Asperity the final demand


Like the first removable pack drive, the first "Winchester" drives used platters 14 inches (360 mm) in diameter. A few years later, designers were exploring the possibility that physically smaller platters might offer advantages. Drives with non-removable eight-inch platters appeared, and then drives that used a 5   1 ⁄ 4  in (130 mm) form factor (a mounting width equivalent to that used by contemporary floppy disk drives ). The latter were primarily intended for the then-fledgling personal computer (PC) market.

Copyright has presented challenges to the world of publication for as long as it has existed. Law has bestowed the ownership of a published work to its author, with all of the inalienable rights that accompany those laws. What constitutes ownership in the world of publication today is not, however, so clear. The US Copyright Act is a complex piece of legislation. It attempts to provide authors with a definition of ownership and rights for managing their works, but it is not always clear in its definitions, as those who have read it will attest. At the base of the law is the notion that authors own the material they record, "in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which [the work] can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device" ( Library of Congress, Copyright Office 2000 ). Ownership suggests that authors have the right to make decisions about how their works can be used. This causes concern for publishers and third party institutions; how can they assure financial and authoritative credits if someone else owns the resources? To protect their investments and credibility, publishers and third party institutions alike presently demand that authors hand over their copyright, precluding original authors from disseminating their works as freely and widely as they may like. In the name of "protection," authors have become little more than necessary resources to keep publishers and associated institutions alive and in business. As long as their institutions continue to associate the authors' value with what and where they have published, there is strong incentive for the authors to bestow the ownership of their works on these entities in order to gain legitimacy. Contrast this with the original intent of copyright.

In terms of complaints, Asperity is guilty of the most common flaw in Heavy Metal today, repetition. That aside, The Final Demand is still a damn fine album and the best advice I can pass on to potential listeners, especially after several repeat listening sessions, is to crank up the volume button. This will enable the true power and majesty of the songs to spring to life. If you are a connoisseur of powerful melodic metal with a hard rock flair don't let this obscure little gem slip through your fingers.

What he didn’t tell me, but later admitted under oath, was that he’d already scheduled a meeting with Joseph Wambaugh for later that day to discuss the same proposition. Wambaugh, immersed in other projects, turned him down.


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