When has this ever actually happened in the history of story telling? Every story is built upon the works of others, either consciously, unconsciously or both.
Even Roddenberry himself admitted that Star Trek was basically a copy of the TV series "Wagon Train", set in outer space instead of the Wild West. He also said that he leaned on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels for the format that combines an adventure story with a moral message.
I am sitting here completely stunned that multi billion dollar a year profit spewing Google needs a tax break for anything. Considering all the shit they are in for their tax management techniques around the world, it seems almost laughable that anyone would give them a break.
Why should we treat Google any different from other large corporation? Is it just because they are Google?
Not only did we gave General Motors $50 billion in bailout money, we also quietly gave them an additional $45 billion tax break. As a result, in 2011, GM's effective tax rate was negative 1.5%. The IRS paid GM $110 million in 2011. And that tax break continues for a period of 20 years.
Sure, but in heavy traffic a signal can also be used to ask someone to let you move over. You don't have to, but it's a dick move not to if you can do it easily.
I agree and I do exactly that when it feels like I was asked. It's when I feel like I was commanded or just automatically expected to yield that I tend to be a bit of an *asshole. Courtesy is a two-way street.
* It might be that I really am an asshole, since I often have to resist the urge to park in handicapped spaces just to watch handicapped people make handicapped faces.
No. People who drive as if thier destination and thier time is infinitely more important than anyone else on the road with them is a pet peeve of mine. Using your turn signal as if it's a command signal that others should defer to, instead of a signal of your intentions is indictative of that sort of driver to me. Those are the idiots I was referring to.
I see it the other way. The person changing lanes, expecting other drivers to "defer" to their turn signal is the one being discourteous. Why should I have to accommodate some idiot who doesn't know which lane they should be in?
...and then pull in behind them and honk at them for being a jerk who doesn't know to defer to someone with a turn signal on.
Defer? In my state it is the person who is changing lanes responsibility to make sure the lane is clear. There is nothing in our laws that says other motorists have to "defer" to your turn signal, adjust their speed or even make room for you.
Where in the world are you from, where that looks like an everyday occurrence? I've lived all over the US and also outside it, and I don't believe I've ever seen sandbags in the road obstructing traffic, particularly in the middle of "a busy thoroughfare"!
I've seen sandbags in the middle of the road where I live more than once. They are used to weigh down temporary construction signs and sometimes do not get picked up with the sign.
I know it may hurt your one track mind, but have you considered that it discourages one type of crime but may encourage another? Crime isn't a one size fits all thing.
Ok, I get that it discourages phone theft, but what crime is being encouraged here? The "crime" of protecting your own personal privacy? The "crime" of being able to have private conversations with other people? The "crime" of not wanting to be geo-tracked wherever you go? What "crimes" are you talking about?
Why shouldn't the procedures for domain name seizure include an adversarial hearing prior seizing the domain name? A domain name cannot flee or be destroyed. The government informs the operator of the hearing and if the operator really is a bad actor, the chances of them showing up are next to nil and the domain get seized ex parte anyways.
This simple procedure change would alleviate the government from First Amendment scrutiny altogether and the results would most likely be the same, except that the truly innocent would have a chance to defend themselves.
I'll ask once again, since you didn't answer the other time I asked:
If these domain seizures can withstand the First Amendment scrutiny, as you are arguing, then why has the government dropped every single one of these cases involving copyright infringement so far and quietly return the domain names?
Also, why did ICE stop the practice of seizing domain names connected with copyright infringement, but still continued to seize domain names connected to counterfeit goods?
LOL! The standard was "probable cause." I know you can accept reality, but that doesn't change the fact that it's true.
Except that Marcus v. Search Warrant, 367 U.S. 717 (1961) says that the standard for seizing items protected by the First Amendment is higher than just "probable cause" and Quantity of Books v. Kansas, 378 U.S. 205 (1964) says that an adversarial hearing must happen prior to seizing protected speech otherwise the seizure is considered prior restraint and unconstitutional.
Cox as a retail ISP isn't a transitory digital network, that label is generally saved for IP transit companies, who are moving the data such as Level3 or others. They have no end user contact or control over and end user's connection.
This is incorrect. 17 U.S. Code § 512(a) says nothing whatsoever about having "end user contact" or any other such nonsense. It defines a transitory digital network as one where the communication is initiated by someone else, routing is automatic and the content is not modified. This includes Tier 1 companies, local internet providers and possibly operators of open WiFi spots.
Congress specifically carved out liability exceptions for transitory networks on purpose and specifically spelled out that the DMCA notification requirements for a service provider who hosts user content (17 U.S. Code § 512(c)) do not apply to transitory networks with 17 U.S. Code § 512(n) which states:
(n)Construction.— Subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) describe separate and distinct functions for purposes of applying this section. Whether a service provider qualifies for the limitation on liability in any one of those subsections shall be based solely on the criteria in that subsection, and shall not affect a determination of whether that service provider qualifies for the limitations on liability under any other such subsection.