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  • Some may think I'm crazy, but I agree with the police for arresting the guy. Sure, this is only a game and the things stolen had no "physical" presense. However, people worked to earn these things, they derived pleasure from them and they clearly have a monetary value as evidenced by the fact that the guy was able to sell them.

    What's intriguing to me, though, is the people who run these online worlds. While they work to stop this sort of stuff, they still have liability. Further, as more people immer

    • His arrest was justified indeed.

      You have interesting points about the role of the creators and administrators in the ecosystem. I hadn’t thought of that at all. Hm…

  • A great LeGuin quote on capitalism, from The Dispossessed []. The speaker is visiting a capitalist planet called "Urras".

    ...there is nothing here but States and their weapons, the rich and their lies, and the poor and their misery. There is no way to act rightly, with a clear heart, on Urras. There is nothing you can do that profit does not enter in, and fear of loss, and the wish for power. You cannot say good morning without knowing which of you is 'superior' to the other, or trying to prove it. You cann

    • From a weblog I saw just days ago, via Justin Mason []: John Rogers [] writes about hybrid cars []:

      Kevin Drum [] recently quoted (and no, I’m way too stoned to track it down) a study which re-iterated that there’s no “real” advantage to buying a hybrid. It’s only just as convenient – so if you’re driving a hybrid, you’re doing it for some other reason than financial incentive.

      That made me think: what a perfect example of just how fucking useless as a society we