Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata
Ron Paul and Rand Paul would've prevented it. Also Senator Mike Lee, and Representatives Justin Amash and Thomas Massie. Maybe Rep Dennis Kucinich too, but I'm not completely sure about his civil liberties record.
NASA's Greatest Challenges In 2014
Firefighting can be profitable. There are many security services that are profitable. There are many private land use areas (think parks) that are profitable. Plowing the streets is profitable (I have a friend who makes good money doing it), teaching is profitable, toll roads are profitable.
Not sure what world you're living in.
Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch
No, federal law only trumps state law IF the federal law is actually valid (in line with the Constitution).
Putting a Panic Button In Smartphone Users' Hands
This is what happens when the government is in charge of protection.
Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA
The government is kind of like the mafia... when they come knocking, you're gonna work for them "or else"
Overstock.com Plans To Accept Bitcoin
The value of the dollar has lost close to 98% since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913 and took us off the gold standard. That's not exactly "stable" and it punishes people who save their money plus it hurts the poor because price inflation increases faster than their wages do making their buying power less and less.
And the reason governments took their currencies off of the precious metal standards was so that they could inflate (tax) their citizens. People get up in arms when a new tax is raised, however when their currency is devalued by the wholesale printing of money by their government, they are not as quick to understand the reasoning behind it. Governments have inflated and devalued their currencies forever, even the Roman Empire did it by reducing the amount of precious metals in their coins.
Search for "Austrian Economics" if you want to understand more about this subject.
Overstock.com Plans To Accept Bitcoin
Federal Reserve Notes (dollars) aren't real money either in case you haven't noticed. The difference between BTC and USD? One is centrally controlled by the government, the other is peer-to-peer.
Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry
Rent-seeking is just the opposite of free market capitalism. And the only reason these corporations have a monopoly / cartel, is because the government grants them one. This is called corporatism, or maybe even fascism.
If the government didn't intervene in the marketplace these monopolies / cartels wouldn't exist, or if they did, it would be short lived.
Study Austrian economics sometime: http://www.mises.org/
CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying
No, CBS's existence is based upon a government-granted monopoly via the FCC. They are not about to anger the feds, it would be bad for business, since the federal government has the ability to take them OUT of business if they should so choose to do so.
This is why government shouldn't be allowed to set up cartels or monopolies.
How the NSA Is Harming America's Economy
The corporations are strong armed into doing this sort of thing on behalf of the government. If they dont comply or try to fight it, then they are found in violation of some law or regulation, saddled with court cases and punitive fines, or maybe even completely taken out of business. In some cases the government will get their competitor to do it. In the case of the telcos, their entire existence is at the whim of the government, so it's unlikely they would ever fight.
The government is the bully here. They really are the mafia.
ATF Tests Show 3D Printed Guns Can Explode
Have you never heard of the Underwriters Laboratory?
EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal
I posted this story on Congressman Thomas Massie's Facebook page, and he brought it up in the Congressional hearing with the EPA today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N88Grg2iV4
FYI - Rep Thomas Massie is also a MIT grad ;-)
Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'
Egypt tried this, and it only made things worse for the government because people left their computers and actually went outside to join the protest instead of watching it on the Net.
How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix
They lied to you.
When I was in undergrad, working at Blockbuster was my part-time job. It was quite fun actually, but anyway, management can remove fines if they want, it's real easy to do.
Music Industry Issues Take Down Notices to 50 Major Lyrics Sites
It would have to have an expiration date on it because artists are with different labels, publishers, management, etc.
Also labels make essentially nothing on concerts. But you're right overall, the way to make money in the music industry is through live shows.
It's simple economics.
As supply approaches infinity, cost approaches zero. Therefore recorded music is essentially worthless, from a pure economics standpoint. The industry, through the government's copyright law, has tried to maintain an artificial monopoly on supply, however technology has made that law / business model obsolete.
At a concert though, there is true scarcity, because in most cases only a finite amount of people can fit inside the venue. Not to mention an artist is usually only in any particular city once or twice a year at best. Since scarcity exists, then price doesn't have to be zero.
Yes, I am an audio engineer who designs and implements large scale concert sound systems.
How Silicon Valley Helped the NSA
yeah, last time I checked the NSA's reach was worldwide. And US courts have upheld the 3rd party doctrine where any information a 3rd party has about you (phone records for instance), is not subject to the same Constitutional protection as your personal effects are.
The Case Against Gmail
I did that too until my registrar www.DirectNIC.com started getting blacklisted.... all of the sudden I wasn't receiving e-mails because of it since the relay at the registrar level wasn't able to forward e-mails to my ISP client grrr
Verizon Ordered To Provide All Customer Data To NSA
And with who's money would the government pay for it?
US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27
I didn't sign any social contract.
Rand Paul Launches a Filibuster Against Drone Strikes On US Soil
Uh no, check his voting record, he's just like his dad, Ron, who didn't care about leadership or Party at all. He votes in accordance with the Constitution.