In order for a bill to reach the floor of the Senate, it must first pass through a committee related to the primary function of the bill. Since this bill deals with law enforcement, that committee is the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Grassley is the current chairman of that committee. Since the chairman alone decides the agenda of the committee (which bills they will consider) he can, single-handedly, kill bills in the Senate.
If there's not already, I want a Tasker (for Android) plugin that uses the fingerprint scanner to determine which finger you used to unlock the device. You'd be able to set it so that specific fingers will perform an action other than unlocking the device. My personal preference would be powering it off. Android devices (I think iOS devices do this too) require the actual PIN to be typed on powerup for decryption before accepting a fingerprint to unlock the lock screen. That way, I can have the ease-of-use of fingerprint unlock but, the safety of my PIN in case of compulsion.
Of course, one could have a fingerprint set to factory reset but, I wouldn't want to deal with the legal consequences of a destruction of evidence charges.
You do realize that the guy trying to pass the bill to remove the restrictions is a Republican, right? Like Karl said in the article, this isn't a partisan issue even though various lawmakers are trying to frame it as such.
That's not the best idea. From my understanding of your statement, someone who comes up with an invention and patents it but, can neither afford to bring it to market himself nor find investors, would have his patent invalidated. That sounds like something potential investors could use against the inventor in negotiations. For example, "We'll just wait until your patent is invalidated for disuse and work with someone else if you don't sign your rights over to us for a pittance."
Also, filing lawsuits looking for money is a commercial use. Even if it's a distasteful one.
The AC on Mar 18th, 2016 @ 11:45am dealt with your first concern well enough but, I think your second point deserves countering even more. There are already some who think that the BAR has too much of a stranglehold on our justice system. I don't fall that far on the conspiracy spectrum but, I also don't think it's a good idea to separate the people further from the ability to file suits in the courts than they already are. If you can afford the filing costs and fill out the forms competently, then you should be allowed to file a lawsuit. If it's frivolous then the judge can toss it out.
One note about the Kansas City Chiefs. Their team name is taken from the nickname of the mayor who was instrumental in moving the team to the city. The others (with the possible exception of the Braves and Canucks) are proper nouns (the Seminoles are a Native American tribe) or general descriptors (Warriors need not be members of any particular nationality).
Due to the Supreme Court case mentioned in the article, that would require an act of Congress. I think there are a few too many corporate-backed politicians on both sides of the aisle for that to happen anytime soon.
I just use Moon+ Reader on an Android device (phone or tablet depending on where I am). It does support vertical scroll. It only paginates at chapter breaks since, in the .ebook format, those are normally file breaks where the reader has to load a new part of the book anyway.
If they don't give you a written statement, assume they don't offer service there and don't buy the property. For bonus points, inform the seller (or their realtor) of the reason why you're not buying and maybe they'll be able to brow-beat a written statement out of the ISP.
The problem with that is that even drugs in the public domain can have their pricing abused. Daraprim, the drug that went from $13.50 to $750 per dose is outside of patent protection. The company that made the change simply bought all the producers of the drug. Since it's not used by a large number of patients, there's no incentive for another producer to come in, do all the testing necessary to get a generic version to market and actually produce it. So, you end up with a monopoly even without government assistance.