"They are just behaving as any playground bully does when they find out they have something someone else wants an start playing keep-away with it.
While Russia are due plenty of criticism right now, it's not for this. Russia are not keeping Snowden there, they're simply letting him stay. The USG are the ones preventing him from leaving Russia thanks to a cancelled passport.
"I may have been in jail a couple of times, two or three times..."
May have? Two or three times? Could he be more weasely?
I'd say for most people, going to jail is a significant enough event in their lives that they remember quite well whether or not it happened, and whether it happened two times or three times. It's safe to assume he has definitely been to jail three times.
No, continuing to work as an armed LEO when you're scared all the time would NOT be understandable, it would be irresponsible and stupid. In fact, superior officers allowing someone to keep working under those conditions would also be irresponsible and stupid.
I think you're wrong however. I don't think they all live in fear of their lives, it seems more likely they're poorly selected and poorly trained.
So where are all the detractors from Tim's previous article telling him he didn't know what he was talking about? They seem awfully quiet this time around. Must be a bit harder to defend the legal theory when a bit of reality is thrown in.
That's a myopic, short-term view. If Apple can be successful with this, others will have a go too and then you'll have a competitive market. Remember there'd be no Android without Apple's success with the iPhone.
Me neither. All I use my phone for is making calls, sending text messages and emails, taking and sending photos, browsing the internet, playing games, waking me in the morning, navigating in the car, checking traffic cameras, tracking commercial flights, ordering food, lighting my way, buying movie tickets, and a bunch of other app-enabled tasks. There's no way I should've paid more than $50 for all that, I got ripped off!
"He is pushing this story the same way and for the same reasons he sold gay porn: for the money."
Yes, because journalism is one of those jobs you get paid for. Do you think journalists should work for free?
"That and its being sold and held back in the same manner as a strip tease. if its news release it, dont sell it to the highest bidder or only in the champagne room."
Are you being deliberately obtuse or do you actually not know what's been happening with these docs? Greenwald works for the The Guardian and they're publishing stories he writes for them. He is not the only one with the docs and not the only one writing stories based on their contents.
Are you new here or something? Techdirt has often discussed the successful cooperation between service providers and law enforcement to catch people doing things that are actually illegal. It's done quite openly and legally, and is a million miles away from any of the NSA's actions.
"Uh, how do you think that the public gets artistic works if the artists can't eat and get health care?"
Most artists get paid fees for their work and the film studio, record label or book publisher keeps the copyright. Those fees pay for food and healthcare. If those artists want more food and healthcare, they do more work. It’s remarkably like the system used by most of the world’s workers.
"What is sad is how uncreative and literal everyone is around here. You would think that the only way that Disney can give back is to let people make unrestricted copies of their work. But that's not how Disney borrowed from the public domain either. They didn't take some public domain video and make verbatim copies. Nope. They refilmed everything and reworked it."
You’re arguing against a complete strawman. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is arguing for the right to make unrestricted copies of Disney’s work. They are arguing for the right to do exactly what you describe Disney did, i.e. take public domain work and recreate their own version.
When Disney made their classic old films based on public domain material, they were able to do so by taking advantage of much shorter copyright lengths. Since then they have actively and continuously campaigned to change copyright laws to prevent others from doing just what they did. It’s despicable and indefensible.
"That's what parodists do and that's how people have been borrowing from Disney for years."
Parody has nothing to do with this discussion. Bringing it up is either meant to be a distraction or it just shows your lack of understanding of the subject.