Tesla Cars, Space Technology, And BitTorrent: Why Monopolies Suck

By Rick Falkvinge | June 16, 2014 | Torrent Freak

This Week’s Most Exciting News In Technology Was Undoubtedly That Tesla Cars Declares That All Their Patent Monopolies Are Free For Anyone To Use. What Does It Mean? Let’s Compare To BitTorrent.

When Bram Cohen Created The BitTorrent Protocol, He Had The Legal Option Of Filing For A Patent Monopoly On Any Computer Program That Used This Protocol. (The Mere Existence Of Such An Option Is A Very Bad Thing, But We’ll Be Returning To That.) Mr. Cohen Chose To Not Monopolize The BitTorrent Protocol In That Way. Let’s Examine What Implications That Would Have Had For The Technology.

If The BitTorrent Technology Would Have Been Protected By Patent Monopolies, It Would Have Been Effectively Limited To Mr. Cohen’s Original BitTorrent Client. Have You Used That Client? Do You Know Anybody Who Has Used It? Didn’t Think So, And Neither Do I. Instead, There Is An Enormous Plethora Of Clients And Servers That Use The Protocol Today, And Mr. Cohen’s BitTorrent Inc. Is Valued At Eight-Digit Dollars. Not To Mention The Fact That BitTorrent Inc. Was Subsequently Able To Buy One Of The Most Prolific BitTorrent Clients Out There, µTorrent, Which Would Not Have Existed Had The Technology Been Monopolized In The First Place. I Think Most Of Us Have Used µTorrent – I Know I Have.

This Shows Exactly Why It Makes So Much Sense For Tesla Cars To Release All Of Their Patent Monopolies Into The Wild, And Why The Patent Monopoly System As Such Is Enormously Harmful (The Only Industry To Make A Net Profit From It Is The Pharma Industry, And That’s Because They’re Heavily Subsidized With Taxpayer Money). Tesla Cars Relinquishing Their Monopolies Means They See This Mechanism, And That They Realize They Need An Ecosystem To Flourish Around Their Technology – The Electric Car Technology – In Order To Remain Viable Themselves. Put Another Way, It’s Not About The Size Of The Pie Slice: Monopolies Are Preventing The Pie Itself From Growing Exponentially, As They Do With Any New Technology Poised To Disrupt The Old Ways.

Just Like BitTorrent

Patent Monopolies Are Far Worse Than The Copyright Monopolies We Deal With (And All Break) On A Daily Basis. Imagine For A Moment If Copyright Monopoly Vultures Didn’t Care If You Had Made An Actual Copy, That You Would Be Just As Guilty Of Infringement Even If You Had Never Seen Or Heard Of The Original? That’s How Patent Monopolies Work, And That’s The Key Difference Between Patent Monopolies And Copyright Monopolies: The Latter Protect A Specific Expression Against Copying, The Former Protect An Idea Or A Form From Being Utilized Anywhere, Even Independently. It’s Also Why Patent Monopolies Are Much, Much More Harmful Than Copyright Monopolies (And That’s Saying A Lot).

But As The Tesla Example Shows, Patent Monopolies Don’t Stop At Not Making Sense As A Whole. They Also Don’t Make Sense To A Single Company In Isolation, As They Prevent An Ecosystem Taking Shape. It’s One Of The Worst Cancers In The Economy, As Investors Describe Them Today.

It’s Easy To Argue That Patent Monopolies Don’t Hit Ordinary Families In The Same Way About To Change With 3D Printing, Where Rapid Fabrication Becomes Available To The Masses. It Is – Unfortunately – A Safe Prediction That People Will Soon Be Sued Out Of Their Homes Merely For Manufacturing Their Own Pair Of Slippers, Because It Violated A Design Patent Monopoly Somewhere. Such A Notion May Seem Ridiculous Today. Then Again, So Did Everything Else We’ve Seen With The Copyright Monopoly So Far, And Patent Monopolies Are Guarded Far More Harshly.

The BitTorrent Legacy Doesn’t Just Show Us How To Break The Copyright Monopoly In A Specific Case. It Gives Us A Blueprint For How To Disrupt The Old Ways In General By Ditching Legal Monopolies, A Blueprint That Tesla Cars Is Now Choosing To Follow.

The Patent Monopoly Wars Are Coming, Right On The Heels Of The Copyright Monopoly Wars, As Were They Merely A Logical Extension. That’s Why It’s So Encouraging To See Our Tip-Of-The-Spear Entrepreneurs Denouncing And Releasing Their Own Monopolies Right Ahead Of These Battles With Corporate Lawyers.

