for a small minority of nut cases they are training for mayhem which no rational person can comprehend.
Ahhh, the heart of the bullshit, served with the duck included. No rational people can comprehend but trust us, it's there.
This notion that video games train people is such epic bullshit. Let's break it down shall we?
Let's analyze a bit what's needed to kill, and how videogames do or do not help:
1. Knowledge of how to use weapons - I've never fired a gun in my life, but I've heard tell from people who have that video games don't help you shoot. I've never learned shit about knife work from video games, though two years in a butcher shop sure helped.
2. Physical conditioning - Running around attacking people takes a certain amount of stamina. Halo never helped my endurance of anything except junk food.
3. Strategy and tactics - Video game AI is pretty lame sauce when compared to the real thing, even to this day, and game scenarios are rarely realistic.
Now, if what you're trying to convey is that video games somehow morally "train" people to kill (which is nonsense on its face) bear in mind that the VAST majority of games have strong moral overtones, at least in the broad strokes. DOOM is fighting demons from Hell, Halo is fighting aliens who want to exterminate humanity, Warcraft is fighting the undead who want to exterminate life (there are other baddies in WoW, but that's 40 paragraphs on its own). Sure there are outliers such as indie/homegrown stuff with any kind of content you can imagine (and probably some sick shit you would have never thought of), but that's not what we're really talking about, is it?
In fact part of the appeal of many video games is being the good guy, saving the civilians, blah blah blah. It aligns with our pre-existing morals and hero fantasies.
So, how exactly does a video game train someone in ways no one can understand? Cause I sure can't understand it.
Tort is a wrong. "Extortion" means "outside of being wronged". The premise of the threatened cases is that someone committed a wrong against the copyright holder, but could escape a trial by paying off. -- See how that goes? A party is wronged first giving them a "tort" at law, THEN the 2nd party may be forced to pay off, but can avoid it by out-of-court settlement. Happens many times every day.
So, grade 4 latin. "Ex" = "out" or "out of", "tort" is actually rooted in "torquere" meaning "to twist", so "out of twisting" or "extract by twisting" is about what "ex tort" in Latin translates to.
Further, while the word is rooted in Latin, and we don't actually use Latin, so grade 4 transliteration into a dead language isn't the pithy or biting argument you seem to believe, and probably doesn't carry much legal weight either.
But other than the incorrect translation which is meaningless anyways, that was a great argument.
I don't think anyone has been saying this is TEH UBAR DAKKA or anything. The point, though, is if you can distribute files to allow anyone with emerging (i.e. going mainstream) technology the ability to manufacture a POS one-shot low-range-low-accuracy pistol, it's a matter of time before that design gets refined to something more lethal.
As such, this is an interesting situation, distribution of knowledge, gov't attempts to contain it, etc...
Just cause the gun itself sucks and pipe bombs are more lethal by far doesn't obviate the actual discussion being had (at least here, I know CNN's been a bit shrill about this).
Actually, I'd say they do a pretty good job. So do the millions of dollars they accrued. Bullshitting isn't the art of fooling people, it's the art of creating just enough of a veneer that people can't be arsed to slam you.
Subtext though. Why did they pick gay marriage? The subtext is "those queer loving gun hating pinko commies are trying to tell us what to do, and if you let this in you're a Liberal, and I'm gonna tell Sean Hannity on you."
Long anecdotal and meandering story with limited relevance to the discussion or point of OP
bizarre defense of Silverlight
assertion that Linux is somehow a "non-standard platform, unsupported
So I guess you had an unfortunate experience with Linux? That's a shame, but not really the point.
Here's the point:
DRM sucks at doing what it does. It fails at its ostensible goals, thoroughly and completely. DRM no es bueno, es muy malo. DRM is a fundamentally and unalterably flawed concept, it's not a matter of concocting a more advanced encryption algo, or more advanced connectors (e.g. HDMI), it cannot work. Ever. DRM is the media equivalent of the Maginot Line.
Given that, Netflix keeps paying customers from using Linux. Why? Because fuck them. That's why. Because studio execs who demand the laws of physics conform to their will cannot accept the idea that their content would be released "unprotected", suspending the fact that DRM is not meaningful protection.