I wonder what file format the documents on the computers are using? What happens if they're in VisiCalc '82 format that's unreadable simply because no one's needed a VisiCalc emulator for 25 years? Or are there plenty of smart people who can write an emulator? :) And is there any chance that the files could be in an unknown format that can't be emulated or read?
Keep in mind that most Internet trolls make stupid comments to get attention, so the solution is to take away that attention. Here's an idea from an online commenting system, possibly Disqus: crowdsource the postings.
What this means is that people vote up or down on the posts. When an post gets enough negative comments, it's hidden *but* it's still shown to the person who posted it. This way, the poster won't claim his post has been deleted or he's being "censored". Then if he posts enough comments that get down-voted, all of his posts are hidden like this. He can continue to post anything he likes, but he no longer has an audience and he no longer gets any attention. He'll wonder why people are ignoring him and move onto another site.
The main question to ask is whether police are scanning plates as they're doing other things (as one poster said) or if their primary mission is to drive around scanning plates? If this is their primary mission, is it really a good use of resources?
But this brings up an obscene incentive program: at the end of the month, which officer looks better? The one who spent 3 weeks investigating a crime and was able to determine that a victim was killed by accident (which is good police work)? Or the officer who roamed the streets and brought in $50,000 in unpaid fines to the department? After a few months of this, why wouldn't every officer want the cushy job of driving around, scanning plates, bringing in income, and then getting "officer of the month" awards for it?
There was an interesting article I read recently, possibly on The Atlantic, where the author argued that drugs were made illegal to make it easier to arrest certain types of people. Communities in the south thought they had a problem with Mexican immigrants, but obviously, they couldn't arrest people for being Mexican. Instead, they found that many Mexicans smoked marijuana (which was completely legal), so their solution was to criminalize marijuana and start arresting the Mexicans. California thought they had a problem with Chinese immigrants. Again, they can't arrest people for being Chinese, but they found that many of these people used opium. They made opium illegal and they arrested the Chinese people.
In the 1980's, crack cocaine was used as a way to disproportionately arrest black people: white people with powder cocaine would get far less sentences than black people with the same amount as crack cocaine.
Apple has a long history of changing their specs and making hardware obsolete. We're using floppy drives as an example, but a better one would be the change in the power connector from the iPhone 4 to iPhone 5. Suddenly, the port was smaller, which meant ALL of the existing peripherals no longer worked. But, surprise, all the hardware makers were on top of it and ready to sell everyone new products with the smaller connector. And what was the reason for this change? The size of the phone didn't get smaller- in fact, the iPhone 5, 6, and 6s are *bigger* than the 4.
Once again, why are we singling out sex offenders? Hear me out...
Suppose you murder a child, get arrested, and get sentenced to 30 years in jail. When you get out, you don't have to go a on "murderer's registry" and notify your neighbors about your past. Yet if you urinate in public and get caught, you could be put on the sex offender registry... even though didn't harm anyone. And now you can't play Pokemon Go because you had to pee and couldn't find a bathroom? How is this considered fair?
What are we coming to? Can anyone say "Minority Report":
You're under arrest because the software says you're a 21 year-old black man from a low-income neighborhood. But I haven't done anything. Not yet, but the software says you will, so we're locking you up before you get the chance to commit a crime.
I don't know if this has been brought up yet, but what about everything else on the Getty website? After all, if they can do this to her, is it standard practice there and how many other people have they do it to? Should customers be wary about buying anything since there's no real way of knowing if the image is in the public domain or if Getty is even the correct license-holder. I think this case needs to create a new class-action lawsuit over any other images that may also be in the public domain which Getty is improperly licensing.
Just think about the loss of culture that will occur if animals aren't given copyrights to their work. Why should they keep creating new works without copyright protection? This could lead to total anarchy... or an animal giving all their photographs to the Library of Congress and having Getty claim they own the copyright and sue them.
I agree with your idea, though not your wording. ;)
The United States asks so little of its citizens. For example, we don't have mandatory military or civic service. Yet people complain about the "inconvenience" of taking a few hours out of their schedule every 2 or 4 years to vote. And yes, jury duty may be boring and you may sit around all day, but again, this is part of your civic duty as an American citizen.
Let me summarize the past 2 weeks: Last week, Trump got all the attention in the world because he was nominated as the Republican candidate. This week, the attention is on Hillary Clinton as she becomes the Democratic candidate. So OF COURSE Trump has to make another outrageous statement to get the attention back on him. Is he really such an egotistical narcissist that he can't let other people have some attention for one week?
I'd be happy with a constitutional amendment requiring presidential candidates to have prior political service, preferably as a Senator or state governor. And, no, a CEO is not the same as a governor since a CEO tells people what to do, but a governor has to compromise with the legislature.
First, the RNC was held in a stadium, which has all the necessary BMI/ ASCAP blanket rights. Therefore, none of the Republicans needed to ask the artists for permission. However...
It's very disingenuous and insulting for the Republicans to play a song written by a gay man (Freddie Mercury) when their policies are so anti-gay. But this goes back to the idea of politicians using songs that sound good without knowing the meaning of the song. Does anyone remember when Reagan used "Born in the USA" during his campaign without realizing it was a Vietnam-protest song?
And even though Freddie Mercury may have passed away, the rest of Queen can certainly complain about using their song for political purposes.
Re: Re: What will it take for his campaign to implode?
It'll be like the Brexit vote and people will wake up the next day saying: Sure I voted for him, but I didn't think he'd get enough votes to win. Hmm, maybe I better do a Google search to see what might happen if Trump becomes president. Oh, gee, that looks bad. I probably shouldn't have voted that way. Can we get a do-over?
I think the average person can't really understand numbers like 300G or 2T or whatever else. But when you start saying things like "100 hours of Netflix", then people start to understand that this is roughly 100 episodes of a TV show or 50 movies and they start to think about how much they actually watch.
And don't forget about all the little things like videos on YouTube and Facebook or even auto-playing ads.
And how much data does a video chat over Facetime or Skype take?
I know it sounds racist, but here's my travel tip: Don't be brown-skinned and don't have a Middle-Eastern sounding name.
Let's review the facts: An American citizen travelling with a valid passport? No problem. She was on assignment for one of the most well-known newspapers in the US? No problem. She wasn't white? Detain her for questioning. She can have the newspaper back up her travel plans and not allow the searching of her phone? Okay, let her go.
Once again, the idea of cognitive dissonance (or the idea of believing 2 opposite viewpoints at the same time) comes to the rescue. Copyright infringement is bad and we'll prosecute everyone. Unless we do it, then it's okay. Hillary Clinton is a liar and should be put in jail. Donald Trump is a liar, but that's okay. A 16 year-old unwed mother is a drain on society's resources. Except for Sarah Palin's daughter, who's being brave for doing it on her own. Anyone addicted to drugs should go to jail. Except Rush Limbaugh, since he was addicted to prescription drugs.