there is a lot of anger towards e.g. pedophiles who get round the ban on underage sex by waiting until they are old enough
The trouble is that different constituents have different rules as to what defines "old enough". Some people would apply the rule popularized by F. Hugh Herbert's play The Moon Is Blue of the age difference plus fourteen years, or equivalently half the older partner's age plus seven years. Under this rule, 19 and 17 is OK but 23 and 18 isn't. Others would claim that no age is old enough outside a state-recognized marriage or other domestic partnership.
Moreover, unlike creative works, or even manufactured items or services, there is a fixed quantity of petroleum available.
How is that? Songwriters have been found liable of accidental "plagiarism" (copyright infringement without attribution) over having copied an eight-note phrase. Now each note has a length and a pitch, other than the last note in a phrase. The last note in a phrase has no duration because there is no following note, and a phrase can be transposed to end on any note. There are about two distinct lengths (short and long), and seven distinct notes within any scale (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti). This gives 14 possibilities for all notes but the last, or 14^7 = 105 million possible eight note phrases. How is this not "a fixed quantity"?
Many locations don't have any other option then dial up
Are they all on a north face of a mountain? Because if there's a tall building in the way, the area is probably urban enough to get DSL or DOCSIS, and if there isn't a mountain in the way, it can more than likely get satellite.
I assume that you're similarly disdainful for anybody who uses a game console or handheld?
Yes. Instead of a game console, one can choose a home theater PC. Instead of a handheld, one can choose a phone with a clip-on gamepad. Some clip-on gamepads even fold up like a GBA SP.
i never get why the masses are always thrilled to see mediocrity beat down quality.
Perhaps we're just thrilled to see freedom to tinker beat down lockdown.
Why don't we plug the holes and develop software that isn't so unbelievably easy to hack?
Because end users will click through any permission wall if the program promises dancing pigs.
What part of the United States Constitution (or even the Constitution of one of the 50 States) authorizes the Government to compel vaccination?
Article I section 8 grants Congress several enumerated powers, one of which is power "to regulate commerce [...] among the several states." Someone who carries a contagious disease across state lines is interfering with commerce, especially if this disease is one that impairs driving enough to cause a collision on a post road.
If you're not vaccinated because you can't afford to be, then get Obamacare quickly.
I wish I could. But it appears my current income is greater than my red state's Medicaid threshold but less than the federal poverty threshold. Therefore I don't qualify for a subsidy, and I'll have to pay a substantial chunk of my income for health insurance. Or what did I, and others in my position, miss?
If they thought that 'quiet, eccentric, mathematician brutally murdered in suspected cyber-revenge' would have an ROI greater than the legal exposure, they'd probably kill him themselves just to be first to the body...
I seem to remember seeing a movie about this sort of plot. Was it called Tomorrow Never Dies, by chance?