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Comment: Re:if everyone ignored the quacks... (Score 1) 650

by Zedekiah (#31270320) Attached to: Use Open Source? Then You're a Pirate!
Anarchist and other anti-capitalist philosophy has a somewhat different definition of property, that is *always* causing statements like this to come up. To clarify:

Property is something you own by law - for example, a factory, acres of land, an idea, rights to do this that or the other, someone elses' work. It contrasts with...
Possession. Something you *physically own*, for example, your toothbrush or radio, or smartphone, or (at a stretch) the house you live in.

We oppose the former, but support the latter.

Comment: Re:Not impossible, but very unlikely (Score 1) 311

by Zedekiah (#31098330) Attached to: Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force
To address your points - yes, violent crime is relatively low, but even ONE dead guy at the hands of the police is somethign that should be investigated and dealt with, and is a major problem. No police officer should be killing people needlessly, nevermind innocent people. And people are objected to it - politicians, on the other hand, are not. And while we do not have the US bipartisan system, none of the major parties are for stepping down this. Massive voter apathy doesn't help things.

Comment: Re:Not impossible, but very unlikely (Score 1) 311

by Zedekiah (#31098320) Attached to: Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force

"not the average bobby on the beat"

And when was the last time you saw one of those?

In my area of North London it's weeks maybe even months between sightings.

Last? Earlier this morning. Time before? A couple of days ago. Any evening I go out into town there's a few wandering. There's usually one patrolling the rest of town too. I'm not fan of the police, but I see them quite often.

Comment: Re:"We lie cheat and steal... " (Score 1) 109

by Zedekiah (#23790953) Attached to: UK's House of Lords Speaks To Voters Via YouTube, Blogs
Anarchism and Socialism are hardly like oil and water; most respected branches (that is, not the ludicrous "anarcho"-capitalism and the like) come under the branch of social Anarchism, and Anarchism has much shared history with communism (despite the communists habit of shooting us -.-)
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Free (As In Speech) Beer, V2.0 266

Posted by kdawson
from the brewed-awakening dept.
AgentPaper writes "Three years ago we discussed an open source brewing project in which a Danish brewer made his beer recipes available for public consumption and alteration. The concept has taken off, first with the 'Free Beer Project' in Denmark and now with Flying Dog's 'Collaborator' Doppelbock in the US, which was created via input from home brewers across the world. One version of the Collaborator is commercially brewed and available for purchase (and is darned tasty), but you can download the same recipe and labels, brew it yourself, and submit your mods back to the project."
Enlightenment

+ - Einstein thought religion "childish superstiti->

Submitted by GrahamCox
GrahamCox (741991) writes "The Guardian is running a story about a private letter of Albert Einstein's which is about to come up for auction:
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." So said Albert Einstein, and his famous aphorism has been the source of endless debate between believers and non-believers wanting to claim the greatest scientist of the 20th century as their own. A little known letter written by him, however, may help to settle the argument — or at least provoke further controversy about his views. Due to be auctioned this week in London after being in a private collection for more than 50 years, the document leaves no doubt that the theoretical physicist was no supporter of religious beliefs, which he regarded as "childish superstitions"."

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Government

+ - UK Government planning to ban pirates

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Zedekiah
Zedekiah writes "It would seem that those who lllegally download music and film in the UK are in danger of loosing their internet connections:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7240234.stm (BBC.co.uk)
From the article:
A draft consultation Green Paper suggests internet service providers would be required to take action over users who access pirated material.
Under a "three strikes" rule they would receive an e-mail warning, suspension, and then termination of their contract.
Six million people a year are estimated to download files illegally in the UK."

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