Jul. 22nd, 2003

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I did a little video card shopping yesterday. CompUSA succeeded in mislabeling or mispricing the first card that I selected. I was expecting $120 or so, and the checkout woman told me $188. Hmmm. That's a bit of a price difference. I went back and found a similar card running $99.

Star Wars Galaxies looks fabulous on the new card. Even with all the eye candy turned off, it still is hugely better than my previous card. The only trouble is, now that it's doing fancy stuff, the memory load has gone up. Need more RAM.

I also need a more ergonomic mouse. I am currently abusing my hands too much. They feel real nice, too.

Yesterday, my regular character was unavailable, so I tried a fighting character. This was much better for my hands. Most of the time, you are running to your next fight. That's easy on the hands. When playing a medic, I am always doing something with the mouse.

Meanwhile, I need to work on that foundation crack and the seal between the concrete pad and the house. How the hell to get the tar out? I tried the sawsall, but that didn't work out great. Next I will try the heat gun.
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I was stuck on the floor of today's user support meeting. Yes, it was a full room. While I was down there, I said to myself, "Mind and well stretch." Damn, that felt good. I'll have to keep sitting of the floor. It's great to RELAX during a meeting, instead of tensing up.

A Belief

Jul. 22nd, 2003 11:37 am
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I do not believe that people should go to prison for intellectual crimes. I do not believe that intellectual crimes should be felonies. Neither should they be misdemeanors. I believe that intellectual property is an oxymoron. I believe that the growing prohibition of bootlegged intellectual property will be as ineffective as the current prohibition against drugs, and the previous prohibition against alcohol. I believe that the creation of intellectual crimes is morally and socially wrong of the highest order, and fundamentally undermine democracy.

I believe that "intellectual rights granted by law" are appropriate, as our Constitution allows for those rights. I believe that current law is shaped by those economically vested in the shaping of those laws, and not necessarily the creators of said intellectual property. I believe that, if these laws sufficiently aggrivate the public, that the public significantly outvotes and out donates all special interests combined.

If we are to treat intellectual property as property, then we must also give squatters rights to that property. If we are to have intellectual property, then we must enact more favorable laws to those who create it, and prevent the loss of those right to those who have money. If we are to have intellectual property, the creators must be free to give that property away, by whatever means or mechanism they choose to distribute it.

Those are a few of my beliefs in our increasingly Dickensian nation. All Hail King George.

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