As A Final Note, It’s Noteworthy That Tesla Cars Isn’t The Only Company That Elon Musk Is Running. He’s Also At The Helm Of SpaceX. Space Technology Has Been Ridiculously Proprietary Up Until Now, Nothing Cooperating With Anything Else And Everything Being Custom-Built Single-Use. That’s Why It Makes Me Enormously Excited To See An Entrepreneur Who Understands The Damages Of Monopolies At The Forefront Of Space Technology Today.

It Holds A Promise Of Standardized, Interoperable Space Technology. As In, “For All Of Us”. Like BitTorrent.

Economics, As A Branch Of The More General Theory Of Human Action, Deals With All Human Action, i.e., With Mans Purposive Aiming At The Attainment Of Ends Chosen, Whatever These Ends May Be. ~ Ludwig Von Mises

Mans Striving After An Improvement Of The Conditions Of His Existence Impels Him To Action. Action Requires Planning And The Decision Which Of Various Plans Is The Most Advantageous. ~ Ludwig Von Mises

Underlying Most Arguments Against The Free Market Is A Lack Of Belief In Freedom Itself. ~ Milton Friedman

Government Is An Unnecessary Institution That Darkens This World

French Philosopher Pierre Joseph Proudhon Addressed The “People Versus Government” Problem. Because Clearly Government Only Serves It’s Own Best Interests.

To Be Governed Is To Be Watched, Inspected, Spied Upon, Directed, Law-Driven, Numbered, Regulated, Enrolled, Indoctrinated, Preached At, Controlled, Checked, Estimated, Valued, Censured, Commanded, By Creatures Who Have Neither The Right Nor The Wisdom Nor The Virtue To Do So. To Be Governed Is To Be At Every Operation, At Every Transaction Noted, Registered, Counted, Taxed, Stamped, Measured, Numbered, Assessed, Licensed, Authorized, Admonished, Prevented, Forbidden, Reformed, Corrected, Punished. It Is, Under Pretext Of Public Utility, And In The Name Of The General Interest, To Be Placed Under Contribution, Drilled, Fleeced, Exploited, Monopolized, Extorted From, Squeezed, Hoaxed, Robbed; Then, At The Slightest Resistance, The First Word Of Complaint, To Be Repressed, Fined, Vilified, Harassed, Hunted Down, Abused, Clubbed, Disarmed, Bound, Choked, Imprisoned, Judged, Condemned, Shot, Deported, Sacrificed, Sold, Betrayed; And To Crown All, Mocked, Ridiculed, Derided, Outraged, Dishonored. That Is Government; That Is Its Justice; That Is Its Morality.


The Law Is Another Institution Within Government That Claims To Protect “The People” Or It’s Subjects From Being Victimised By Criminals. However The Law In This Day And Age Has Proven Itself To Be A Total Farce. It’s Riddled With Contradictions And Immorality .

So What is Aggression anyway?


Using Violence As A Means To Systematically Control An Individual Is Morally Wrong

Originally posted on On the Mark:

At the heart of true libertarianism is the non-aggression principle. Throughout the ages mankind has expressed understanding of the idea that we should “live and let live” to the extent that we can do so. Around 300 BC Epicurus told us that “natural justice is a symbol or expression of usefulness, to prevent one person from harming or being harmed by another.”

“No one may threaten or commit violence (‘aggress’) against another man’s person or property. Violence may be employed only against the man who commits such violence; that is, only defensively against the aggressive violence of another. In short, no violence may be employed against a non-aggressor. Here is the fundamental rule from which can be deduced the entire corpus of libertarian theory.” ~Murray N, Rothbard

Walter Block once said that the difference between libertarians and most people who give lip service to the non-aggression axiom is that

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Custom Android Firmware For Your Phone Or Tablet PC

This Is A Long Overdue Post That Should Have Done Eons Ago. But Never Got Around To Doing It Simply Because Of My Skepticism Towards The Android Operating System Itself. I’ve Always Viewed Android As A Progressive Attempt To Suck People Into A Surveillance Dragnet. With It’s Shiny Features And Ease Of Use Makes It Easier For The Intelligence Community To Build Dossiers On Everyone. Which Is True Because Of The NSA Revelations That Were Released To The Public Domain In June Of Last Year. Showed Me That The NSA And There Five Eyes Allies Could In Fact Tap Into A Targets Smartphone Or Tablet PC With Little Resistance From The User Obviously Not Being Aware It Was Happening To Him Or Her.

