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Comment Re:precedent (Score 1) 892

We are in Libya at the request of the Libyan people to prevent a humanitarian disaster. Obama may have slipped up on the technicalities, but the technicalities are only being brought up now because of politics. The cause is a just one.

The ignorance is driving you. Let's clear things up:

Just in case you didn't notice France has recently lose control of Tunisia, control that was being exerted through the local dictator. Sarkosy was also undermined in polls by the real political right. As soon as the situation for intervention in Libya was created ad hoc and contracts were signed for petrol with the insurgents France sent airforce into bombardments. In this way the "great" man hopes to gain access to petrol and you know there's nothing like war to keep the ass on the chair of command.

Nevermind this has come as great damage to my country, Italy, where despite the controversies our prime minister already signed some multimillion contracts with Queddafi to boost our declining economy.

In all of this scheme Italians and Germans called for NATO (and US) intervention because they didn't want France to get cheap petrol at our expenses, UK indeed cooperated from the start maybe because of some under the desk agreement. As most of the warmongers already found a new equilibrium for the income of the rape of Libya the operation goes on.... and it will still be going because despite the news you are feeded with the western population is actually with Queddafi and noone of the warmongers want a real intervenction (army, soldiers, tanks etc.) in a war situation.

Putin clearly defined the situation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvP3BW21VWU - An I tend to agree. Ask yourself a question: how would American patriots feel if Mexico and Canada bombarded using the The Rodney King riots as a pretext?

Comment Re:and russian pies get deported freely (Score 2) 340

Extradition doesn't mean jail. [...]

Won't know until the case has been tried. Nice jumping to conclusions.

Extradition in civilized countries is for already known criminals... and it means loss of freedom, so fuck the innocent until proven guilty principle. I hope people with a limited grasp of basic human rights like you get extradited to China or Iran. Those are the places that generally apply as much human rights to their people as the USA reserve for those infringing copyrights. Fortunately there you won't even have to pay a arm and leg for the lawyers!

Comment Content was hammered in our brains without consent (Score 1) 182

News from a future newspaper: “A man was stopped yesterday at the boarder of Italy and France, his computer was scanned and pirated material was found, mostly Adobe software and songs by Beatles. The man was arrested at the spot”

From a poem to a drug, from an piece of software to a music record and from a film to a book, everything that’s famous and profitable, owns much of its economic value to the manipulation of the Multitudes. People haven’t asked to know what the Coca-Cola logo looks like, neither have they asked for the melody of “Like a Virgin”. Education, Media and Propaganda teach all that the hard way; by either hammering it on our brains or by speculating over our thirst, our hunger, our need for communication and fun and most of all, over our loneliness and despair. In the days of Internet, what can be copied can be also shared. When it comes to content, we can give everything to everyone at once.

Around this realisation, a new social class is awakening. This is not a working class but a class of Producers. Producers are pirates and hackers by default; they recycle the images, the sounds and the concepts of the World. Some of it they invent but most they borrow from others.

Because information occupies a physical part of our bodies, because it is literary “installed” on our brain and can’t be erased at wish, people have the right to own what is projected on them: They have the right to own themselves! Because this is a global World based on inequality and profit, because the contents of a song, a movie or a book are points of advantage in a vicious fight for survival, any global citizen has the moral right to appropriate a digital copy of a song, a movie or a book. Because software is an international language, the secrets of the World are now written in Adobe and Microsoft: we should try hack them. Finally, because poverty is the field of experimentation for all global medicine, no patents should apply.

Today, every man with a computer is a Producer and a Pirate. We all live in the Internet, this is our new country, the only territory that makes sense to defend and protect . The land of the Internet is one of information. Men should be able to use this land freely, corporations should pay for use - a company is definitely not a person.

Internet is now producing “Internets”, situations that exist not only online but also in real space, governed by what is happening online. This is the time for the foundation of an global Movement of Piracy. The freedom of infringing copyright, the freedom of sharing information and drugs: these are our new “Commons”. They are Global Rights and as such, Authorities will not allow them without a battle. But this will be a strange battle because this is the first time the Multitudes disrespect the Law instinctively and on a global scale.

Today, an army of teenagers is copying, the adults are copying and even the senior citizens, people from the Left and from the Right are copying. Everyone with a computer is copying something; like a novel Goddess Athena, Information wants to break free from the head of Technology and it assists us on our enterprise.

