Good fun :)

This guy has a cat problem. They keep coming around and pissing and defecating all over his stuff. To try to drive them off he uses parts of his car, plus a motion sensor, a garden hose, a spray nozzle, and some cameras, to spray them when they come around, and capture the action. Quite a job, and quite the setup! In the end I’m not sure he accomplished what he wanted, and now he’s got a somewhat disemboweled car, which makes me wonder…isn’t there an easier way to accomplish the same thing?

Originally shared by Stephanie Van Pelt on Google+

Aaron Swartz

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I liked this interview, because it subtly brings up what I think are legitimate philosophical arguments re. information access, and the practice of publishing scientific information. For example, Higgins of EFF says that Swartz did not steal anything. He did not deprive JStore of access to the articles. He made his own copies of them…without paying for them, which JStore required. So he violated JStore’s terms of service, and it could be argued he abused his access to MIT’s network, in what I’d call an act of political disobedience. What he could have robbed JStore of was their exclusive access to what he copied. That’s the issue.

He should’ve faced consequences for doing what he did, but I agree that 35 years in prison sounds harsh.