[T-shirts] can be quite lucrative (and, yes, for all the people asking, we really will be restocking our own t-shirts soon).
I'd be up for the paywall shirt. How about a less disjoint range of prices? There's a vast gap between $25 (for a t-shirt you can't have because it's currently sold-out) and $1000. Perhaps past experiments have shown this to be a ghost-town of a price-point. Also, details on the Crystal Ball would be nice: I tend to read via RSS, but without a "Crystal Ball" RSS feed, it wouldn't do me any good.
It's "easy" to claim that technology "destroys" jobs, but it's never the case in practice. It may change jobs, but increased efficiency creates jobs through economic growth.
There is job destruction: of jobs that can be replaced by a machine. The new jobs created by growth require new skills, and a lazy subset of people want jobs that don't require them to change & remain relevant.
They say that it's only the web that gets blocked. Email (um, not if you use web-based email), VoIP "or any security or health service (such as home security or medical monitoring)" will still be allowed to go through.
a real shame if your medical or home-security system uses a web service...
If the BSA can claim that "if they hadn't violated copyright, we would have earned $ABSURD_MONEY (even if they would never have purchased it otherwise)", I guess I can claim that "if copyright hadn't been ridiculously extended, I wouldn't have to spend $ABSURD_MONEY on things that would be otherwise free." So I guess that means that hyperextended copyright has cost me $ABSURD_MONEY. Why don't we call it a wash and return to the original terms of copyright?
Could one directly sue the USPTO on the grounds that the reviewers are unqualified as "a person having ordinary skill in the art"? Unless the reviewers can be shown to meet this (albeit low) level of skill, any patents granted outside their skills would almost have to be invalidated (or at least subject to reconsideration/review).
I think that (in North-African/Mid-East upheaval) a threshold was crossed that demanded immediacy because there was no near event-horizon in which the hope of change could happen. If Egyptians knew that in 2-4 years they could vote the bum out without risking lives or imprisonment, would the rebellion have reached such a crescendo? I doubt it. And would platitudes from the president and laying-low have appeased the masses in the hope that apathy could allow him to regain the "whatever, I'm fine with the status quo" vote when elections next rolled around?
While you may be discussing the instantaneous sampling and finding moments of strong political action in a sea of inaction, the multi-year terms of politicians suggest that the apolitical average will apathetically maintain the norm. Even if spikes of activity occur they often have no significant or lasting effect. C.f. Obamacare outrage, Bush's war for oil (uh, I mean, "on terror"), Clinton's philandering, ad nauseam.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Transportation Security Administration announces its recent partnership with the Roman Catholic Church. Beginning in time for the Christmas travel season, the Vatican will supply additional staff to perform pat-down searches and monitor the full-body scanners.
A small but vocal minority of fliers have expressed concern regarding the program. TSA spokesman Dick Tickle dismisses the opposition as an aggrieved minority, stating that the financial savings and increased security benefit taxpayers and travellers alike.
"My co-workers and I are uncomfortable with the intimate nature of the pat-down searches required for those who opt out of the full-body scannings," notes TSA agent Willie G. Roper. "The priests don't seem to object, the people trust them, and they reportedly bring years of experience with them."
Father John Geoghan eagerly looks forward to helping secure America's transportation network. "I've seen the images produced by the backscatter/millimeter-wave systems, and there's no hiding anything."
Given the expected success of the new program, Tickle hints that the agency plans to extend its subcontracting relationships, starting with state correctional institutions. "A number of parolees and work-release prisoners have a difficult time finding jobs because of their record. In some cases, their names will appear on the sex-offender registry for the rest of their life. We offer them hope at reintegrating into society while making travel safer."