hard to find an impartial jury. But that could go the other way as well: of the remaining people who don’t hate the Bush administration, most of those people are the wingnuts, whose bias interferes equally as much, if not more.

Can one evade a trial by dividing the nation so much that finding unbiased jurors is impossible?

The Bush administration is now claiming that it is no longer wiretapping without a warrant. But since the agreement with the secret court is itself secret, and since I wouldn’t trust that the administration is not doing all kinds of crap off the radar, one can take that with whatever size grain of salt you prefer.

Apple posted a bigger profit than ever before, mainly based upon iPod sales. Profits rose 78% over last year. Computer sales were also up 28%, with Gartner showing a corresponding 30% increase in market share, which they now tag at 5.1% of the U.S. market. iPods sold like crazy, and Apple stores revamped stores to create express lanes so sales could go more smoothly. And yet, Apple’s stock slipped $2 or so because of Apple’s prediction of a slow second quarter (which is usual), and because of tech stocks declining in general.

Before you snicker too much at the “world’s smallest dongle,” have a look at it. Not a bad way to add BlueTooth to your computer. If you have a Windows PC, of course–Macs all come with BlueTooth built-in. Well, OK, it’s optional on the Mac Pros, but expect that to change to built-in soon.

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