Pseudo Random Links

The “piracy” question in brief.  The accusation that Google is part of the SOPA protests because it suits their business interests is priceless hypocrisy, even more so coming from an industry known for payola scandals and underhanded contract swindles of the artists they claim to protect. The claim that it’s theft like shoplifting is just plain wrong because the apple is still there in the market after the supposed crime has been committed. The lost sales numbers are completely bogus and, even if 100% accurate, the fact that people don’t want to buy your stuff at the price you’re asking should never be actionable.

If you want to protect your work everyone who buys it should have to sign a contract with monetary penalties specified for copying and sharing the work with others. Not in the form of a “read and agree to these terms” check box or typical EULA either, but a pre-purchase, read and sign each and every clause agreement – like buying a house, which you may as well be doing given the penalties they are trying to enforce.  Otherwise, once you pay for something it’s yours to do with as you please whether that’s copying and selling it, giving it away, destroying it, reverse engineering it, hacking it, or anything else.

Good laws are a codified version of human moral sensibility and the fact that file sharing is so commonplace shows the laws they have pushed through don’t reflect the innate sense of right and wrong that evolution has wired into the human brain. Continually pushing against that is not likely to be a successful business plan. But there’s little reason to expect strategic brilliance from an industry that has fought every new technology for 100 years with similar tactics (and lost every time).

More Japanese creativity in creating space, light and privacy inside a sardine can. One of the few without a courtyard.

In other file sharing news there’s this.

This makes some sense but implies having high standards increases mortality, so grade your health on a curve.

Artificial pancreas gets a little closer. It really seems to me regulatory hurdles are the biggest obstacle at this point. All the components are already there, though sensor and delivery human-tech interface issues could use a lot of work.

Proof of evolution: The clap is winning the arms race. Paying more attention to the ecology would be helpful.

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