Now With A Little Help From The Cypherpunk Community I’ve Managed To Work Out Some Interesting Modifications You Can Make To Your Android Smartphone With Some Custom Firmware Tweaks From Variety Of Independent Developers.


CyanogenMod Is An Open Source Operating System For Smartphones And Tablet Computers, Based On The Android Mobile Platform. It Is Developed As Free And Open Source Software Based On The Official Releases Of Android By Google, With Added Original And Third Party Code. CyanogenMod Releases Are Provided On A Nightly, Milestone, And “Stable Version” Schedule.

Soon After The Introduction Of The HTC Dream (Named The “T-Mobile G1″ In The United States) Mobile Phone In September 2008, A Method Was Discovered To Attain Privileged Control (Termed “Root Access“) Within Android’s Linux Based Subsystem. Having Root Access, Combined With The Open Source Nature Of The Android Operating System, Allowed The Phone’s Stock Firmware To Be Modified And Re-Installed Onto The Phone.


AOKP, Short For Android Open Kang Project, Is An Open Source Replacement Distribution For Smartphones And Tablet Computers Based On The Android Mobile Operating System. It Is Developed As Free And Open Source Software Based On The Official Releases Of Android Open Source Project By Google, With Added Original And Third Party Code.


Replicant Is A Free And Open Source Software Operating System Based On The Android Mobile Platform, Which Aims To Replace All Proprietary Android Components With Their Free Software Counterparts. It Is Available For Several Smartphones And Tablet Computers.

The Name Replicant Is Drawn From The Fictional Replicant Androids In The Blade Runner Movie.Replicant Is Sponsored And Supported By The Free Software Foundation.


F-Droid Is A Software Repository Or  App Store For Android Applications; It Functions Similarly To The Google Play Store, But Only Contains Free And Open Source Software. The Apps Can Be Browsed And Installed From The F-Droid Website Or Directly From The F-Droid Client App. Which is Not Available In The Google Play Store, But Can Be Installed By Sideloading. The F-Droid Client App Will Automatically Update Installed F-Droid Apps. The Website Also Offers The Source Code Of All Applications For Download.F-Droid Does Not Require Users To Register And Flags Up Applications That Contain “Anti-Features” Such As Advertising, User Tracking Or Dependence On Non-Free Software.The Software Running The F-Droid Server Is Free Software, Allowing Anybody To Set Up Their Own Android App Repository.


Helpful Links To Get You Start With Super Rooting And Flashing A New Custom ROM On Your Android Phone

Lifehacker: How To Flash A ROM To Your Android Phone


The Tor Project Blog: Hardening Android For Privacy And Security (Step By Step Details Of Super Rooting And Flashing Android Devices)

Happy Flashing



Crypto Currencies Are Changing The Traditional Methods Of Exchange

If Bitcoin Falls To Zero In Perceived Value Today Or Tomorrow, It Will Still Have Been A Smashing Success: Proof Of Concept That A Non-Government, Peer-To-Peer, Self-Organizing Currency With No Central Authority Can Be Done.

Yes, Some Speculators (“Buy Low, Sell High”) Have Been Hurt In The Ups And Downs Of Bitcoin As An “Investment.” On The Other Hand, Some Have Become Quite Wealthy. And Bitcoin Isn’t Supposed To BE An “Investment.” It’s Supposed To Be A Medium Of Exchange.

And Yes, Some People Who Have Treated Bitcoin As The Medium Of Exchange It’s Supposed To Be Have Been Hurt Also, In Two Ways. Government’s Have Stolen Significant Quantities Of Bitcoin From e.g. Silk Road Customers, And Hackers Have Also Stolen Quite A Bit. Yet For Some Reason I’m Missing The Breathless CNN Coverage Of How The Futures Of The U.S. Dollar (Which It’s Issuer, The U.S. Government, Steals Huge Stacks Of Via Taxation And Inflation) And Of Credit/Debit Cards (Bitcoin Theft Is Small Potatoes Compared To Card Fraud) Are “In Doubt.”

And Yes, Bitcoin Proper Could Fade Away Into Irrelevance As Better, Stronger, Sounder, More Easily Anonymized Crypto Currencies Replace It. Litecoin, Dogecoin, The Upcoming Zerocoin. I Can’t Even Begin To Predict Which Cryptocurrency Will Eventually Become “The Standard” Or One Of A Few “Most Trusted” Digital Media Of Exchange.

