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The Invisible Beast

Whether you like the recent political outcome in the United States or not, the consequences of the battle have left scars on all of us.

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David and Goliath

Today an author I enjoy wrote something along the lines of: “The people who support implementing a monarchy do so because they want to abdicate the responsibility of participating in democracy.” I am no  fan of monarchies, but I see this comment as lacking in generosity, and intellectually poor. For two reasons. First: It automatically […]

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Uncrowned

No matter what you think or how you feel about laws, there’s usually a reason why they are there. Maybe they have outgrown their original purpose, or became cumbersome – no matter, they are still part of the social contract. The right way to behave is to protest against laws you feel are unjust, while […]

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Naiveté or laziness?

We’ve never had so much information at our disposal. Through legitimate or illegitimate means, we have access to news, testimonies, scientific studies, technical manuals and many other types of information that a decade and a half ago were accessible only to specific professional classes or to a social elite. There might be the occasional need […]

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Lucky 13

Digital Rights Management systems (DRM, anti-piracy measures) don’t protect anyone.  The consumer experience is degraded, and pirates either find a way around it or give up on the experience. Never has any pirate decided to buy a movie or a game or a book or an album because he didn’t manage to pirate it. The […]