Isn't part of the problem that as jobs are displaced along a curve that is dependent on technology improvements the new jobs are effectively sifted through a skill filter. The low-paid, low-skill jobs are retired through technology improvements and the new jobs that are available require a richer skill-set.
This is fine for those that able to adapt/learn but not so good for those who are educationally challenged and may not be able to adapt to the higher/different skills easily or quickly.
When change is rapid and/or hits large portions of the existing job market at the same time this becomes a social/political problem which may well require a throttling back of the rate of change just so that people can keep up with the impacts of the changes.
for the USA to lose all competitive advantage in the world markets.
Much as the current administration would like to think that USA law = world law, it currently doesn't and this is a sure-fire way to ensure it remains that way. It would be just too good an advantage for other countries to give up.
As an author you are supposed to have a 'better-than-average' command of written language. As you obviously didn't understand, or perhaps bother to read, the sites FAQ's I am lead to the conclusion that your grasp of written language is well below average. This doesn't make me want to read anything you have written.
I think it boils down to how fine a line you draw between inspiration and copying. I think we'd all agree that if someone printed a copy of the Harry Potter books but with a different author named on the cover it would be considered plagiarism. How much do these pair of songs differ and how much difference does there have to be to change it from plagiarism to derivation?
Do we make more progress in discussing this if we call it plagiarism rather than copyright infringement?
Erin seems to be as upset by the fact that she's not recognised as the writer of the original song as she is by the lost revenue. The second version doesn't, to my untutored ear, seem to have bought a lot of originality to the party. So why not heap the scorn on it that plagiarism attracts in academic circles and shame the copiers into changing their ways?
I have been running a couple of solutions for a number of years.
Under my flat panel TV I have a small form factor Linux box connected via an HDMI channel to the TV. If I want to watch TV I use the handset to switch channels and if I want to use the computer I switch inputs and use the wireless keyboard/mouse. The computer is connected via ethernet cable to my server and router so I can watch films using XBMC or browse the internet.
On my desktop in the study, with it's nice big flat panel screen and high spec graphics card, I've got a USB TV card and I simply run Kaffeine to watch TV in a window while I'm surfing.
I'm not sure what the 'Interactive TV' is supposed to be bringing to the party that isn't something that's already been available for a number of years.