I'm so happy to hear that I don't really want my global unlimited data plan from Verizon. I will remember that next time I'm on business in China (wait, that trip starts today) and I want to make a call back home and I'll remember the good old days when I was really happy to pay dollars per minute in extortionate roaming fees instead of a VOIP call that is free as part of my plan. I'll fondly look back on those days when I had to deal with the Great Firewall when using wifi in a cafe instead of simply calling up my Verizon data plan and bypassing the worst of the censorship. I think maybe I've been mistaken all this time. I should cancel this plan and join all the other happy users who have seen the light. But maybe I'll wait until this trip is over.......
I would think that a more reasonable test for copyright would be whether someone is still producing and selling a work. We have all these pro business people telling us all the time that "the market" (whatever that is) does the best job of determining whether something is economically viable...if business can't make money off something any more (or is unwilling to) and shows it by abandoning the work then perhaps that is the time to let the public domain have at it.
Actually, I was thinking that since I never had any trouble downloading torrents while I was living in China, I suggest that VPN people could change their protocols to make the traffic look like torrent traffic. This would bypass the blockage and as a bigger bonus, those accused of piracy by the MPAA and other criminal organisations could just smile sweetly and say "sorry, you must be mistaken I was simply connected to the secure tunnel to my place of work - your detection software must be broken".
It is actually pretty simple to use the legal (well mostly legal) routes. I use a Sony Reader and buy everything in ePub format. If it doesn't exist in that format, I wait or buy something else. The publication immediately gets its DRM removed upon download if it has such an evil thing. Now there is no way for Sony or Google or anyone else to delete my account and remove my legally purchased items from my possession. OK, so I'm probably going to go to Publishers H**l when I die (if such a thing exists) but in the interim I'm going to enjoy my reading the way I want.
No epub for my Sony reader either. Even if I had a US credit card to order the hard cover from Amazon, I'm sure that the censors here in China would stop it at the border. You really would think that a book available to a broader audience would have made more sense to kick off the book club
Chances are though that a large amount of the equipment any other supplier provides to fulfill this contract will be made in China (or have substantial portions made in China), so the back doors may be there anyway.
Your own article earlier in the day spoke to the appeal of the judges reduction of the Jammie Thomas jury award. At $80K per song, that drive would only need 63 songs on it to blow though the $5M if one were to plug it in and make it available via file sharing network.
In Ontario we are currently having a bit of a discussion about a police request to collect DNA from a smallish group of people in a town in order to determine if one of them might be the culprit in a murder that happened last September. "If you've got nothing to hide" is a huge part of the argument made by the piggies, with the implied threat that should you refuse, you will be put under greater scrutiny. So far I've seen nothing in the media about what will happen to the DNA results and any remaining biological material collected once the investigation is over.
Actually more interesting might be a breakdown, by artist, of the disbursements. Bet any money goes to the biggest, easiest to find acts, not to smaller groups. Also probably nothing to foreign acts which I'm willing to bet that the RIAA included in their calculation of alleged harm.
It's hard to tell from the photos and I'm at work so I can't just run to the local shop to see what they look like. I'm going out on a limb here, but they both appear to be cylindrical metal cans with approximately the same dimensions...in the disfunctional world is the US legal system (at least to us outsiders), perhaps that is enough similarity?????
I followed the Kindle debacle on this site and it is what led me to buy a Sony e-book reader, which I've populated with approximately 3000 "evaluation" books downloaded of torrent networks. When I'm through reading them, I'll be in a position to report on the suitability of the Sony product as an e-book reader. To this point, I can tell you that the books don't seem to mysteriously disappear, nor have I had any problems with losing notes.
OK - according to Wikipedia (hey, I'm a bit lazy, ok?) a Stinger missile, which is presumably what one of these hypothetical terrorists would use to blow up said plane, has a range of between 3 and 5 miles, so....by the time your terrorist picks a spot close enough to a busy airport that planes are within the effective range of the missile, wouldn't binoculars be just as effective?