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  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 2:28pm

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    The Philip Morris tobacco company is currently suing the Australian government over its tobacco plain packaging legislation, using an obscure 1993 Hong Kong- Australia investment treaty. Philip Morris is actually a US-based company, but could not sue under the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement, because public opposition kept this clause out of the agreement. Philip Morris rearranged its assets to become a Hong Kong investor in order to use an obscure treaty. This shows how giant global companies can abuse such clauses in trade agreements,’’ said Dr Ranald.
    The company complains that Uruguay's anti-smoking legislation devalues its cigarette trademarks and investments in the country and is suing Uruguay for compensation under the bilateral investment treaty between Switzerland and Uruguay.[2] (Philip Morris is headquartered in Lausanne.)[3]
    New Zealand, France, Norway and Finland are all considering plain cigarette packaging legislation

    The government is facing down legal threats from Big Tobacco over plans to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes, with Japan Tobacco International (Ireland) threatening the government over it immimnent plans.

    The tobacco industry has already demonstrated its ability to inflict expensive litigation in Australia, which is fighting tobacco giant Philip Morris over similar restrictions to those planned by the Irish government.

    The Australian government has faced a number of separate legal challanges – domestically and internationally.

    The World Trade Organisation is expected to rule on a legal challenge against Australia in 2016, according to a statement from Philip Morris.

    And this is only a 1 page search...

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 2:16pm

    I find this funny..

    How to locate a Hacker, threw the internet..Through all the ISP's...
    So, they called up, ??? ISP. and asked for an address??

    And this hacker wasnt competent enough to setup his own relay/Proxy/VPN..and do things from another location, RATHER then a targeted location??

    Not a very good hacker..
    Or a SWING and a miss on our part..

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 2:07pm

    Always wondered

    If these agencies are so PROUD of what they do...
    Why does it take a TON of effort to get them to TELL US..
    Why do they have to Erase so much in the effort..
    I mean, that ITS NOT supposed to feel like we have the SS, and the Spanish inquisition in the middle of our country..
    Does it??

  • Aug 25th, 2015 @ 2:23pm

    I would like

    And what would these people do if it was a Print article??
    In a news paper, magazine, or other HArd article??

    There are places that collect Hard articles and sort them for later use.

  • Aug 24th, 2015 @ 2:18pm

    i suggested this long ago

    But it wont happen..

    NOW, I could suggest something With this..

    1. that a DMCA take down must be 90% in its complaint list..
    If looking for spider man 2...the Movie..the list must hit that name 90% or better..
    2. NOT a single word Search/ would get so many False hits, its stupid.

    There probably are a few more, but lets start with those.

    IT WONT HAPPEN..why? because the corps that post their own movie on Youtube, would remove their OWN media..which they HIT with DMCA all the time..Even the ones Pay to PLAY..

  • Aug 21st, 2015 @ 3:11pm


    I really have to ask some stupid questions..

    1. So, a Agency that is DESIGNED to know everything about EVERYONE...cant do its OWN background checks??

    2. Background checks that are so Stringent, that they cant FIND anyone, using their OWN criteria?? So they hire someone else to do it..

    3. AS in #1, they are SUPPOSED to know about People and agencies.,..and they DIDNT see any of this happening BEFORE SNOWDEN?? Where is the FBI in this..

    4. ALL this info on the Citizens in the USA, all this spying...and VERY little on the CORPS running this country??

    5. And then they CUT the IRS by 30%?? I think the IRS has a few jobs for them..

  • Aug 14th, 2015 @ 11:55am

    I love the numbers and Claims

    Anyone live in RURAL AREAS??

    "55 million Americans -- 17 percent of the population -- lack access to advanced broadband, "

    Here is what has happened..
    The Main lines run along the highway..(copper/cable/fiber/...) along with that we can add 2 more. Cellphone and SAT..
    If you have used the last 2, then you should realize they are NOT high speed.

    Our Gov has paid the Major phone corps money, (I THINK TWICE, in the last 15 years) to get the fiber lines out to everyone..

    Its really strange that they can claim 17% dont have access. when the only access they can/will have is Cellphone.

