It's a subset, though: plenty of atheists go to church, for social reasons. Very few people believe in some vague idea of God not associated with any religious system, again for social reasons.
To me, the fact that a Doctor can refuse to perform a service because they don't like their profit margin on it even though the AGREED to accept that amount in their contract, is BS. This is akin to a retailer advertising a model of TV for a cheap price, but not having ever even purchased any of said model to be sold.
I suspect you'll find the doctor didn't agree to perform the service at that price, but instead they agreed that if they were to perform the service, they would only get paid $X. They might well give vaccinations to people with different insurance, where the insurance pays enough.
I still don't understand why anyone would turn to insurance for predictable expenses - that's like getting car insurance that covers gas and tires. Just seems crazy to me.
Was there a spike in the 70s or something? Not as I recall. Quoth Wikipedia
At some points in the 1950s, almost all Americans identified themselves with a particular religion. In recent years, more than 1 in 10 Americans tell survey interviewers they have no formal religious identity.
I'm OK with corporations owning "work for hire" work - if you do the work as an employee, IMO it's OK for the employer to own the copywrite. It would be vastly harder to get a job otherwise. If you want to ban anyone ("corporations" is a distraction) from acquiring copyright from an individual (not work for hire), I'd be OK with that, but I'm not sure what the difference between "copyright" and "exclusive distribution license" would be in practice.
But it's just nuts that that applies in any way to academia.
What, exactly, has convinced you that you can actually trust Microsoft? Has MS invited you to personally examine their code, to satisfy yourself that there are no exploits in their system? No? I didn't think so
Microsoft has many thousands of former employees who once had access to the source, with little to lose from anonymous whistleblowing. There are likely as many eyes on any important bit of MS code as open source code, given the size of the company. The backlash for getting caught lying is huge. That's why all the "big lie" companies are so pissed at the gag orders that accompanied their demands for information.
Let's not forget than open source vendors are just as vulnerable to this sort of arm twisting - and again I just hope for whistleblowers willing to take the risk. Other than Theo de Ranter, who I'm fairly confident would instantly disobey any gag order, if just to have something new to complain about, I'm not sure most open source software really has an advantage here.
Aren't you a little old to be a hipster? There's nothing sadder
The government running the presses through the night is a vastly better system than the government sending out the troops to collect all the gold it can find, rule of law be damned. That seems to happen with every government.
As much as QE is messing with the economy, it's far better than the government going after the big vulnerable targets: 401Ks, university endowments, and insurance company floats. Any big pool of money, really, is vulnerable, and constitutional protections against property taxes would only matter if we had a SCOTUS who gave a shit about constitutionality.
Chase is very fee happy, but I pay none of those fees since they're all voluntary.
I despise WF because they would keep losing my records. They'd "forget" they shouldn't charge me a monthly fee for my checking account because I also had a CD with them, and so on. Something would go wrong every month, always "accidentally" resulting in them charging me some fee inappropriately.
Chase so far hasn't done any of that BS, and the people I've talked to at branches when I needed help were all cheerful and, well, helpful. They don't pay interest worth caring about on anything they offer, of course, but I have better places to put real money.
Widely successful bands will make good money on a tipjar model. The problem is how to let good, second-tier bands make enough to do their music full time. Hopefully the new industry can figure something out - with 1000 fans it's too much to expect, but a band with 10000 fans should be able to scrape by and make music full time.
The problem with live performances for money is it only lets bands with local fans make it, and the internet/social media isn't great for that. If your advertising is internet-based, it's easier to find 10000 fans worldwide than in your city.
When I read the access request for any Android app, I end up declining. SD card, network, contacts, and location access, for a kitchen timer? No thanks. That's why I have no apps on my phone and why I miss my Startac.
I'm looking for a feature phone to replace my smartphone now. There just are no apps I'm willing to install, plus I want physical buttons.
Where building a studio takes skill is lowering the noise floor.
Not really a problem with modern music. After the loudness wars music has a typical dynamic range of roughly 0db, so recording in a construction zone with a car alarm going off should be fine. And why do you need an expensive mic when you're just going to auto-tune?
Oh, wait, did you mean good music? Right, I see your point, but who records that these days, outside of jazz bands?
Did I say social media already?
Social whatnow? No wonder I can't find new music - apparently you have to give up all expectation of privacy in order to find new bands.
Normal, old-school advertising is also available as a service. Instead of paying 95% of sales to a studio for a little ad spend, a band could pay 20% and hire the ad company themselves.
As I understand it, public domain does not imply that derive works are public domain.
You create a game, and make it public domain. Someone modifies your code and sells it as commercial software, then sues anyone distributing the original for violating their copyright. This is more or less what happened with some crappy Unix game back in the day to push RMS over the edge.
Over the years I've done quite a bit of greenfield engineering, almost half of those weapon systems. I didn't like the probable consequences to others so I shelved them. Only one has come online since and judging by the fact that none of the follow-on systems from that initial device are in evidence, and it's been 15+ years, I hope no one ever does. Looking back, a conscience is nice to have around if you're given the option. All the work done on those systems was not done while I was in uniform. The first actually was before I even took the oath.
So be glad that most coders/engineers don't face those hazards. Although there are more than a few examples that I'd to make, but that's me
Well, I love the model used by SE Linux - make security program-oriented instead of user-oriented. It really ramps up the security of a trusted distro, by thwarting a malicious patch.