Piracy is the Future of TV: commercial TV sucks relative to illicit services – Boing Boing

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“Piracy is the Future of Television” is Abigail De Kosnik’s Convergence Culture Consortium paper on the many ways in which piracy is preferable to buying legitimate online TV options. None of these advantages are related to price — it may be hard to compete with free, but it’s impossible to compete with free when you offer something worse than the free option. De Kosnik finishes the paper with a series of incredibly sensible recommendations for producing a commercial marketplace that’s as good or better than the illicit one. Alas, I fear that TV broadcasters would rather demand special online censorship powers and moan about piracy than fix their products

Piracy is the Future of Television (PDF)

Restyled AT-ATs

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Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? | Rolling Stone Politics

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Financial crooks brought down the world’s economy — but the feds are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them

Data intelligence firms proposed a systematic attack against WikiLeaks

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After a tip from Crowdleaks.org, The Tech Herald has learned that HBGary Federal, as well as two other data intelligence firms, worked to develop a strategic plan of attack against WikiLeaks. The plan included pressing a journalist in order to disrupt his support of the organization, cyber attacks, disinformation, and other potential proactive tactics.

Weight of the world: Change in the world’s BMI since 1980 | The Washington Post

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With a few exceptions, the average body mass index in most countries has risen since 1980, according to a project that tracked risk factors for heart disease and stroke in 199 countries over 28 years.