On the other hand, how much pollution would it generate to bring those products in on more smaller ships or on trucks through a series of tubes in the ocean.
So you mean like some kind of internet for the ocean?
There are providers of content parallel to and just as easily accessible by the consumer as Apple.
I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree with your points. While yes it is easy for someone to create content, that is not the issue. Creating content for a palm pilot over 10 years ago had a very low entry barrier. However where apple differs is in the critical mass of it's app store. The app store solves the distribution problems that plagued the palm pilot. Developers can get their product in front of millions of people, make it easily search able, allows for easy and convenient purchasing, and apple takes care of all of it, for a fee of course. Starting a new app store requires tying it to a popular device and that is a huge barrier in and of its self.
However, what many people seem to forget is when at least 3 sigma of people buy an iPhone, they just want a device to go in their pocket, make calls, have a GPS map, a camera and go grab an app to play a game or do whatever it is they want. They bought that phone so they didn't have to go trolling through the interwebs looking for some off the wall app and hope and pray it doesn't have Trojans, key loggers, or even porn. Right wrong or indifferent that's what most people want from their phone.
As a result, apple starts censorship out of request by it's citizenry. And that's when it gets scary. The citizens of iPhone nation have asked for it's government to take care of telling it what is acceptable and not. They ask apple to filter out the "bad" stuff for them. It's a scary Orwellian world that is quickly approaching and the majority is HAPPY to see it coming.
My contract is coming up and I look toward my next phone. I can get a power user phone like the Android or I could get the new iPhone. One will come with a learning curve, cautious work to vet anything I put on it; however my reward is a very powerful tool in my pocket. Or I could buy an iPhone and know "it'll just work". After all, it's just a phone. I still don't know if I'll climb the mountain or slide down its slope. I do know that the slope is most definitely slick.
Haven't the Mythbusters proven again and again that operating a vehicle from 'non standard' driving perspectives is quite difficult?
Everything is difficult if you haven't practiced it. Once you do practice, I'd imagine it would be almost as easy as driving normally - almost, because you aren't getting inner ear feedback from the exact movement of the car.
People use remotely controlled vehicles all the time.
When the main medium of sharing were cassettes or CDs, did introducing those levies actually cause copying a cassette or CD to be decriminalized?
It did in Canada. If you make a copy for private use, such copy is legal.
It actually works in a very funny way. Say, you want to share a CD (that you legally own in the first place) with your friend. If he gives you a blank CD-R, and you copy your CD onto it, and hand it over to him, what you just did was "distribution", and it wasn't "for private use" - so that's illegal.
But if just give him the original CD, and he copies the file off it onto his own medium, and returns your CD to you, it's perfectly legal, because your friend did a "copy for private use". That he did it off a medium he didn't own is of no relevance according to the law as it stands.
In fact, if you steal someone's CD (which they legally own), and copy it, you're not guilty of copyright infringement - only of theft.
However, because the levy is only paid on blank CD-Rs that are labeled "audio", all of the above only applies to audio works, not to books, video or software.
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