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You Could be Next

From Wired news:

Undercover investigations into Internet piracy identified more than 100 people in the United States and abroad involved in the theft of more than $50 million worth of music, movies and software, U.S. authorities said Thursday.

More than 120 searches were conducted in a 24-hour period in 27 states and 10 countries in an effort to dismantle organizations known by such names as Fairlight, Kalisto, Echelon, Class, Project X and APC, officials said. [...]

Neal Stephenson Interview in Salon

There is an extensive interview with Neal Stephenson in Salon, which you can get to if you watch a long advertisement. I think one of the things that makes Stephenson such a great writer is that he truly tries to understand his subject matter before he writes, especially how things work and how people form their worldviews. Read more »

Mandatory Return Envelopes for AOL CDs

From Wired News:

The California Assembly will debate a bill in coming weeks that would force companies to provide a return envelope for each unsolicited CD they send out, possibly crimping the marketing plans of companies like America Online.

Don't Exceed $10

The War on Betting had another success last night:

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller was charged with hosting high-stakes card games at his house, the site of a shootout three months ago.

He was released on $5,000 bail Tuesday night after a search warrant was served at the house. The felony charge carries a possible five-year state prison sentence and $5,000 fine.

Mainstream Media and Blogs

Mark Baard of Wired has an article describing the growth of blogging as a medium and how mainstream media outlets are getting involved in blogging.

"(The media companies) are publishing blogs for the same reason the U.S. invaded Iraq, simply because they can," said Christopher Lydon, host of an online radio series, The Blogging of the President: 2004, and former host of The Connection, a talk show on National Public Radio.

China's Economy 'Overheating'

Some quotes from a Washington Post column by David Ignatius:

The new Chinese leadership seems to understand the danger of overheating, and in the past few months it has taken some gentle steps to slow the economy from last year's 9.1 percent growth rate. But like Alan Greenspan's 1996 warning about "irrational exuberance" on Wall Street, these calls for restraint haven't had much effect. During the first quarter, economic growth actually increased to 9.7 percent. [...]

Big Day for Boston

Today was a day that makes Boston unique: Patriots Day. It is a day marked by remembrance of the start of the American Revolution, baseball, and a marathon. Most of the state of Massachusetts has a holiday, and people from all over visit New England to take part in the festivities. Very few people outside of New England even know about it.


Want to Avoid Censorship? Use Satellites

Most justifications for the FCC censoring the radio airwaves stem from the argument that anyone can turn on the radio and have to be 'forced' to listen to whatever is on. Thus, a government body is present to hand out licenses to appropriate broadcasters and levy fines when their content in inappropriate. With the heavy hand of the FCC coming down on him, Howard Stern is considering a move to satellite radio. Read more »

Carnival of the Capitalists

This week's Carnival of the Capitalists is being hosted at The Knowledge Problem.

Pizza: The Ultimate Free-Market Good

Neal Stephenson on Money

I still haven't been able to finish Quicksilver but its sequel The Confusion is already out. Neal Stephenson has an interview with Wired News in which he talks about his latest novel and its focus on markets. Read more »

Private Rail?

The state of Virginia is hoping to turn over the building of a private rail line from Falls Church to Dulles International Airport. Read more »

The Next Step in Human Evolution?

implantablechips.jpgThe FDA has given a biotech company from Massachusetts permission to attempt to interface the brains of paralyzed patients with computer chips.

"We're going to say to a paralyzed patient, 'imagine moving your hand six inches to the right,'" Surgenor said.

On Sentimentalism

A couple of weeks ago, "harm" of Ne Quid Nimis posted the following in response to an article celebrating an idealized notion of police work, writes the following. Read more »

Shockwave Rider

Yesterday, I blogged about politics, something that I don't usually do. Today, I will blog about the stock market, also something that I don't usually do. Read more »