Destroy Your Food Stock Without Due Process? (Hartke)

FDA to US: You have no right to consume the food of your choice.

US: We are too stupid to learn about healthy food, even though our ancestors might have thrived on it for thousands of years. Lead us, masters…baaaaa!…baaaaa!

Family Farm Ordered to Destroy 50,000 Pounds of Cheese | Hartke Is Online!.

Should Customs decide what’s a circumvention device? | Public Knowledge

I’ve been picked out of a crowd at customs to be searched before. I was tired and I gave a furtive glance. The agent dug right into my bathroom bag and finally gave up when he saw I was giving him the “you’re going to find nuttin’, I’m really bored” look. But travelling with mp3 players, usb memory, lappies–whatever–just by carrying one, are you subject to invasive search of the filesystem? Does having encrypted collateral on the file system make you more suspicious? Is this a conspiracy ploy by the phone networks and netbook manufacturers to get business travellers to just buy a disposable netbooks at your destination and use Google Docs, just to avoid the hassle of getting searched?

Should Customs decide what’s a circumvention device? | Public Knowledge.

Copyright Thought

Just now–looking at Slashdot and reading the post about 20,000 lawsuits of copyright infringement against BitTorrent users–makes me think that that copyright litigation is going to be a growth segment for the next decade. Like online advertising, online marketing and online gaming…copyright litigation is backed by solvent clientelle.

Back when I was first out of college, I chaffed at my first webmaster position, because I learned after a week that I was a tool of the chief merketer. That is not the role that garners respect from your engineering peers. (But it does pay rent nicely.). I am not so insensitive about our rights as to hitch my wagon to the RIAA or MPAA.

I did admit to Thomas Gideon recently in some feedback to his podcast that I didn’t find the copyright segments as interesting as the programming segments. He did respond most kindly on that topic…but I don’t feel too guilty. I know that the RIAA and the MPAA are commercial gestapo organizations. They mold the best legal system we can buy. I vote a lot with my dollar: I don’t watch TV, I don’t watch network advertising, they only get a bit of an occasional DVD purchase from me. My friends know that these organizations are evil. Thomas, my friends and myself…we’re clearly on the same side.

However…a Desperate Programmer or Ambitious Consultancy would be eager to hitch up to the Media Establishment’s Legal Assult. There’s little living to be made supporting volunteer defenses…except that it is our digital living. It is a shame that the two sides are not both bound to a public budget which would hopefully expose the merits of a just argument, rather than reflect the amplitide of the affluent. (My thots on political campaigns are similar.)