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David Golden
I like building things, solving problems and playing games, occasionally at the same time.
I like building things, solving problems and playing games, occasionally at the same time.

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Hello, friends.  Want to help me out with my startup? I have a quick survey about email habits.  Could you please take a couple minutes to fill it out, then like/tweet/share it? Thank you very, very much!

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Congress keeps trying to pass laws that assume guilty until proven innocent, that assume all Americans need to be watched to stop the actions of a few. Help stop this Anti-American assault on privacy.

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Why am I not surprised? Apple's whole business model is predicated on being a closed system.
Apple's Monopolistic Easter Egg

The EULA for Apple's new iBook Creator software has an interesting approach to commerce (presumably aimed at Amazon):

"B. Distribution of your Work. As a condition of this License and provided you are in compliance with its terms, your Work may be distributed as follows:
(i) if your Work is provided for free (at no charge), you may distribute the Work by any available means;
(ii) if your Work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service), you may only distribute the Work through Apple and such distribution is subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) you will be required to enter into a separate written agreement with Apple (or an Apple affiliate or subsidiary) before any commercial distribution of your Work may take place; and (b) Apple may determine for any reason and in its sole discretion not to select your Work for distribution."

That pretty much makes this tool a non-starter for anyone who wants to create and sell books. Can you imagine a set of programming tools that as part of the EULA only let you distribute your programs through Apple?

When will companies get that this kind of user-hostile and market-hostile behavior is a non-starter?

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Awesome: fax your legislators for free to oppose SOPA and PIPA. #SOPA #ntymSOS

Why SOPA/PIPA are wrong: a real world analogy

Imagine a university that puts up bulletin boards for students to post flyers. A student puts up a flyer with a web address for pirated TV shows. Clearly, the student is wrong to do so.

Now imagine a law that criminalizes the university -- that would force the university to close and would cut off its funding -- and not until the flyer is taken down, but for merely having bulletin boards that could be used to post such flyers. Or that would force the university to post an employee 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at every bulletin board to verify that nothing posted contains or gives directions to pirated material.

This seems absurd in the real world, but is exactly what SOPA/PIPA would do to websites. It harms every innocent user of every site that takes user-generated content. It treats sites as guilty until proven innocent, destroying innovation and entrepreneurial risk-taking. And it doesn't stop the pirates.

Join the fight against SOPA/PIPA:

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"Shelved" is not enough. Emergency NY Tech Meetup on Jan 18 to stop SOPA and PIPA is 1125 people and growing #nytmSOS

Out of the blue, I was notified that G+ was available for my Google Apps account. Old profile deleted. New profile set up (mostly). But recreating circles for a couple hundred people was not really how I wanted to spend my morning. I offer apologies to all my contacts that are getting another follow notice from me.
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