My GF and I are considering moving out of the US after she completes her doctorate work. (about a year and a half) and are actively looking at candidate countries to move to. Hopefully emigration from the US doesn't become too much of an issue.
It would be an interesting concept... And could solve the deficit issues... I mean, property taxes on many trillions (based on valuations from lawsuits) of dollars worth of property would make a huge impact.
In Arizona, for instance, if you are doing more than 20 mph over the posted speed limit, you can be charged with a felony. Though, generally if you are courteous to the police officer, and have all your documentation (licence, registration, insurance) in order, you'll just get a warning.
Unfortunately, in cases where hard wiring/pipes need to be put in place on public easements there has to be a natural limitation on them. As much as I like the idea of competition, utilities and hard wired communications is an area that is probably best served by the government, or at least a government funded non-profit organization. Not that such organizational structures have a history of success in this country.
Possibly having public (government) ownership of the infrastructure, then outsourcing the maintenance of those resources, and their respective end points.
A counter-point that is relevant and not entirely without merit.
I would say, though, that it YouTube wouldn't need a license because it would be a cable channel, not broadcast, and the Zuckerberg would have an interactive system on your TV (monitoring your activity) to sell you more ads, and all your personally recorded information to ad companies and marketers.
Wait, both of those things happen. Public Access (more or less), and your information gets sold/resold via your phone companies, cellular providers, credit card companies, banks and grocery stores.
It's like a bookstore next to a record shop... The bookstore is doing great.. they also sell and rent CDs. The record shop refuses to sell CDs because they're new-fangled and they don't like anything newer than records. They did just start selling cassettes after all (only took a decade and a half). The bookstore suggests the music store should sell CDs. The music store tells the bookstore to f*ck off, and that they shouldn't be allowed to rent, or sell CDs.
The DRM mentioned though isn't using Steam's... Ubisoft is implementing their own, essentially bypassing Steam's. The bulk of the problem is Ubisoft, not Steam. I've honestly been a fan of what Valve has done since the original Quake 1 mod, "Team Fortress"...
They do have DRM, but it's of the type that stays out of your way for the most part.
It would be nice if they simply phrased the laws/spending in terms of an annual budgetary amount of say $1500:year:employee for "miscellaneous technology" that could be "saved" from one year to the next, so a $2k setup could be refreshed every other year, and telephones/etc upgraded. The problem is, no government agency is typically allowed to "save" spending from one year to the next.. so after they approve a new phone system, you have to scramble to justify having the same $$ budget the next year. There's also the fact that the procurement system is so convoluted that those willing to jump through the hoops will have inflated pricing.
Google should pledge funding to their competition..
Google & Facebook should each pledge $500K for senators and $100K to the opposition of any senator/congressman supporting either of these bills. That might do something to change their tunes. Do so publicly, before voting on them. They change their positions or get tossed... If both of them did this, that would mean a full million in your oppositions banks for the next election (senators). That's a lot of money. Google/Facebook could go farther, and present campaign opposition popovers to people regarding their local districts in the election season.
Even if not in writing it could have been pursued as a violation of contractual agreement. Similar to the Taco Bell Dog lawsuits... which would have been very similar, and probably had a better chance of succeeding.
Not that I agree with a lot of things regarding this whole ordeal... The movie hasn't and still doesn't appeal to me.
The new tablet doesn't have an SD card slot, and may not have an android debugger host mode, or support ROM uploads via that debugger. We can hope, and wait, but I'm passing on this first round. At least the B&N tablet was supportive, or at least non restrictive in terms of third party roms, even so far as to boot from the SD slot first, before the host memory.