If only some members of the Legislative branch have access to this information, how can proper oversight be maintained? Let's be honest, it's not hard to buy the silence of a few or have them tow the desired line of discussion.
And I'm getting really tired of what seems to be an over-classification of information, information that we deserve to know. Making information classified to hide illegal or even just embarrassing actions is wrong on all levels, yet we continue to let it happen.
I'm sorry but you can't blame piracy for the sh!t ton of reality tv crap that ALL the major networks are spewing out. Remember when TLC meant The Learning Channel?
And all of the contest (American Idol/Dancing With the Stars) shows... those are just as bad.
How did we get that crap from piracy? The reason it's on is because it's CHEAP and there is a large percentage of the population (unfortunately) who eat it up, but mostly because it costs so little to produce compared to other TV programming.
I big issue is that for every hour of entertainment there is at least 20 minutes or more of commercials. I've also noticed a number of 30 minute shows are actually only about 10 minutes of content, with 20 minutes of commercials and 'recaps/previews'.
With the rise of DVRs people are skipping over a ton of this crap. Studies have shown that you still get some of the commercial 'content' when skipping so it's not about the length of the commercials.
We have a lot of alternatives drawing our attention today. We don't NEED to sit idly by and absorb the content that is given to us. We have a choice now.
It seems the providers still seem to think that consumers WANT a completely passive entertainment system. Maybe some still do, but that number is dwindling.
As a kid...hell even into my early adulthood the Olympics have been something I just love. I've shed tears at opening/closing ceremonies. What the Olympics are SUPPOSED to represent are awesome and amazing. Hearing about shit like this just makes me sad though. These events should be shared openly with the entire world, not controlled and fed to us like all the other media out there. It's supposed to be special! :(
Frankly I think that some employers are simply using the current job market as a reason for abusing applicants this way. I know and accept that potential employers (and likely your current employers) are going to check out your online presence, but to request direct access to the accounts is unacceptable.
I know it's not easy to say no, but that's exactly what people need to do. I don't care what my employer things of my blog, Google+ or Twitter account but my Facebook is locked down to just my close friends and family, because it's my private life.
That said, I don't think it needs to be a law. As the Internet continues to grow people will become more and more savvy about their online identity. Your username and password is potentially more important than your social security number these days. Just because someone works in HR doesn't mean they wouldn't abuse the access granted to them.
Obviously there IS still competition and if Google is now charging others now have an opportunity to compete.
Hey I'm all for supporting the little guy but if Google's product is superior, regardless of the price, and consumers are being well served I fail to see the problem.
Additionally Bing and even MapQuest are still in use (can't speak for use in France so my point may be bunk) so Google Maps has competition.
Maybe some smaller, traditional map makers may be failing but that's due to the change in technology. Evolve or die. To me this case is no different than the old guard media companies complaining about how the Internet is destroying (really just changing) their market.
I wonder if it would be against the terms of service at Kick Starter? I know it's not what that platform was designed for, but could you imagine the message it would send to Big Content? I'd contribute.
Even if she was sharing the files she downloaded on BT (kinda the point), the fine is a life destroyer and given the 'crime' it's not fair.
It's all a margins game. And in a way it's not so different than the death of the music stores. Why buy CDs from a dedicated music store when you can order online? Why buy from a dealer and haggle, when you can find your car online and get a better deal?
But just like music, there will be a few dealers here and there who provide exceptional service, selection, and prices that will keep going despite this.
My guess, the biggest whiners are the dealers/auto makers that are ripping customers off the most.
Thats funny. I have never signed a contract when buying a CD or DVD. Even software EULAs are questionable when it comes to being legally binding.
But if that's what you want, go ahead, make us have to sign contracts for everything; every little iTunes purchase, every time we go to RedBox, every time we visit Best Buy. See if that helps you make more money.
All it did was make file sharers more cautious. It might have stopped some people, but the teens growing up with this technology will out pace any file shares who dropped out because of The Jammie Thomas case.