Actually, if you take a step back and look at where this is going, it's going to be all the rage! Bear with me for a minute. We have a mouse that connects directly to the internet for updates (or whatever) which is probably going to lead to a keyboard that does the same thing. Maybe even a monitor. The next DRM on the roadmap is going to be that you will no longer need a computer, only a monitor, keyboard, and mouse that plug right into the wall (or a router). If you "buy" the game, someone at the company will 'install' the game onto the computer you're going to be using. Your peripherals will connect remotely to the next available box, and you can play all you want for as long as you want. You won't get the DVD of the game, won't need a computer to buy all the 'costly' hardware, and you won't have to listen to fans blowing to keep your system cool.
Yeah! This will be all the rage! It's not DRM! It's what all the 'cool' kids want nowadays. How could you possibly not want that??? You'd have to be a terrorist or a communist or something to not want that. And you don't want to be labeled a terrorist now, do you?
And if you internet connection goes down? Well, no need to worry. The company has your money so they can develop a new system that won't need internet connection in the future. Hell, by then, you won't need a keyboard, mouse or monitor. You can just calmly sit in your desk chair and *think* about playing. And no DRM there!!! Wow! DRM is almost a miracle!!!
Yep, that's how it starts. The people who wanted this are going to be all up in arms that this didn't pass. You know what we're going to see now? Babies. Billions of babies. All butchered in the streets. We'll see rivers of blood and people shooting baby-skull-seeking bullets into the air. We're going to see roads built from the bones of babies as pavement. We will most assuredly see people hovering overhead in hot air balloons tossing babies out to fall to the surface of the planet. Why??? Because this law was shot down. And those who didn't support the bill? Oh, yeah. They're baby butchers. Those are the people walking around with babies on spikes chanting and cheering and bathing in the blood of babies. They're the ones wearing baby skin clothes and jewelry from babies' eyes. Because those are the types of people that stand in front of bills and laws like this.
Just like when moms used to tell their sons, "Every time you do the 'dirty little deed', God kills a kitten.". Well, every time someone opposes stuff like this, a baby is launched into outer space on a rocket and sent plummeting into the sun or to the nearest black hole. Remember hearing about all the Aztecs who sacrificed women and babies and ate their flesh? Or tossed babies into volcanoes? It wasn't because of their beliefs. It was because the people didn't pass the laws like these meant to protect children while simultaneously taking away the rights of the people.
Let's here it for the great authoritative government group of a******, jerk-off, low-life scumbag dumb***es at facebook for being too restrictive. How blatently incompetent do they have to be that they can't even do their job properly. There are thousands out of work who could do a better job than these morons, and they have to stand in the unemployment line while idiots like those leading FB screw up their own system.
What the hell is this? Unnecessary censorship? Why not??? They've already censored everything else. Might as well censor that does not need censoring. Make a post on FB: "Oh look! There's a *bleep* walking her *bleep* down the *bleep*!" Then along comes Facebook: "Sorry! We've detected that you attempted to use verbs and nouns in your post. That violates our Terms of Service along with pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and infinitives. Please remove the offending language or we'll suspend your account!"
But in all fairness, I can see where FB might censor this picture. After all, that's a cat. And a cat comes from 'pussy cat', and we all know what word is offensive in that. "Sorry, you can't use 'cat', or even have a picture of a cat anywhere on FB. You also can't say 'pu**ywillow' as even though it's a plant and grows in nature, we've censored it."
Now, take this post I just wrote and post it to FB, and chances are you'll see this: "***** ******** **** ***** ****** ****** and ***** **** * ***** ******. (Note from FB: We are currently deciding if the word 'and' is offensive to some individual in the Arctic Circle who eats fish and berries to survive. If so, 'and' will be added to our ban list."
Just goes to show that school is only for the rich, elitists if publishers and colleges have their way. Publishers are standing on their soapboxes screaming "NO POOR PEOPLE!!! SCREW YOU ALL!! IF YOU'RE NOT RICH, YOU DON'T DESERVE OUR BOOKS!!" blah blah blah.
