Aren't many of the news organizations in the EU the same ones that wanted to charge Google a licensee to link to their articles in the first place?
They're upset when Google links to their articles; they're upset when they don't
Boys appear to be failing behind girls in both public and private schools. It's good to hear that you are willing to sacrifice to ensure your child receives a quality education, but I caution against simply assuming that private schools don't have many of the same issues. While I'd agree, on the whole, that many private schools outclass their public equivalents, private schools often have their own set of issues.
I recommend a book that I just started reading myself, "Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind", by Roger Whitmire. While I'm only two chapters in, it's already clear that he's done a lot of research in this area. Being armed with some real data behind this issue can help you choose a private school that understands how to educate both boys and girls.
But 20 years ago, boys did better than girls in school. The biology hasn't changed, so we can't point to that as the reason why girls are suddenly doing better than boys.
Not trying to raise the whole "passive vs. active" debate here (although it's fine if it arises), but your comment really surprised me since passive 3D glasses do seem to be standardized, are typically lightweight and comfortable, and even come in clip-ons for those with existing glasses.
On the topic in general -- While I usually won't spend extra $$ to see 3D in the theatre, that's because I'd rather wait for the blu-ray reviews and grab the 3D version then.
Who is "they"? The public at large has access to the password file but not the account names. However, there's really no telling what the original hacker has. For security purposes, we assume the worst, and that is that someone has both the account names and a password file for which almost a third of the passwords have proven easily cracked.
I wish I had the source to quote, but I saw recently that as many as 1 million people are expected to try to go to the area for the final launch.
"The entire point of the patent system", as you put it, is to encourage the creation of inventions which are (a) New, (b) Useful, and (c) Non-obvious to someone with knowledge in the industry.
I haven't read the patent, but from reading the Apple letter, it doesn't exactly sound like it passes the "non-obvious test", at the least, and probably not even the "new" part. The problem is that, to fight this, you must either spend thousands of dollars in a lawsuit or pay the license fee.
I don't care how small the amount is, it IS unreasonable to ask for someone to pay for a patent which shouldn't be valid.
If the patent really was "new" and "non-obvious" at the time it was filed, then they are absolutely entitled to payment. I'm just typically skeptical when it comes to software patents.
Count yourself lucky or blessed, depending on your viewpoint. The tornado that hit Tuscaloosa and Birmingham continued at or near ground level for another 4 hours after Birmingham, crossing into Georgia on the ground in Cave Springs, heading into Tennessee another 90 minutes or so after that, and then (I believe - I was finally asleep at that point) into North Carolina from there. All told, the path of destruction from that one supercell raked at least 300 miles over the course of 7 hours or more. My eyes didn't leave the Weather Channel for most of that time, and while that supercell weakened a few times here and there, it regained strength and remained incredibly destructive for longer than I can ever recall seeing.
Are you speaking of a moral right or a legal one? A moral right can be debated either way. However, in the United States at least, the legal right doesn't exist. That, as you probably know, was removed by the DMCA.
Why you aren't getting modded up, I have no idea, except maybe it's Windows
But seriously, you're almost spot on. Why push this OP, admittedly computer handicapped, to a more complex solution? Windows Vista and 7 alone provide:
Add Microsoft's Windows Live Family Safety (free) to get:
and Microsoft Security Essentials (also free) for virus and malware scanning.
There's probably an easy and free solution for most of the other items on the list as well, but they seem more "wish-list" than essential.
This makes sense, though, from a business perspective. NASA isn't exactly a "reliable" customer, so if they want a new capability and won't guarantee future use of it, why shouldn't NASA be the one to pay for it?
Tell you what... Go to a car dealer, tell them you want a custom model built to your exact specifications from scratch and that you won't pay a dime until it's delivered. Tell me how far you get with that...
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas