The first bill came from the news department and reflected an accurate account of the charges. Since that wasn't enough for the prosecution, they passed the job back to the movie division accountants who worked that Hollywood magic on the incident. Hollywood math at its finest!
making it clear you'd rather spend money on lawyers than give a penny to the troll
That's the whole point behind patent trolls - making work for lawyers where NONE should exist in the first place. The number one problem in the US today: too many damn lawyers inventing work for themselves, usually at the expense of others. They aren't a rising sea that lifts all boats, they're a bilge pump in your septic tank with the hose going to your living room window. For a price, they'll turn off the pump, and even if they turn it off for nothing, you're still stuck paying to clean up the crap.
This has NOTHING to do with privacy, and EVERYTHING to do with control. As we've seen from folks over there recently, the EU wants more control over what's going on in the net in their region, even going so far as talking about bringing down google simply to allow their own offerings the chance to take its place.
They may argue that it's privacy they're talking about, but this is the same EU that includes Britain, where they can stick cameras IN YOUR HOME, and whose own version of the NSA arguably scooped up more world data than the NSA. How come they aren't pestering the UK? Because they LIKE what the UK is doing - consolidating control over the masses. And that's what the EU is pushing in their "privacy" policy - more control over the masses.
Europe has ALWAYS asserted more control over their people... who then fled to the US for freedom. More control over speech, more control over religion, more control over businesses. The whole region is full of control freaks. Even couple of generations, it gets so bad they start a World War to break the hold of the ultra control freaks, then they slowly build back up until the next war.
Well, until we see the actual NDA terms, I'm going to have to disagree. I'm a dev and have gotten pre-release hardware and signed NDA's on them, and not a SINGLE ONE EVER said ANYTHING about not tearing the device apart. Apple probably never even considered this. Notice in Apple's statement how wishy-washy the EXCUSE they gave for terminating their account. They had to make up some way that they had violated the NDA to punish them for breaking an unwritten rule of pre-release hardware.
And what country/city are you referring to? I know it's not Mexico as it has a higher gun-death rate than the US. If you're talking about Canada, it's not quite one fifth the rate as the US, so if you're in Canada, you're probably comparing a tiny town to a major city. Also, 16 deaths in one day means you cherry picked one major bad day in a major city simply because it makes your town look even better.
Also, gun control laws in Canada aren't THAT much different than the US and have been made more lax in the last few years.
You think that's bad? I spent a month in a cable telemarketing center trying to sell the Disney Channel. Even worse, they were only allowing us to call people who had been disconnected for non-payment of service. So we were expected to talk someone into paying their bill, getting reconnected, and then buying the Disney Channel on top of all that. I think back on that month as "my month in hell". Being a CABLE company, there was NO truth in anything they wanted us to say... other than eventually they'd be billed for the Disney Channel.
Well, yes, that's very true. If your accident involves temperatures AND pressures approaching that of the center of the sun, fusion may still pose a problem. ;)
And yes, DIRECTLY powering a vehicle via fusion probably won't be for a LONG time (may require room temp superconductors). Much more likely is using fusion power to make electricity to charge battery-powered electric cars, or to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for PERFECTLY CLEAN combustion engines, or fuel cells in electric cars as opposed to batteries.
You mean fission. Fusion is PERFECT for powering things that frequently are involved in accidents, because unlike in the movies, when you lose cooling, fusion simply quits; when you lose containment, fusion just quits; if you accidentally feed too much fuel, fusion simply quits; if you breech the core, fusion just quits. It's FREAKING HARD to keep fusion going! Which is good for those times when you don't want it going... like when it's spread across six lanes of freeway after an accident. You also don't have lots of radioactive fuel all over everywhere, which is the problem with fission reactors and vehicles.
There IS a balance in nature - it's called "death". Animals will strip the landscape bare until there's nothing to eat, then die of starvation. Herbivores as well as carnivores. Insects are particularly bad about stripping the ground bare. That's why locusts have been a feared plague for millennia.
Actually, given the license accompanying many professional cameras, the manufacturer of the camera probably has the best claim to the photo. We saw stories some time back here on TD about how several companies were claiming partial (or more) rights to anything you took with their cameras.