Also ironic is the fact that they would have sent all this through a website to translate into morse code. Imagine how long that could have taken if there was fast and slow lanes of the internet? I assume the morse code translator site would end up in the slow lane as it wouldn't have the funds to pay for fast lane access and besides it's not very important as nobody wants to use morse code anymore.
I'd like to see more of this stuff happen. For example, now that this has happened, Samsung can redesign their washer doors to be LG proof! And LG can build a TV that learns keywords for voice control within the TV. I'd like to see Apple and Samsung battle it out, literally! Then Sony and Microsoft! Then Nintendo could grab their Pikachus and zap the other two too! I like where this is going.....
October 21st, 1861 was a landmark day in the history of telecommunication: the First Transcontinental Telegraph was completed, connecting the small existing networks on the east and west coasts, causing people to cry out in alarm about all the suddenly unemployed riders for The Pony Express and resulted in many newspaper articles claiming that that this would cause people to stop talking to each other, stop writing letters and to start ending every sentence with the word stop!
With all the techno-panic about everything ever, I would not be surprised if this was the case.
What if there was a law all those years ago hat prevented large chain stores? For example, there could only be one McDonald's in the world. Then nobody would have to pay McDonald's to make the same hamburgers. Anyone could make a Big Mac using the same recipe. But they could not call their burger place McDonald's. In theory the good Big Mac makers will survive and the crap ones will slowly go out of business. Now apply that to not just McDonald's but to every Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc, and imagine what that would be like.
I don't know what that would be like, whether it'd be good or bad. I just think it'd be a good springboard for discussion.
Basically I think the constitution should be re-written from scratch. By the public. Crowdsourced. The current one isn't bad, not in the least, but I think it needs a massive update. The old one would be the basis for the new one. Why do I suggest this? Because times have changed since it was written over 200 years ago.
As a counter-suggestion, maybe not re-write the whole thing but get every point clarified. Again, crowdsourcing it.
After that certain date 13 years ago, there was an anti-terrorism ad campaign on television here in Australia that basically did the whole "see something, say something" along with a list of things that would be suspicious.
Now, one thing on the list was photographing things but the picture accompanying it showed somebody shoving their camera through a fence and taking pictures of some kind of compound. So obviously if you stick a camera through a fence to take a picture of, say, a food distribution plant, because, say, you might be making a blog on food trucks, you might be a terrorist.
EU laws? They sounded like watered down Hollywood laws. Though I guess Europe is fussy about copyright. After all, even our TV networks play French cartoons and many Australia TV shows are co-financed by German companies.
One company owns about 95% of all the lines. Speeds can be abysmal. "New high speed network coming soon!" says the government, then screw it over twofold by creating a new monopoly and then abandoning the whole idea!
What gets me is that 15 years ago or so, most of these huffy puffy editorial writing types didn't know that a troll is called a troll when they say something nasty on the internet. "Trolls usually post on the internet" well, DUH, because before the internet it wasn't called trolling!
As much as I see your point, that's what Naxos CD's tried to do: Find and record as much "obscure" music as possible, ironically locking it up under copyright as they release them. So they're simultaneously released and locked up?
Why, for example, is there copyright on old television shows? Specifically black and white television shows. Not many channels seem to play them. Sure, I see "I Love Lucy" all the time, but not many others.
Take, for example, "The Honemooners", copyrighted to a company that collapsed in 1956, some 58 years ago. What about "Green Acres", yes, in colour, I know, but it is made by Filmways, another company that hasn't existed since 1983, some 31 years.
Now you can't possibly convince me that these shows (and many others) need to be under copyright. They were going to make any money they were going to make many years ago. A vast majority of the cast are dead and the crew long since retired if still alive.
I guess the UN hasn't yet realized that countries have been routing around it for years and years. Decades even. I mean, all these treaties and international agreements that go around the UN, makes the UN seem pretty irellevant nowadays.
It strikes me that taxi owners are upset because they think Lyft and Uber, etc, are competing taxi services. They are not taxi services. They are carpooling services. Now there are a lot of similarities, obviously, but one is a taxi service and the other is not. For example, if you need a taxi now, you can get a taxi sent to you now. You can't do that with Uber or Lyft, etc. Their service can only be pre-arranged, often days in advance, not minutes in advance. They are different things.