What I CAN Confidently Predict Is That Cryptocurrencies Are Here To Stay.

Why? Because They Work. They Serve Several Vital Functions: Not Just Protecting Their Users From Government And Private Thievery, But Also Making “Micropayments” — The Holy Grail Of Internet Commerce In Very Cheap Things — Feasible And Making Borders Economically Superfluous.

Oddly, The Mainstream Media Outlets Themselves Would Be Wise To Look Into Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies Instead Of Indulging Their State-Approved Chicken Little-ism. Newspapers Have Been Bellyaching For Years About How Hard The Internet Has Hit Their Bottom Lines. They’ve Already Turned To One “Aggregated Micropayment” Scheme (Sales Of Advertising At Very Low Per-Impression Or Per-Click Prices) For Partial Relief. Breaking Out Content For Micropayment In Cryptocurrencies, Instead Of Erecting High-Dollar-Threshold “Paywalls” That Few People Are Willing To Climb Might Be The Logical Next Step In Their Economic Recovery Plans.

The Only Entities And Organizations With Anything To Fear From Bitcoin And It’s Offspring Are Governments (Which Rely On The Ability To Tax) And The Political Class (Including Pseudo-”Private” Parasites Who Make Their Livings Sucking Off The Tax Teat). And They SHOULD Be Afraid. Their Day Is Coming To An End.

Link To The Original Article Can Be Found Here —–> http://c4ss.org/content/24957

Fact: The Climate Changes Naturally, Not Artifically

Normally I Don’t Touch On Environmental Issues. However If I Do It’s Usually Based More On Common Sense, Real Time Observations Of Naturally Occurring Events. Like Volcanic Activity, Earthquakes, The Constant Bombardment Of Solar Flares And Coronal Mass Ejections On A Daily Basis From Our Own Star. Which Can Ultimately Affect Weather Events On Earth Like Snowstorms, Polar Vortex’s, Thundersnow, Thunderstorms, Droughts, Heatwaves, Rainfall, Tornadoes, Hurricanes And Cyclones.

The Idea Of Man Made Climate Change Is A Well Projected A Fairy Tale Full Of Conspiracy Theories, Rampant Speculation And Scientific Claims That Look More Like A Mere Marketing Campaign To Promote A Wider Array Of Agenda’s That Would Bring More Harm Than Good To Society. However The Climate Is Going To Change And It Is Changing All The Time And There’s Nothing The Human Race Can Do To Stop It.

Greenpeace Co-Founder: No Scientific Evidence Of Man-Made Global Warming

Michael Bastasch (The Daily Caller)

8:46 PM 02/25/2014

There Is No Scientific Evidence That Human Activity Is Causing The Planet To Warm, According To Greenpeace Co-founder Patrick Moore, Who Testified In Front Of A Senate committee On Tuesday.

Moore Argued That The Current Argument That The Burning Of Fossil Fuels Is Driving Global Warming Over The Past Century Lacks Scientific Evidence. He Added That The Earth Is In An Unusually Cold Period And Some Warming Would Be A Good Thing.

“There Is No Scientific Proof That Human Emissions Of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Are The Dominant Cause Of The Minor Warming Of The Earth’s Atmosphere Over The Past 100 Years,” According To Moore’s Prepared Testimony. “Today, We Live In An Unusually Cold Period In The History Of Life On Earth And There Is No Reason To Believe That A Warmer Climate Would Be Anything But Beneficial For Humans And The Majority Of Other Species.”

“It Is Important To Recognize, In The Face Of Dire Predictions About A [Two Degrees Celsius] Rise In Global Average Temperature, That Humans Are A Tropical Species,” Moore Said. “We Evolved At The Equator In A Climate Where Freezing Weather Did Not Exist. The Only Reasons We Can Survive These Cold Climates Are Fire, Clothing, And Housing.”

“It Could Be Said That Frost And Ice Are The Enemies Of Life, Except For Those Relatively Few Species That Have Evolved To Adapt To Freezing Temperatures During This Pleistocene Ice Age,” He Added. “It Is ‘Extremely Likely’ That A Warmer Temperature Than Today’s Would Be Far Better Than A Cooler One.”

Indeed, Cold Weather Is More Likely To Cause Death Than Warm Weather. RealClearScience Reported That From “1999 To 2010, A Total Of 4,563 Individuals Died From Heat, But 7,778 Individuals Died From The Cold.” Only In 2006 Did Heat-Related Deaths Outnumber Cold Deaths.

