If I buy a toaster, I expect that it will not burn my house down.
If I buy a router or webcam, I expect that it will not get hacked and participate in a botnet that causes damage to others.
The company making products with these defects should be financially liable for the damages their products cause. Yes, really. If you've ever looked at the hoops you have to jump through for PCI compliance for a web site to accept credit cards, you know that there is much more that can be done for security. No default credentials. No special manufacturer back doors. Everything locked down. No unnecessary open ports. Signed firmware. Require pressing a physical button on the device in order to perform any admin activity. (OMG! do you know how much an extra button would cost!)
If companies had liability for security problems, they would suddenly have an incentive to invest in security. Even work together. Maybe industry standard best practices. Maybe even a common secure base distribution that everyone builds upon. Imagine incentivizing the shareholders of companies to require working together on security rather than ignoring it as a corner that can be cut.
I will build a casino wing onto the capital building once I move in. Hey, I've seen a lot of casinos. This is the best, classiest casino you're ever going to see. Everyone who's ever come near one of my Trump casinos has said that they loved it. This casino will restore dignity and respect to the political process. Trust me, I know my casinos. And if some people don't want the casino, then we'll make it even bigger. And we'll make them pay for it. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about. Classy beautiful stuff. And I'll build a clown circus wing on to the white house. I can use it to give speeches from the center ring. People will just love it. It will be a historical addition unlike anything the founders could have imagined. Trust me.
Being nutty enough to be anti FCC doesn't confer any special insight.
This has been discussed on TechDirt before. Back when the Snowden revelations broke. I think most people on TD saw this coming. Who do you think here didn't see this coming? That is, government collected data gradually gets used for more and more purposes than which it was originally collected for.
Today that data must be collected to fight terrorism! Tomorrow to fight jaywalking! Next year to fight thought crime!
But what happens when a tyrant gets hold that much personal information? Someone who has demonstrated they will take a fight to an extremely petty level to hurt an ex wife or political enemy. How far would such a person go to ruin the lives of individuals who happen to disagree with the dear leader?
Just because you can get all this "zero rated" content without paying for bandwidth doesn't mean it is free.
I'll use Netflix as the example.
In order for Netflix to get zero-rated, it has to make a smoke filled, back room deal with AT&T. So now Netflix is paying AT&T to be zero-rated. Netflix is passing that cost on to its customers. All its customers. Even those customers not on AT&T.
What if Netflix makes a different corrupt back room deal with Verizon to be zero-rated on Verizon's network? Now Netflix's customers on AT&T are subsidizing the Verizon customers who use Netflix. And vice versa. But which corrupt back room deal was the better deal? Will Netflix start charging different subscription rates based on which local ISP services your home? Probably one day, yes.
Do you still think all that zero-rated content is free?
It should be simple. I pay for the bandwidth I use. AT&T should charge me enough to build and operate its network. If I'm using Netflix, it is I, not Netflix that is using that bandwidth. Charge me for that bandwidth I'm using. It doesn't matter whether I'm watching Netflix or HBO or Starz or Hulu or anything else.
There shouldn't be zero rating. Give me a data plan that allows me to use Netflix, at a price that allows you to build and operate your network. No shady back room deals needed.
I have avoided Best Buy since at least the early 2000's.
The first bad stories I heard were on Slashdot. For example some guy trying to return a video card that was misrepresented what it did, there was a disagreement about a technical term used in marketing, or some such. He was arrested. I don't remember details, except that from then on I didn't go to Best Buy.
Stories continued to surface. This one I remember had photographic evidence. Best Buy was trying to sell their set up and "optimization" service. You buy this big expensive TV, but if you want it to look good, you need to hire our geeks to set it up for you. How Best Buy promoted it was to show two identical tvs, but one was tuned to an SD channel and the other tuned to the corresponding HD channel. But they insisted that the quality improvement was due to how they set it up.
I'm sure these could be instances of bad behavior at individual stores.
However I once went to a nearby store to look at some specific product. I was bombarded by sales droids trying to sell me something else. And pretty high pressure as if they had some mandatory quota or a "survivor" type competition on who would remain employed. It did not improve my opinion of Best Buy.
I understand that they have corrected a lot of these problems. But I still don't go there.
One could replace 'lie' with softer words "untruth", "misspoke", "incorrect", etc. Some words could suggest unknowingly stating something that is untrue. However, when someone has a stubborn insistence of repeating something untrue in the face of facts, it morphs into willful deception.
It's not a connection between. It's a comparison between the two.
Is illegal immigration really as big of a problem as legalized highway robbery, and criminal gangs with badges roving the streets with marked police cars, harassing, falsely arresting, beating up or even killing citizens?
I think the latter is a much bigger problem to live with. Illegal immigration might have a long term effect on the country, but in general it does not affect my day to day life. But a single contact with the police can ruin your life, deprive you of your property, and result in severe injury or death.