Peter Beckett? Never heard of him. The band "Player"? never heard of them. The song "Baby, Come Back"? vaguely rings a bell ... but since that's all it does, it was obviously not a favorite. Keith Urban? I've heard of hime(although I don't think I've heard any of his work) - he's the lead act in a western music festival near here in a couple weeks. Nicole Kidman? Heard of her - an actress, I think. Can't name a single production she was in though. Marriage between Urban and Kidman? Didn't know - don't care. American Idol judge? Didn't know - don't care - have never watched it. The term "Player"? In relation to music, all that comes to mind is the Player Piano!
Mr. Snowden was in a bad position; he had to choose between his moral code (which, incidentally, supports the Constitution) or “other laws” (which are theoretically based on the Constitution). Further, as I understand it, failing to revealing criminal activity is also a crime. There is no way he could “win” here; as soon as he had knowledge of criminal activity, he was automatically guilty of something. If he returned to the States to face trial, it would be a Star Chamber affair in which he would not even be allowed to make a defence. Stay free and proud, Mr. Snowden – the world needs moral people like you!
Then I'd have to figure out what services are European. As it stands, I really have no idea where the various services originate (and, frankly, don't care). I use services that serve my purposes and don't use services that don't serve my purposes, no matter what "country code" the service has.
I "cut the cord" years ago. If I wanted to create services equivelent to what cable TV "offers", it would be expensive; but why would I do that? The main reason I cut the cord was I didn't want cable TV offered.
While I don't have a problem with the idea of taking the profit out of crime - isn't this exactly what they (LEOs) are doing? profiting from theft? I would stipulate that for there to be an "asset forfiture", two things should happen: (1) there should be a conviction for a crime that directly resulted in the aquisition of the asset, and (2) the original "owner" (victom) can be identified so that the entire "asset" can be returned to the "rightful" owner (no withholding or "fees" by the LEO). If either of these conditions fail, then they should not be able to seize the asset. This type of rule is the only way to prevent the very corruption we are seeing so much of now.
I don't buy music. I don't download music. (I can't HEAR music.) I have a 70+db hearing loss; by legal standards, I'm deaf. Why should I be forced to support people that choose a profession that has zero value to me? (Note to Tech-Dirt: I was really interested in your podcasts. Unfortunately, I can't hear those either.)
"Biotech company patent genes found in donated sample, then sue doner for patent violation"
In "discovering" genes, the biotech company did nothing to develop them, so why should they be able to patent them? Tests and procedures? OK .. but not, under any circumstances, naturally occuring genes from anything.
On my iPhone, all incoming messages have grey background. iMessage outbound have blue backgrounds and SMS has green backgrounds. The difference? iMessage will send over wifi (if available), avoiding usage caps from my cell carrier while SMS is ALWAYS through my cell carrier. I appreciate knowing who isn't subject of overage charges!
of the “Broken Window Economics” concept – a logical fallacy. With or without this agreement, the total number of car sales made between the EU and NA remains about the same. With this agreement, the total net change in car sales is zero; that translates to no real growth. (So .. why should we be doing this again?)