Why is "shiny rock" real value, but "cryptographic hash" not? Both are scarce, both are valued by people. The only difference is, one exists in physical space. The value of Bitcoin is no more or less "real" than that of gold, land, or stocks.
Signum Ignitum writes: This manifesto for the abolition of copyright protections has been making its way around of late. It starts off with a brief history of the development of media and communication to the present, goes on to treat both the economic and cultural ramifications of copyright enforcement (the homogenization of culture), looks at what a world without copyright might look like (spoiler — media production still happens), and ends with a call to action. With the 8th round of ACTA negotiations quickly approaching, hopefully these arguments can gain some ground.
There's also a more academic companion paper which delves more into the economic argument by showing how utility is affected by marginal increases in intellectual property laws.
Signum Ignitum writes: Safari 4 came with a slew of cool new features, but extensive data generation combined with poor cleanup make for a data trail that's a privacy nightmare. Hidden files with screenshots of your history, files that point back to webpages you've visited and cleared from your history, and thousands of XML files that track the changes in the pages in your Top Sites can add up to gigabytes of information you didn't know was kept about you.