I think this quote has been taken out of context, though I still find it rather disturbing.
I believe Schmidt was referring to the privacy of your web searches through Google, specifically in regard to how easily law enforcement can obtain those search records if they so desire. He's saying that you do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when searching for, (for example,) "ways to kill your spouse", as that data is leaving your computer and your home, at which point it essentially becomes public info.
It would mean that, for example, someone who has bought a CD would be able to copy it to their iPod or share it with family members without acting unlawfully.
Is this supposed to be a joke? I swear this shit makes me swing back and forth between disgusted disbelief and apathetic amusement. Peter Mandelson cannot legislate that everyone be as vacant as he - laws that go against common sense are ignored by everyone with any sense.
I'd argue that the placebo effect has gotten "stronger" precisely *because* the drug companies are spending so much on r&d. Their increasingly visible, huge investments, combined with more prevalent and "amazing" drugs (like Viagra, etc.) has increased people's faith that the new, expensive drugs are more effective.
I think pharma may be shooting themselves in the foot by doing such a "good" job.
Can't believe that any sane person would assign penalties of that size for copying 24 files, even if she lied about it. Actually makes me sick to my stomach. The jurors responsible for the verdict in this case should be shamed publicly.
I'm starting a torrent tracker out of spite.
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