Guilty, seriously? Innocent, really?

Today the guys behind Pirate Bay were sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay not an insignificant amount in damages to various entertainment companies for providing people with a means of illegaly sharing copyrighted material. Where do I start? I could point out that whilst the site can be used to aid illegal file sharing, it can also be used in a perfectly legal and legitimate manner and that this is a dangerous legal precedent to set unless Sweden also plans to start prosecuting gun manufacturers (does Sweden have any gun manufacturers?) for providing people with a means by which to kill someone. I could also point out that there are plenty of other sites that enable users to search out torrents (Google anybody). I think I’ll just settle for the fact that the Pirate Bay lives, an appeal will keep the guys out of prison at least for a while yet, if not permanently and the knowledge that someone somewhere pussied out completely and decided not to prosecute the real criminals, the people actually sharing files illegally.

In contrast to the guys from Pirate Bay, the people at the CIA today discovered that they won’t be prosecuted at all, despite their complicity in the torture of fellow human beings. Nope, they’ve managed to escape completely, despite breaking both American and International laws and wiping their feet on the moral foundations of the “Western world”. Water Boarding, sleep deprivation, Boo boxing (locking someone in a box with bugs, which in this case they didn’t do, they just thought of it), face slapping and wall slamming. Quite a list, isn’t it? You tell me who the biggest douchebag (great word) is, George W Bush for allowing it, the individuals that carried it out, or Barack Obama for simultaneously announcing and denouncing it, whilst also handing out a get-out-of-jail-free card to anyone involved?

Don’t despair though dear reader, this isn’t going to turn into another ranting post about deathbots, no… oh hang on, yes, yes, it is in fact going to turn into another ranting post about deathbots, or Autonomous Rotocraft Sniper Systems (ARSS :-) ) to be exact. Take one unmanned Vigilante helicopter, attach one .338 caliber rifle and use a frankensteined Xbox 360 controller to aim. Nice. At least my dedication to videogames might come in handy!

I suppose that so long as Barack plans to play nice with Cuba and web based companies across the U.K. are telling Phorm to phuck off, some hope remains.

Don’t poke the bear…RARRR!!!!!

I have been watching the Phorm debacle unravel for a few weeks now. For those of you that don’t know, Phorm is a tool that your ISP can use to track which websites you visit and then sell this data, so that advertising can be targeted directly at you. It’s like Royal Mail reading all of your correspondence, so that they can work out what junk mail is most relevant to you. Now I’ll readily admit that I am no legal expert, but surely this is against the law? I would also suggest that it is likely to cost the “Big Three” (BT, Talk Talk and Virgin) a lot of custom. They claim the scheme will be optional, but I bet it’s opt out and not in and I bet they make it really difficult to do. I hope this inspires a proper debate on the continued erosion of our freedoms.

On which note…

The Government wants to subject all young men to metal detectors and security checks in a pandering attempt to fight knife crime. The experts have suggested that this will just further alienate said demographic and will exacerbate the problem (they are right). Shock horror, hip hop has once again been blamed for the problem. If you want my freedom, you’ll have to climb over my base loving corpse and prise it from my cold, knife wielding hands. It is worth noting that a row ensued between my Mum and I, as she was completely unable to see how this would infringe upon the rights of the young, how you would never get away with forcing all women/gays/black people to submit to such tests and how Hitler garnered some of his initial political success by highlighting unpopular groups as the cause of the worlds ills.