Just google "VMT" and you'll find a number of states, plus the Fed are looking into alternatives to the gas tax. The study the CBO did (http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/121xx/doc12101/03-23-HighwayFunding.pdf) sounds terrible from my perspective, but I can see the the need for it. I just can't believe they'd capture all that personal info and not pass it on somewhere.
If it's true that roadway maintenance is funded through gas tax and that gas usage is going down due to higher fuel economy (hybrids, electrics, etc.) then I can see why we would need to come up with an alternate. I think the one the CBO came up with is not a good one, but I don't have any better ideas.
I'm one of the backers (I bid $20) and the latest update indicates they dropped the 3,000 backer limit. They're now sitting at over $80K in funding.
I like Mike's idea (highest bidder) but it might be challenging to implement. When you bid, you actually pay that amount. How would they work getting the money back to you if you don't bid high enough? I know this wouldn't be insurmountable, but it would mean a change in how they deal with the funding. I think it would essentially convert the process to a pledge method, then you have to worry about people bailing on the pledge when it's done.
Comcasts Xfinity app for the iPad does a marginally better job than the description of Time Warner's app in that you can watch a lot more shows. Same other restrictions apply (be a subscriber, be on your home wifi). I wonder why they're upset with Time Warner and not Comcast?
Meanwhile, ABC is just doing it themselves with their own app, which also works great (and as far as I know requires no subscription, no "your own wifi", etc.) They do show commercials that can't be skipped. I haven't played this aspect of it yet, but I understand you can also watch a TV show live (it's supposed to sync itself with the broadcast) so you can do even more stuff, like take surveys or vote on characters or something. That seems like the right way to go (for ABC). Get people interested in doing other things with the show, they then watch it live and so are exposed to the commercials.
I'm wondering about the fee's with and without a video. Is that saying the "investigator" would take video to document the "infringement"? If so, I wonder how long before the investigator is sued for infringing him/herself for unauthorized recording.
Well Done RD! I especially liked the James Madison quote, although he wasn't really referring to Jury nullification in that paper but about "The mutability in the public councils arising from a rapid succession of new members".
That's part of it, the other part is that iPhones are sold by one company where android is just a platform and is sold by lots of different manufacturers. A real comparison would be do to something like comparing iPhone sales to a Motorola Droid or Samsung Epic or HTC EVO. It's a no brainer than android platform would be outselling iPhones.
I may be wrong, but doesn't the source code have to be distributed with the app? For iPhone apps, there's no way to distribute the source, it's a bundled (closed) environment, where only the app is distributed.
I was under the impression that was one of the primary reasons for Apple's policy to not allow GPL in the apps, because it's violating the GPL license.