In Aereo case, Supreme Court behind the times

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
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U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

The Supreme Court is hearing an important case regarding TV streaming rights, but apparently its members haven't much of a clue as to how technology works these days.

From Chief Justice John Roberts not knowing the difference between email and a pager to Justice Stephen Breyer admitting he didn't understand the movie "The Social Network" that chronicled the birth of Facebook, the Supremes showed that while they may know the law, they don't know the 'Net, according to an account from New York magazine.

The case involves TV networks trying to stop Aereo from streaming their content over its website to paying customers.

There were at least eight fairly significant technology flubs by the justices, as chronicled by in a post you can see here.