"So what you're saying essentially is you "own" the IP of laying several strips of beef just so and dribbling the entire concoction with sauce in a particular way?"
For me, this can be applied also to the written word or to a drawing, since you're arranging text or visual art in certain layers or in a certain way, just like with a recipe. If you discount a recipe as being copyrightable due to the above reason, then you have to discount copyright in the arts, in the interest of consistency.
Somewhat similar situation happened to me. I was a paying subscriber to Crunchyroll, but I used a VPN to access their US catalogue, rather than the local one. One time, I went onto a popular Irish forum and asked questions about which VPN is best for streaming, since I was having problems with mine. The forum mods took down my post, saying that even though I had pointed out I was paying for CR, I was still committing some sort of "crime" by mentioning violating geo-restrictions.
I second the AC up above, in that this is a stupid sentence "And meanwhile, Bill Gates, who overcharged for lousy software, is giving my money to people without my permission." Whether or not he overcharged or the quality of Windows, you still willingly gave Microsoft your money, at which point, whenever Gates's salary goes through at his bank, it becomes his money. He doesn't need your permission to do whatever the fuck he wants with his money.
Nah, it's fundamentalist Christians on Youtube who don't understand a thing about human psychology. I was having a 'debate' with one of them, and they kept going on about how I, an atheist, am a Satan worshipper, to which I replied with "Very well, if I'm going to be called a Satan worshipper, I might as well actually BE one. Know where the nearest Church of Satan is?"
Just in case you don't know, there is a very legitimate reason why the PS4/Xbone aren't backwards compatible. Cost. To get PS3 games working on the 4, you would need either the exact same components from the 3 (meaning the CELL processor) or crank up the 4's own APU so that it can properly emulate the 3 at a fast enough frame rate. Even if we had C/APUs capable of doing that sort of emulation (we actually don't, not yet), putting hardware that powerful into the new generation of consoles would have increased the price of the consoles by quite a bit. Does it suck that there is no backwards compatibility? Yes. Do you and I want it? Yes. Does it make sense to complain that Microsoft/Sony made a dumb decision? No, since they didn't. Adding in the BC would only have raised the cost of the consoles.
I do have to disagree with your assertion that the Xbox One is great for media and TV, in that you should never market your device as doing something that you already have a device for and say you will need the original device anyway. I don't have cable, probably never will, but if I did, I wouldn't really care much for the One's HDMI passthrough. If I wanted to watch TV, I could just turn off the Xbox (and save on electricity), and change the channel. Not a big deal for me. The cable box already does what you want it to, why plug it into something else?
Oh there is a way to listen to your mp3s while playing the modern consoles. It's fucking stupid, but it works. You get a USB powered headset that also includes a 3.5mm jack (such as my Turtle Beach PX21) and a USB powered DAC with optical input (such as the Turtle Beach DSS2). You plug the headset's USB into your computer, set the PC's default audio device as the USB headset. You plug the headset's 3.5mm jack into the DAC, and connect the DAC via both USB and optical into your console. It's incredibly redundant, since you're using two separate machines to do what should be done using one, it's a mess to set up and you're now paying for electricity for two machines, but it works.
"Better yet, make the PSX and PS2 games free to play (as in, let the console run copies from the internet)"
Correct me if I'm wrong, but game streaming over the Internet hasn't exactly been a stellar success so far, what with the slow speeds of the average Internet connection and having to take latency into account.
So let's see...the Xbone is the weaker of the two consoles (I've heard plenty of stories of Xbone games running at less than 1080p, which is the bare minimum modern games should be played at in the year 2014), still doesn't allow Twitch streaming, you can't use the One Kinect to voice chat with 360 Kinect users (if you can now, please correct me), you're forced to buy an add-on device that most people don't want and will never use and the console costs a lot more than the competition. So tell me again why anyone would say "Ya know, the Xbone is the greater value for money!"?
Eircom broadband customer here. I'm unable to go to TPB or Kickass.to So what I do is I log in to my VPN, and I'm able to go to those sites anyway. Problem solved (well for me that is). I imagine now the 'AAs will go after VPN providers.
I suppose me bringing up the point that state laws can never trump the US federal frikkin' Constitution would just be ignored, am I right? If you really want your state to ignore that very important piece of paper, then campaign to get your state to secede from the US of A and become its own independent nation. Until or if that happens, you are bound by the Constitution.
If this were his own personal computer systems and accounts he was talking about, fine. Have a weak password or none at all if you want.
Thing is...he's not. Can someone clarify if he's complaining about the password policy at his workplace? Those systems aren't his. If he has a weak password at his job, it wouldn't just be himself affected, but all of his co-workers. I think it wouldn't just be the sys-admins who would want to have a word with him at that point.
I'd imagine that the menu that has numbers that are not zero next to the names of the drinks would be used by a prosecution as proof that this is being done in commerce. How long does a grand opening typically last?
There's an update on the Ars Technica article, where they note that Laurelli, after clicking on the link that Google gave him but before he downloaded the several gigabytes worth of content, went to the home page of the directory he was on and was presented with a user name and password login box. This was used by the prosecution as indicative of his knowledge that he was on an intranet that he had no business being on and therefore he was guilty of the cyber equivalent of trespassing.