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[Filesharing] The Cost Of An Idea

Posted by Lex Fear on June 22, 2009

David Dunham at CaPC poses the question “So is the judge making an example out of her or does this seem like a reasonable price to pay?”

I started commenting but realised it was too long and so I’ve moved my response here.

Let’s start by saying that these fines are supposed to be representative of lost sales.

Forget the fact that many people who download music tracks wouldn’t buy them anyway (and – shockingly – might even delete the crap ones).

What I think the lawmakers have glossed over is the fact that if you fine one person for *every* *lost* *sale*, then there should be no-one left to pursue for the downloading of those tracks she shared. Ie. if I had downloaded those 24 tracks from Jamie Thomas, it’s OK because she is already paying for *my* lost sale – as well as – literally – millions of others.

I’m pro-filesharing and I file-share.

I look forward to the day that these media companies grovel in the dirt – I’ll make no bones about that fact. Increasingly I’m ‘coming out’ to many friends and people I wouldn’t have before, because I see it as a revolution, a cold war, where as many people need to be recruited as possible.

I look forward to the day that we look back on these events in history and marvel at the ignorance of the politicians and industry that supported this 21st Century ‘House of Un-American Activities’.

I see filesharing as the future – setting knowledge, information and arts free – like they used to be before the 20th Century. Perhaps it’s not ‘the future’, perhaps it’s simply restoring values of the past.

Did any of those black slaves or their families who worked in the cotton fields see a ‘dime’ for their musical contribution to the blues? Intellectual Property is about as anti-creativity as I can imagine.

How do you prevent new ideas and human progress? Introduce ownership of ideas by long lasting corporate bodies to buy up and own *ideas*, then sue anyone who independently thinks up, tries to share or improve that idea for an arm and a leg.

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[Abortion] How to be Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

Posted by Lex Fear on April 12, 2007

Image Source: Abort73.com

As a Christian, I believe that scientifically, life starts at conception. In fact I kind of believe that life doesn’t start there, since the tissue is always ‘alive’ though egg and sperm are separate. But of course I have trouble with that theory, since, if you follow it to it’s logical conclusion then you’re basically committing genocide every time you spank the monkey.

So then I kind of also think that life starts not just with the biological, but the soul. Since I believe the soul does not end with death, then why should the soul simply start with conceived life? Indeed, the bible itself testifies the fact that “Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind…” (Eph 1:4 Message).

So it seems to me that our bodies are just a temporary vessel, condemned to death, but we are not without hope of eternal life.

I guess this puts me slightly in the ‘pro-choice’ camp. However, I have given this a lot of thought and I’ve come up with a solution to the whole debate, as well as getting around the controversy over the age of the fetus.

It’s simple. If a woman is considering an abortion, give her the option to wait until the fetus is born, then she can be free to decide if she still wants to abort. They could extend this to maybe 5 years after birth, just in case it doesn’t work out with the fetus.

By the way, no apologies for the image. Reality is often sick, and the truth can be pretty ugly.

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[Skynet Is Online] Terminators

Posted by Lex Fear on March 12, 2007

Prof. Prabhu Guptara blogs on the lack of discussion about the dangers of creating murderous machines.

“In any case, if my dear pet Jupiter is hacked into by my worst enemy and kills my best friend visiting me in my house, will it be I who am up for murder for not having my robot in my control…?” Renaissance: Insights for Action in Today’s World

I agree with Prof. Guptara that there desperately needs to be a debate on ethics, particularly in regards to anti-personnel robots being created to destroy and maim human life. Prof. Guptara quite rightly questions whether a killing machine would understand and “respond to pleas for mercy?”

Some other questions that could be asked:

  • How would a battle droid distinguish between innocents and combatants?
  • How would a battle droid recognise surrender?
  • What is the potential devastation that could be caused if a an evil genius managed to hack a small army of battle droids and deploy them to a major civilian area, or hold a government to hostage?
  • How would a battle droid handle a child soldier, how would it distinguish a toy-gun in a civilian situation?
  • What is the risk to human life if a bug got in the system?

20 years from now, if RoboJeevesTM develops a fault, your food is undercooked and your shirts are all crinkled, but nobody dies. If RoboMercinary develops a fault, suddenly Saturday afternoon at Bluewater turns into sniper alley!

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[Ethics] Political Science

Posted by Lex Fear on March 11, 2007

Gavin Ayling throws down the gauntlet in response to a comment left On his blog.

To which I left the comment:

“I heard a little while back (sorry no sources- top of my head) that some Christian activists had registered a patent for human-mice chimera.

It was actually a well-calculated move to force the governments hand and stimulate a debate. It was borne of a concern that if we don’t debate these things now, we will slowly fall into these things as a society unaware.

I would guess that this one is probably someones thesis that has been passed on by word of mouth and become itself a sort of mutation.

Mice, rice whatever, I think scientific experiments need to have 2 things in place – a purpose and sanctity of human life.”

To which the Councillor replied:

“I agree that we need to have a debate! Inevitably, though, I don’t agree with the need for a purpose.

Much experimentation that has led to world-changing discoveries have no purpose. Trips to Titan, for example, have no purpose at all — they burn through lots of money and find out fascinating stuff, but there’s nothing out there we could remotely use.

I also am not sure about the “sanctity of human life”. Yes life is special, but human life is no more so. I can see massive societal problems were we able to make all children of similar [insert criteria here] and the idea of fully developing a chimera (which at the moment is not proposed or possible) should send a shudder down anyone’s spine…

But at the same time, we shouldn’t think that same-species genetic modification is significantly different to forced hybridisation or selective breeding (it isn’t) and we shouldn’t be afraid of things without good reason… Going faster than 50mph, remember, will suffocate you!”

I do not want to be drawn out into a lengthy debate and assume neither does Gavin, for which I have utmost respect. So instead I’m simply going to offer some examples:

What happens when science (research) does not have a purpose?

What happens when science doesn’t have a conscience (respecting sanctity of human life)?

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