It may be a bit different today, but not for long.
That's why we now have IoT. The Internet of Things you no longer own.
It works like this: put a computer into every single item that a human being could formerly own -- and poof! -- like magic everything has been transformed into something that you really don't own anymore.
Oh, sorry. The servers for your light bulbs are being discontinued. There will be no more updates for your toaster, but you can buy a new one for 10 % off! Your TV is no longer working on Comcast? Buy a new TV that has support for the new Comcast APIs and protocols. Your car cannot start because you have not performed all of the necessary maintenance from an authorized technician. Please have it towed to an authorized technician to receive the proper servicing. Your home security system is unable to let you in until you renew the annual license. Your sprinkler system needs an updated authorization certificate from your local municipal water system.
Apple is just the tip of the submerged frozen glacial mass.
Forget the secret free sex. How about secret standards.
We could have the National Bureau(cracy) of Secret Standards. Secret weights and measures.
The government needs to get into this secrecy thing. Because terrorists. And pirates.
Secret weather forecasts. Secret USGS data. Secret maps. Secret locations of all government offices. (You just try to find your local DMV - ha ha - I dare you) Secret government publications Secret press conferences Secret identities of all appointed officials And that leads to . . . secret identities of all elected officials.
If voting ballots already are secret ballots, then the candidates can be secret too.
Please vote for one: [x] Candidate A (secret political affiliation) [_] Candidate B (secret political affiliation) [_] Candidate C (secret independent political party) [_] Any of the above [_] All of the above
As my first official act, everything in the Library of Congress is now classified as a secret for national security reasons.
Maybe the Senate should be asking a different government branch to stop Tor users who happen to be bad people?
(_) FBI? (_) DOD? (_) CIA? (*) NSA? (_) All of the above (_) None of the above (_) Two of the above get into a jurisdiction pissing match (_) Call up the Internet (listed in the phone book under "google")
Anyone can sue you claiming to own some rights, even if they actually do not.(1)(2)
Any former copyright owner could claim some rights, even if they do not have any actual rights. They could claim some kind of "moral rights", etc.(3)
Any insane copyright owner (4) could sue, because that's just what they do.
It might just be safer never to use Happy Birthday To You.
Notes: 1. see collection societies who claim licensing fees for songs they do not even own. 2. see copyright owners who claim to own someone's nature recording even though they actually do not. 3. see where Google properly secured the rights and licensed a song to use in an ad, paid handsomely to use it, and then was sued by the singer of the song, over some 'moral right' 4. I might be being redundant?
When brownies are served. It is inappropriate to make remarks about a person's skin. Instead, people should be (equally and without discrimination) insulted with comparisons to human waste. For instance, "poo poo head" would be an appropriate expression for a third grader. Also, the best way to ensure you are not discriminating in your insults is to follow the example of a presidential candidate and insult everyone, always, all the time, no exceptions.