What these drivers are asking for is a special privilege to be a superior class of citizen: To be spared any natural competition.
And what they're doing is not protesting. It's throwing a tantrum.
In saying that, you demonstrate that you have no idea how good London cabbies are at their job, an dhow hard they have to work to get to that position.
They are vetted and must have no criminal record, and they are regulated by the Public Carriage Office
The Knowledge is notoriously difficult, and leads to them having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the streets of central London - something like every street in a 10 mile radius of Charing Cross, every hotel, cinema, theatre, etc. Every time they've been put into competition with a SatNav, the route they calculate *in their head* is superior to anything that technology can come up with.
There's no way some guy with a smartphone app can be seen as anything like a peer for a proper London Cabbie.
Copying your work to give away for free or to sell should have a much much shorter leash, as should the privilege to restrict others from creating new things based on your work. 5 years seems more than enough to me in this digital age.
Why? Why the hell should that be the case? If I pour loads of MY time and MY effort and MY resources into creating something, then it's MY creation and I want to keep it then I can, because it's MINE.
Sorry, but it just boils my p**s that everyone these days just thinks they have a God*-given right for unfettered access to anything they like for free,
* other deities may be available
The US dollar is backed by the world's largest economy
Please remind me, how big is the national debt of the country with the world's largest economy?
It's not green, so it doesn't have people in it yet. So what secret will we discover is the ingredient in Soylent Grey?
Now that they've got that one nailed down, they should do a similar study to test certain long-held theories about bicyclist behavior in the Tour de France.
You mean maybe the birds can fly long distances because they're off their faces on drugs?
“We encourage our patrons to remember that they are sharing a common wish to be entertained and to treat their fellow moviegoers with courtesy and respect.”
Is there any greater display of courtesy and respect for someone than not shooting them dead?
I know nothing about java,
It's just a shame he could only make 7p/minute from it. What happened to Â£1/minute premium rate lines?
Actually, going for a cheaper rate is a smart move. A lot of companies block outgoing calls to >=£1/minute numbers, but something in the region of 10p/minute could slip through those filters....that allows him to get - and make money from - calls that he might not get if he'd gone for a more expensive line. And yes, I agree - epic win