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?)
The report says that US persons serving overseas were not targeted and that conversations were not shared "solely for entertainment purposes". That's not quite the same as saying "We didn't listen in" or that "We didn't pass recorded conversations around". This phrasing suggests that they both do listen in (for non-entertainment reasons) and that, when they get a "good one", they possibly do pass it around.