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Comparative Justice

To put this in perspective, a woman is billed $222,000 for making songs available breaking copyright (and if I read the judgment correctly it was “for making them available” not actually distributing anything—that’s like arresting me for possibly providing beer to children because I have a 6 pack in the fridge and people under 21 walk through my house) BUT a school bus driver gets busted for drinking on the job and is fined $482. (see also)

Glenn Reynolds sums it up “One offends a powerful interest group. The other just puts kids at risk.” while summarizing James Lileks.

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Today’s Computer Utility Recommendation

Have you ever unexpectedly been unable to move, delete or rename a file because of a "file sharing violation?" Perhaps you have been frustrated by one of these messages:

Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

Cedrick ‘Nitch’ Collomb has written a fantastic program to deal with these annoying situations without even having to reboot the computer! It is called Unlocker 1.8.5 and I highly recommend adding this to your toolkit! I also encourage giving Cedrick Collomb a paypal donation. It’s worth it!