Software EULAs: Why you don’t really buy software. You rent. And You Can’t Bring Guests!

When you “purchase” Software from companies, or when you “purchase” ebooks or music with DRM (from Amazon or iTunes), you have to sign an end-user license agreement (EULA). Essentially, you sign your rights away, albeit unknowingly. You see, with copy”right” (read: copy-restriction), ownership belongs to the software company. You only enter into a “license” agreement. This means that even though you are deceived into thinking you “bought” the software, you are only able to use it in a predetermined situations (like only for 5 computers, only on Tuesdays, etc.). What things do you (truly) own that restrict your use of said items? Can you only drive your car on Weekdays? Can only 4 people drive your car? (“How many people are insured to this car” is a different question . . .) Continue reading

PDF Readers: Free Software Can Be Superior To Non-Free Software

Here’s one reason to use Evince, a free software PDF reader alternative to Adobe’s reader (besides the huge fact that Adobe Reader is a proprietary, non-free pdf reader and doesn’t respect your freedom…): With a simple click on the “Inverted Colors” button from the View Tab in the Toolbar, you can now be kind to your eyes (and to the environment for not printing out the PDF) by viewing white text on black background! Continue reading

Foreign Policy

Never mind our bloated military budget. Never mind that we are still licking our wounded pride and arrogance post 9-11 and thus are unable to learn anything from it (maybe terrorists hate how we’ve surrounded their land (especially their Holy Land, Arabia) with our military forces. Never mind our national debt.

Let us consider on ethical/moral grounds why interventionist foreign policy is a bad idea. To resurrect an old link, see Gary Johnson’s scathing (and warranted) critique of Obama and Romney’s Foreign Policy. Continue reading

The National Popular Vote Bill and Political Stagnation

This is from the official website of the National Popular Vote: “Under the U.S. Constitution, the states have exclusive and plenary (complete) power to allocate their electoral votes, and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time. Under the National Popular Vote bill, all of the state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538).” Continue reading