I've said it before, and I'll say it again...
Anyone whose defense boils down to "We believe that we followed the letter of the law," is tacitly admitting that they knew damned well that they were violating the SPIRIT of the law.
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... I take some small amount of pride that the term "Masshole", a derogatory term for those of us so favored -- used by the benighted denizens of our neighbor-states -- earned inclusion in this year's additions.
On behalf of my fellow residents, I'd like to thank the Academy...
* ...save for the 2-1/2 years that I spent exiled in Los Angeles.
...And a good way to win on appeal is to show inadequate/incompetent legal representation in your first trial.
Not an ideal solution, of course, but having a meth-head for a lawyer is not a guarantee of a one-way trip to the big house.
Ditto on the photos.
OTOH, kudos for properly using "dampers" and "damping" in the article. Use of "dampener" and "dampening" unless one is referring to a heavy dew on the south forty drives me mad. (Although as my old dad told me more than once, in my case that's less a drive than a short putt -- but that's another story!)
"Hillary Clinton cannot be determined as a "centrist" based on anything but the current message her campaign is trying to sell. "
Agreed, we have nothing to go on to judge Clinton's positions.
Oh, wait... We have her Senate voting record and public statements, just like we have Sanders', Rand's, Cruz's...
It's easy to understand:
1 -- There ARE no Centrist Republicans running for President, thus far. Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan would actually have trouble getting their party's endorsement in the current environment due to political heterodoxy, to say nothing of a more genuinely centrist Republican like, say, Dwight Eisenhower.
2 – Hillary Clinton is actually the closest thing to a centrist in the race right now. It's going to be harder to tag her as a liberal or a populist now that Bernie Sanders (Senator from Vermont -- Independent, but generally caucuses with the Democrats) is entering the race for the nomination. Bernie describes himself as a Socialist Democrat and is a progressive firebrand in the classical mold.
@ Phil Dude:
"The difference being when I want to go home (or wherever) I simply hit the "get me home" button.
And there are no taxi's where I sometimes find myself after a night out...."
So -- and I'm not asking to be snarky; I'm honestly curious -- How is this different than having one or more cab companies' phone numbers in your phone's contacts list and hitting "dial"?
"The only advantages for subscription are for Adobe and that's it. To pretend otherwise is just foolish..."
As much as I dislike the software rental model, I'm going to have to disagree with you, here. It would actually have been quite useful and kept me from starting up smoking again a couple of years ago.
I'm the graphics geek for a government planning agency in a smallish city (population: a bit over 100,000). Every ten years, the city produces a consolidated Master Plan outlining where we think we should go for the next decade and beyond. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign featured heavily in putting the book together on the last go-round.
At the time, I had a copy of Adobe Creative Suite (original) on my work machine, and had had since... well... since CS came out. Because, as I said: municipal government; we're not talking big budgets here. The Design Planner had bought her own copy of CS 5 for when SHE needed to produce presentations. The Neighborhood Planner/Community Development specialist, who was the coordinator and lead writer on the project, had none.
In order to incorporate he Design Planner's pages into something MY version could open -- because, while she is a REALLY GOOD urban designer, she is a REALLY BAD document designer -- I had to bring in my home laptop, with CS 4 on it, to down-save to a version that CS could open (CS 5 only would only save down to something that CS 3 could open, IIRC).
So the workflow was:
1 -- Produce template document in InDesign and start inserting the lead writer's Word files, editing and inserting photos, creating infographics, tables, etc.
2 - Design Planner produces her pages in CS 5 and down-saves to CS 4.
3 - I open her files on the laptop and down-save to CS.
4 - I open in CS on the work machine, correct her out-of-standard layout, type, graphics, tables, etc., and export a PDF for the lead writer to look at and make edits.
5 - Writer makes changes in Word. Design Planner makes edits in CS 5 and down-saves to CS 4.
6 - Repeat steps 3 - 5, up-saving and down-saving as needed.
7 - When finished, submit draft to City Manager for approval.
8 - Writer and Design Planner include Manager's edits in Word and CS 5.
9 - Repeat steps 3 - 8 as needed.
Now, let's look at how it COULD have worked:
1 -- Produce template document in InDesign Creative Cloud and start inserting the lead writer's Word files, editing and inserting photos, creating infographics, tables, etc.
2 - Design Planner produces her pages in ID. (Since she only needs InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat Pro, we rent her that subset)
3 - I open the edited files, correct any infelicities, and send to the lead writer.
4 - Writer makes text changes in the copy of InDesign that we rented her on a temporary month-by-month basis for the duration of the project.
6 - When finished, submit draft to City Manager for approval.
7 - Writer and Design Planner include Manager's edits in the CS file.
8 - I do final cleanup and export as PDF.
Granted, my local liquor store, smoke shop, and physician (I punched a lot of walls and heavy pieces of office furniture!) wouldn't make as much money from me with this more linear workflow, but my lungs and liver might be in better condition, and -- who knows? -- I might still have hair!
So, yeah... Being able to standardize and streamline workflows across multiple users on a project, and to custom-tailor software toolboxes with ONLY what you need, ONLY when you need it, DOES have certain advantages, even though I still don't like software rental as a general concept.
I can't speak for Germany, but where I live in the U.S., the determining factor is whether the subject had "a reasonable expectation of privacy" at the time the photo was taken. This, in general, eliminates the hurdle of getting a signed release from everyone in a news photo. Thus, for instance, someone is allowed to take your picture on the sales floor of a clothing store, since you can't "not be seen" there, but they can't follow you into the changing booth because you SHOULD have a reasonable expectation of privacy there. In the case here, a photo taken between consenting adults for their private entertainment would fall under that reasonable expectation of privacy unless the subject specifically agreed that it could be disseminated to others,
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