FBI Half-Life 2 Raids

A weblog post mentioned in a Slashdot story apparently gives the account of a San Francisco native's encounter with the FBI as the fed's raided his home looking for evidence in connection with the theft of the Half-Life 2 source code (story). According to Slashdot (since the site has been, naturally enough, Slashdotted), the blog includes a scan of the FBI's search warrant. Thanks Captain Trips.
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Socialist systems work far better than capitalist ones

Just out of curiosity, Halsy, why don't you move to Europe? I've lived in a predominantly socialist country (Holland) for the first 30 years of my life, so unlike you, I actually KNOW what I'm talking about when I say that socialism sucks the fucking big one.

Socialism really isn't all that. On paper it looks very beautiful, but in practice it doesn't work worth shit. The open door policy that socialist Holland has entertained for the past 15 years has put so much crime on the streets that the average citizen is scared to go outside of his own house. The "tolerant" criminal justice system has sunk down to such a low level that a murderer gets between five and seven years in prison if it's murder one, or is just let go if it's manslaughter. Five perps who KICKED someone to death on the street FOR FUN have done exactly zero hours of jailtime. Resulting in those few people still brave enough to cross the street to be afraid to talk to someone, because you just might get kicked to death for fun.

One thing that continuously amazes me since the almost two years that I've lived in the USA is quite frankly how the people from both continents have these weird misconceptions about one another, and just cannot believe that life in both areas is pretty much the same as life in the other area. Europe, the US, it's all the same. There's some differences in what's considered important, but that's about it.

In the end, however, it's what you personally find important that really matters. If you want the government to "take care of" you for your entire life, then you have to accept the fact that they're going to tax the snot out of you, because all that "taking care of" costs a lot of money, and that money has to come from somewhere. Alternatively, if you'd rather take care of yourself and be allowed to spend your money the way YOU want to spend it, socialism isn't the way to go, and you're better off in the United States.

Neither system is inherently better than the other, but let me assure you that this whole asinine business of corporations farming all their white collar jobs out to fucking India happens just as frequently in Europe as it does here. It has nothing to do with socialism / capitalism / whatthefuckeverism. It's just plain thinking about the five dollars they save now, and not realising the 500 dollars they'll lose ten years down the road.

I do find it amusing that every corporation in the US bitches and whines about their sales numbers, and in the meantime happily keep kicking american workers on the street for favor of Indian workers, who ofcourse spend their salaries in the Indian economy as opposed to the American economy.
I wonder how far things have to go before the corporations here realise that if they eventually sack every single american worker, this also means that no american citizen has the money to actually BUY any of their products. Judging by the rate they're going, things will probably get pretty close to total pandemonium before someone wakes up.

But, seriously, why don't you move to Europe? It doesn't cost all that much, a few thousand dollars, a year of paperwork, and you're set. Why stay here and bitch about things that happen during the current administration but happened during Clinton's administration as well, and will happen during the next Democratic president's (doubtful for 2004) reign as well. Or did you really think that with a Democrat for president, all the corporations would suddenly do a 180 and stop pissing away jobs like they're doing now? Highly fucking unlikely.

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