I'm too lazy to reread the AP article...
If they put quote marks around the verbatim quotes and properly attributed their source, no.
But if they didn't, then that would be plagiarism. (Which is what copyright law is really supposed to protect creators from, rather then being used as a cudgel to prop up a business model.)
In the golden age of music, back before there was recording technology, the primary means of music distribution was sheet music. The composer didn't make any money off of it. Performers would learn to play each others' folk songs and be paid by towns or taverns to play for a night. There was no concept of someone "owning" the music.
The primary thing "Edison" did was to, though trial and error, find a filament that wouldn't burn up after a few minutes of usage. I put Edison in quotes because it wasn't really him for the most part; it was his many employees who did the largest share of the work.
Hey, WordPress isn't that bad. I'll admit, the source is a bit nasty, but the end product is far better than the likes of Drupal and Joomla. Better back end interface, a good plugin and theme API. (I have first-hand experience working on the WordPress core. It's a bit messy. I enjoy writing plugins though.)
As for web servers, I use NGINX instead of Apache. Apache takes far too much RAM.
Well, it is entirely unconstitutional, isn't it? The Bill of Rights spells it out pretty well. You have the right to know what you're accused of and to confront your accuser in court. The "No Fly List" is secret and there is no accountability for the people who might add you to it. Claiming "national security" as a magic loophole for everything is just bullshit.
Re: If idiots paid their use taxes it wouldnt be asking
Option #3: Companies and consumers fight back and tell the state that they have no right to collect sales tax for goods purchased online. Especially from a business that physically exists in a different state.
Seriously, what the hell?
I despise this franchise. It wasn't so bad before the movies started, back when the people who read it kept to themselves. But the new breed of Twilight freaks, and all of the attention the franchise gets in the media, really get on my nerves.
The worst offense? That the media keeps trying to label it a "fantasy series" and compare it to greats like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, A Game of Thrones, Dragonriders of Pern, Mistborn, etc. etc.. (Okay, maybe not the last few, since they're not on the most of the public's radar...) No. It's just a cheap teen romance story with a bunch of marketing firepower behind it. It's not even a real gothic horror story, which is kind of a prerequisite for a story so deep into vampire territory, don't you think? (Excusing the oxymoronic vegetarian vampires and their lack of weaknesses or vampire-like traits.)
Sorry. I'm done venting. I run a fantasy site, so this bothers me more than it should.
Yep, you're doing it wrong. Luckily there's an easy fix. Log in to Twitter and go to your settings. There should be an option somewhere to hide @replies (or "mentions") to people you don't know. That was once the case, anyway. I seem to recall talk that Twitter had made the hiding option the default and removed the choice.
Oh, violence in video game is a problem...but the much more violent Hollywood films aren't? Some of the films landing a PG or PG-13 rating are pretty nasty. Pirates of the Caribbean 3 seemed like it should have merited an R rating, given some of the things in it. (Seriously, someone has his face torn off...)
Especially with the deal where Blockbuster will still get the films on release day, this is getting deep into antitrust territory. Someone's going to open fire against the movie industry any day now. :)
I play DDO a little bit, but WoW has it's strengths too. I wouldn't want to pay $12-$15 a month for it, but I think it has more polish overall (and a larger, more open world to explore). DDO has better quests, though.
Blizzard offers, for WoW, a pre-pay option for people who don't want to have a subscription. This gave me a great idea for something midway between a subscription and paid add-on content: the AOL model. I'm not about to play 4 hours of WarCraft every day, so a prepaid option makes more sense than a subscription for me. The only problem is you pay for a certain number of days your account will remain active.
Picture this: you pre-pay for a certain number of days or hours, and your balance decreases as you pay. If you don't actively play the game, the balance just sits there unused. It seems like a nice midway point between a subscription model and the freemium model.