No, it wouldn't help. It's not an issue of Starz/Comcast blocking the connection. The connection is just fine. When you sign up for one of these partnered streaming services as a cable subscriber, you have to put in your login credentials for your cable provider account when you sign up. Starz (or whoever) then verifies the credentials with your cable provider when you log in. They see it's a legitimate account and you are a subscriber to their product and they give you access.
I could see this resulting in much more restrictive laws that basically say doing ANYTHING on your phone is illegal. Need GPS? Better pull over and park. Need to change the music cause the song on right now sucks? Tough. Suck it up or park. There is at least one state where I believe that using ANY mobile device (phone, ipod, portable GPS etc) that isn't attached to the car (e.g. in dash or whatever) is illegal and I believe that the window/dash mounts don't qualify.
I will just point out here that the government HAS offered reimbursement for the development costs. What they WON'T reimburse is the massive loss of goodwill and likely market share if it happens.
Also Apple didn't necessarily WANT the case under seal, they were just okay with fighting it under seal. It's the FBI that decided to make it public thinking the public would be like, "ooh, terrorism!"
Now if I were really conspiracy-minded, I would expect there to be ANOTHER terrorist attack soon, this one much worse, and the government really MUST get at that data because they were part of a group planning more.
Let's get a picture of Tim Cook in cuffs on the front page of the papers and see how long any remaining goodwill between the tech industry and law enforcement lasts. Not to mention that I'm quite sure that Apple's lawyers could easily bury them in so much paperwork they'd have to hire more help.
Yep. I was looking for some mods for a game a few days ago. Nexus Mods had a nice placeholder asking me to disable ad block. I said, okay, fine. I find your site useful so I will. When I got autoplaying video ads on two page loads out of three I said screw you and turned it back on. Not only were they autoplaying ads, they were LOUD, like TV commercials used to be before they passed a law to prevent it. I had headphones on and had to rip them off my head before my ears started bleeding.
I don't think they would need security clearances and I doubt it would cost 8-9 figures. However, I did some back of the envelope calculations based on the number of engineers and support personnel they said would be needed for at least a month. I came up with around 80-100k assuming that it takes a month or a bit more for salaries of those involved. That doesn't count the indirect costs of pulling engineers and support people off their regular OS update cycles, likely delaying those products or requiring more overtime.
Yes, Apple has a lot of money but I can't see how that doesn't count as unduly burdensome. It's not like they can just plug in the thing and take 5 or 10 minutes to do.
Since Mr Woo Woo wants to argue that the 4th amendment doesn't apply because it's a military action then doesn't using the military against Americans within our borders run afoul of the posse comitatus act?
Not that it in any way excuses the prices and rate hikes but I would like the point out that the broadcast transmission fees are paid out to the local tv stations (which more often than not are locally owned) and NOT to the network. So even though they own NBC, Comcast isn't charging the broadcast fee and then paying it to itself.
All that said, Comcast can't go suck an egg. Google will be here soon and I can't wait.
The problem with that is cost. I work in school IT. We pay about $200 per drop to get one installed. Our centrally managed wireless access points cost around $500/ea plus the installation, say $700 total. One access point can easily handle, say, 30 computers. That's $700 vs $3000 for the equivalent number of ethernet drops. Oh, and it also only uses one port for all those machines instead of needing to add a very expensive 48 port switch that costs several thousand dollars to handle the extra drops.