It seems to be endemic to that generation of musicians. I read Bill Bruford's biography, wherein he laments the falling of the old system, not because he feels he is missing out on money (he details quite effectively how most of the money is funneled away by managers and the labels in the book), but more because of the curating effects of the label system.
He sort of sees himself as sort of a journeyman craftsman and never expected to have more than a mildly comfortable living. So in that context it was even more jarring to seem him espouse the superiority of the labels' system over the direction we are moving now.
"If they charge by the degree, shouldn't someone who doesn't graduate get their money back?"
Exactly. If they can point to a single student who received such a refund, or who was allowed to attend beyond the eleventh semester for free, or even reduced fees, then they might legitimately pursue this money.
The cosmonaut is pretty decent. I bought my son one for artistic use in his ipad and he was pleased with it. I then bought a Maglus (new product from a startup in Europe, also was a kickstarter project at one time I believe), and he and I both prefer that. It is a bit smoother and smaller, and the tip is firm enough that I am not concerned it will wear away and rip of like so many of them do, while still being chunky enough (it's pretty much a machined piece of aluminum), and has built in magnets to secure it to an ipad.
It is humorous (or galling) to keep this lawsuit in mind when you watch the video interviews of Nathan Myhrvold at "All things D" on tech news sites this week where he defends IV's approach to patent licensing.
He repeats the meme that ideas should be protected, even though patents are specifically supposed to NOT be for ideas, but rather implementations.
Realtors seem to be largely deluded as to the service they actually provide. While I can see the utility in engaging one if you are moving to a new city where you are unfamiliar with the various neighborhoods, or entrusting one with wrapping up all the details if you're new to home buying (inspections, etc.), in large part they no longer provide any useful service.
Even more mystifying, they market themselves by proudly listing how many houses they flip how quickly, where higher numbers should be a warning that they intend to get you to sell your house for as little as possible and that they intend to spend as little time as possible helping you do so.
I am mildly surprised their industry has not been more disrupted already, especially in light of the current downturn in the profitability of home sales.
No. The combined claims of the patent are for it to bring up a contextual menu with more than one choice when clicking on a number. Simply bringing up the dialer would not violate the patent in question.
Still obvious and unworthy of patent protection, though.
To turn your own analogy back on you, you are saying loaning your car to someone should be illegal, since if Joe borrows Sally's car to act as a getaway driver during bank robberies, and she borrows his for the same reason, they are magically absolved of responsibility for this.
And yet no one anywhere is suggesting loaning of cars should be illegal.
This is somewhat analogous to ripping your bought and owned DVD/BD for digital device use. With the difference that you can retain full "quality" with text a little easier.
The discussions below about providing a service to others that does this will run into the same thing as DVD ripping services would, though. Industry will probably tolerate individuals doing this on their own behalf, if only because of logistical problems inherent in preventing it, but no way will they allow anyone to profit from "format" shifting of "their" content as a service.
All the "think of the children" zero tolerance for anyone classified as any sort of sex offender should give anyone pause before agreeing to any plea deals for things like public urination or nudity now though.
In fact, it probably gives lawyers defending minor infractions like that some decent ammunition for raising the bar for such a conviction.