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The Almighty Buck

PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account 443

rysiek writes "Remember MailPile, the privacy-focused, community-funded FOSS webmail project with built-in GPG support? The good news is, the funding campaign is a success, with $135k raised (the goal was $100k). The bad news is: PayPal froze MailPile's account, along with $45k that was on it, and will not un-freeze it until MailPile team provides 'an itemized budget and your development goal dates for your project.' One of the team members also noted: 'Communications with PayPal have implied that they would use any excuse available to them to delay delivering as much of our cash as possible for as long as possible.' PayPal doesn't have a great track record as far as fund freezing is concerned — maybe it's high time to stop using PayPal?"

Comment Are we sure about this? (Score 2) 295

The first Sci-Fi novel I read was A Wrinkle In Time in the 6th grade. The very next book I read was Heinlien's "A Stranger In a Strange Land". I spent the next 30 years trying to build my very own cult/commune. My lack of any magical abilities whatsoever has made this endeavor less than successful. Perhaps we shouldn't make it mandatory that our children go down the same road. Just sayin'.

Comment Re:It's simple (Score 1) 366


Look: The 3 things mentioned in this thread, restless leg, irritable bowel and fibromyalgia, all became widely known at the very same time as the drugs for those ailments were first advertised. The advertising itself created the markets for those drugs by convincing people that they had something wrong with them and it had a name and a treatment. Since these particular drugs have few side effects and counter indication for them is rare doctors freely prescribe them,off-label even.

I am certain that there are people that benefit greatly from both the diagnosis and treatment of these particular things. I am just as certain that a majority of the people taking drugs to treat these things are neither afflicted with them nor are they helped by the treatments beyond placebo affect.

If you are one of those unlucky enough to be genuinely affected by IBS, Restless Leg or Fibromyalgia I hope that your treatment is going well and I wish you the best.

Comment Re:Locks keep out honest people... (Score 2, Interesting) 80

Locks also keep out lazy criminals. When you can't know who the criminals are that's a fair defense against most of them. This legislation seeks to more effectively determine who/where the criminals are. They can round up all of the car thieves in my neighborhood and it still be stolen if I leave it unattended and running. Legislation that provides consequences for banks that leave the "door" unlocked might be more effective than this "intelligence sharing" which does little to that end. Makell them to lock the doors. We may not even need anything further.

As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.