I realize that most of the time we look at these data retention policies in terms of what law enforcement gains access to, but there is much more the the issue than that. In addition to having to worry about the government tracking its citizens by requesting whatever data is being stored there is always the issue of hackers getting a hold of the same information.
We've already seen that many internet based services have issues protecting whatever data they are storing and I would not be surprised to hear ISPs and mobile service providers have similar problems. If these servers are forced to store more data it makes them a better target for data mining operations to be used for all kinds of scams, id theft, etc.
If the government forces service providers to store data so that they can track you down then the information is being stored such that anyone can track you down.
There is definitely better tasting digital music than mp3. Most people just can't tell the difference, but those that can are often willing to spend more.
The general public is fine with the audio quality presented to them, but those that can tell the difference often value lossless recordings over the lossy recordings of MP3 and AAC encoded files (the most widely distributed formats).
Without all these copyright issues many of us would not have to learn a whole slew of legal issues, the nuances of fair use as it's definition erodes to be nearly meaningless, what popular torrent sites to get unauthorized material from, and so on.
I'd say that copyright is doing a great job at spreading knowledge.
It does not matter if piracy is morally wrong or illegal. The napster generation was given incredibly poor service when it came to music and so they pirated what they wanted. By the time services like the iTunes store and Hulu and the like came around the mentality was already set. "Check the legal sources. If you can't find what you want easily check the illegal sources. If you still can't find it then too bad!"
Technologically speaking the pirates will always be ahead of those seeking to combat them. Laws and policies enacted to prevent piracy will be actively ignored and technology will be created to make it harder and harder to track down.
Piracy has become very easy and so long as it is easier to pirate than to find a legitimate source for the content, piracy will spread.
I don't think Apple will have any sort of problem with this at all. In fact I bet Steve Jobs is doing a little dance from hearing about this, going "I told you so"
When the iPhone was first released Apple insisted that people would create web based applications for the phone, which is exactly what Google has done. It was only after a year of people complaining that Apple made the concession to allow 3rd party apps on the device at all. Then they go and complain about the approval processes while forgetting that if they really want their application made they could just make a web based version.
"But then how would I get someone to pay 99 cents for my iFart application if it's just a website"
Yes and the obvious conclusion is that you are on shared bandwidth with other people in your area and the amount of internet activity dramatically increases when school is out and other people are getting home from work.
This isn't caused by bandwidth hogs. It's because you don't have dedicated bandwidth and have to share with more people for that time period.
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