Nexus devices don't have them because somebody at Google doesn't seem to like them.
Unfortunately I get the impression sometimes that there are influential people at Google who think that the iPhone is popular because you can't insert an SD card, can't change the battery, and because the battery life is crap, rather than because it's user friendly.
Yes, that WAS my point. One of them, anyway. In order to override ANY U.S. law, it first has to be ratified by the Senate.
Technically true, but remember that a treaty is usually a combination of clauses, not just one, all of which need to be agreed to. If the Senate agrees that the good clauses are something they want then they have to decide whether the bad ones are something that can be tolerated or not.
Now, based upon this, and based upon the fact the Senate can't just pass amendments or similar in the usual way, and given the fact that SOPA is pretty much what the political establishment wants in this country, do you think we stand much of a chance of seeing this treaty go unratified?
Gold, silver, and other precious metals and gems have intrinsic value that can not be erased by government or corporation and has a history of being valuable, what, more than ten thousand years? If all forms of government vanished overnight and we all regressed to grunting beasts coming out of trees, we would probably *still* give value to gold and silver and other pretty, shiny, rare items.
The problem with currency is that it is only representative of an agreed-upon make-believe value, but it does benefit from being something you can hold and possess and control (physically), if not having any influence over its value which isn't tied to anything "hard".
The problem with "cashless" currency is that it is only representative of an agreed-upon make-believe value *and* is only allotted to you at the whim of technological stability, human accountability, and government. It is different from hard cash in that hard cash that is in your hand does not accidentally get sent to the wrong account, seized (unless physically by force), deleted, siphoned, etc.
Of course, it's an ideal dream to have all of your money in life entirely stable and secure sitting on a server somewhere digitally that can not be stolen, can't be hacked, can't be lost, can't be seized, etc . . . but until someone discovers something much better than anything we have today, it has all the negative aspects of all the forms of currency/trade and pretty much none of the benefits.
PS: I'm not saying to become a Glenn Beck nutjob and start filling your pantry with gold coins -- just using it as an example of a form of established currency and valuable items dating back pretty much since the dawn of man's history to reference off of.
I can't put my finger on why, exactly, but the whole pushing a cashless society thing really makes me uneasy. Especially things like http://betterthancash.org/ , which is targeted at the poor and developing countries. I realize that much or even most of our current financial lives are carried out digitally, but when it comes down to it the only thing better than cold hard cash that can not be directly seized from you, subjected to computer or human errors, or denied to you during emergencies are things with intrinsic value (gold, silver and other items mankind puts real value into as a thing unto itself). When people like Bill Gates, Citi, BofA, the United Nations, Mastercard, and Visa are all on board the "physical money is bad" train, I don't trust it one fucking bit.
Well perhaps, but to play Devil's advocate: this isn't a game.
There are two parts to DRM when combined with an anti-circumvention law. The first is the one that exists anyway: to attempt to make it as difficult as practically possible for someone to gain unrestricted access to the raw content. The other - which the DMCA (and its apparent German equivalent) adds - is to add legal liabilities for creating, possessing and/or using the tools, however easy, that break that encryption, should they ever come into being.
Us nerds have a tendency to misread laws and assume that rather than it being a reflection of the intent of the authors, that the language used is arbitrary and written by dolts to be interpreted in the widest possible context. Specifically we look at words like "effective" and rather than interpreting it in the context of the rest of the law, we go off on tangents and ask whether something is effective using other definitions within different contexts.
Is, for example, CSS effective? Well, I'd argue it is in context. It requires you use a specialized tool, designed specifically to break CSS, in order to access the content. It meets the definition in context. It doesn't meet the definition if you change the subject and say "Well, in 1998 it protected content, but does it now? Is it easy to find the tools needed to circumvent it?", but that's not the definition of effective that's implied by the context of the legislation - which is why better lawyers than us are not making that claim when protecting, say, Real Networks.
As for ROT-13.... well, maybe it is, maybe it isn't. My guess is it wouldn't, because ROT-13 doesn't require knowledge of any secrets beyond the fact it's being used to begin with, and the "tool" used to decrypt it is already built-in to a billion email, USENET, and so on clients. At the very least, if SuperdooperRayVD 4K discs in 2020 are encrypted using ROT-13, they'd have great difficulty persuading judges that millions of pre-existing USENET clients from the 1990s are illegal.
"Objective: CEO position where I can eliminate Windows RT and Windows Phone from our product offerings."
Jup. Take "Stealing". It's a crime. So that's why you get imprisoned 2 years and fined $183'000 for stealing a dollar. Because that $1 is probably the maximum amount of damage his DOS has inflicted.
Speaking of C. This would just about make all the software Microsoft or Oracle ever wrote a copyright infringement. Because they used C or a derivative thereof.
Driving one of this into a hoard would simply shred the zombies. An even better effect would be the same kind of mechanism, but with the shaft horizontal and the weights spinning in the horizontal plane. Guaranteed to crush skulls.
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