Ever wonder why colleges are charging $10k for 12 credits? And what does the government do? Nothing. Why? Oh, yeah. Because they're rich. Amazing!
Separately, it lists out 16 critical infrastructure "sectors," but those can be interpreted really broadly, which is dangerous.
And I'm sure every single one is capable of being interpreted as "Obama can crown himself king and extend his rule for fifty years while simultaneously disolving the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and turning the Legislative and Judicial branches into party houses for all of his cronies and buddies who worked so hard to put him in power... All hail your new king. The White House has now become the new frat house. I'm sure the November election is just a formality that he's already won. No need to campaign.
So let me get this straight... If I develop a patent and a company steals that patent without paying me, I can sue them. If they use MS SharePoint in their computer servers, I can sue Microsoft for helping that company induce infringement since Microsoft wasn't directly involved. And I can sue Apache, Inc. for allowing Apache web server to be used in the company that infringed, even though they aren't "directly" involved... I can sue the vending machine owners in the building for supporting a company that infringed since they're not directly infringing... I can sue the electricity making company for givng them electricity... I can sue the toilet bowl making company for having their crappers in the company's bathroom... I can sue the building owner for allowing the infringing company to stay in the building... I can sue furniture manufacturers, light bulb makers, pencil and pen makers, ceiling tile makers, carpet makers, drywall makers, construction workers, etc. etc. etc. because none of those "directly" infringed, only indirectly.
So logically, since the building foundation sits on the planet Earth, I can sue everyone on the planet for allowing the building to sit there and the company to be inside.
Wow!!!! I'm heading for a payday!!! MONEY!!! MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY-.... err... wait a minte. I'm on the planet... So would I have to sue myself, too? Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.....
This proves it. The fact that Mike was completely open, candid, and transparent about this whole thing will be used as proof and indisputable evidence that he tried to hide it. If we use the same rationality as some of the RIAA judges, openly admitting and being transparent actually means you're trying to hide the truth. You can't have it both ways. Either you're hiding the truth, or you're transparent... and transparent means you're hiding it.
Passing a law making running red lights illegal meant that the government who passed it actually meant that running them is legal.
"Officer!! I wanna report a crime! Buford called me a 'hampster testicle' on Facebook! Arrest his ass! Charge him with a felony! Have the MPAA pay you the four million dollars it'll cost. They're good for it."
Taken any college classes lately? I'm at a college where text books are now ranging from $150-$300 *per book*. That isn't competitive. That's downright gouging to the nth degree. I don't give your left nut what your argument is or how you try to defend yourself. Paying that much is horses***. What does that force me to do? (and yes, *force* is the correct term) I go looking for it through Pirate Bay, from digital lockers, from any place I can find it. I've saved a lot of money doing it, too. And I'll keep doing it until those books come down to a reasonable price (under $100).
And what does that teach me to do??? Find my books on the internet. What happens when I do it too much? I develop a habit of doing it. What might I do after my classes? Cut up the books, scan them into my computer, and help the next poor student out. So that's what text book publishers teach me to do... how about you all?
"Google has announced that further steps were taken by handing over the entire company to the RIAA and the MPAA. The two will now be taking over the entire company along with all assets and complete control. From here on out, the RIAA and MPAA now fully own, operate, and control the company."
"While this may sound like a lot, the two expect Google and its employees to go a step even further to combat piracy by handing over their homes, bank accounts, fillings from their teeth, hard drives, laptops, electronic equipment, video game consoles, cars, SUVs, farm animals, donkeys, shaved yaks, farming equipment, CDs, phonographs, wheel barrows, wives, husbands, children, furniture, organs, and anything else the two organizations deem necessary to combat piracy."
Sure. What you're seeing isn't actually real. You see, we actually live in The Matrix. And everything is merely impulses in the brain. And when we read something, it's not actually there. When someone commits an act of copyright infringement, they didn't really do it because whatever they downloaded/uploaded doesn't really exist.
