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Comment: Re:As always (Score 1) 368 368

No they didn't, actually. I work in the industry. Apple basically said "This is what we're going to do; if you don't like it, shove off". And iTunes is such a major portion of their digital income stream, that it's a very difficult decision for them to make. Sony still hasn't signed, and many of the smaller labels are scrambling (with lawyers) to figure out how to fight effectively. If this isn't monopolistic behavior, I dunno what is.

Comment: Re:Meritocracy (Score 1) 1032 1032

von Mises to Ayn Rand:

"You have the courage to tell the masses what no politician told them: you are inferior and all the improvements in your conditions which you simply take for granted you owe to the efforts of men who are better than you."

that's right, plebes. Can't afford college? Then you obviously aren't good enough than the sons and daughters of the rich. Grovel, plebe, grovel.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.