US law is pretty settled on this now (by at least two cases that set precedence) - if you use patent or copyright protection as a security measure, it loses said protection and competitors are fulled allowed to use exact copies of the protection for interoperability. The cases were concerning Lexmark printers and some garage door maker, and exactly match this case here. Keurig doesn't have a legal leg to stand on concerning competitors making compatible pods.
Doesn't he realize Trader Joe is only doing this out of the goodness of their hearts? By becoming a licensed dealer, he'd only have to pay WHOLESALE instead of RETAIL! Clearly, TJ is doing this to save him money.
The issues with customs starts when you use a postal service, where the carrier could care less if the customs officials "confiscate" the items. If they were to try that on an individual, they'd protest and haul the customs officials into court. We learned that the hard way - 100% of products we mailed to Canadian dealers "disappeared" in customs (and yes, they had all the proper forms); so we had dealers come to the US and pick up the product in person, then drive it back to Canada... no problems at all with customs.
Roughly, about 44,000 new law school students graduated in the last year, but only about 21,800 new jobs for them exist. And it's not unusual for students to have over $150,000 worth of student debts for their education.
So we have about 20,000 new "lawyers" without a job trying to find a way to pay off $150K worth of debt... is it really so surprising why there's so much abuse of the legal system?
I've got the PERFECT solution for 100% attendance - just have school security go along with the buses in the morning, go inside the house, drag the kid out to the bus, and shackle them to the other kids. They stay shackled until they are dropped off at home after school. The "Chain Gang" method will surely GUARANTEE 100% attendance. That's worth it, right?
So he's basically telling us that since vandals might key our car, we should immediately drive to the closest wrecking yard and have our car turned into a little cube of metal... well, he can go first! ;) :D
Why should something be illegal even if it IS obscene? As long as no one was hurt in producing it, it's a matter for parents to watch over their own kids. If they're an adult and they don't like it, just don't read it! There are lots of things I would consider obscene - it's a SUBJECTIVE standard, after all. But I have no problem with them existing (again, as long as there was no abuse involved in the creation of it as would be the case with literary works).
If you (interrogators) think an audio recording might be misinterpreted, perhaps you need video to go with it. If you think the video might be misinterpreted, perhaps it's YOU that is the problem, not the recordings.
Expect a panicky herd of Congress-critters to stampede into voting for ANYTHING with the word "terrorism" in it over the next few week. What a great way to cut through all the protest over Cyber-terrorism and the CFAA.
I once left a review of a fanfic story where the author wrote very much the same as Mr Matherne. I said I thought the story had potential, but he desperately needed to get a proof-reader who used English as a primary language. He wrote an angry response back that not only was English his primary language, he was an English major in a major US university, and any problems in the story (if any) were strictly due to problems with his keyboard. Mr Matherne is clearly using the same keyboard. ;) :D
Apparently, the answer was that however the app was designed, it would be insanely expensive to port to other platforms.
Really? I've ported games and apps for a living for more than a decade now, and unless you need to COMPLETELY redo all artwork and sound from scratch, ports are uber-cheap to do. Customer support is FAR more expensive than porting an app/game.
You forget that one of the primary lessons taught in law school for the last thirty+ years is that ethics and morals have NO PLACE in the law. Law students that hang on to ethics or morals don't get good positions - they get funneled into public defender positions until their sense of ethics and morals are so atrophied that they can serve "effectively" in other positions.