I'm just surprised that as Australia is not a baseball playing country they would propose a "three strikes" law. Why not an "It's not cricket!" resolution or a "upped stumps and retired to the pavillion" regulation?
Actually you'd think gender is probably a more significant indicator than gaming for violent crime. Wikipedia says the ratio of people incarcerated in the US is 9 males to every female. And the ratio of gamers is 60:40 male to female.
So... If a violent criminal is much more likely to be male, then he's also more likely to be a gamer than the average person picked off the street, simply because male are more likely to be gamers. This doesn't mean gaming causes violent crime. But... it reflects the statistically significant fact that males are more likely to commit violent crime than females.
I note in passing that Anders Breivik is male, it's odd that nobody picked up on that before...? *doe eyes*
Who would have thought that people might want to wear shoes while wrestling?
Well there was a time when wearing shoes at all was considered novel, and would have been worthy of a patent. And since patents last forever, that means shoes should still be patentable, right? I mean, innovation is innovation...
The olympics are the classic example of the centralised, control freak one-to-many broadcast model of traditional sports bodies. They profit from restricting information and access and requiring people to pay large amounts of money to watch mass market broadcasts.
That's why, if anything, sporting organizations seem to be more copyright draconian than even Hollywood, trying to ban "unauthorized" reporting or photography of any kind.
It's the complete anathema of the many-to-many social broadcasting of the internet, where everyone is a "source" and everyone is a "consumer."
Now imagine if we started our own olympics where every athlete competed in their own home town and the winners were chosen by the posting of authenticated times, and all the footage just went straight up on YouTube...
The registry of births, deaths and marriages is database created by the government, and as such the government may claim copyright over it. Then offer everyone a license to use their own individual names, for a small fee. Don't for heaven's sake call it a "name tax" or worse yet "poll tax!"
TVs are cheap and getting cheaper. I see old "dumb" CRT TVs on the side of the road all the time - nobody wants them. You can buy a new big screen TV for less than $500, much less. For me the key is USB and HDMI interfaces. With these I can connect a hard drive and a laptop. The harddrive stores the media and the laptop provides the smarts to do any general purpose computation. I can access the hard drive directly from the TV for simple avi files, or through the laptop if it's more complex. And I can pick up the laptop and the hard drive and take them on the road and plug them into any HDMI tv. A laptop with HDMI is the best place for the smarts to reside, and yeah, you might upgrade it every 2-5 years.
I wonder how many in the audience for The Artist have ever seen Vertigo? I'd guess much less than fifty percent. Maybe this is a homage, you know, a way of celebrating a classic score and a classic film and introducing them to a whole new generation of moviegoers... Who might even be motivated to now watch Vertigo for the first time.
Seagate just released this hard drive that holds 3Tb of storage and outputs directly to your TV. I got to thinking: That thing could hold every movie ever made that I'm interested in seeing. And the two or three new movies a year that I would want to see... I could pay to see them at a cinema or rent them on DVD when they come out.
But, can you have influence with no activity? No. And if you look at the commenters who regularly post on this forum, the ones who comment on story after story after story... Won't they tend to build up influence?
So activity is not infulence, but... activity is certainly related to influence, and... oh... a person's maximum potential influence increases with activity.