One reason I gave my congressman that I opposed this bill is that it didn't contain safeguards to keep the information from being used to prosecute other types of crimes which were not in any way related to "cybersecurity". Based on the amendment, that was apparently intentional.
Possibly the best thing about Kevin Smith is his ability to come up with his own, extremely funny and apt, comparisons. I don't think we'd ever have Mike, for example, saying that the real problem for major movie studios is that they have to compete with watching threesomes at home. It's true that he's not the only person who could pull off alternative funding, but he is a rather unique individual.
If copyright were limited to the life of the author, then the author would have declining incentives as he/she grew older. An 80-year-old would likely have no publisher willing to buy his book, since they would have far less time to exploit it (prior to public domain) than a 30-year-old author's book. This is avoided with fixed lengths. It also removes the incentive to kill authors so you can use their work.
Re: Re: Re: Other than Jewish/Christian Religious Traditions...
You can call me names if you'd like, but I was legitimately answering TechnoMage's question. It is the only social argument I've heard against it which is not a moral/religious argument. It is not based on the rightness of multiple wives, but on the potential negative outcomes to the society.
Re: Other than Jewish/Christian Religious Traditions...
A typical informed argument is that if you have lots of one-man-many-women polygamists in a society where men and women are roughly equal in number, there will be a huge population of men that are completely unable to find a wife due to their monopolization by powerful men. These unattached men are far less stable and more likely to become, for example, suicidal religious fanatics.
2D barcodes in general make a lot of sense. They are more robust and can hold a lot more information than the standard 1D UPCs. That's why, for example, you'll see 2D barcodes all over your UPS packages now.
The attempt to specialize barcodes for advertising is stupid, though. They've just been a new-age CueCat. People don't want to scan your ad to see more of your ads. If they want to see something about the product, they want to see what real people have to say.
Evidence-based law, or even auditing law after the fact for efficacy, is the sort of thing that would be brought about with the creation of an "economist party". A party that makes decisions based on effects, rather than principle. I strongly suspect that such a party will never succeed in a representative system. People are too irrational to collectively agree to be rational.