Piracy and Me

Would you steal a car!? If it was as easy as downloading a movie, yeah.

There is a big difference between piracy and stealing. The biggest problem with piracy is how easy it is to do it. There is also relatively low risk of getting caught due to the high number of individuals who do it. Also, there is isolation when you commit this “crime”. The RIAA might find out that someone from your house downloaded an illegal song, but they cannot definitely find out who. This is a big legal black hole, especially in most western countries where civil liberties are kind of a big deal (America may have gone to far west that it is now hitting Soviet Russia).

The big difference which makes it easier for people like the RIAA to sue you is that in American civil court you just need to found likely to have committed the act. This is opposite American criminal court where you have to be found guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

In the end it is a bit absurd that making a copy of something has such high legal ramifications. Someone stole my CD player from inside my car a few years ago. F them, now I don’t have a CD player. If they just stole this paragraph, I still have the paragraph.

[Source: Law and Order]

Inspiration:

[Source: Digg]

Originally posted 2008-08-27 20:14:49.

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US News’ America’s Top Colleges List

US News, the most accepted university ranking system in the U.S., has released their list of top U.S. colleges for 2009. Here are the top 25 alongside their official score and tuition:

25: UCLA
US News Score: 79/100
University Tuition: In-state – $7,034; Out-of-state – $26,102

23 (tie): University of Virginia
U.S. News Score: 74/100
University Tuition: In-state – $9,300; Out-of-state – $26,900

23 (tie): Georgetown University
U.S. News Score: 74/100
University Tuition: $38,122

22: Carnegie Mellon University
U.S. News Score: 75/100
University Tuition: $38,844

21: University of California., Berkeley
U.S. News Score: 77/100
University Tuition: In-state – $8,932; Out-of-state – $29,540
Click to continue reading…

Originally posted 2008-08-26 12:01:29.

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The Only 9 Ways to Save Money on Textbooks

I just bought my school books for the semester and only paid $149 on all my books–that’s four textbooks and six novels! Here is how I did it:

Before We Begin

Before we begin, you need to understand that buying textbooks from you school’s local bookstore is probably the craziest thing you can do if you plan on saving money for some beer, wine, girlfriends/prostitutes, or professor bribery. There is only one real expection to this rule, but we will get to that a bit later.

Way 1: Amazon.com

Amazon is not only a character in Diablo II. It is the biggest online retail store in the world–for good reason. They offer some of the best savings you could conjure up with your fake magical powers. Just by typing in amazon.com into your Firefox window (you don’t use Internet Explorer, right?), you are saving about $30 per book. Click to continue reading…

Originally posted 2008-08-25 12:19:08.

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Obama’s Running Mate => Sen. Joe Biden

Former presidential candidate and Delaware senator Joe Biden has officially become Obama’s running mate for the 2008 election. Sorry Hillary.

Here’s some background:

Biden first mentioned his intentions to run for president on the on December 8, 2004 on a radio show. In the January 23, 2006 edition of Delaware’s The News Journal, columnist Harry F. Themal reported that Biden “occupies the sensible center of the Democratic Party.” Themal concludes that this is the position Biden desires, and that in a campaign “he plans to stress the dangers to the security of the average American, not just from the terrorist threat, but from the lack of health assistance, crime, and energy dependence on unstable parts of the world.” He officially dropped his campaign in January of this year.

He is currently serving his sixth term. Biden has served for the sixth-longest period among current Senators (fourth among Democrats) and is Delaware’s longest-serving Senator. He is the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 110th Congress. Biden has served in that position in the past, and he has served as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Biden took office on January 3, 1973, at age 30, becoming the fifth-youngest U.S. Senator in United States history. At age 30, Biden was at the minimum age to become a U.S. Senator. He has since won additional terms easily, defeating James H. Baxter, Jr. in 1978, John M. Burris in 1984, M. Jane Brady in 1990, and Raymond J. Clatworthy in 1996 and 2002, usually with about 60 percent of the vote. He is now the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Delaware history.

In a June 22, 2008, interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Biden confirmed that he would accept the vice presidential nomination if offered. The Associated Press reported on August 22, 2008 that Biden had been chosen by Barack Obama to be his running mate, citing anonymous Democratic Party sources. The choice was confirmed on Obama’s official campaign website shortly after AP’s announcement.

Will he be the VP in 2009? Hopefully…

[Sources: CNN, Wikipedia, Digg]

Originally posted 2008-08-23 03:55:28.

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China Gives American Protesters 10 Days in Jail

Story here.

It’s beyond me how the Chinese government and its apologists can possibly claim that they believe in anything resembling freedom.

Originally posted 2008-08-22 21:48:52.

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