That adult response is a glimmer of hope. It may be foolish to think that the NYPD will now take steps to become less threatening than the criminals it's supposed to apprehend, but it would also be foolish to not capitalize on this opportunity to have mature discussions about how the NYPD has made everyone less safe. They've seen what the public thinks of them, so now it's time to take the next step in reforming them before they can relapse.
I think he's actually talking about how Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, which makes him correct. Heck, it was seen as kind of a disgrace even before the NSA fiasco started since he hadn't seem to do anything to earn it other than have skin that makes him more resistant to the sun's ultraviolet radiation.
If it were, then I'd say if a kid makes a stupid, baseless threat on Facebook and gets caught, then he should be sentenced to some community service. But until the USA gets over its terrorism obsession, even baseless threats are going to be interpreted in the worst way possible and a lot of relatively (emphasis on relatively) innocent people are going to get unjustly imprisoned.
Looking at how people just naturally share things with each other, could the public domain not be an area that is defined by law at all, but rather a concept in the science of anthropology? Perhaps everything enters the public domain immediately upon creation, regardless of what the law says? I'd like to see someone explore that angle.
I guess even a stopped clock is right twice a day, but that doesn't mean you should turn a blind eye to the legions of people other than yourself who have had very real problems.
Your situation reminds me of when I used to work at Wal-Mart. It was the first job I ever had and I landed myself in the electronics department due to my knowledge of video games. I had a cool supervisor named Mary-Ann, patient bosses, and overall it was a very positive experience for me. But that was also about a decade ago and I had more of a safety net back then. My conclusion is that despite how well everything went for me personally, I was part of a small, fortunate camp, meaning Wal-Mart does actually have serious problems that it needs to address.
I'm not sure it's cut-and-dry one way or the other, but given the severely borked state of copyright law, this whole fiasco may have gone as good as it possibly could have gone, given the circumstances. Whether you think that Google is good or evil, smart or stupid, they did have to dance the way the courts wanted lest they faced legal oblivion. If only copyright law wasn't so broken and useless, perhaps we might be better able to deduce how much of Google's action is due to them being a stereotypical mega-corporation and how much is due to other corporations holding them at gunpoint.
On the subject of extinction events, it'd be nice to see some research about how the mass die-off of species that's occurring now will come back to bite humans in the rear and help us go the way of the dodos we've sent packing. One reason that may happen is because the less species diversity there is in the world, the easier it is for pathogens to spread. You know how computer viruses can infect more computers when they all have the same OS and the same security holes? Biological viruses work the same way!
It's kinda like being an artist or a person of reason. You aren't one until someone else says you're one, and when you start proclaiming that you're one, that's just a big red flag saying you have no idea what it means to be one. We're talking about peaceful people whose work keeps society running smoothly, not people who demand attention to soothe their pride.
This will mark the 3rd consecutive generation that Microsoft has failed to topple Sony. The Xbox never came close to challenging the PS2 while the Xbox 360 initially seemed like it would beat out the PS3, but then Microsoft got complacent. In the end, they just opened up a sea of demand that was devoured by the ravenously hungry Sony.
There's a good point hidden here by arrogant wording. A tip for Mark: if you argue without having any respect for your opponent, you become wrong even when you're right.
Verizon is already denying that they've been using the net neutrality ruling as an excuse to throttle Netflix and there is no reason to taken them at their word on that. In response, people have been beseeching the FCC to classify the internet as a utility so companies like Verizon can't get away with that and a lot more. Having more competition in the marketplace may be a more ideal solution than reinstating net neutrality, but given how competition has been systematically squeezed out and people really do need the internet as much as electricity and water, I'm not sure that's the most realistic solution anymore.
I think he means that YouTube was doing just fine for all involved before it started going down the path it's been going down for a few years now, which has generated no small amount of backlash from all corners of the internet.
It's also probably worth mentioning that copyright has become such low, spooky voodoo that most people have no idea how it works or where it applies anymore, yet that hasn't ruined any businesses. For all intents and purposes, copyright is no longer relevant in the modern era, and everyone is pretty happy living without knowledge or care of it until some big corporation stomps in to remind everyone of why we can't have nice things.
Beware of people who claim to stand for reason, because being a person of reason is a bit like being an artist. You aren't one until someone else says you're one, and when you start proclaiming that you're one, that's just a big red flag saying you have no idea what it means to be one.
I wonder if it wouldn't be erroneous to vote for politicians based on whether they put time into games like Minecraft or Sim City. You know, games where the focus is on building something grand and effective that people will love, not on petty bickering or going to war with others. How soon until we can expect people like that to come along?