Re: Re: not to exclude competing transportation services.
Your argument isn't totally unreasonable. But it's wrong.
Yes, medallions had considerable market value - before. But they were never real property in the first place. They were only tokens of political corruption.
Medallion values were based on continuing to bamboozle the public. For a while, it worked, but nobody should have counted on the status quo lasting forever. The risk was *always* there that eventually the public would wise up. It's finally happened.
No property rights have been violated. Medallion owners took a gamble on a corrupt system and lost - that's all.
If you want the law to protect your property rights, invest in something honest.
When slavery was abolished, some said slaveowners should be compensated for their loss. The slaveowners had a stronger argument than taxi medallion owners do now - slaves were, legally, legitimate property.
Who is to say what pictures my grown-up son might eventually come to feel is embarrassing?
If the rule is that we can't post any photo the subject thinks is embarrassing, then we can't safely post any photos of people at all.
That's an unreasonable standard.
If we must have a legal standard, it ought to be whether a reasonable person would think it's embarrassing.
Few people think photos of naked babies are embarrassing (some think they're obscene, but that's not the same thing).
Babies don't look much like the adults they'll become. And babies have no choice about what happens to them.
Probably that's why baby photos can't be embarrassing. Nobody (except maybe the parents) can tell which adult the photos show, and even if one could, whatever is shown in the photo doesn't reflect on the adult.
Teenagers, of course, can be embarrassed about anything. There's no fixing that.
I think eventually (decades) history will vindicate him and he'll get a pardon from some future president.
But even if that happens, it's not clear the "intelligence community" is really under the control of the executive, or the law. I won't be a bit surprised to see Mr. Snowden have a fatal accident, even after a presidential pardon.
Even Eisenhower felt the "military-industrial complex" was out of his control as president, and that was almost 60 years ago. Things have only gotten worse since then.
Professional journalists are trained to worry about “fairness”, not truth. Reality, they are told, is socially constructed, and there is no such thing as objective truth.
Fairness means reporting “both sides” of a story even when there are 3 or 4 sides, or when it’s obvious who is lying and who isn’t.
If journalists were interested in truth, they wouldn’t pretend to be impartial (they’re human, of course they have opinions of their own). Instead they’d openly admit their viewpoint and let the reader judge their arguments.
There are still countless newspapers in the US with “Republican” or “Democrat” in their title. I suspect the relatively high esteem which journalists enjoy is a legacy from the era when these newspapers were founded.
Before the rise of “professional” journalism in the middle of the 20th century, truth was assumed to exist (even if it was difficult to find), and publishers were proud to announce their political allegiance.
Re: Re: Re: Anything that can weaken protections for artists
Despite your stated disagreement, I don't think we really have opposing views.
If people value things created by artists; - obviously some people value some things created by artists. So at least some of the time this is true.
If rewarding artists would cause them to create more and/or better things, which results in greater value to people; - obviously this is true in some cases.
If the increase in value outweighs the cost of the reward to people; - for some amount of reward, this also is obviously going to be the case.
So we seem to agree that in some cases a reward is appropriate.
Please note - I didn't say simply "Artists must get rewarded for creating things". That would reward them for valueless things.
And as for the "must", it's imperative if you think increasing value for everyone, while decreasing it for no one, is imperative. That is, if you think making the world a better place is really important, than this is really important.
Yes. I am not a child. I said look at "your phone", not at "the phone network".
Indeed, the telephone calling functionality of modern phones (E.164 et al, harking back to Alex Bell) is already obsolete, and persists only due to momentum and (more important) the ability of service provides to charge by the minute for usage. VoIP telephone ala Skype, Google Hangouts, SIP, etc. are already vastly more advanced technology.
My point being that modern smartphones have all the functionality such a system needs - always-on Internet access, with strong encryption and endless possibilities for prioritization and customized applications.
That wasn't true in 2001 when this monstrosity was invented (I was on several of the relevant standards committees at the time).
But it is true now. If there ever was a reasonable justification for this project (I didn't think so at the time), there certainly isn't now.
It's 20th century thinking - the government needs it's own special network that's going to keep working when the public Internet goes down.
There are only 2 conceivable scenarios when such a thing would even be useful:
1 - Some enemy attacks and brings down the entire Internet in the US, as the Russians tried to do to Estonia in 2007.
2 - Somebody in the government thinks they will "turn off" the public Internet in the event of some emergency - terrorism, civil war, rebellion, etc.
Re #1, even Russia couldn't do it to tiny Estonia. (Not that they didn't cause trouble, but the Internet didn't ultimately go down.)
And if some enemy did succeed, then they've already won the war - without the Internet the US is a dead duck. No commerce, no hospitals, no nothing - everything is dependent on a working network. Without it there is no country to defend.
Re #2, this is paranoid fantasy. Even if the US government tried to "turn off" the public Internet, even if they had legal authority to do it, even if the NSA hacked into routers and tried to break them - they couldn't.
Because of #1. Because virtually all of the economy is dependent on the network working, political pressure wouldn't let them turn it off. Too many powerful people would lose money. And even if they tried it anyway, it wouldn't work. Network techs and service providers would be under so much pressure from their important customers - businesses losing money! - that they'd block the NSA and fix it. Tech aware customers would route around the blockages. They'd have no choice. Things would be fixed within hours, whether the government likes it, or allows it, or not. They can't shoot every nerd in the country.
So the whole thing is just...stupid 20th century pre-Internet thinking.
The government doesn't need it's own special network. Make the one we all use robust. And use that one. Without it we're all dead ducks anyway, so fix it properly.