Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.
I had always thought that the idea of love at first sight was one of those things invented by lady novelists from the South with three names.
I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods. It's a tricky thing to try to own something that remains in your possession even after you give it to many others.
But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having.
It didn't matter what we did or where we did it as long as we were together. We knew we'd found what most people either pursue in years of futile search or dismiss as a fantasy at the outset: the missing half of ourselves. The real thing.
The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.
Royalties are not how most writers or musicians make their living. Musicians by and large make a living with a relationship with an audience that is economically harnessed through performance and ticket sales.
We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
If all ideas have to be bought, then you have an intellectually regressive system that will assure you have a highly knowledgeable elite and an ignorant mass.
In Cyberspace, the First Amendment is a local ordinance.
I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods.
Any powerful technology has sauce for the goose and the gander... It's just an extension of humanity.
So I'm just waiting until one party or the other actually gets a moral compass and a backbone.
The Internet may well disempower the nation state, but at the same time, it also strengthens certain specific state functions - like surveillance. As a political entity, it doesn't empower the nation sate. It creates the availability of much more data than the digestive system of the nation state could possibly assimilate.
The 'Total Information Awareness' project is truly diabolical - mostly because of the legal changes which have made it possible in the first place. As a consequence of the Patriot Act, government now has access to all sorts of private and commercial databases that were previously off limits.
I mean I look forward to the day when I can be Republican again.
I think that humor is part of what saves us from despair.
I'm still strongly opposed to antismoking laws, strongly opposed to any law that regulates personal behavior.
It's widely assumed that you can't compete with free, and that seems like a reasonable thing to think. But this has not been my experience.
Most scientific revelations happened after the pursuit of knowledge quit being secret and hermetic.