The funny part is that "Micro" telco's for planned communities are actually cheaper for the entire community.
I've setup a 300 unit Condo group just like this, and once its built its fairly easy to keep running. The best part is small computer network shops will take on the Tier 1 tech support and maintenance contracts.
The only real issue with the entire setup is getting the phone company to run the trunk line. Sadly they have regulatory capture stopping me from going directly to the major backbones.
High tech is actually a subset of smaller groups that do lobby congress. As such there is no unified "high tech" group to speak of. Intel is in the manufacturing business and R&D business. Microsoft is in the software business. Google is in the advertising business.
Now all those are also in "High Tech" but there is no unified reason for all of them to lobby the same way or pay congress off for the same reason.
Mind you ACTA proved that when something is uniformly a bad idea for the tech sector then the sector will stand up and say something. However this is not common.
- You may be overestimating the public; most of them seem quite happy to pretend that just voting for a different politician will solve everything.
The public only think this way because there are no proven alternatives. When someone proves an alternative you get a game changer that can swing power the other way as people can then "vote with there wallet" by putting money into lawsuits to challenge the establishment.
Of course as soon as this happens someone with more money will plug the loophole that allowed a person in power to go down to the mob.
When my school was built every building was attached to conduit built right into our roads. This has saved the school millions in connecting new buildings because the conduit is ran right next to telcom and power and it costs vary little extra per new building to run all the required support items.
True, but then a bunch of telcos will sue for loss of profit/value due to the gov taking away there advantage.
In addition the law only says conduit needs to be added to highway jobs, not fiber, or does it regulate the use of the fiber thus telcos will try to take all the money and run.
My 2nd question is someone going to pay off a town to not get there highway redone just to keep fiber from geting put in? or will the law allow for metro areas force a bridge to be built in areas where the conduit has not been run yet.
Idealy we need almost a department setup to handle public IT infistructure with the ability of force of law to put stuff like this in place because a fiber run going under the freeway is not that bad of an idea.
Then have a group of people who know there shit running it. but this will never happen because local fiber monopolys will sue that this is breach of contract like thay did with the town that wanted to do the same thing.
So what stops people from using direct to flicker program on there fancy iphone to take photos? Trying to stop photos other then with guards guns and walls is a silly thing.
Now if your using a 2 foot lens to zoom in on a military base from a hill overlooking the base then someone might have something to say, but even then there is little to stop your immages from going right to flicker (or even to a large email list) Film is just a good backup now.
How about the other end GIVE ME A DAMM KEY SERVER :)
We need a 3rd party to come into being thats a keyserver business, A host, broker, trusted seller etc for CD keys so that you can sell your game when your done with it. To make it even better make a deal with people like Blizzard so that when a key is sold, the old one is deactivated and a new one is issued.
Now here is something the big players might like so thay can get a cut of the used market and best of all it wont violate first sale doctern as you can aways directly sell your existing key.
Idealy the key is your "licence" to the software now a days, the plastic disk the game comes on is more or less worthless. This solution should even work with online only stuff like Stardock.
Anyone care to notice freezing credit card processors is a bad thing? im sure there like my credit card processing company in that there are a TON of companys who use them. Telling all of those people that the gov just froze your payments when geting credit is already a pain in the ass can spell death to companys who rely on cash flow down to the day or week.
if you dont think thats correct just realise that for a small store you can have 10,000 in payroll, sales tax (paid quaritly or daily).
a lot of companys are running a vary narrow edge and the gov locking away all the credit card payments is a really bad thing.
Hah, so you can file a lawsuit on 3 sec thats just a tad close to your song?
I said it last time and Ill say it agin, some day someone with far to much computer power will make a song with EVERY combo of notes that somehow makes sence then like it or not everyone will infringe on him espically if he makes the song really well known (but it will be really bad).
can we just point out that other then really blantent copying this is just a bad idea?
Even if we manage to make all pattents invaladated, what stops trolls from firing off 1000 letters to people who are "infringing" just to collect some cash?
Thats the problem here, whats needed is a looser pays system which automaticly kicks in when there is a major differnce in the financial ability of one side. To make it even better force a bond to be posted as part of the lawsuit in case of a loss.
This isent a bad idea at all outside the pattent system eather.
Think about John Doe vs RIAA:
RIAA to post this suit we require a 1 Million bond to be posted PER John Doe to cover his costs in the case you fail to prove your case. Now this would slow down the lawsuit system.
I would have said the same thing, There needs to be a question on weather the goverment can retroactivly declare something illegial legal.
Now the best argument for this would be that eather something the telco's did was explisit in the constitution thus congress would have to pass an amendment for the retroactive immunity.
My best guess would be that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated" counts for phone call wire taps too.
If the aggreement is to not try to offer jobs to people at the other company I dont see this is as a bad thing, if the aggreement is worse then that, say not to talk about employment at all so that I cant even talk about a job with a partner (sorry you currently work for X, we cant talk to you)
but if you take this to a crazy level, say you work for wallyworld, how many people now cant even talk to you because thay work in the supply chain for them? Thats why the more aggressive aggreements are geting looked at.
Tell me this, your a small band who got a little fame in one town, Ticket master sees this fame and somehow for a short time thinks your the next big star. You go sing some place and get told that every ticket for this 1000+ seat location is sold, then you get there and its not even half full. How happy as a band are you that Scalpers (whom dont even really know who you are) are holding 500+ tickets to your event and set the price so high noone would pay because your somewhat unknown?
This is the real issue bands are geting hit with, scalpers are making the price so high that you cant make new fans since the fans see the lowest ticket is above there budget and never look back.
At the same time, how would you, a fan, like to be told you cant get in because its sold out but you can watch it on TV only to see lots and lots of empty seats.
Why does this happen? Scalpers dont care! For each ticket that cost them 20 bucks, and there able to sell them at 1000 + there making so much profit that thay can eat the loss of a seat not selling The only one whos hurt is the still growing band who gets no say one way or the other.
Idealy we are not asking for massive change, only Hollywood and RIAA will paint it as such. What we want is for some way to open the books to a 3rd party and move some power back into the hands of the producer of artwork and away from the a 1 sided contract.
Possably giving a judge the power to order an audit in the case of suspected wrong doing when contracts call for payment based on profit of a work of art when one side says no such profit happend.
The audit could then be held to GAPP with out making Hollywood or an RIAA member or whoever actully have to use it internaly.