Not quite. The GEMA only collects fees for its members. The problem is the GEMA assumption. If you play a song, you either have to pay the GEMA or document that the relevant artists do not have GEMA contracts (which is either a pain or plain impossible).
Do you have a source for this? To my knowledge, the GEMA demands 0.375 Euro cents [PDF] per view.
If you listen to Michael Abrash, you will hear him talk a lot about presence, a sense of being there that works even on a subconcious level. If you can't bring yourself to step over a virtual ledge, you have working VR.
Is this a joke? This sounds exactly like what Borne Again Christians, including George W. Bush believe in.
Metadata is just data about data. This can be almost anything. For voice recordings, you could reasonably claim the following information to be metadata:
- Existence of keywords or keyphrases
- Voice signatures, identifying the speakers
- Stress levels of the voices
If you look at how US agencies are gaming the legal system, they will probably claim that transcripts of conversations are not the conversations themselves and therefore metadata.
Can we call this the Vasa effect? Named after the pride of the Swedish marine that sank minutes into its maiden voyage, killing dozens of the crew.
I live in Germany. And while we import a lot of oil from Russia and Norway, we are still more dependent on oil from the middle east than the US.
The US doesn't really need oil from the middle east. Europe and Asia do.
Eduard Snowden wasn't employed by the NSA, but by Booz Allen Hamilton, which belongs to the Carlyle Group. Think about the opportunities insider information offers to these kinds of investors.
A non-US competitor to VISA would be even more important.
US companies won't regain any trust until the US government lifts all gag orders that came attached to NSLs.
Just that they're out to get you doesn't mean your not paranoid.
But how can we assess the probability of a successful attack? Since most companies choose not to disclose breaches, we don't have meaningful statistics to base our estimates on.
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