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Comment Re:No thanks (Score 1) 66

Gold, really? eGold was a site that did paypal for gold, and failed miserably. Gold-to-cash is a constantly changing ratio, and can lead to gold holders to be quite poorer when the stock market is soaring... cash is better than gold most of the time.

eGold failed because they were engaged in fraud and straight up money laundering

Comment Re:Subsidies inflate pricing. (Score 1) 1797

The reason the federal student loan program exists is because it ISN'T profitable to make that loan. Most kids are going to default, and the banks will be left holding the bag.

you can default on student loans, but you can never be absolved of them.

The only risk in making a student loan is that the beneficiary dies before they can pay it back, which is generally speaking a sound bet.

Comment Poisoning The Well (Score 1) 291

The questions they ask and the available answers are fucking bullshit.

When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?

  • Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
  • More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
  • More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
  • Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
  • Unsure
Censorship

Submission + - Netafp.com GPL Compliance and Censorship (pastebin.com)

mithrandir14 writes: The current maintainers of netatalk formed a commercial entity to provide support to corporate entities in an attempt to fund further development of the project. (netafp.com) In January they posted a list of vendors who they felt should be paying them but were not to their news blog with a very disgruntled and petty tone. In June, apparently, since same vendors still were not paying them they closed all development on the project and withheld the source and binaries except to those customers who were paying them in an attempt to extort money out of consumer NAS vendors using their product. The code and binaries withheld included the necessary afp 3.3 implementation details to support time machine on the forthcoming OS X 10.7 release. Some very disturbing actions followed. We've come to expect this type of closed communication and censorship from corporate entities but to see it from the maintainers of a fairly popular GPL'ed project is disheartening. The code is once again available but netafp.com appears to have taken steps to obscure the fact that they were pressured into doing so instead of doing so of their own accord. A timeline of events is located here: http://pastebin.com/gAntZQik

Comment Re:How many links is the limit for infringement? (Score 1) 340

I think using intent as a basis for this judgment is a slippery slope, though. My counterargument is, for instance, having a website which links to videos of people committing vandalism. Regardless of whether it's a site by some graffiti artist who admires the content they're linking to, or some "get off my lawn type" documenting crimes being committed, it should be allowed either way, even if it could be construed as supporting something illegal.

What if the site name was different, say, "scumbagcopyrightinfringingwebsites.net", from someone who works in the movie industry and wants to generate a public list of sites of copyright infringers for his employer to take down (unlikely, I know, but an example nonetheless)? The intent is wildly different, but the end is the same--someone could use it to find streams or what have you of shows they want to watch or songs they want to listen to.

What if the site just blindly compiles video results from the Google Custom Search API allowing people unfamiliar with Google hacks to find TV shows? Different intent, but no attempt to limit those who obviously intend to use it for copyright infringement. Should a site like this have to take into consideration the copyright holders?

Comment How many links is the limit for infringement? (Score 5, Insightful) 340

I like using rlslog.net to conveniently find torrents. They host no copyrighted content whatsoever, only link to sites which link to torrents which in a sense link to a swarm of people who have parts of the file of interest.

I imagine that, just following random links on the internet from nearly any given site, I could eventually get to the site I mentioned above. How many links is enough degrees of separation? Surely if liability is introduced simply by linking to a website, you are liable for anything sites you link to also link to. I wonder how many government sites link to Google as their site search provider? Google can get you anywhere, so surely the government would in those cases be liable for linking to Google which links to torrent sites. And that's why this idea is completely absurd.

And how the hell is what this kid did worthy of extradition, or even a felony in the US? Our copyright policy is so ridiculous.

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