I loved it when Verizon was pushing fiber to the home in the Boston suburb where I lived (Burlington). Better price, included basic cable (along with the SciFy channel), and much better speed. Then they sold the cable part to Comcrap and things started going downhill from there. Verizon? They are a dishonest gang of thieves!
If they can claim rights over the number one, what about prior art, like the song "One is the loneliest number"? What if I write a new song, "Minus 9 is the best number there ever was"? Am I in violation of their rights?
Just say NO to ANY DRM'd application, game, tool, or whatever. It just isn't worth the pain and suffering it causes. There are often as-good-as or better options out there that are DRM-free. FOSS is better, but that is not always possible, especially on proprietary (closed) systems such as Windows and OSX.
This is why before legislators are allowed to write laws limiting tech they must first pass a course on the tech they are going to pass laws about (that will cost them $5000 minimum and take 6 months), take an exam to be certified, and renew their certification every 6 months (another $2000 cost to them). Then, every law they propose has to be approved by a panel of experts on the tech in question. Oh, and each type of tech requires a separate certification.
It's nice to see that ours isn't the only government in the world that has totally lost its mind and taken an overdose of "Stupid Pills". I need to back to work on my vaccine that will be given to all candidates for government office which will avoid these problems. There is no cure for those already so infected unfortunately.
That I'm not a high school student these days? If I were, I'd still be in prison 50+ years later! Ok, what did we do?
1. Made thermite bombs for 4th of July events. Big flash! Big noise! Very cool! 2. Made NI3 (Nitrogen Tri-Iodide), a contact explosive. Use anhydrous ammonia to saturate iodine crystals. Spread on floor (in the boys' bathroom in our case), and then wait for the pop, pop, popping as they stepped on them! Fun! 3. Made nitroglycerin. We realized that washing the acids from it to stabilize it was more than we wanted to deal with, so we left it in the acid solution to disintegrate without exploding!
Yeah, we were AP chem students and the lab assistants, so we had easy access to all the base chemicals needed! FWIW, we both ended up with full college credits for chemistry... :-)
Just how much do you want to bet that the next "terrorist" attack is fomented by our own "security" services? They are so dishonest that they could pick their own pocket and then point at the black or Muslim guy down the street as the perpetrator!