It's pretty clear after this election that the republican party's only chance of remaining relevant is to abandon (or at least heavily one down) its religious fundamental policies and focus more on economic conservatism. A move towards the libertarian party by the republicans will keep them politically competitive in the next few decades, and copyright is one of those areas that will help them identify with younger, more "liberal" voters.
Re: A good example of a business missing key economic principles
"the low-per viewing costs offset the scarcity."
Of course, there's not much scarcity after the first couple of weeks. Usually when I go to a new movie in the theater I'll wait until it's been out for a few weeks and the room will be practically empty. So from the management's perspective, filling it up for $1/seat is better than leaving it empty at any price.
Really what's amazing about this is that the MPAA thinks anyone cares about its opinion of fiber broadband, as if the the public is going to stop and think "gee, I guess I'll just have to wait for faster internet access while Hollywood develops better piracy controls".
See, that's the disturbing part. Even if no productive members of society care about its opinion, the government does (or at least its campaign contributions). Expect to see a bill authored by the MPAA, limiting the fiber optics system, sometime in the future.
What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.
Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.
There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.
I remember being younger and searching yard sales for cheap, large amounts of legos to build with, and it was always disappointing to see these boxes over half-filled with mega bloks. Most kids hate the way they feel, and in some ways I think their interoperability made them look more like a cheap lego knockoff than a real competitor.
I think in the sketchier parts of Mexico, a random shooting or mugging would be the least of someone's concerns, especially the president's daughter.
If it wasn't apparently a safe region, there's no way I (as the president, or the secret service, or anyone else who could make the decision) would have anyone related to a major political figure going down there, with or without protection. But since it's a safe region, the point is moot.