If they don't have enough evidence to build a case with, dropping a bomb on the guy, potentially killing innocent people in the process shouldn't even remotely be considered. Even if the DO have enough evidence to build a case with, dropping a bomb on the guy, potentially killing innocent people in the process shouldn't even remotely be considered.
What is it with the US? Frankly targeted killing of any kind especially bombing someone other than as part of a proper declared war is itself terrorist behaviour and should not be considered by a nation that wants to think of itself as civilised.
I don't understand why university teachers bother to copy copyrighted stuff. I've taught in a university for over 20 years and the sum total of copied stuff I've used is three (separate) pages plus one copyright free package relating to some (copyright free) realtime s/w.
Everything else (many hundreds of pages) has been generated by me - and I could easily have done without the small amount of copying.
If I was typical then Access Copyright would never have had a business model in the first place.
Re: Re: This isn't the behavior of a dictatorship, how?
Uh...perhaps because it is a war theater and checking photo IDs before moving against hostiles is not an attractive or viable alternative.
When you consider that Leonard Chehire was prepared to risk his own life during a bombing raid in order to give civlians a chance to escape then it looks like your moral compass is a bit skewed in the direction of cowardice.
thinking it would be a nice experience to see a french canadian town, i drove up to saint-georges to look around. i had no idea the unpleasant experience i had ahead of me getting back into my homeland.
Just think - if you hadn't done that stupid "American Revolution" thing you could all be Canadians now - and you couold have done that trip without crossing the border.
Bad assumption - why would you use a live bullet in something like this?
Surely the use of a live bullet would bring the item under various firearms laws (you do have some firearms legislation in the US don't you?) which would place extra costs on the company making and selling them. It would also have product liability consequences that could be very samaging in the US which is even more lawsuit-happy than it is gun-happy.
Re: Re: Re: And lets have a list of how often the public borrows from Disney...
Uh, how do you think that the public gets artistic works if the artists can't eat and get health care? It's not a chicken or egg thing. Finding a way to feed and clothe artists will increase the amount of art in society.
This would do it - and would cost us less than copyright does. The public domain is a vast desert. Have you read the essay "Death of the Commons"? It's about the public domain.
I don't think it's what you were referring to (though you should read it). I think you were referring to the "tragedy of the commons" which is about common land not common culture.
There is an important difference between land and culture - land is a finite resource whereas culture is infinitely reproducible. If you understood that difference you would realise that your position is untenable.
To quote the relevant wikipedia article
"The tragedy of the commons is an economics theory by Garrett Hardin, according to which the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one's self-interest, act contrary to the group's long-term best interests by depleting the common resource. "
Basic point here - the public domain is not a finite resource that can be depleted. Total Analogy Failure.
That's a very dangerous idea, because that's what we have done every other election, and look what it's gotten us.
Unfortunately just about every system of government produces this slide effect.
The Roman system of the emperor choosing his successor sometimes worked (produced the five good emperors in the 2nd century) but earlier you had Julius Caesar - who chose someone a little bit worse than himself (Augustus) who chose someone a little bit worse (Tiberius) who chose someone a little bit worse (well quite a bit worse Caligula).
Any system will be as bad as the people who operate it.
The NSA itself is not the problem to be avoided for your hypothetical. It's safe to assume that the technical capabilities of the NSA are the same everywhere. It's also fairly safe to assume that the "limitations" imposed on the NSA with regards to US citizens are about as effective as a cheese grater at holding water.
and the constraints on the NSA within the US are actually slightly weaker than those outside it.
Outside the US if they don't get caught they can do what they like. Inside the US if they don't get caught they can do what they like.
Outside of the US if they get caught they are immediately exposed and forced to stop.
Inside the US if they get caught they can use their considerable influence on the judicial system and the political system to keep it covered up - until someone like Snowden blows the gaff.
These "laws" will survive until the point where they are used against someone who has the intelligence and presence of mind to expose their inner contradictions. They are an example of the authori=ties refusing to face up to reality.
The compulsion to expose the driver of a car cannot survive the two possible drivers each claiming that the other was driving.
Similarly it is impossible to prove that you know something that you claim not to.
Also there are ways of securing an encrypted device that are not susceptible to forcing a single person to give up a password.