I don't ever worry about DRM (Digital Restrictions Manipulation), I just use the products from Slysoft.com (http://slysoft.com/en/). They don't care about all the DRM crap and every time some paranoid arsehole "invents" a new form of "screwing over the buyers/owners" Slysoft releases an update within a couple of days (usually this just involves an update to AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD - you only need one or the other, never both).
I can, and do, burn and/or rip copies of "protected" CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray disks without any problems. I get rid of all the irrelevant crap, warnings, threats, propaganda, multiple languages, regional coding etc so I have a clean copy and then make a backup copy of the clean copy. The original gets filed away in a cardboard box in the storage room, the clean copy goes into the original case and the copy gets played multiple times.
They are based in Antigua and consequently don't care about the monopolists or govt regulations, they just follow Antiguan law.
Strange, they are being chastised for adhering to the treaty everyone agreed to.
Nothing strange about it at all. The largest PAC of US business (that would be what is laughingly call the US government) is all for enforcing treaties/agreements etc when they are told to by big business, but totally ignore them for exactly the same reason!
Why should they even consider any new treaties?
They shouldn't. It is well past time that all countries negotiated acceptable agreements between themselves and not invite the US to participate of have any input. All it requires is for politicians around the world to grow a spine and tell the US they are not required or wanted. Of course the problem is finding the politicians that will do this.
I have sympathy for Chris Dodd. I mean how would you feel if you thought you had bought something (like a politician) and when you tried to use it for your own benefit at a later time found you had only bought a revokable, restricted licence?
The explanation is easy. He is a Liberal (that's the name of the Republicant er Conservative party in Australia) Party member and as such has no interest in facts and well reasoned arguments - ideology is everything. As for working for the people, he does - exactly the same "people" the US Republicant party works for!
He was not elected as Attorney General, he was elected to parliament (actually re-elected) and appointed as Attorney General by the Prime Minister - another big-mouthed, arrogant, arsehole Liberal Party politician.
As for ignoring the advice, that happens all the time. Ministers are required (under certain legislation) to seek advice/recommendations from numerous governmental or private bodies, but are totally free to ignore the advice/recommendations they receive.
In regard to his own ideas, this is not unusual, the Attorney General is a political appointment. The Attorney General is supposedly the "Chief Legal Officer" of the country and as such represents the government in court cases. Thank God we also have a Solicitor General (who is not a politician) to give the government legal advice.
A more fitting result would be for the company to have to pay all costs involved with getting the couple's credit rating fixed with each and every credit rating agency AND to pay compensation to the couple of $7,000 ($3,500 each) per day for every day from the day their crediting rating was destroyed to the day it is "undestroyed" at all agencies - example 2,000 days costs $14 million in compensation, the longer it takes, the more it costs KlearGear. Note the compensation is to the couple, the costs of repairing the ratings is paid to others and is not deductible from the compensation, it is an additional cost on KlearGear.
Agreed!! The sooner every country in the world is on the list the better.
Maybe, just maybe, the US will finally realize that all other countries are sovereign identities and have the right to determine their own laws and other countries (maybe not the politicians) don't give a shit about the US and its "Laws".
As a side benefit, everyone would have a convenient list of all countries, except the US (maybe), on hand at all times.
I don't think you have got the entire point yet so ..... you would not print directly on Royal paper as it is, could you imagine a document where the pages are 20" x 25"?
You could fold it 3 times you get 8 sheets of 10" x 6-1/4" paper, cut along the fold lines and then print on them. This size is called "Octavo" size.
What printers do is lay out the Octavo pages on sheets of Royal paper, print them, fold them and then bind and trim them which reduces the dimensions to 9-1/4" x 6-1/8".
I am going to leave laying out the pages on the obverse and reverse sides so that when the paper is folded the pages are in the correct order as an exercise for the reader (read masochist).
So the self printer needs the following:
1) A desktop publishing program that recognizes "Royal" paper and knows how do create and lay out "Octavo" size pages on it. I doubt many, if any, commonly used DP programs would fit this bill - so a large print-shop application.
2) A printer capable of printing "Royal" paper - can you imagine the size and cost of a printer that can print 20" x 25" paper?
Note: I am assuming that Royal paper is still a common standard size that is readily available in the US, otherwise he is going to need to pay for specially cut paper.
He should of saved himself the time, money and trees and paid the quoted price. If he was determined to do the job properly himself the printer alone would have cost him more than having the printing outsourced, let alone a commercial grade publishing/typesetting program to accompany it.
The dimensions are not arbitrary, just archaic, Royal paper size. Royal is an old (read ancient) English paper size. I used to work in the printing industry but I and the printing industry (except the US obviously) have moved on.
He should have got some "Royal" sized paper. It is 20"x25" paper, that when folded to make 8 pages gives you pages that are "Octavo" (6-1/4" x 10") - they are 6-1/8" x 9-1/4" (after binding and trimming).
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