I mentioned to Leigh above you can just download Calibre and do the conversions yourself with non-DRM protected content.
Trust me, it is a wonderful program, and is one of the best open source ebook systems out there.
Leigh, you should just convert to other formats on Calibre. Then you would want to ensure formatting issues are correct, but that is how I turn my PDFs into other formats, and they have many formats available (Without the watermarking of some other format converters).
In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labor; in this, plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power; and who would not balance creditor on this side, when all the hazard that is run for it, at worst, is only a sour look or two at choking.
There is no directly translation, since they are unfamiliar with this, but, approximately what they would say would be:
Which means: Arrested for tweeting a joke (They are a little more literal here).
You state "Typical Asians" like this is some behavior they display frequently?
Please, go on and tell me how a Typical Asian would act.
I am waiting for your stereotypes to start coming out so I can refute each one. Given that some people in Taiwan tried starting this party, and others said it was not allowed, I don't see a uniform behavior that can be called
Or are you saying that they feel they should have a say in how their government, made up of Asians, can govern their Asian country?
I will be waiting for your in-depth knowledge of how "Asians" are all single dimensional.
Being a resident here in Taiwan, I understand what they are facing.
You claim that they need to allow the parties more freedom to choose their own name, but do you even know what it is like for the Taiwanese?
They have learned to be very careful about what is allowed in public areas because of the relationship balance between not only the Island of Taiwan and their neighboring country China, but with the rest of the world who helps prevent Taiwan from being taken over by force by China.
If you claim that this is not a legitimate concern, there is even a law in Beijing that can be found here that pretty much states if Taiwan politically declares its independence, then China has the authority to go to war (Keep in mind, this is a China law).
Bearing these types of situations in mind, you might actually begin to understand why Taiwan is VERY careful of any political issues, including party names.
You know CR, I just realized, I think I may have unintentionally copied you.
I never noticed that you took the standard Techdirt silhouette and then reversed it for your icon.
I plead independent invention?
I thought of it without realizing you already did it...
But, if you want to sue me, I can pay you in leaves.
So, lets go through this step by step to see how "Original" and "Unique" you truly are. I will make some assumptions, but I assume most of these will be true. Feel free to point out which assumptions are incorrect. (Like the assumption you are a singer, since you keep mentioning music, the assumption you used English, since this is what you are arguing in, etc)
First, tell me, did you use words, or just random garbled sounds?
I assume you used a particular pattern of sounds that made up the words.
From your posts, I even assume maybe English.
So, did you create English?
No, you just used our language to compose your art, taking that from others.
Did you use words randomly, or did you put them in a grammatical order?
Hate to say this, but others came up with the grammar long before you.
Did you modify the way these words were used to create something called "singing"?
Think you are the first person to sing?
Did you make a story or a coherent thought from the different sentences/phrases you used?
Not the first person to make a song tell a story.
Did you rhyme certain words in your song?
Did you have a standard song pattern? Like a chorus?
Did you use drawings on your album cover? Is that really original?
Did you create the notes you used? I doubt it.
Did you put those notes into a particular order? Think you are the first to do this? Now you may have a unique order, but the idea of putting them in a particular order to make a coherent stream of notes is not unique.
What about your performance? What about your instruments? What about dancers, or backup singers, or if you are a heavy metal artist, headbanging?
Are you the first artist to ever play in your genre? Is your genre derived from a different genre?
You see, the point is, culture is a build up of all of our (the ones who exist in that culture) knowledge, experience, and ways of getting shit done.
You claim you are a "unique" artist. Yes, like all snowflakes, you are unique.
The fact is, you may have taken and combines lyrics and notes together to create a unique sound, but where exactly did you get all of this?
We build, even when innovation looks like something very different, it is built off of some other idea.
Please feel free to try to explain to me how you did not take anything else from our culture at its current stage in order to build your uniqueness. I will wait with baited breath.
Sadly, that is not the Chinese way.
If you have money, you don't have problems. It is those without money who has problems.
If you have enough money, you can even kill someone and get away with it. Let me know if you want me to point you to those very stories.
This will not do anything anyways. China is implementing it for show, or to convict those who produce things they do not like when they can attribute it to "copyright". The government isn't stupid enough to do that, given that there is alot of money floating in to China based on shanzhai goods.
So should all the original Americans that revolted against their government (England) have been killed? By your logic, yes, they should have all been sentenced to death.
You seem to forget our country was founded through civil disobedience. I feel that Manning is more representative of our founding fathers than those like you. He stood up to the government for what he believed in.
If not for acting against an unjust government and informing the public of the governments abuse, we would still be hailing to the Queen.
Plus the material was redacted when Wikileaks released, so please tell me how it put anyone in danger of anything other than "dying of embarrassment". I have yet to see current troop locations, troop strengths, weak points in Abrams tanks, or nuclear missile locations and launch codes, blah blah blah.
Please tell us exactly who he endangered.
And PS: I was an American Army soldier. I was a tank mechanic for the M1A* series Abrams. My family also has a heavy military background, and yet not a single one feels "Stabbed in the back", even my uncle who is currently a private contractor in the war zones installing security systems and occasionally being recalled to active duty.
I think you painting Mike as an extremist shows you have been putting your own spin on his words.
Mike has never said, at least that I remember, that IP should be eliminated. He has in fact mentioned before that it can, as you say, benefit both the public and the creator.
His main argument is not how it should be removed completely, but about the erosion of the "public good" that has taken place in modern day IP law.
Please feel free to go back and review his articles again so you can understand how he demonstrates his viewpoints on how IP law has been completely perverted into "idea ownership", and that was not the spirit it is suppose to be operating under. Also please feel free to state one place, in case I missed it, that Mike has actually stated, ever, that IP should be eliminated completely.
I have always noted he specifically states that IP has benefits, but that the system has been abused and corrupted. Or do you honestly believe Life + 70 years benefits the public, or the artist dead for 69 years (Or some other arbitrary number of years dead, I just like 69...), in any way, shape, or form?
I agree. I still love his music, and have both bought it (originally) and now illegally downloaded it since I cannot find it in Taiwan and it was not possible to bring my entire CD/DVD collection with me when I moved here (Two suitcases, overpacked, for your entire life doesn't leave much room), but it is sad to see him move from the thought provoking artist he was to the regurgitated garbage catch phrases that **AA keeps throwing at us.