Considering the spyware that Lenovo loads onto its systems, and you know damn well that as a computer manufacturer theyu are under the scrutiny if the Communist party and government, why would anyone in the west buy any of their stuff? It works both ways.
Also, they are both in Baseball, and I bet they have a cross licensing agreement in place. It makes no sense that one Major League Baseball team would sue another--it would cut into their profits. It just one big billionaires club.
Turning your house into a Faraday cage would no doubt seriously degrade your cellphone reception. And I bet with tortuous legal logic somehow be interpreted as evidence that you are trying to hide something illegal. Other than that, I think it is a great idea.
I think better training is not about superior tactical ability, but understanding the laws in you own state and community. It seems all too often the police are more concerned about "controlling the situation" than respecting the laws. I recall seeing several videos on youtube and the like where the officers involved don not their own state laws. One example recently was in Ohio where an officer got upset that a driver who was pulled over and had a concealed carry license did not say anything to the officer about being unarmed. The law clearly states that you have a duty to inform only if you are carrying concealed. Since the driver was not carrying concealed, he had no duty to inform.
There are far too many videos of officers trying to intimidate citizens video recording officers in public when it is well known that this is perfectly legal.
"It appears the NSA is much more than a domestic agency with many digital tentacles" Anyone with half an ounce of brains knows this was never true. I mean read Bamford's "Puzzle Palace" and that's from the 80's
Furthermore, do you think the Chinese have not done the same thing?
I think an adequate length of time is the life of the author, or if a corporate copyright, 50 years. I don't see why the heirs should necessarily benefit for long periods of time. Perhaps the children of the author might be in for some benefit, but certainly not the grandchildren. Of course, the Disney Empire would not go for this.
Are you a troll? This is "Hollywood Accounting" pure and simple. Lucas has made fantastic gobs of money off of these films directly, not to mention all of the indirect money from the other related products.
Perhaps you are thinking of Rome Ohio, a former suburb of Columbus. THe former town has a 1000 ft strip of US 40 west of downtown, and made boatloads of money. It was eventually taken down (disolved)--details can be looked up--and laws were passed in the state to keep such things from happening again.
I think they've been watching too much "Person of Interest".
They usual trope comes out:
"Law enforcement and the code creators, as you'd expect, argue that it's only the bad guys that need to worry about a system like this:"
And I provide the usual response: So what constitutes a crime? Say, at sometime in Dearborn MI, walking around with your head uncovered if you are a woman becomes a punishable offence. You can no doubt think of other behaviours that are not criminal now, but could be made criminal in the future. And given that there is a new federal regulation about every 3 hours (I really don't know on this--could be every 3 min) crime becomes a creeping thing.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.
I'd like to see the category of "police" broken down into several categories like uniformed police vs plain clothes vs undercover. Also I'd like see urban vs suburban vs rural. And perhaps "regular" vs "special tactics (SWAT)".
Additionally, this sort of puts the lie to control claims that more guns make the policeman's job more dangerous.
And now, perhaps, you understand why. Whole new generations of mindless drones (as mentioned before) who will be heavily in debt to the federal government when they graduate, since the Feds will soon be the only ones loaning money for college.