I don't "store" anything in the cloud. I backup to the cloud, and I use it for synchronization, but I have everything locally. Most things at least twice.
This just seemed like a good place for this meme.
Performance is a blanket license and it does NOT cover all songs - only those who have put their catalog in with one of the bigger houses. It's still illegal to perform many songs in public because they are not blanket licensed by ASCAP or BMI/SESAC.
What you're thinking of is mechanical licensing, which IS set by law and allows you to record a song and sell it as either a recording fixed to a medium (tape, CD, phonorecord) or as a permanent digital download. It's a very narrow right that, I sure, the RIAA would kill if they thought they could. Note that this is only for recording without video, and only for songs YOU record - not for masters by others (such as the original artist). To put a song with a Video you need a synchronization license which must be negotiated for every recording you make, and to reproduce a song sung by someone else you have to have both the mechanical rights (or synch rights for video) *and* the rights from whomever recorded the master track you plan on reproducing - which is not covered by the statute and, again, has to be negotiated for every recording. As an added twist, you can't use the compulsory licensing until somebody has already recorded and released the song on an album for sale.
I do agree, though, that some sort of compulsory licensing of patents would certainly be a help, and would take a great deal of the power away from patent trolls.
On the contrary - I wasn't suggesting that everything be open source. The argument by the GP was that if Apple hadn't patented it somebody else would have and Apple would have been on the receiving end of a lawsuit. I was simply pointing out that there was an alternative to the patent race when it doesn't involve your core product (and, c'mon, you don't by a laptop based on its charger connection).
" Truth is, if they don't, someone else will and sue the heck out of them for it."
No, they only need to release it as a free, published connection - and then it's covered by prior art. QED.
You mean the one where a publisher who didn't have the rights sold the book online, and when the lawyers informed them (and Amazon) they were required by law to pull the title, and everyone who had paid for it was issued a refund? That one?
I'm sorry, I' missed the part where they arrest and threaten innocent people based on their actual surveillance data. Perhaps you could link to list - one which has a statistically-significant number of people; say, a list of even half the size of the people who are wrongly accused by local police in the US - of all the people they have wrongly harassed based on their investigations.
Facebook is all about your public persona - your "brand" if you will (excuse me, I have to go wash my brain after typing that). It's exactly the opposite of privacy, and that's part of what makes it so great. I'm just lucky all of my young-and-stupid moments are only archived in old usenet threads.
If you're going to go to the effort of typing something as insightful as "Mark Zuckerberg is a douchebag" I say go ahead and post it. What's he going to do, de-friend you?
Fair point, however it is no different than watching who comes and goes from a printing house, or who owns a printer and regularly sends out large bundles of packages via courier to the village down the way and then everyone in that village starts talking about the imposition of having British soldiers stationed.
Rebellion is not a safe life, whether freeing your country from the monarchy, or the world from blasphemous western heathens, or guarding your porn collection from your mother.
Right up to the point where she has to turn it on and use it. See, his mother knows where everything is in Vista and MS Office (prob 2000 or 2003). Can you set up a Chromebook to EXACTLY replicate where everything is and how everything works on a Chromebook? If not, then no amount of security in the world will stop her from complaining incessantly about not being able to find her stuff.
Because it works well, or because she calls somebody else when all the shit breaks?
My mother let her iPhone update to iOS7 and she is still bitching about where all her stuff went and how she can't find anything anymore.
Stop spouting facts. They are irrelevant in internet arguments.
I'm sorry, I missed the part where you filtered the seven billion people on this earth down to those you choose to investigate without any initial data, but with a fixed budget.
You have it wrong. The 4th amendment protects your data, not your metadata. The fact that you are mailing letters to your co-conspirators is not protected, the content of those letters are. Just because things have been automated does not mean they gain additional protection.