Now there's a market that would do well - HD movies h.264 compressed to fit on DVDs at either 1920x1080 or 1280x720. I've had very poor luck with BDs. The drives I got for my PC went bad after a few months (both of them), my PS3 doesn't always "like" a BD and playback skips while the fan cranks up to vacuum cleaner levels, and I've gone through three stand-alone players. Never had a problem ever with any DVD drives I've had in any device.
When I was a kid, kids had NO constitutional rights. We had special protections... child labor laws and the like. It was a trade-off we accepted. No free speech and illegal searches were legal, but no slave labor.
Now they have damn near as many rights as adults! And they STILL have their special protections as well! They got it good these days.
You don't need internet for that - there are a number of stations around the US that broadcast the time constantly for clocks to use for synchronization. The clock in my living room has done it for more than a decade, so why don't appliances?
It's also not lost on anyone that the people who whine the loudest about pirates STEALING THEIR CONTENT do so from mansions filled with hookers and coke while they fight to avoid paying artists what they're due. These people can whine about education all they want, but no one is buying their lies.
Telling someone how to crack a password no more makes you guilty of assisting them then telling someone how to shoot a gun makes you guilty of assisting in a shooting. If teaching people made you guilty by association, virtually every form of learning and information would be shutdown and in prison, from schools to libraries to newspapers.
Yeah, for the last few decades, business 101 has mostly been
1 - Greed is good. 2 - NOTHING matters but the (short-term) bottom line. 2a - If it's cheaper to pay the fine than follow the law, pay the fine. 2b - If it's cheaper to buy politicians, buy yourself laws that are favorable to you.
Because it's easier to destroy than create. Making your product better is hard and requires actual works. Destroying your competitors is easy and usually only requires throwing a little bit of money at lawyers and politicians.
Actually, I'd PAY to see an ever-growing chain of statues like you describe. Add a new one each month and I'd be there to cough up $5 every month. Every museum and art house in the world would be falling over each other to follow suit.
The US only bans FUN toys! Anywho, even when they do, they don't tell everyone to destroy it themselves and provide proof they did so under threat of prison and fines. Now excuse, me, I gotta a lawn darts game to win - possibly over someone's dead body. :D
I certainly can't be bothered to vote, and you know why? I spent more than two decades voting third-party and not a single candidate ever won. Not even close. If the candidate I voted for was mentioned, it was to laugh at how few votes they got. So yes, I can't be bothered to vote since there is NO ALTERNATIVE.
Of course, I don't call it not being bothered to vote, I call it BOYCOTTING A CORRUPT SYSTEM. I get to laugh at all you idiots who keep voting Dem or Rep. You keep voting for Kodos and complaining about your chains. I'd move to another country, but they're all at least as bad or worse these days.