Am I the only one recalling that ludicrous legal cat fight between the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and the author of The Da Vinci Code?
Neither side of that copyright dispute wanted to admit that the "facts" in question were fiction.
So on one the authors of HB&HG were dancing around trying to deny that it was fiction, but still somehow assert copyright on supposed "historical facts".
And on the other side, the author of DVC (Dan Brown, who may or may not have known better) needed to argue it was actual, meticulously researched history (and he additionally insisted he'd never read HB&HG) but couldn't point to any credible historical research to back it up, so basically had to dance around admitting his vaunted "deep research" was a crock (the Judge picked up on it anyway, quite explicitly).
Next to that circus, this isn't even an amuzing trifle.
"Well... you know... I am headed for the out door. So I can afford to make whatever meaningless conciliatory noises might take some of the heat off. After all, since I won't even be around anymore to take any concrete action on this, who could even be held responsible for whether there's ever any actual follow-through on my casual musings?"
Yet driving a taxi is more likely to get you killed. But a cab driver wouldn't be granted even a fraction as much leeway, should they ever shoot anyone on the job -- whether or not their was a credible threat.
Something is clearly out of whack -- probably either misdirected training, or paranoid law enforcement culture, or likely both.
Somehow, I'm recalling that scene from StarTrek IV: The Voyage Home
There's that scene on the public transit bus, the one where Spock gets the grateful applause of the other bus passengers, when he nerve-pinches the punk with the ghetto-blaster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr82dZpCr48
Re: Re: Lawful circumvention is lawful. Illegal as in piratage still illegal.
The first time I "pirated" a creative work (just a couple of years ago, despite using computers since Win '95 days) was because the work I wanted
a) was for sale, b) but only in "digital" form, c) Amazon, and other vendors, would not sell to me because I am outside the USA, d) I couldn't find another "legal" source, e) I even tried the artist's own website, but it wasn't even mentioned or linked, there (hmmmm... I think I know what *that* means),
So I searched for a torrent, and quickly found a high quality file, lovingly converted from the original vinyl by a fan. I found it, downloaded it, and burned it to disk, all in far, far less time then I'd wasted trying to acquire a "legal" copy.
I really would have preferred a "conventional", store-bought disk. But the recipient (it was a birthday gift) absolutely loved it anyways -- it was just the perfect gift for this person. (And hey, I saved at least $15.95)
And based on my investigation, I'm pretty sure the artist doesn't give a damn -- None of her work from back then is even mentioned, let alone sold, on her website. So though I had thought of it, I wasn't going to waste her time "getting permission".
So one side changed from 37% to 52% approval, when "their side" came into power, the other side went from 75% to 21% approval, when their side lost power. Methodological comparison issues not withstanding, those changes don't appear anywhere near equal.
This could also be summarized as, "liberals" are much less likely than "conservatives" to evaluate an important issue by the partisan metric of which side is currently in charge, rather than by the actual merits of the case.
Or, if you think that's biased, you could instead say that "conservatives" are much more likely than "liberals", to judge important issues on the basis of partisan political affiliation rather than on facts and principles.
Aside: Admittedly, I fall on the "liberal" side (can't you tell?) of the spectrum (especially by American standards), but I'm not in the least surprised.
That's how we got public road systems in the first place. In Adam Smith's day, virtually every road (even in the city) was a toll road. The business community, upon reading Adam Smith's writings, realized how this actually hurt everyone, and got together and figured out how to get a public road system in place.
We've been going backwards for some time now -- and ironically it's the very corporate sector, which takes Adam Smith's work as near Gospel, which has been driving the regression.
> Your dad is a wise man. I sang Lehrer's songs to my daughter while she was growing up as well. Her favorite was "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," and I took great pride in being able to sing "The Elements" perfectly at full speed.
A sad case if I ever saw one. There's no hope for you, I'm afraid. ;)
Between air pressure, alcohol, and whatever else, it would likely be a bigger problem on an airliner flight than on a train or bus. And there's less options for anybody who just wants to get the hell away from the fracas.