So logically, if something is classified and released to the world for all to read, the government then has the authority to say that the 'something' out there isn't really out there, and is therefore still classified. This argument might work for judges who may have a Swiss bank account being funded by *AAs or pharma companies. They don't actually exist, and so therefore aren't really there. But in reality, those aren't there. They don't exist. It's not real. Nothing is real. It's all made up.
Seems perfectly reasonable to me... or maybe I'm just smoking the same weed the government is. (NOTE: I don't really smoke weed. It doesn't exist so it's not there and I don't do it.)
But that's how "terrorists" operate! Al Qaeda tells its members to 'dance'. And that leads to all sorts of national security issues. The Charleston??? Don't they realize that could lead to worse things like... the Mashed Potato? Or The Hustle? Or God forbid, The Running Man??? We can't have that!
Dancing leads to dating... And dating leads to marriage... And marriage leads to divorce... And divorce leads to violence! And violence is used by terrorists!! So using logic, dancing must lead to terrorism. So we have to stop dancing wherever and whenever possible. Can't you all see this?? It's horrible!!! Oh, the humanity!!
A real problem is actually on its way out of our solar system. The Voyager probes include music from our planet... recordings of languages, speeches, and you-guessed-it, music. That music is coming up on 30 years old and its definitely run out of licensing. The music industry in charge of that music better go retrieve it.
There it is, flying out of our solar system and into the cosmos. And on a gold record which means it's going to last for a million years (or until it gets destroyed by getting sucked into a black hole or fall into a star). I seriously doubt NASA licensed that music for that long. What is the going rate for licensing a song for a million years? Probably a 100,000 times more than NASA spends on its space research program in one year (if attorneys and head honchos for the RIAA have their way). And how come we don't hear about any sort of lawsuits against NASA?
If I burned a gold CD of a bunch of music and shot it out into space for aliens to listen to, you can bet I'd have lawyers busting down my door with court orders and M-16s coming out of black helicopters sporting bulletproof vests while five M1A1 Abrams tanks crush into my house and level it just because I might own a crossbow or something.
Could it be Oracle just wanted to say in the future that they "settled" rather than lost? Losing outright would mean everyone could use snippets of code or whatever. Settling means they didn't actually lose, but they could seek damages from anyone else.
I don't know what's worse. That link... Or the fact that I clicked on it with that faint, distant hope like a light at the end of a train tunnel that something might actually come up through OpenDNS... until I got hit by OpenDNS'es denial page in the shape of that freight train...
Won't be long now before the porn industry starts trying to get ones like .tatas or .nards or .nads or even .shlong. Or perhaps some mundane ones like .the or .and. I think we should add another layer of complexity and go for the ever popular:
Try explaining that one to a friend. "... dot nodot. No! Put the dot and now nodot. No! Don't erase the dot. It's dot nodot. What the hell are you doing??? Just write it down. Dot! Nodot!!"
Did you really expect anything less from the US Government? The same people that accuse people they're running against of being tax money wasters, selfish money grubbers, and probably pedophiles? The same people who promise transparency and then go back on their word? The same people who 'protect' whistleblowers while simultaneously crucifying Wikileaks? The same people who swear to represent the American people while simultaneously working as the RIAA's and MPAA's little lackey because they received a few extra million in their swiss bank accounts? The same people who declare they represent freedom of the people while taking away rights guaranteed under the US Constitution? The same people who blind themselves to laws and rule in favor of giant corporations while sh*tting on the little guy whenever they damn well please? The same people who swear they're being conservative in spending tax dollars as they 'triple dip' into retirement funds that cost the people billions per year?
You mean those people?
Did you really expect anything less from them? We don't vote them into office. They put themselves there under the disguise of the "voting system". Welcome to America. Land of the almost free and home of the corrupt politicians.
It's true!!! In fact, not one movie, music, game, or application file has EVER been downloaded... by the galaxy of Andromeda. That's 100%!!! Proof that anti-piracy initiatives and laws like Protect-IP and ACTA work. They were implemented in other galaxies, so that's undeniable evidence that we need laws to remove rights from all citizens all over the world. That's AMAZING!!! If it works in other galaxies and on other planets, then surely it will work here.
Lets here it for not over-exaggerating!! HOORAY!!!