Yes.. 1 email address or a thousand is a lot less than say the banking industry has been fined for several times, with nobody serving jail time.
It's an email address... someone knowing your email is a lot different than say a print publication putting out the physical addresses targeting a segment of the population... Oh yeah.. no fines, no imprisonment there...
There is a scale to a crime... What is the harm done in people knowing an email address?
With technology patents, I believe that 5 years is enough of an advantage for technology that is A) non-obvious in terms of the idea, or B) non-obvious in the terms of implementation to those skilled in that craft.
I would say with regards to Copyright, I'd probably be in support of something very similar to what we have today for the first five years. And something much more relaxed (protection from reproduction of an entire work) for say 25 years after. I'd say that is pretty fair, and much more limited than what we have today.
But that's just me... I don't have a problem with exclusivity so much as the term of said exclusivity. I'm also opposed to non-living entities (companies) owning IP.
As much as I really don't care for the actions of IBM and the BSA... short of starting a new tech lobby organization, or you know actually donating more to the EFF, I don't see this changing.
My hope is that in the not too distant future the EFF, or a similar group acting as lobbyists for a bit more common sense in IP and technology laws. We have google and apple as two of the largest companies in the world... Apple has been very IP protectionist and litigious, so my hope is Google, and similar companies come to realize that funding change within the system is paramount to their own futures.
Tell that to the likes of Dasani (Coca Cola), Aquafina (Pepsi), Arrowhead, Fiji Water etc... they bottle water that is as close to free as download bandwidth to people just fine... making lots of money.
Well, I can say that once Reader and iGoogle are gone, I'm far less inclined to use Google for search. I'd be willing to pay a nominal fee to keep them around.. I've already paid for NewsBlur (which is having growing pains in the fallout)... I may find another solution, or set of solutions. That said, the two of them are about 80% of my time online and without them, google looses my eyes (their product).
Depending on the environment, a Horse can be a great alternative to gas powered machinery.. carts, deliveries, etc... I can see them being in wide use in more rural areas very successfully.
Horses may have more offspring than can be raised, needed or cared for, and older horses aren't as useful... I'm speaking strictly from a practical standpoint, that horses are more useful than cows while they are being raised. Using them as food when they aren't makes sense.
I don't see what all the fuss is about overall, as I also wouldn't consider eating horse meat any worse than cow, pig, etc... "There's all sorts of tasty critters in the world." In this day and age when there are so many people to feed, and mounting evidence our excess intake of carbohydrates are pretty bad, anything that allows for other, natural food sources is probably an okay idea.
If they allow pre-processor plugins on-demand, similar to how JS works via an Native Client (NaCl) system, it could very well be seamless in the next round of modern browsers. (IE11, Chrome 30, etc). As long as it can be done as an inline pre-processor it could integrate seamlessly, be custom to that site and license, and still work towards stopping recording (though a screen capture, and virtual sound card could still do it, but we'll pretend that DRM actually works)... My goal wouldn't be to stop DRM, but to make it so seamless for content streaming, that it doesn't get in your way. Second to that is keeping it in the browser tab/view, and out of your OS level... where it is nicely sandboxed, and reduced as a potential attack vector.
I do appreciate seeing Netflix in on the discussion, since they are probably the single biggest instance of DRM licensed content. They are kind of stuck in the middle, of wanting to offer content/services to users, and having to appease the content gods requiring DRM schemes. There's enough trouble in even getting content licenses, without DRM would make it far too difficult at this time.
My biggest concern here is that they avoid the OS level plugin systems of old. I thought that NaCl was a good idea when released, and if integrated seamlessly could be very good... worst you would have to do is "close the tab" to get out of a rogue site... instead of it infecting your system with malware. Further, there has been a lot of effort in terms of improving security with JS integration, and using the same API interfaces for video/audio pre-processing combined with something like NaCl could be good, without the need for full-os level integration.
I do *not* want to see another Silverlight/Moonlight instance where MS licenses the codecs for non-windows (and mac), but without any DRM, effectively making it useless for people on linux, or generic STBs (set-top-boxes, Raspberry Pi, etc) wanting to access content sites like Netflix.
The irony, is depending on your site, even having ads on some areas can lose you sales/content. I've been pushing for removing/reducing ads in certain click-through pages, such as on search results, because in the end, my theory is that we'll get more page views on those pages that are more important to the user... the final pages after searching. It's worth noting that this is for a popular classifieds site, and the ads do account for about 1/3 to 1/2 of the revenue most months, so removing them all around isn't an option, but making them less invasive, and better performing is a good idea. In a single-page app/site, we've actually gone to serving/tracking our own ads in terms of a branded experience where ads are paid for by the minute up to 5 min/user... which is working pretty interestingly. There are lots of options beyond being too intrusive with ads and still having them.
Honestly, I was purchasing a few CDs a week when the original Napster was popular.. it was a great way to get new music, and sample an album before buying... maybe I was downloading more than I was buying.. now, I just don't do much if any of it.. I'll maybe buy 2CDs a year on average now.
Same thing with DRM and video games... used to be at least a game a month, now it's been a few years, aside from the humble bundles.
They could very easily send the comment-id, parent-comment-id, the public display name... another export with display-name, salt, sha-256(salt+email-address), and the comment text...
This would allow a user to create a new account on the new site, and could then hash the desired username and email address.. if the name & email (hashed) matches the existing entry, you can attach that user... no privacy lost.
This would also allow you to preserve the comments, with display name.. and allow users to re-claim their comments/accounts... That's a solution off the top of my head that should be easy enough to implement.
I had a GF forced to pay that much for a couple books and some specialized software for one of her courses (that would only really be used for that one semester). (That's total for that course's requirements, not each piece, but still).
An event in nature should not be patentable... A specific method of influencing said events could be. In this instance the gene itself, or it's effects in various states should not be patentable... that is simply observation. A specific, proven technique for changing said gene in a living being should probably be.