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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 104

They would, but don't forget this is the same country where a private organization goes around smacking small ISPs with court orders not even meant for them for fuck's sake, to get the small ISPs to ban TPB.

However, as the article rightly notes, the commercial enterprise is in educating lawyers, and thus not a general anti-piracy practice. Although still sort of shady in my personal view, I can see how this does not constitute a direct conflict of interests.


Judge Who Ordered Pirate Bay Censorship Found To Be Corrupt 104

TheGift73 writes "TorrentFreak reports that 'This week yet another court order was handed down in Europe with the aim of censoring The Pirate Bay. The ruling forbids the Dutch Pirate Party from not only running a direct proxy, but also telling people how to circumvent an earlier court ordered blockade. However, according to Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge, the judge in the case has a history of corruption relating to another file-sharing case he presided over in the Netherlands. The Court of The Hague in the Netherlands has been particularly busy this work with Pirate Bay-related cases.' Falkvinge wrote, '... not only was the plaintiff and judge personally and closely acquainted, the plaintiff in a controversial copyright monopoly case was running a commercial anti-piracy outfit together with the judge in the case. Money was involved. Commercial interest was involved. The judge was, as it appears from this brochure for the quite expensive course, getting money. Shortly after the case. In a directly related matter together with the plaintiff. That makes the judge not only corrupt, but textbook corrupt.'"

Comment Re:Of course... (Score 1) 637

Which is a bloody shame. It may not be the most cheerful book, but what it describes, the image it paints of a totalitarian future, I'll be damned if our current society isn't moving in that direction faster than anyone should like.

Then again, my big brother rather likes it.

Wait, I don't even have a big brother.

Comment WTH, voiding HW warranty by installing software?! (Score 4, Insightful) 66

Why is this even necessary?! Apparently, you can void your hardware warranty by installing software (from TFA):

it simply means that by installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on their current (or future) ProLiant hardware that they won’t nullify any kind of hardware warranty

But how does this even work? Also: as TFA notes, it's unclear who is endorsing who here, with HP being extremely profitable and all, but wouldn't it be cheaper for HP to just not be a little whiney kid about what kind of software you can or can't run?

Comment No he's not. (Score 4, Insightful) 258

But here you are wrong. With SOPA, the public at large managed to find -- finally, I might add -- the supreme spot where to exercise influence over legislation. See, if corporations control politics, it's no use trying to influence politics directly. But if we can influence the politics corporations push for, which we demonstrably can, we can influence politics. Therefore, your point that people don't matter anymore is false.

Comment Re:In Massachusetts... (Score 1) 102

(snip) I don't have any ideas about how to deal with the members who are not online much, of course.

Make available computers to use specifically to browse the archives and related activities? Seems quite reasonable. Also attach a printer so they can print it all and study it at home.

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