Violent video games DEFINITELY desensitize the player/viewer to scenes of video game violence.
Just because I can play a gory game (Fallout's "gibbed" behavior, anyone?) does NOT mean I can stomach even blood in real life.
Hell, I've played racing/flight sim games since I was four, going hundreds, if not a few thousand miles an hour, with not even a forehead crinkle of concern.
Recently, I had a fellow try to merge into me at forty miles per hour, and I could not get my hands to stop shaking for twenty minutes.
Yup. I guess we all ARE crazy, self-entitled assholes to expect the ENTIRE project to be quality controlled, including the adverts. Because, hey. You made a thing, then slapped some shitty banner ads over, so we have to look at them, right? Right?
AdBlock is intended to block just the shitty ads. So. Shitty ads = no money from ads.
Good/relevant/entertaining ads = $$$
Out of curiousity, you hate a DVR's ability to fast forward, don't you? What about the fact that a person can ignore ads in a magazine? Or are you somehow compartmentalizing your entertainment, and justifying it only when you benefit?
It's not a license, it's a tool.
It's not a tax, it's a penalty.
It's not a penalty, it's a tax.
It's not high, it's just not close to the ground.
We're not falling, we're just going down really quickly.
Fair use is ALWAYS legal, no matter who doesn't like it. The only reason there is any gray area is because the copyright moguls refuse to allow their flunkies to codify fair use.
Because codified fair use would declare certain uses beyond their control, which is all the current system is about.
Also, if the first 2 seconds are ok, why aren't the next 49? Why is a legal use suddenly illegal if I do it twice, when each use would be legal on it's own?
Yet, even if natural property rights are not infringed on by stronger parties (the ones with more money, political power, guns; the monopolists, in other words), you STILL have to work your whole life to eat and survive.
In that light, you are totally correct. I went to see the Hobbit. It was full of teens, tweens and grownups, and after the previews were over, every phone in the place went dark. I was towards the back, and there were NEVER any errant glows to distract me.
What's wrong with it is that the dear politician doesn't know what he's talking about, per usual. Like your quote stated, white spaces are used to reduce interference between TV channels, and less so, radio stations. Signals in the white spaces of sufficient strength to be useful for communication will interfere with both the higher AND lower channel. The whitespace signal will get interference from the surrounding frequencies, also. There are mechanical devices for reducing interference (filters), but TV signals are strong. To counteract those signals, filter sizes get prohibitively large, quickly.