"nobody should be allowed to own more than, say, 5% market share of the media spac"
That wouldn't do much to competition: companies would distribute markets so each gets a few neighbourhoods or towns.
The solution must be to encourage companies to enter markets where where are competitors. For example, Comcast-Time Warner should transfer half their customers from a few key markets to companies that don't operate there.
That's how it's the law in Uruguay: minor can't watch films rated 18+ alone, but they can if accompanied by an adult. Same for films 15+, 12+ and 9+. Anyway, GI Joe and Die Hard 5 are 9+, and only Tarantino-level films get 15+.
It does make sense to me. Anyway, the Supreme Court said that a similar Californa law for videogames was inconstitutional because it restricted freedom of speech, that it, minors were prevented from access to speech. The same will happen here.
Well, baseball is more of an individual team, at least for pitchers and batters. They don't have to coordinate their plays with other players, jsut follow the plan (or improvise). In basketball, passes require at least two players to interact. Also, players without the ball must move correctly, to create spaces where the player with the ball can move to.
Statistics are more reliable in individual sports, or in this case, more reliable to evaluate players who play individually.
Well, there is a patent for the Linke button. There's a patent for a "Dynamic progress marking icon" (progress bar), a "Method and system for placing a purchase order via a communications network" (one-click buying) and an "Internet test-taking method". See more here: https://www.eff.org/patent-busting
I've read the manifest and I disagree radically with several of the proposals.
In my opinion, politics is a team work, but they are anti-party. They propose independent candidates, but in reality you need a team that can do projects. By voting a single person, you don't know who's in the team. That's the point of parties: to vote for a team, where you know what they think and what they want to do, even if you don't know each member of the party.
They mention "multi-center power", which I don't understand if it means decentralization (which we can discuss how much we want) or that some public decisions can be done by specific groups, excluding the rest of the citizens (that's happened here in Uruguay).
They want to "democratize the media". Internet's here, what else do we need? They want to force media companies to break in pieces, when by clicking a web broswer theres gazillions of choices already.
They want to impose quotas to each and every minority, like left-handed, fat people and the kind. That reinforces discrimination, not integrates people.
They want "effective institutions of global governance". That sounds like imperialism to me. They are opposed to national sovereignty.
Last but not least, the manifest never mentions freedom as a basic element of an ideal society. They say that society should be built collectively, in the sense majority decisions must be accepted by everyone. I think that the government shouldn't intervene in private matters, where people should be totally free, but only deal with public issues.
If you build a calculator and patent the machine design, ok, I understand that.
But if you build a computer program that works like a calculator, people can patent a "system that performs mathematical calculations with a button interface". That's ridiculous, because the patent covers all program designs that fit the definition, not just the program that was developed.
Like the Anon says, you shouldn't be abled to patent an idea. Like Niall says, it's happening right now.