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Something’s missing
Jan 30th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Seen on craigslist:

We are look­ing for some­one part time with very neat hand­writ­ing who is able to write quick­ly but neat­ly.
We have the let­ter con­tent pre­pared but will require some­one to write many hand writ­ten let­ters on a week­ly basis.
Please con­tact me if you might be inter­est­ed in mak­ing some extra cash, we are look­ing for some­one to start as soon as pos­si­ble.

If ever a job list­ing cried out for an includ­ed mail­ing address, it’s this one.

QA is hard to escape
Jan 29th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Wine Bbar

Despite hav­ing been out of Qual­i­ty Assur­ance for almost ten years, I still found myself writ­ing two bug reports at the same time as my film scan­ner was scan­ning this pho­to.

Series on Copyright History
Jan 27th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

His­to­ry of Copy­right [Falkvinge on Infopol­i­cy]

Given the recent fuss raised by cor­rupt politi­cians (SOPA and ACTA) and thugs enforc­ing the “laws” of the Evil Empire on its pup­pet states, its inter­est­ing to look at this sev­en part series on the his­to­ry of copy­right.

American justice is an oxymoron
Jan 26th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Rules of Amer­i­can jus­tice: a tale of three cas­es. The Rules of Amer­i­can Jus­tice are quite clear:

(1) If you are a high-ranking gov­ern­ment offi­cial who com­mits war crimes, you will receive full-scale immu­ni­ty, both civil and crim­i­nal, and will have the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent demand that all cit­i­zens Look For­ward, Not Back­ward.

(2) If you are a low-ranking mem­ber of the mil­i­tary, you will receive rel­a­tive­ly triv­ial pun­ish­ments in order to pro­tect higher-ranking offi­cials and cast the appear­ance of account­abil­i­ty.

(3) If you are a vic­tim of Amer­i­can war crimes, you are a non-person with no legal rights or even any enti­tle­ment to see the inside of a court­room.

(4) If you talk pub­licly about any of the­se war crimes, you have com­mit­ted the Gravest Crime — you are guilty of espi­onage – and will have the full weight of the Amer­i­can crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem come crash­ing down upon you. [Glenn Green­wald]

It’s pret­ty obvi­ous that the U.S. legal sys­tem real­ly has noth­ing to do with jus­tice except through the occa­sion­al coin­ci­dence, in much the same way that the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion has noth­ing to do with the U.S. gov­ern­ment.

There’s a reason for that
Jan 26th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Seen on Twit­ter:

The Irish Copy­right Act appears to have been copied almost ver­ba­tim from the UK Copy­right Act. How iron­ic.

@sensiblestu

That’s prob­a­bly because the copy­right indus­try lob­by­ist who wrote the act sent the same file to the politi­cians he bought in each coun­try.

What U.S. “democracy” amounts to
Jan 24th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Yet Anoth­er Reminder That Democ­ra­cy Is An Illu­sion. On the exact same day that every­one was cel­e­brat­ing vic­to­ry over SOPA/PIPA, the US gov­ern­ment sim­ply used anoth­er set of reg­u­la­tions to nab Dot­com and seize his assets. The fact that SOPA was scrapped turned out to be com­plete­ly irrel­e­vant, they just found oth­er rules to apply (or break).

As usu­al, it’s prob­a­bly not legal. But such tech­ni­cal­i­ties don’t mat­ter in the ‘guilty until proven inno­cent’ sys­tem in which we live. Exec­u­tive agen­cies exer­cise extreme lat­i­tude when con­fis­cat­ing assets, and vic­tims often don’t have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to address the mat­ter in front of a judge for years, if ever.

[…]

You see, we don’t live in a rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­ra­cy. Democ­ra­cy is an illu­sion to make peo­ple believe that they’re free. Instead, it’s blocs of large cor­po­ra­tions who are real­ly in con­trol. If the enter­tain­ment busi­ness wants Kim Dot­com to go away, the gov­ern­ment will invent or break any law nec­es­sary to make it hap­pen. They’re all in bed togeth­er.
What’s more, it doesn’t mat­ter which group or par­ty is in pow­er. Democ­rat or Repub­li­can, Labour or Con­ser­v­a­tive, Lib­er­al or New Demo­c­ra­t­ic… they’re all for sale. Cit­i­zens con­cern them­selves with the out­come of elec­tions, invest­ing heavy emo­tion­al and finan­cial sup­port for ‘their guy’. Com­pa­nies just wait it out and buy off whichev­er can­di­dates win. [Busi­ness Insid­er]

SOPA news
Jan 18th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

Today is SOPA blackout day, as many prominent websites protest a bill which, if passed, would allow the copyright industry to shut down any site that links to another site which contains links to what they consider copyright infringement, such as The Pirate Bay. There would still be ways around it, so I decided to exercise one of them today: I saved a backup copy of every post here, and inserted it into Freenet, where it is impossible for any government to remove it.

Quote of the Day
Jan 13th, 2012 by Ken Hagler

This year’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates span the polit­i­cal spec­trum. They are both pro-abortion and anti-abortion. They have both embraced and opposed bans on assault weapons. They have both accept­ed and reject­ed the idea of human-induced cli­mate change, both pro­mot­ed and derid­ed a gov­ern­ment takeover of health care, sup­port­ed both amnesty for ille­gal aliens and build­ing a giant wall on the bor­der.

And that’s just Mitt Rom­ney.

A. Bar­ton Hin­kle

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