Like most fields there are multiple levels of understanding. As an example consider the proposition that 1+1=2. Probably learned by most children before they start kinder-garden. Yet its formal proof is usually not encountered until graduate levels in mathmatics. A fairly short proof (about 50 steps) of this can be found at:
I don't know the details of Google and YouTube, but a number of well known artists artists of movie and music genres have said they have never gotten a dime from royalties. That creative accounting practices have eaten up every bit of profit made. A couple of people I knew in the business backed up the likely veracity of their claims.
No concept of technology, what it is, what it means, how it is powering the little left of US productivity. Now that manufacturing has pretty much been destroyed, without the ability to export tech, we will be left as a producer of agricultural goods.
The worst part emotionally for me, is that these idiots are proud of what they are doing.
How could Winkler not have known? These "accounting" practices have been standard in the entertainment industry for decades. He may not have known the exact amount, but he had to know what was being done.
This is one of the reasons that I don't watch movies. They seem to be the product of very organized crime.
Because it gives all appearance of being a standard practice, a RICO investigation would most seem to be most appropriate action for the DOJ to take. Not just against the movie industry, but the music groups as well. Not likely though.
I can not say that I find the use of such terminology offensive. But when it, and its ilk, is used as verb, noun, adverb, adjective, punctuation, and every other role of words in the language, I do find it rather boring.
HIPPA was never meant to provide privacy for patient data, but rather the illusion of privacy. It creates a significant hassle for those who have a reasonable right and need to access patient information, while leaving the door wide open for just about any LEO to gain full access. Sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly.
What is worse, is that in almost all cases, physicians and patients never know about it.
The highest price for a Taxi Medallion in NYC was ~ $1M. The most recent sale was $750K. It is damn near impossible to imagine that the "right" to ferry people around is worth that much.
Uber is realistic competition to the politically powerful taxi companies. And the media will be paid in dollars, or favors for thei support. Perhaps it is just fear of retribution that causes these "poor, poor" taxi cab company stories.
But what kind of margin does a cab make that a medallion goes for such incredible sums of money?
There are massive class differences and inequality that are evil. That are intensely destructive of not just the poor, but society as a whole. But this is not a significant issue.
So people who spend their day behind a desk can wear a watch that reminds them to exercise. Meanwhile the poor are either out excercising on a basketball court, or running for their lives from cops who would like nothing more than to shoot them in the back, or beat the gut contents out of them.
There is more meaningful technology available today than ever before. The net is the largest library ever available to humankind. The greatest treasure is knowledge, not another phone with a capability that few will ever use.
Further, technology, like shit, rolls downhill. Early models are expensive, but prices drop not just rapidly, but radically. And after all, how many people are truly happier with an 8 core computer rather than a 4 core? How many even know the difference, except that the number 8 was on the box?
A decent education, a proper diet, medical care, fair treatment in the courts (and on the streets), opportunity, and other issues are of real significance -- not the latest piece of techno-bling.
I hope that I missed the /s on "It was legal and it worked."
Do you really believe that law enforcement adheres to the law? Or tells the truth?
It was legal at the time? DOJ and FBI guidelines do not supercede the Constitution. SCOTUS ruled that law enforcement was permitted to lie under certain, limited circumstances. That does not mean that LEOs can lawfully lie to anyone and everyone (including SCOTUS) about everything.
That they get away with it merely demonstrates the power that law enforcement has developed and stolen over the past 35 years.
There is no choice but to continue to fight the overarching state. Not that I believe that it will make any difference in the final outcome.
It was obvious that civil liberties were headed south since the early '90s. And even then, looking back, it should have been obvious that was the case since the early '80s.
What is most surprising is not that Clapper lied to SCOTUS, but that he was proud to brag about it, and that SCOTUS was willing to accept this crime against the nation as the normal flow of events. In and of itself it is not the worst of all events, but it is a damn good yardstick showing how far we have degenerated.
The TSA has repeatedly failed every test it has been subjected to. The latest one, this June, failed 67 of 70 fake implants of weapons, explosives, etc. Clearly more aggressive measures must be taken -- perhaps firing everyone in the TSA?