The 'service' part of 'public service' is perhaps the hardest thing for these people to remember. They are supposed to maintain order - one way to do that is to be polite, informative, and courteous. Acting like an ass and getting people pissed off defies the goal. Tasing someone because you couldn't express your ideas properly defies that goal. Hell, groping someone's genitals so they feel violated and unwilling to cooperate defies the goal. We really need to re-evaluate how we define the service that people supply to our nation, because so far its turing into a beatme-rapeme club that nobody can escape.
We could solve all the problems with two simple actions:
1) Disband the TSA and remove all the stupid naked scanners
2) Allow pilots to carry guns in a sealed and bolted cabin door.
Not all, but many commercial pilots today have military experience and even earned their wings flying planes and helicopters for the military. We already hold pilots responsible for the safety of their passengers, just arm them. Many other countries already have.
I live in Oklahoma where we have a whole season dedicated to tornado conditions and when people die we don't blame meteorologists, we blame ourselves for failing to pay attention. If you live in an area where the sky reaches down and rips entire homes apart while flinging semi-trucks across cities then you learn to have a plan and stick to it. The same goes (or should) for people in earthquake zones. Honestly beyond a basic warnings there isn't any help anybody can give you. It comes down to risk management: is the risk of death worth the potential temporary relocation costs.
While the MPAA and RIAA are certainly wrong in their claims they have the deeper pockets and plenty of government officials stuffed in them to prove it. Despite what should be happening companies are successful at stripping our rights away one victory at a time, day by day. I doubt we will have much left in another ten years that isn't 'licensed'. At this rate we will be modifying the flag for a Tyco symbol by 2020.
Perhaps the people pushing this are all of a special breed of human that lacks critical thinking, but they seem to have forgotten that a hardware based backdoor into any system will eventually open up government agencies to back door attacks too. Sure, you can spy on my facebook account, good job. But now any other country can as well, and while they are at it they can view FBI and other government department data at will since they exploited the backdoors that the FBI demanded be installed. I'm betting the IT security personnel they have don't get consulted very often before they come up with this stupid shit.
I understand the point of the article is to raise awareness, however if you really feel this strongly about it why don't you write a congressman or senator (or both)? I'm sure I will get flamed for saying it but nothing will ever get done if you never actually petition the people in charge to do something about it. Also for those of you about to say 'yeah but why bother, they never listen' you really need to come to the realisation that nothing will get better if you have a defeatist attitude like that.
You seem confused, as you think they want us to have a day at all. The day is now trademark property of Time Warner, each hour is owned by a different MPAA member, and by having any day at all you've effectively stolen a Ferrari right off the street.
Also note that by typing your message you've infringed someone's IP rights to the alphabet, who will be suing you shortly.
Actually your analogy is a bit flawed since no actual illegal activity occurred on these servers. To modify your analogy properly, this is like seizing a car because people sitting in the car were talking about drugs. The car didn't actually go anywhere, nobody in the car committed a crime, and no 'drugs' where ever in the car nor a transaction made.
It might not be extortion, but it does fit the legal definition of collusion which is also a crime. Why hasn't anyone cracked down on this? Knowingly sending out possible false-positives and ignoring them based on the idea that people will pay just to avoid going broke to prove their innocence fulfills all of the requirements for a collusion charge.
People are willing to kill for food when they are starving, imagine what they will do when they might die. Now I'm not advocating violence, but people do what they must do to survive. Could anyone be surprised really if one of these poor victims decides to set up an illegal manufacturing ring and arm themselves to protect it?
We need politicians who don't have "SOLD" on their name tag after they visit big businesses like these. Too much is owned by too few for this to end without innocent people getting hurt.
Everything should honestly fall to public domain after 7 years with the exception of trademarks. This (as far as I know) was the original design and honestly I think it worked better than anything we've done to IP in the last fifty years. As a software developer I honestly like the idea that people would use my software and share it with their friends. This creates a user base so that my work gets attention and I can earn more from my next project instead of scraping by on old efforts and freaking out because "oh noes, teh users iz stealing frum meh!!1!one!". People who like my work pay me for it and frequently become repeat customers, and those who don't like my work won't complain because hey, it was free. You can't go wrong with that.
Allegiance Communications (an ISP in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri) has been doing full metered internet for 3 years. The biggest package offered is "gamer" at 50Gig with each additional gig costing $3 extra on your next bill. Average over usage for most people is 10 gig ($30) but people who use netflix (2GB - 4GB depending on SD or HD) regularly go over by at least 40GB. Mind you, each of these packages are advertised as "unlimited internet", with the soft cap (nobody calls you and your usage isn't shaped after hitting the cap) being in the fine print for each package.