I won't do dish because of the stupid contracts - sorry, but I will NOT enter into a contract for freakin' TV.
But in any event - if not for my DVR, I wouldn't watch TV at all. The 'hopper' is the only thing that's ever tempted me to look at dish; and if I had it, I'd watch a lot more TV.
But lengthy commercial breaks... are HISTORY for me, if I'm 'forced' to watch them - I won't watch at all, I'll go Netflix or just video game more.
Keep them short, to the point and I don't mind watching a few ads. Run them long and annoying - like AMC, SciFI, etc - and I won't watch your network at all, because it's just not worth watching the butchering of shows.
They can come up with all the BS in the world - but the police are the ones breaking the law here.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized"
And as we see - without the 'rule of law' - corruption begins to overwhelm the system.
So yeah, you 'law enforcement' lackeys - do what you will, but realize you are *just as guilty* of breaking laws as those you are jailing. You just have a badge to 'say' you are one of the 'good guys'.
When our society is so ripe with corruption that it can no longer function properly - pat yourself on the back; for a job well done - killing liberty.
"I would tend to agree, in which case, at some level, we're all just representations of mathematics and that can certainly be programmed..."
How can you apply love, hate, greed, pride - to mathematics?
You can't even measure the level of 'love' from one person to the next. I mean - can you prove you love your mom more than your sister does? Even if you were to pick-up some 'brainwave' - how can you tell how that specific brain interprets and processes that specific wave? One person might consider that emotion to be 'drastic' from their relative point of view; whereas another considers it 'slight'.
I think AI is a chicken before the egg concept. And we don't have a chicken or an egg.
"what patent trolls do ain't explicitly forbidden by statute."
Maybe not, but if a hole was found in say.... tax code; it would be fixed in minutes, I suspect.
This ability to be a 'patent troll' is contrary to the spirit of the law (to progress innovation) and can easily be looked at as a 'hole' - that needs patching, quick.
So perhaps another agency *does* need to get involved, but then it's handing over "content control" to that same agency. Often, with government, the public is better off when nothing gets done anyway.
Just saying if the laws are tilted towards big corporations, expect the "little guy" to disappear from the world of innovation. And in that world the "little guy" is the important one, with all the new and bright ideas. The big corporations style of "innovation" will be to regurgitate the same content OVER and OVER again - as evidenced by network television, for example.