Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Aug 2013 14:14 UTC
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Victoria Espinel, who until recently served as the White House's first intellectual property enforcement coordinator, will now head one of the most powerful trade groups in the tech industry. She's been tapped to become the new president and CEO of The Software Alliance (or BSA) starting September 3rd. In her new role, she'll be tasked with pushing the anti-piracy interests of major players like Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Oracle, and Intel. And while the BSA spends a large part of its time lobbying Congress and other governments to push that agenda, Espinel will be barred from engaging in such practices herself - at least initially. According to Politico, an ethics pledge Espinel took to secure her "copyright czar" position under President Obama prevents her from lobbying for at least two years.

No corruption here. Nothing to see. Move along.

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by saso on Sat 31st Aug 2013 10:32 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Wikipedia"
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I was curious just how much of our taxes went to NASA after reading your post, it turns out not much at all and it's still being targeted for cut.

Of course it isn't much, NASA is a research organization doing cutting edge long-term research, so it makes sense that its budget is going to be limited, plus there's a shitload of other agencies in the federal government (as I noted). However, that having been said, I kind of appreciate its work and the fruits of its labor, which have paid off thousandfold. If NASA were to be broken up between states, though, it would be too small to do what it does. Advancing the space frontier requires non-trivial amounts of money and effort and that kind of implies a big budget of a big country.

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