perhaps it is the time to look into allowing the USPS to either be a FULL part of the fed. government ...meaning that it is ran as a location for people to do fed. business such as get a federal ID, take out a loan (which other countries do), or even my personal favorite:
Provide a P.O. Box address that is a legal mailing address such as "US Fed P.O. Address 90483409230423423" which will be shipped to my house. This provides an additional degree of anonymity to the recipient and could be an easy way for the PO to raise funds. I'd pay 100$/year for this service. Heck I'd pay another 100$/year to not allow mass mailings to be delivered there (other than magazines, or IEEE/ACM/etc journals I happen to want). Heck.. I'm sure some people would pay 25$/year to get notifications sent to their email when mail arrives, Perhaps a photo of the shipping from and to address.
I mean... the idea just gives itself legs. The USPS already has the computational capabilities to forward mail, So this seems like an easy way to both monetize, but more importantly to improve the USPS.
Also I don't think Reid was that far off about the mail... It is sad how some of our seniors don't get out into the community(partially b/c the same people who want to cut the USPS want to cut community funding... but that is another rant...) So they go to the mall or other places like that and just talk to store employees for hours at a time, trying to stay connected to the rest of the world. This argument does sound silly, but I've personally had elderly people do that, so it IS real. Perhaps he should have phrased it better and said that they like to see what is going on in the world and to browse through ads now that they have time... or something... but still..
They would just send over 10,000s of Specially Marked DVDs without extras or anything else, just the movie to the soldiers and then politely ask this guy to stop what he is doing, and tell him that we'll do it for you, you can even help us organize how they are sent, distributed, etc... Keep the old guy in the loop and show some humanity all at the same time.
Even my mom knew the prosecution's "computer forensics expert" was making BS up when she was watching the trial. I was coincidentally taking a class on the topic at the time and laughed so hard at how bad they were trying to rail road her.
Trying to rail road someone so badly, is why I believe she was found not-guilty, and will hopefully lead to MU being found not-guilty, and the MPAA/DoJ having to pay restitution.
The DMCA notice and takedown exists for a reason, if MU had it... then it is MPAA/RIAA's fault for having MU take away the search feature.
If they plan to do good high quality investigative journalism, but to also cite their sources(like a peer-reviewed-journal article) And make an interesting/informative read, I could easily see this being a high quality source of high information reading that people would be interested in.
I don't know if there is a critical mass of people willing to buy a product like that (or what they end up producing) But...
That is the point of REAL capitalism: ALLOW a start-up to try something, if they succeed, so be it, if they fail so be it. The real story here is IMHO how Kickstarter is showing how other business models are finally getting chances without venture capitalists.
...yeah... Because new laws are always bad...
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, Would hate to have women getting equal pay for equal work; Those silly Red Tape rules and regulations to prevent cronyism, Who doesn't love losing out a contract to the senator's brother (since the sister wouldn't be paid as much otherwise and would have to bid higher than a male); That silly Civil Rights Act from the 60s... Who would want all Americans to not be discriminated against?
Rules and Regulations & laws are generally passed for a good reason. (the reason might be campaign contributions payback... but that is more of an argument for getting money out of politics than it is one against laws).
(from my understanding) Google only did this for pages where people with google accounts had logged in and chosen to "stay logged in" (aka.. a cookie) which Safari said 'no'... So Google figured out how to make the browser work like people expected (if you chose to stay logged in).
Now... What policy should a software system use when a user chooses two opposing choices... Can't blame Google entirely for this. Safari's settings were precisely chosen to try and block Google (and other ad networks) from being able to what Google users want.
If I used Safari ever (which I don't) then Google's behavior is what I would have wanted.
but... lets all bash Google, and not realize that they only did this because the browser wasn't working the way Google users would expect.
There seems to be an unwritten rule in just about every organization, not to rock to boat, shake things up, challenge the current authority, try to change things too much. The larger the organization the more entrenched it is, and you can't get much larger than the government.
Umm... Yeah... Except that is exactly what our judicial branch is for. List of Judicial rulings that "rocked the boat" whether you agreed with them or not: Roe Vs Wade, Civil rights:Blacks, Women, LGBT, and many others.., Miranda Rights, Youngstown Steel vs Truman (Gov't can't seize an industry)... and the list goes on and on...
Perhaps you don't personally know any judges, But I do, and on their behalf I'll be upset for them. Not All (I'll admit *cough*Thomas*cough*) but most judges in the US try to remove their personal feelings from rulings and decided cases based on the legality of them.
Take pride in your country (if you're an American, if not I don't care) an independent judicial branch is one of the keystones of our nation. Don't just assume that it is going to behave the same way as the politicians. < /Ranting>
Also Minimizing the complete cluster-**** that would happen when an entire department of the government is declared to be appointed unconstitutionally isn't necessarily a bad thing, they need figure out what to do, to minimize the impact on the populace from their decision.
They should just launch an all patents attack in a Global Thermonuclear War style. Cut off all mobile devices from being sold in the US... (because the others would also do the same)... and see how fast the patent issues get notice from the common person, and then action by the government.
Scorched Earth might not be too bad, Forest Fires are helpful to the soil and forests in a natural settings. Potentially this might help fix the entire patents issue here in the US (and also hopefully others would follow our direction...they have in copyright/patent maximization.)
Apparently Karl Rove and other neo-conservative talking heads were out bashing the commercial today, saying it was too pro-Obama... Which it was pro-US automakers... (Chrystler in particular) So.. I kinda wonder if it was taken down by someone not in favor of that type of pro-US recovery message
Those countries who are not up to the US ever expanding copyright lengths should be labeled rogue states.
That is all this post shows someone who is a copyright anti-minimalist(copyright maximalist hell bent on destroying logical lengths of copyright)
Now I think it is entirely possible that he might be working too hard to get this passed (with amendments to help fix the issues in the bill), but the quotes you use as the most damning evidence... just aren't that damning...
I'm sorry, but I don't read that quote the same way as you apparently do, he is saying there is problems and that they need to work on it so as to not only have the content producers be the winners...
How is that wrong at all? Both republicans and democrats have come out against the expression(read Internet) killing parts of this bill. People (Reid in this case) saying that we need to work on this bill to not have it be only the content producers who are winners... that is what we should ALL be hoping for.
I think this reaction is a bit too much knee-jerk.
the same data could be used to make the argument that CDs/DVDs aren't being taken BECAUSE of file sharing, that physical goods are losing their value (which they are, but that is because an iso/etc are better than a cd/dvd 95% of the time).