I have one that is even better than that. When I upgraded to HD service, the technician came out and swapped out the boxes. When he left he forgot the old box. I expected that sometime soon he would come back and get it. Finally, about six months later I wanted out of my house, so I personally drove it over to the Comcast office. When I handed it to the girl I started telling her what happened. Then she looked up and told me it was stolen. So I said, "Oh, yeah, I stole the box from my own house and then I came here and told you who I am including my home address to give you back the box I stole from myself". She said it's marked stolen. So very slowly I said "Of course, the technician could never make a mistake and then mark the box stolen to cover his butt and I am so stupid that I stole a box and brought it back to you for no money, just to turn myself in, right?" She just stared at me so I walked out.
This is actually the exact opposite of what should happen. If there is a general call for "everybody" to stop voting, then only the ones who "want" power will still vote and elect whomever they want. All the call for "don't vote' will accomplish is to "let them win" unopposed.
The correct call is to find a better candidate and get everyone to go vote for the better candidate.
Apathy and no-shows will have to just take the crap from those who showed up and voted for the better candidate.
The constitutional clause "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;". How will postmortem rights "promote the progress"? Unfortunately, I don't have the means to mount a challenge, but this "life plus 70" regime seems to do the opposite, heirs and the heirs of heirs just sit around and collect money for something they didn't do. There is no promotion of the useful arts and sciences there. Who can start the ball rolling to prepare a constitutional challenge to the "un-limited", at least in my lifetime, life of copyright?
The Confused Congress Critters and other "Public Servants"
So we seem to be at a stand-off. Our way too highly paid high and mighty public servants have decided that the constitution just doesn't matter. The people that they represent and serve are in an outrage because the Constitution that these representatives swore to uphold is being stomped on and nobody should care. Just the fact that there is so much hedging and hawing about eroding the edges of the Constitution should be a HUGE tipoff that something is wrong. But no, they are offended that Snowden pointed out their duplicity and sneakiness and that the Newspaper reporters of all people are telling us about it. The big THEY are not offended that the head of ODNI, James Clapper, has admitted that he lied to Congress. No, no accusations, tarnished reputation, or need to flee to another country to stay out of jail, only the people who let the public know of the government out of control need to do that (or go to jail). What a sad state of affairs this country is in. Let's face it, the US Government has decided that violating the Constitution and the Geneva convention id OK to torture people AND lie about the results is OK. It is a very sad state of affairs at this point and for the foreseeable future.
Is there any way to collect all that hot air to heat my house?
Congress seems to be willing to spend countless (at least I'd rather they not spend more of my tax money to count how much it is costing) hours and millions of dollars to keep finding out that these "terrorist" laws are being used to conduct surveillance on EVERYBODY. Can anybody just tell Congress to shut up, stop holding meetings and repeal these bad laws or pass new ones to put a stop to it. Can we tell them to create a specific, concrete, court usable test that everyone understands to define a terrorist activity and then make that illegal. That will stop the "talk only" terrorist traps the FBI seems so fond of spewing PR about. It will stop whistleblowers from being terrorists. It will stop a lot of the "made up" criminals law enforcement seems fond of catching. AND, it will force the NSA to stop the programs that everybody outside of the NSA doesn't seem to want.
But, you know, whatever. There is no punishment, so why not trying a grab to copyright for themselves US Government publications. If it doesn't work and you get caught, later you just say "Oops, my bad" and nothing else happens. If nobody catches it, then they get to keep it. No Worries...
Given that while copyright infringement happens on a massive scale, the only evidence of it's effect on the businesses involved is either non existent or occasionally positive for individual properties it should be clear to any rational person that enforcement is both expensive and pointless.
It would be "pointless and expensive" if the copyright industries had to do it themselves. That is why they are insisting that Congress pass laws that they get free money for blank media AND that the intermediaries like ISPs and search engines have to do the expensive policing. Then it gets very cheap for the "infringement crying publishing industry"
Data on the effect of "Laws Against Doing Whatever"
So the copyright people thing more tougher laws will stop infringement. They should look at history. Laws against drinking alcohol didn't stop manufacturing and consumption of alcoholic drinks. The "Worldwide War on Drugs" hasn't stopped drug usage. Just look at how many people risked their lives to get Jews and others not of the "Uber race" out of Nazi Germany. Laws didn't stop any of those things. How are more "anti-infringement" laws going to stop anything. AND, lets stop calling it piracy, it gives the maximalists a sinister name to use. Call them what they really are, something real, "anti-culture for a lifetime" laws.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Copyright industries are going to try to control stuff even more
Since you asked I looked. A carrying case with 2000 cards weighed 6.6kg (see here http://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/roger.broughton/museum/iomedia/pc.htm). Assuming the actual case was about 1 kg of the weight, that would translate to roughly 200 oz. per 2000 cards or 100 oz per 1000 cards or .01 oz. per card. Now a current standard dual layer Blu-ray disk holds 50 GB or 50,000,000,000 bytes (I checked this Blu-ray disk use hardware decimal bytes not base 2 or GiB measurement). So, 50 GB onto 80 byte Hollerith cards would be 625,000,000 cards. At .01 oz per card is 6,250,000 oz. or 390,625 lbs. So, not only would the floors in your house not hold the weight, the stack of cards would be bigger than most peoples houses (Bill Gates might be the exception here). I believe that many cards would be about 9.7 or just round up to 10 truck loads at 40,000 lbs. per truck which is the typical max carrying weight of a tractor trailer (the truck and trailer take up the other 40,000 lbs).
Copyright industries are going to try to control stuff even more
It means that what you bought and paid for (as in a digital file) the copyright industries are going to claim "control" of forever, even if it is on "your" media. Of course, I'll bet there is going to be a huge "ah-ha" when a case comes to court and they say you "stole" it by copying it off to some other media. However; just about everywhere, the copyright industries are collecting "you must be a thief" taxes on ALL digital media (well except paper tape I guess, oops shouldn't have said that). So, you must be making an authorized copy since you already paid for copyrighted material to be on that media.
Just look at how Rogers has the perfect scapegoat for all of the worlds problems. An exiled whistle-blower that can't travel because his passport is canceled. He can now be responsible for everything because, you know, terrorism.....