    Construction is:
    Major cities first..
    Smaller areas, next..
    Freeway access, for cellphones.
    Jump points for Smaller towns and cities..

    THEN those small towns, (generally Cable/DSL) have to get the connections OUT to the surrounding area..
    But even in the larger Cities..Copper still rules the day from the HOUSE to the nearest Main junction.

    What could be done with 2-3 fiber lines to every house?
    You could turn every house into a Cellphone base
    You could give every person a Wireless phone with a range of the WHOLE town..
    You could give Electrical power
    You could give every channel in the world to them..

    But who would be upset with 1-2 services being paid for all this? Every company that has their fingers in the pot..

    Want an interesting thought?
    Fiber could supply electrical power to every home at a MUCH greater efficiency then copper. Copper looses about 1/4-1/3 of its strength running long distances..

  • Aug 6th, 2015 @ 11:48am


    Its funny,
    That its been shown that Music artists make little from the corps, and most on Live shows.. And even at that, they dont even get 1/2 the profit from tickets and sales..

    Software? How many people Want evaluations and wonder how good a program is BEFORE they buy.. HOw many software sellers, say that IF' you open the Box, you cant return it??
    How many software Magazines got PAID to write good reviews??

    Movies?? Is it worth your $20+ to got a theater with 1 friend, and watch something from the past 20 years...when 1 in 20 movies was ALMOST good..not great..
    Do you make enough money to Goto a theater more then 1 timer per month??

    Sports? How much is that seat on the 50 yard line?? For a PUBLIC event converted to a PRivate showing of talent? I would pay $20 at HOME to watch it, with better view, Better Climate, and more beer(and not get arrested)..

    What corps want..
    For you to pay for every Scrap of Garbage and crap that LET you have..

    What you want..
    Is to watch/do what you wish, WHEN you wish it, at a reasonable cost..

    Difference between MAjor and Minor BRANDS...every advert you see in the Arena, TV, Sign posts, on cars trucks, and tee shirts, YOU ARE PAYING FOR.. And the odds are that Both products are made in/by the same company..and 1 is 1/2 the price.

  • Jul 27th, 2015 @ 1:31pm

    Good and Bad here

    With an OPEN internet and being able to wonder around and find Almost anything.
    Videos of Idiots. Pictures and Dogs Humping..
    With a bit of video editing, or Just Capture 1 Picture in a Video game...
    You can SAY anything. and have Proof..

    With the Covert Ops of the past..its HARD for the people to know What has and have NOT been done in our OWN NATION..

    It would be nice if our OWN gov would let us Know what they have FAILEd to do.

  • Jul 24th, 2015 @ 12:56pm


    Long ago, there are a country that demanded that the people Live by the Rules in a book, derived and read to them by a representative...
    The books were expensive..and only those in the Church could read and interpret them..

    Until the advent of the printing press, and making TONS of copies. And the Church having a FIT about it..

    1. didnt know a Public LAW was Private..
    2. Didnt know a Public servant had any rights to Privacy.
    3. without a signature on the annotations, how do you know Whom to pay and how much.. And how do you keep records of what was read and recorded...

    I love the concept of EDITING the law..

  • Jul 22nd, 2015 @ 6:00pm

    aND IN 1980

    When a computer cost 1/3 the price of a CAR..
    When electronic in your home amounted to a TUBE based TV and a Toaster...
    And 1/3 of the USA wasnt even Born..
    Computers of the time...Atari, Commodore, Intel, IBM, Compact, Kaypro, Apple 1
    Operating systems? DOS, DOS, DOS, DOS
    Loading system, TAPE DRIVES or Cartridge loading..

    Cost of a HARD DRIVE?? $$MILLIONS

    Smart phones and PADS are 10-100 times as much power, in your hand.

  • Jul 21st, 2015 @ 6:24pm

    wOULD IT BE FUN...

    It would be interesating to find out how much this 2nd and 3rd party are getting to track Illegal copies...
    Then send that to the Producer..and show him what he is paying for..

  • Jul 18th, 2015 @ 3:05am

    Anyone get the hint??

