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Comment Re:unintentionally? (Score 1) 414

But if his fields had been naturally pollinated, why should he be responsible for Monsanto's inability to contain their pollen?

Because he specifically decided to replant the Monsanto seed. It's one thing to have your crops polluted; it's quite another to say "hey, I like this pollution and I'm going to spread it further".

In fact, if he was in the business of selling non-GMO, the contamination of his fields could cost him value, customers, or even entire markets.

Which is why Monsanto agreed to pay him for the costs of eliminating the Monsanto seed which had been accidentally blown into his field.

Comment unintentionally? (Score 4, Interesting) 414

Reader n4djs notes that Monsanto has been known to sue farmers for patent infringement when their crops unintentionally contain genetically modified plants.

This might have happened, but the Percy Schmeiser case is not such a case. The Supreme Court of Canada found that Schmeiser deliberately harvested and planted his field with seed which he knew had Monsanto's genetic modifications.

It rather scares me that one of the leading anti-GMO spokesmen is someone who deliberately planted his field with genetically modified seed and then lied about it when he got caught.

Comment This is an opportunity, not a threat! (Score 2, Interesting) 135

Providing that humanity still exists in the year 1.5M but hasn't yet spread to other solar systems, this is a huge opportunity: Rather than needing to travel 3-4 light years in order to reach another star, we'll need to travel less than one light year -- thus making the trip both faster and much cheaper.

Who knows, it might even be possible to slowly spread across the entire galaxy without ever venturing into interstellar space.

Comment This sucks, but is it wrong? (Score 1) 253

This definitely sucks for cryptome. But has PayPal actually done anything wrong?

It seems to me that PayPal isn't trying to be evil here; rather, they made a business decision that cryptome wasn't an organization they wanted to do business with. Businesses make such decisions every day -- car rental companies in Canada, for example, often refuse to rent cars to anyone under age 25 -- so why is it different when PayPal does the same thing?

(For the record, my company only takes payments via PayPal, but I'm eagerly looking forward to the day when Amazon Payments or Google Checkout start accepting Canadian merchants. I don't like PayPal either; I just think they're not being evil in this case.)

Comment Re:Donating all my company's profits for December (Score 1) 596

I'm not sure what part of the world you're from, but in UTC we're still at December 27th, so the month isn't over yet. I'll known how much money Tarsnap made in December a few hours after 2010-01-01 00:00:00 UTC (since Tarsnap's financial year is January-December UTC), at which point I'll send the money over to the Foundation, a few hours before the end of their year (since they work on a January-December MST year).

And no, it won't be zero. Before announcing this earlier in the month, I checked with the FreeBSD Foundation and gave them an estimate of how much money they would be receiving, and they were perfectly satisfied with it.

Comment Re:Donating all my company's profits for December (Score 1) 596

Because rsync, sshfs, rdiff-backup, etc. aren't secure. With any of those, your service provider has access to your unencrypted data; with Tarsnap, I have no way to read your files -- or your file names, file sizes, directory tree structure, or even figure out how many files you have stored.

Comment Donating all my company's profits for December (Score 2, Informative) 596

I'm donating all of the profits my Tarsnap online backup system makes for December to the FreeBSD Foundation. As a FreeBSD developer I find the work done by the FreeBSD Foundation to be invaluable, and Tarsnap has benefitted greatly from work done within FreeBSD, so I figured this was a good way of giving back.

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