"First of all, while things created by government employees is automatically public domain, works created by contractors is not.".
If I contract you to work for me, and all rights are assigned to me as "work for hire", you don't have copyright. I do. And if I release that source, then tough cookies. Sure, it's not automatic, but "works for hire" exists.
Zetia was tested in combination with Lipitor several years ago and it was the most efficacious combination possible then, as it likely is now. We at SP knew it was only a matter of time before we swapped out Zocor for Lipitor and combined them for a single-dose solution. Merck just took an SP play and ran with it -- not surprising since Merck's last good idea was buying SP.
This is not an ineffective drug. It might not be *novel* and I wouldn't dispute it, but if you read up on Zetia testing you'll find, publicly, that the Lipitor+Zetia combo was identified very early as the best pairing, and going off-patent was clearly going to result in this.
Maybe NYPD hasn't recovered a lot of guns, maybe the weed busts are incident, but the crime rate is way down over the same period. It's nice to think, in theory, all people are equal, but the reality is that they are stopping and frisking people that look like shitbirds. Don't wanna get stopped? Don't dress like a shitbird. The culture that owns that look needs to die. The end.
The funniest things I've ever personally witnessed are the interactions between my stupid cop father and the high IQ public he would pull over. For some reason my 100 IQ dad thought blocking a crosswalk or speeding through intersections near schools was a problem. How stupid he is! Ha ha!
Comments like scat's make me root for the baton, not the recipient.
The problem with recording law enforcement activities is that absent context, the viewer will likely come to the wrong conclusion. The *greater problem* however is that most people have no idea what it really takes to control the bad actors you see filmed.
You see a 5' 2" lady being maced and are outraged. You don't see the knife sticking out of another lady's chest off-camera. This is the missing context.
You see a police officer pushing a man to the ground and kneeling on his neck, roughly, and punching him in the face. You don't see the four minutes before that point, where the police officer's lawful commands are ignored, and the miscreant now on the ground had punched and kicked his way into a fight.
Viewers have no stomach for seeing the outcome of bad decisions. It would be fair to assume police officers would really just like a nice, easy day like anyone else. Being stabbed or shot, or hit by a car is zero fun, and that's essentially the daily existence for every street cop.
Comply with a police officer's direction, lawyer up without being a jerk, and let the process work. The police officer doesn't really care about your particular interpretation of the law, he or she just wants your stupidity off the street. Tell it to the judge.
Every single telephone carrier has the endpoints for all calls. *57 should be available for ALL CALLS, including the fake-legal charities, politicos, et cetera. At the end of the month, I click "opt out" to all reported/tracked *57 calls, and my telco can NEVER EVER connect a call from the entity, no matter how many phone numbers they have.
Force the externality back onto the telcos where it belongs, and this ends today. Forget a 50k prize, start levying fines of 50k per incident to every telco.
Oh, wait, that's right, the FTC doesn't actually work for ratepayers. Sorry.
There's nothing unfair about it. The terms were clear and transparent. Only incumbents building to wholly unserved endpoints need to comply; that's the part of the regulated monopoly people seems to forget. 100% rollout coverage is delivered for a captive audience.
I hafta give ol' Bob some credit though; he magnanimously "allowed" Jimi Hendrix to cover his songs ("My songs are his songs"). Of course, it probably had something to do with the fact that Jimi often transformed someone else's songs from "meh" to "Holy Christ How Cool Was That"...
Winamp was a tiny little MP3 player application. The nerd that created it sold tiny little licenses. Basically, it didn't do much more than help defray some costs but at least you got a regcode and the satisfaction of helping Nullsoft succeed.
Then AOL bought them. And, the thing that *really* burned me, aside from the bloated software and higher pricing, was the loss of my regcode. My cachet, so to speak, of being an early adopter. I was there. I helped. My brick is in that wall. And Justin sold the building and threw the brick in the garbage.
Lost in your pseudo-analysis is the manner in which airlines meet the price point demands: charging fee upon fee for extras or slight increases in comfort are how they make ridiculous profits for a select few.
Pilots and crew do not make incredible dollars. Flight line sure doesn't. ATC, nope. Gate staff, nope. Yet, subsidy dollars keep flowing their way. Where's the money going?
It sure isn't going into a positive flight experience. Seats are cramped, service is diminished, and we're saddled with security theater that forces flyers to buy overpriced water at Hudson News. There's a racket going on for sure, but it's not driven by customer demand for poor treatment.