Pirates of the Internet Unite!
Miltos Manetas, 2009 (Piracy Manifesto)


Submission + - How about tagging everything in your computer (tabbles.net)

eiapoce writes: The peculiar program Tabbles now announces the possibility of tagging also internet content.

Tagging web stuff with a desktop app – what’s the catch? I can hear you already wondering “why should I ever use a desktop application to tag stuff which is on the internet? Can’t I just use the browser bookmarks or some online bookmarking service like Delicious?”. Well, let’s see: 1) You can tag files on your disk along with gmails/tweets. To all of you out there who rely extensively the Microsoft Office suite (I guess you’re the majority out there) or to those using any other software that produces files (Photoshop/Illustrator, CAD softwares, Music/Video editingyou name it) it may come in handy to have a gmail/tweet tagged along with your files when working on a project. 2) Speed: web applications are fast but are they as fast as a desktop app like Tabbles? I find myself switching to Chrome as I perceive it faster in pretty much everything compared to Firefox – Tabbles is gonna give you the same feeling if you compare it to a web application, no matter how fast your internet connection is. 3) User friendliness: if you’ve tried navigating through files with Tabbles you might have realised how easy and straight forward it is to get to the file you’re looking without the need of going crazy about where the file is and what its name is well, the same thing will happen with tagging tweets/gmails.


Submission + - Apple Claims 'Huge' Loss over iPhone Leak

Hugh Pickens writes: "CNN Money reports that according to recently released court documents, Apple says the theft and leak of its new iPhone prototype will have a "huge" negative effect on the company's earnings. "By publishing details about the phone and its features ... people that would have otherwise purchased a currently existing Apple product would wait for the next item to be released, thereby hurting overall sales and negatively [a]ffecting Apple's earnings," Apple attorney George Riley told a detective in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office adding that Riley could not estimate exactly how much of a financial hit Apple would take from the incident, but he believed it would be "huge." Apple did not immediately return requests for comment, but Apple analysts were dismissive of Apple's damage assessment. "It's a bunch of legalese and B.S. from lawyers," says Kevin Hunt, analysts and Hapoalim Securities. "Everyone knew a new iPhone was coming." Another analyst noted that both of the previous iPhone updates have been introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place in the early summer. "It's a really tenuous argument from Apple, because anyone who follows its introduction behavior knows that new iPhones come in the early summer," says Charles Wolf, analyst at Needham & Co. "This is stricly corporate speak, directed towards creating some action against this kid from Gizmodo.""

Submission + - Resurrected Mammoth Blood is Very Cool

Hugh Pickens writes: "Astrobiology Magazine reports that a team of international researchers has brought the primary component of mammoth blood back to life using ancient DNA preserved in bones from Siberian specimens 25,000 to 43,000 years old and found that the recreated mammoth haemoglobin hads special evolutionary adaptations that allowed the mammoth to cool its extremities down in harsh Arctic conditions to minimise heat loss. We've managed to uncover physiological attributes of an animal that hasn't existed for thousands of years," says team leader Professor Kevin Campbell of the University of Manitoba, Canada. "Our approach opens the way to studying the biomolecular and physiological characteristics of extinct species, even for features that leave no trace in the fossil record." The team converted the mammoth haemoglobin DNA sequences into RNA, and inserted them into modern-day E. coli bacteria, which then manufactured the authentic mammoth protein. Then the team used modern scientific physiological tests and chemical modelling to characterize the biochemical properties that conferred mammoths with physiological cold tolerance. "It has been remarkable to bring a complex protein from an extinct species, such as the mammoth, back to life," adds Professor Alan Cooper, Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD), where the mammoth haemoglobin sequences were determined."

Submission + - Software Developer welcomes Piracy (blogspot.com) 2

eiapoce writes:

Tabbles got cracked again — a real crack this time (a dll was patched). I guess it's pretty uncommon to see a software developer blogging about his software begin cracked, but in reality the thing its quite cool ... seeing that someone out there cares and takes the time to crack it is quite cool...and feels rewarding. Plus, there are a bunch of case studies out there showing that the more the software gets cracked, the more cash flows in and even that easily crackable softwares win over hard-to-crack competitors.

More here http://tabbles-dev.blogspot.com/2009/12/tabbles-got-cracked-this-time-its-real.html

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