    Scanning the net, and collecting data...IS NOT FAST..
    Running around chat rooms to stop Suicides? could help someone.. Help someone get DRUGS to mellow them out, and the side affects are??? Suicide.

    Privacy is a 2 way street..
    IF you want OUR INFO, we get to HAVE YOURS..
    Every paper, fax, Net, Promise you make..

    WHO do you think they are monitoring??

  • Jul 15th, 2015 @ 9:19pm

    you would think..

    That the broadcasters would WANT to make things cheaper for themselves..
    THEY DONT..they hold all the cookies and get Paid from Every side..REALLY..
    Long ago Cable had a good idea over the RELAY stations that Broadcast around the country..

    The corps could install 2 Sats to cover ALL the USA..and Broadcast for free..and cover 80% of ALL of the Americas...

    The MOST expensive thing to to PROTECT yourself, Make things HARD to that no one can steal your product..
    But if you give it away FREE...its very simple..and COSTS LESS..

  • Jul 15th, 2015 @ 11:40am


    LEts look at this from the cable/sat side.."asif"

    HOw to drop Excess channels..
    Let people select the channels they want and pay for ONLY the ones they View.
    Considering customers watch about 20 channels out of 200+..
    90% of those channels are Paid under $0.50 to show..

    Cable and Sat can monitor WHICH channels are watched..They know how many people are watching Which channels...
    Cable and Sat, could CHARGE the Broadcaster, insted of the consumer...If they dont get enough Viewers to PAY for the channel..

  • Jul 13th, 2015 @ 3:54pm

    Re: Re: TRUE statement

    In the USA, where is the market?? everywhere..

    In africa, where is the market?? Who buys the music created locally..?

    How much is really recorded..

    It would be/might be a small market, but its NOT worth a multimillion dollar setup..

    Also that the area is not Using ALLOT of tech for playback of the music...Lucky if they have a cassette player in a car.. There is Little to market in africa TO africa..

  • Jul 13th, 2015 @ 12:59pm

    TRUE statement

    "willingness of private capital to fund production of original cultural works, ..."

    Think about that...PRIVATE capital making money from Cultural songs OTHERS have creates...
    this says nothing of giving money to the that they would MAKE more songs..

  • Jul 9th, 2015 @ 3:11pm

    iTS FUNNY..

    Corps LOVE paying employees, to make Things FOR the company...
    They HATE PAYING a company or person to USE something that works better then what THEY made..

    They will wait for the end of CR and TAKE something before paying for it..
    And if you read the Employee contracts, ANYTHING/EVERYTHING made by the employee, even off hours...belongs to the Corp..

    But Copyrights were made for the protect them..

    And if you really want a strange tech 20-30 years ago, had advances they STILL arnt using..

  • Jul 1st, 2015 @ 1:05pm

    I will say this again

    I REALLY think..
    that someone is trying to bankrupt our cities and towns..
    With all this STUPID crap..

    Cops that go against the law and do STUPID THINGS..Sue the city, and the cop just quits and runs.

    Sue services that are not responsible to OTHERS, like a newspaper/TV/CABLE/.. not responsible to adverts...
    More money to Lawyers then to the problem..

    It all ends up, just adding money OWED by the tax payers..
    Is this a reason to Justify raising taxes??

    Why arnt we holding people RESPONSIBLE?? is there some reason NOT to sue a mayor/police officer/Judge PERSONALLY??

  • Jun 24th, 2015 @ 4:09pm


    Then as an AC' disprove it..
    Windows passwords and other codes are easy to pull out with programs available around the net..

    Many programs with/without DMCA, go look at STEAM..its a whole system..

    Encrypting a system is abit dangerous unless you have a First recovery disk and are willing to do a full reinstall and Encrypt again..
    Also, we are talking about the common user. NOT people with abit more advanced knowledge..

    Show me whats wrong here?

    Good AV programs Check themselves FIRST..
    Yes you can HIDE things under windows..and there are simple ways to find it(not to decode it, just find) And the Border patrol has the RIGHTS to ask you to OPEN IT...

    Get a hint please..That you wont be using windows to hide things.. And most advanced users can do allot more..

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