In Ontario we are currently having a bit of a discussion about a police request to collect DNA from a smallish group of people in a town in order to determine if one of them might be the culprit in a murder that happened last September. "If you've got nothing to hide" is a huge part of the argument made by the piggies, with the implied threat that should you refuse, you will be put under greater scrutiny. So far I've seen nothing in the media about what will happen to the DNA results and any remaining biological material collected once the investigation is over.
Actually more interesting might be a breakdown, by artist, of the disbursements. Bet any money goes to the biggest, easiest to find acts, not to smaller groups. Also probably nothing to foreign acts which I'm willing to bet that the RIAA included in their calculation of alleged harm.
It's hard to tell from the photos and I'm at work so I can't just run to the local shop to see what they look like. I'm going out on a limb here, but they both appear to be cylindrical metal cans with approximately the same dimensions...in the disfunctional world is the US legal system (at least to us outsiders), perhaps that is enough similarity?????
I followed the Kindle debacle on this site and it is what led me to buy a Sony e-book reader, which I've populated with approximately 3000 "evaluation" books downloaded of torrent networks. When I'm through reading them, I'll be in a position to report on the suitability of the Sony product as an e-book reader. To this point, I can tell you that the books don't seem to mysteriously disappear, nor have I had any problems with losing notes.
OK - according to Wikipedia (hey, I'm a bit lazy, ok?) a Stinger missile, which is presumably what one of these hypothetical terrorists would use to blow up said plane, has a range of between 3 and 5 miles, so....by the time your terrorist picks a spot close enough to a busy airport that planes are within the effective range of the missile, wouldn't binoculars be just as effective?
Well, they need every advantage they can get. Competition between ISP's is so poor here that they can pretty much get away with any type of abuse. I was poking around last night - Bell Canada's mid range service has a 25GB bandwidth cap, and Rogers the other big criminal provider, sorry ISP, announced a cap reduction for a lot of users the other month, just after the Netflix rumors really picked up.
I don't think I'll use Netflix any time soon and my cap is 60GB.
It's not exactly regional coding. Its the fact that the content providers know what IP address you are hitting their server from and can tie that to a region. Sometimes you can get around it with a Proxy Server, plus the aforementioned American iTunes account, but it sure is a pain in the butt. Much easier just to use BitTorrent, or other convenient service.
Getting my head around how these patents were granted
According to the link to ZDNet from the previous post on this issue:
"In one suit against Apple, Kodak alleges that Apple is infringing on two patents covering image preview and the processing of images of different resolutions. The second suit is focused on technology that allows one application to ask another program for help completing a computing task. The second suit revolves around the same technology that Kodak sued Sun Microsystems over in 2004. A jury ruled for Kodak and Sun licensed the technology."
Really looks to me that both the patent office and the jury screwed up big time on this one as these sorts of tasks seem pretty obvious.
This sort of ruling should, in the long run be self correcting...I can see the discussion in the hospital now:
Sick Apeeals Court Judge "Just give me some pills to make me better"
Doctor: "I'm sorry, but due to patent problems exacerbated by you, I can't do any sort of testing on you to determine the appropriate dosage, because your drug plan won't pay the licensing fees to the lab holding said patent."
Sick Appeals Court Judge keels over and gets replaced (hopefully by someone more enlightened)