I have a VW with this feature as well. You can lock the glove box, the swing down backseats (to the trunk) and also the trunk releases (both internal and external ones) with the ignition key, but the valet key will not unlock any of them them.
So, France feels that it can now retro-actively tell apple to pay 5 million Euros.... I wonder what the outcry from the French government would be if Apple came back and charged all its French consumers their fair portion of the final bill?
I don't see how this is any different that trees and such. For example, if a neighbor has a tree in his yard but its branches stretch into my yard, I am entitled to prune those branches so that they do not damage my house. Even if I just find those branches to be a nuisance, I can still prune them. I believe the same policy would apply here. If you are damaging my property, or begin a nuisance, you should be entitled to correct the problem.
I would think a can of spray epoxy would be enough to take care of the problem.
Generally, we'd say yes, that your derivative work is "new" and can claim full copyright protection. However, if you are defecating on Prince's most recent albums, the answer would be no, as no one (not even an idiot in a hurry) would not be able to tell the difference between the derived shitty record, and the original shitty record.
On the surface, this sounds like a good use of technology, but then you have to realize, in a time of public emergency, what happens to the power that those routers need? Yeah, electricity is generally one of the first services lost.
I can certainly understand why NBC news would have issue with this. The way Romney is using the newscast, could be perceived as NBC news attacking Newt and endorsing Romney. To maintain a non-bias news perception, NBC wants to ensure that they are not perceived as favoring one candidate over another.
I understand the whole fair use side of the argument, but I can also see a strong push to keep the News in a non-biased position, and Romney's use of this news cast could certainly bring that into question, even though NBC and Brokaw had nothing to do with the ad.
I don't think it is bad to talk about a case, however, talking implies two way communication, and being talked to about a case can be very damaging.
But there are already laws in place to handle this, all this does is make Jury Duty less appealing, and part of our due process is that you need to be judged by a jury of your peers. What is it going to say when anyone with a twitter account is going to be unable to serve on a Jury for fear of misconduct? Do you really want a jury of people who either cannot, or will not setup a twitter account to be judging you?
I realize I am talking this a little further than it already is, but the slippery slope is pretty clearly visible.
This would not be acceptable. Traveling by air is stressful enough, especially for a diabetic if you have to dine on airport food (unknown carbs). I have been on international flights where I have checked my bG 10 times, and dosed up at least 4 times (thank goodness at the time I was on inhaled insulin and not injectable). In such a case having to find the right flight attendant for my medicine in unreasonable.
Besides, would not this all start falling under the ADA?
I wonder if a solution would be to make it so that software pattens cannot be sold, but only licensed. I also think that a much shorter life on software patents (24 months?) is needed, but that would require a different mechanism for submitting a patent, maybe using the provisional patent approach. There should also be a use it or lose it clause (if you have not used the patent within 6-12 months of it being accepted, then you lose any future claims to it).