Just in case you didn't know, MAFIAA is an, admittedly made up, acronym for the 'Music And Film Association of America'. There was once a parody article discussing the merger of the RIAA and MPAA and this was the chosen acronym. Ninja has already explained why this acronym was chosen.
That or Tomato. I haven't seen a new stable build of dd-wrt in a while. When I upgraded (laterally moved?) from a Linksys WRT610N to a Linksys E3000, I installed a modified build of TomatoUSB on day one after spending the previous week researching the various custom firmwares available. I may be in the minority but, I still liked Linksys' hardware but both my future purchases and my recommendations for others will probably be Netgear for a while because of this one.
Re: Just Like the Garage Door Install / Repair Industry
With certain older garages (like the one at the house where I grew up) this axiom is true. That door was solid wood and weighed a couple hundred pounds. Those springs...I saw one fly across the yard when it was improperly removed once. I'm glad no one was in the way. The newer springs though, since the doors are MUCH lighter, are a completely different story. Those springs may cut you up a bit if you're not careful but they probably won't break bones ^_^
If the United States with our stated ideal of free speech were to implement something like this I'd finally be motivated to set up that virtual Guest Wi-Fi network on my router on purpose just to get charged and fight this law. In fact, I should go and look into setting it up now.
At the very least both YouTube and Vimeo allow HTML5. It's a user setting for both and, on YouTube at least, it's considered a beta feature. Also on YouTube, Flash still gets used for videos with in video advertisements. Adblock doesn't stop this. You still get a Flash player, you just don't see any ads.
Technically Charter has a 300GB/month cap too. (I think it's higher for their 50 and 100Mbps service tiers but I'm not sure.) It's a soft cap and I haven't had them enforce it on me yet but it's in the ToS.
I'm willing to say that gasoline in the US is quite nicely priced compared to most of the world right now ^_^ Remember, most countries tax their gasoline at a very high rate, partially to encourage savings. Many countries with lower fuel prices are either net exporters of oil and use those funds to subsidize their gasoline costs. Honestly, the US is near the middle of that particular list. For example, as of today, 95 octane gasoline averages $10.18/US gallon in Turkey.
We suck pretty bad concerning our prices and service in many areas but fuel is NOT yet one of them.
As far as building/owning the infrastructure is concerned I'd still be fine with the federal government doing so. The way the law is worded now, a private company CAN give your information to government without a warrant and tend to do so to avoid friction. However, if the government actually owns the infrastructure then there would be no private company there to coerce and the 4th Amendment would still apply. I know that there have been issues with people or organizations within our government violating our rights but, at least this way there's the chance of a legal argument protecting the data.
Please note that the American government won't actually be 'running' healthcare. Unless you're on Medicare or Medicaid you will probably NOT be recieving insurance from the government. The current health care law will simply require everyone to have a minimum level of health insurance, assist those who can't afford to purchase it by way of tax breaks, and fine (by way of tax hikes) those who don't purchase it. The public option, which would be the government run competing insurance company you seem to speak of, was removed from the bill before it passed.
Quite well, in the jurisdiction where he lives and his site is hosted. Here in the US, where he has been charged with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and criminal infringement of copyright, he hasn't been tried as yet so we don't know how it's worked out for him.
I don't like the extradition for something that isn't illegal where he is but, I think that I'll enjoy seeing my unfortunately misguided government lose a case such as this. Maybe they'll learn something.
In many states, the 'Good Samaritan' laws that you speak of only apply to untrained people. If you are a licensed medical professional and you provide care for someone in an emergency and something goes wrong, you are liable in many cases. It's a problem.
I know what you mean here but...didn't the US and other NATO countries just HELP Libya free themselves from a dictatorship without trying to control the government that formed afterwards? I'd think that would have given our government a positive look in their eyes.
Also, do any of these rioters understand that, while our government is elected by our citizenry, it doesn't have to specifically approve of everything 'we the people' actually do? We have the right to say really offensive things. Our government, and its public servants, have nothing to do with it.
If there is more than one library in your area, you may want to ask around about a digital library service. The two library systems that I have access to both offer ebooks with time-limited DRM to simulate the library lending process. It's actually quite useful and has a VERY large selection.
I see these kind of articles all the time and then I look at my bookshelf and wonder who these people are surveying. I've spent well over one thousand dollars on books in the less than 30 years I've lived so far and while I do know people in my age group who don't like reading, they don't seem to make up a majority.
I've said this before but in the case of cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo having better internet speeds than us in the United States and the population density argument, if population density is the issue then why don't cities like New York, LA, or Chicago have those kind of speeds?
The densities are comparable and I understand that the rural areas would take years to get up to those speeds but our medium and large cities should be there already. There's no excuse except for us falling behind.
Honestly, I think that many, if not most, of the screenwriters, directors, and actors probably fall into the first category. However, the producers, you know, the ones fronting the money to produce the film, almost certainly fall into the second one.
That's where the problem is, you need to convince people with money and investors to take a risk, and that can be quite difficult.