In Britain, 24,000 People Are Projected To Die This Winter Because They Cannot Afford To Pay Their Energy Bills. Roughly 4.5 Million British Families Are Facing “Fuel Poverty.”

“The Fact That We Had Both Higher Temperatures And An Ice Age At A Time When CO2 Emissions Were 10 Times Higher Than They Are Today Fundamentally Contradicts The Certainty That Human-Caused CO2 Emissions Are The Main Cause Of Global Warming,” Moore Said.

“When Modern Life Evolved Over 500 Million Years Ago, CO2 Was More Than 10 Times Higher Than Today, Yet Life Flourished At This Time,” He Added. “Then An Ice Age Occurred 450 Million Years Ago When CO2 Was 10 Times Higher Than Today.”

Moore, A Canadian, Helped Found The Environmental Activist Group Greenpeace In The 1970s. He Left The Group After They Began To Take On More Radical Positions. He Has Since Been A Critic Of Radical Environmentalism And Heads Up The Group Ecosense Environmental In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Moore’s Comments Come After President Obama Declared Global Warming A “Fact” In The State Of The Union. His Administration Has Attempted To Argue That The Recent U.S. Cold Snap Was Influenced By A Warmer Planet.

Nuff Said

In A Society That Has Abolished All Adventure, The Only Adventure Left Is To Abolish That Society

The More I Read These Into These Leaked Snowden Documents. I’m Convinced That Society Has Fallen To A Whole New Low And Now It Seems Like More And More Of The Government Is Absolutely Focused On Destroying It’s Very Own People. To Put It Lightly It’s Orwellian And Totalitarian To The Point Of No Return. Even If There Is A Revolution Tomorrow And Governments Are Overthrown. The Same People Who Let These Abuses Occur In The First Place Will Allow It To Happen Again Even After The Facts Are Presented. Because Most People Will Give Their Personal Power Away If They Think It Will Help Gain More In The End. Which Never Happens At All.

Good Example Of That Is The Aftermath Of 9/11 And The Anti Terrorism Legislation That Popped After The Attacks. Which Was A Dagger In The Heart Of Civil Liberties. A Means To Destroy Individual Rights Permanently Without So Much As A Wimper Of Protest From Anyone. Because The Fear Of Another Terrorist Attack That Could Happen Again. 9/11 And 7/7 Was The Perfect Opportunity To Bring In These Psychological Operations Originally Advertised As A Means To Stop Terrorism…Which It Hasn’t And Has Only Brought On Pain And Suffering To Average Citizens Of The Western World.

A Page From A GCHQ Top Secret Document Prepared By Its Secretive JTRIG Unit

A Page From A GCHQ Top Secret Document Prepared By Its Secretive JTRIG Unit

Other Tactics Aimed At Individuals Are Listed Here, Under The Revealing Title “Discredit A Target”:

Other Tactics Aimed At Individuals Are Listed Here, Under The Revealing Title “Discredit A Target”:

Discreditng An Individual Seems Like Tactic Used By Schoolyard Bullies Rather Than Fully Grown Adults

Discreditng An Individual Target Seems Like A Tactic Used By Schoolyard Bullies Rather Than Fully Grown Adults

Then There Are The Tactics Used To Destroy Companies The Agency Targets:

Then There Are The Tactics Used To Destroy Companies The Agency Targets:

GCHQ Describes The Purpose Of JTRIG In Starkly Clear Terms: “Using Online Techniques To Make Something Happen In The Real Or Cyber World,” Including “Information Ops (Influence Or Disruption).”

The GCHQ Describes The Purpose Of JTRIG In Starkly Clear Terms: “Using Online Techniques To Make Something Happen In The Real Or Cyber World,” Including “Information Ops (Influence Or Disruption).”

No Matter Your Views On Anonymous, “Hacktivists” Or Garden Variety Criminals, It Is Not Difficult To See How Dangerous It Is To Have Secret Government Agencies Being Able To Target Any Individuals They Want. Who Have Never Been Charged With, Let Alone Convicted Of, Any Crimes

No Matter Your Views On Anonymous, “Hacktivists” Or Garden Variety Criminals, It Is Not Difficult To See How Dangerous It Is To Have Secret Government Agencies Being Able To Target Any Individuals They Want. Who Have Never Been Charged With, Let Alone Convicted Of, Any Crimes

Human Science Operations Cell,” Devoted To “Online Human Intelligence” And “Strategic Influence And Disruption”

Human Science Operations Cell,” Devoted To “Online Human Intelligence” And “Strategic Influence And Disruption”





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