I'm less concerned with the ownership of software for a desktop computer, than I am for a car. I have a mid 2k Jaguar, that to change any component that is addressed by the Can Bus, you need Jaguar software to tell the car it is okay to accept a new sensor, or whatever. The owners have banded together and figured out what works, but that is another layer of expense to buy a laptop, a special wire to connect it, and assuming you aren't a pirate, the software to make it all work. They want you to bring it in, but once it gets 10 years old they really don't want to work on it. Once it get 20 years old, they often abandon the software, and go to a new system that excludes the older cars. Leaving you on your own, unless you know a mechanic that specializes in obsolete software, (which I do).
Weed is inevitably going to be legal, better still unregulated. Law enforcement has been fighting the war on drugs for so long, they have built their business model around it. They need to take some classes or something.
Well, I don't know what to tell you, except that it used to work before they screwed with it. I remember getting a foot of ice not that long ago, people were ice skating across neighborhoods it was cold, damn cold, my well froze up for 3 days, never lost power for a second, in fact we used the electric to finally get the well back.
As a long term Texan, I can tell you, we had that cold and worse in the past, and never even had a brownout. This is a direct result of trying to 'green up' the grid. When we were on coal, and natural gas, our grid would take whatever mother nature threw at it. Now not so much.
"proposal: treat the entire general population as "journalists""
Do we continue treating them as journalists while they are looting and burning, how about when they throw things at officers? At what point do we try to restore order, so the people who aren't playing can lead a normal peaceful life.
Actual journalists should get a pass, the problem is; with today's tech anyone could have a credential for nearly anything. a few minutes with a word processing program, a color laser printer, & Bob's you uncle.
I never really gave it much thought, until my youngest son was detained (on a charge that turned out to be bullshit), in a town about 20 miles away. I went to get him out, & was told that I couldn't do it there, & had to go back to my town, (the county seat), to complete the transaction, then return to the town where he was held to show the receipt, and secure his release.
That got me thinking about the fate of people who didn't have a person on the outside with access to sufficient cash, a car and the time off during the day to do all this running around to get them out. It took me 1/2 a day to get him out, & I'll bet there were hundreds of folks around the state who were behind bars just due to the complex process to let them out, even if they had the money it would take on them when apprehended.
"For starters, the flag is the symbol of a rebellion launched over southern states' desire to own other people."
That assumes quite incorrectly, that slavery was the prime motivator for the Civil War. That was the rallying cry, but economics, like the fact that the southern states preferred to do business with England for machinery & such was more likely the cause... follow the money.
Fact is; that flag should be no more offensive than a Guy fawkes mask.
Another driving force for the short term thinking, is the federal tax code. It jumps all over the place depending upon who is in office. It is very hard to make a 20 year plan, when the rules of the game change as the game progresses.
The laws were written with the assumption of a good deal of inefficiency in enforcement. A cop should have to spot you, pull you over, get out of his cruiser, and write you a ticket. This sort of automation as others have mentioned is a safety hazard. I see people turning cars inside out stopping for the photo enforced intersections. The also seem to chose locations where congestion is frequent, and it is nearly being a good citizen to the folks behind you, to slip one more car through per light. I have received one of those tickets, and I deserved it from a "letter of the law" stand point, but from the spirit of the law; no one was put in danger, and it was illegal by milliseconds.
As a farmer and a tech guy, I really hope this soon gets resolved, in a way that benefits the end user. While you can do workarounds, and use foreign software, it is never going to be a good. Personally my favorite way to resolve this is to starve them out. When Kubota and New Holland start out selling john Deere in significant numbers, the crap will cease. Hitting them in the pocketbook is the only language they understand. I'm betting this DRM stuff is already hurting resale prices.
FTC hasn't the resources, or the motivation to police anything. Try reporting a no call list violation if you would like to see them in action.
The real problem I see is when compliance drains the revenue stream. Government tend to freak out when everyone just gives up and complies, they were counting on all that fine money. I seen cities have fines for good Samaritans who plug other folks parking meters. the meter money is chump change compared to the fines.
I'm so happy now, that I never set up my voicemail.