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The Weight of an e-Book243

whoever57 writes "According to Prof Kubiatowicz from Berkeley, each time an additional book is downloaded to an e-reader, the mass of the e-reader increases. The effect doesn't really make the devices more difficult to carry: the professor calculates that 4GB of books would increase its weight by a billionth of a billionth of a gram— about the mass of a single virus or DNA molecule."
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The Weight of an e-Book

• So it turns out.... (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday October 31, 2011 @02:25AM (#37891814)
So it turns out, pirating is stealing after all?
• Re: (Score:2)

So it turns out, pirating is stealing after all?

Well yes... but not because the weight of your e-reader increases. See... you're not taking the publisher's e-reader weight from them... you're merely cloning their e-reader weight onto yours.

• Re: (Score:2)

So if I understand this correctly. If I were to copy , (using the cp or copy command) some copyrighted files from friends PC to my USB.

That would be mere cloning / copyright infringement?

While if I were to use the mv or move command that would be stealing?

OK, got it. Thanks.

• Re: (Score:2)

While if I were to use the mv or move command that would be stealing?

Still not quite, as that will only remove the file's listing from the index.... the data will still be on the drive. Seems like you are gonna have some trouble legitimately stealing these files.

• Re: (Score:2)

The obvious method is to steal the drive itsself. If you want to be a purist and steal only the data, you can leave an empty drive of the same model in it's place.
• Re: (Score:3)

Not only that, even if it were deleted, then the electrons that make up his copy are clearly different electrons. He's not stolen, he's copied, and then caused criminal damage.

• Re: (Score:2, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward

#!/usr/bin/bash

# steal.sh

cp $1$2

Working...