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French Court Says Merely Having The Word ‘Torrent’ In Your Domain Means You Are Encouraging Infringement

Posted on June 4th, 2011 at 9:56 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Intellectual Property


We’ve noticed before how many copyright maximalists make claims that suggest they believe that all BitTorrent is used for is infringement, even though it is used as an efficient distribution mechanism for all sorts of legitimate offerings. However, a court in France has apparently decided to punish the admin of a forum/search engine for torrent files, in part, by claiming that having the word “torrent” in your URL means that you’re encouraging infringement

I guess they’ll be invading Spain any moment now.

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  1. Torrid torrent tea-cup tempest targets tolerance.

  2. Only when the last geek is imprisoned,
    only when the last corner of the internet is under control,
    only when the last idea is patented,

    only then you will see that lawyers cannot program and maintain computer systems.

Half of Last Month’s New Jobs Came from a Single Employer — McDonald’s

Posted on June 4th, 2011 at 9:44 by John Sinteur in category: News


According to the unemployment data released this morning, the economy added only 54,000 jobs, pushing the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent. However, this report from MarketWatch suggests the data is much worse than that:

McDonald’s ran a big hiring day on April 19 — after the Labor Department’s April survey for the payrolls report was conducted — in which 62,000 jobs were added. That’s not a net number, of course, and seasonal adjustment will reduce the Hamburglar impact on payrolls. (In simpler terms — restaurants always staff up for the summer; the Labor Department makes allowance for this effect.) Morgan Stanley estimates McDonald’s hiring will boost the overall number by 25,000 to 30,000. The Labor Department won’t detail an exact McDonald’s figure — they won’t identify any company they survey — but there will be data in the report to give a rough estimate.

If Morgan Stanley is correct, about half of last month’s job growth came from the venerable fast-food chain. That is hardly the sign of a healthy economy.

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  1. I don’t get the dark tone. To me, all it indicated is that McDonald’s is more resistant than others to this particular economic phase. Which kind of makes sense. I would guess real estate brokers would hire less than the usual numbers. Some do better, some worse, so stay the same. Hiring 54,000 jobs is bad because 200.000 would be normal, but so what if McDonald’s (predictable) hires a lot of people where others (even so predicable) do not? No big shocker to me.

  2. Well, perhaps it’s one month too early to tell, but next month employment figures are not going to include one bulk hiring by McD. Let’s see the numbers then.

WIKILEAKS: U.S. Fought To Lower Minimum Wage In Haiti So Hanes And Levis Would Stay Cheap

Posted on June 4th, 2011 at 9:35 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


It started when Haiti passed a law two years ago raising its minimum wage to 61 cents an hour. According to an embassy cable:

This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).

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Tables Turn: Deputies and movers show up at bank to seize property for homeowner

Posted on June 4th, 2011 at 9:32 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons


A bank foreclosure story you’ve got to see to believe. A Collier County couple turns the tables on Bank of America, the bank that tried to foreclose on their home. Now, the family is foreclosing on the bank! Even bringing trucks and deputies ready to seize property.

The foreclosure nightmare started when Warren and Maureen Nyerges paid cash for a home owned by Bank of American in the Golden Gate Estates. They never had a mortgage whatsoever. But, the bank fouled it up and wound up issuing a foreclosure through their attorney.

The couple took their case to court and after a year and a half nightmare the foreclosure was dropped. A Collier County judge said Bank of America has to pay the couple’s $2,534 legal fees for the error. After more than five months the bank still hadn’t paid up. So, the homeowners’ attorney did just what the bank would do to get their money, legally seize their assets.

"I instructed the deputy to go in and take desks, computers, copiers, filing cabinets, including cash in the drawers," Attorney Todd Allen told WINK News.

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  1. Kudos to the Nyerges! BOA has ALWAYS been one of the best examples of out-of-control banking. Kick them where it hurts! 😆

  2. Silly hungarians.:) That stubborn rebel blood – should import some of that to the homeland. 😀