The thing is the likely offered that off hand like "lets just say it is $60k to make him go away". Then suddenly when he accepted they had no idea what to do. Like "oh shit we never had anybody call our bluff and actually say yes to our ridiculous demands before. We have no idea what to do now! Lets just yank his chain around and then pull the rug our from under him to we don't actually have to do it."
In 2008, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) reported to the city council that after using just four LPR units for 16 months, it had read 793,273 plates, with hits on just 2,012 of them—a "hit rate" of just 0.2 percent. In other words, nearly all of the data collected is innocuous. Despite this, in that same report, then-OPD Deputy Chief Dave Kozicki (who has since retired) dubbed the LPR setup an "overwhelming success."
You can be snarky about the "0.2%" hit rate, but look at this from another perspective. 16 months is 1.3 years or ~486 Days. That is 2,012 hits over ~486 days or ~4.1 hits PER day that they may otherwise completely miss. When you are Tell Chief Dave Kozicki that the OPD catches 4 extra "bad guys" PER DAY because of LPR of COURSE he will say it is an "overwhelming success." And I, for one, will actually on that metric actually agree with him. Does LPR have problems? Of course it does. It needs checks and balances and it needs proper training for its users. But being snarky about the whole "0.2% hit rate" completely misses the point. And that point is that MOST people are actually "good" people, and LPR for quickly and efficiently helps officers find the actual bad guys.
Tenn. voters, just like almost every single state voters, tend to be single issue voters. That is just how our political system works, especially in our more extreme gerrymandered ways. And people DO NOT focus on the "day to day" things that ACTUALLY MATTER. They focus on the big scary things that Politicians sell them. Like "government taking away our guns" or "government trying to take your right to vote away". At the end of the day you can shout about "X party/person is screwing your whole state" but since that is the party of "X Issue" they support that is more important to them...nothing will change.
None of these people "get it" because they somehow treat the digital world different than the "real" world. How about when we are talking about these things we interpret them in "real" world sense.
Banning end-to-end Encryption. Forget the whole government easily reading your mail. How about the mailman. How would you feel if all of the mail being delivered wasn't in envelopes but open? No? Well how about you can still put it in envelopes but keep a "backdoor", aka no glue to hold it shut. Does that sound ok? That is what these governments are mandating.
Now lets get to no phone encryption. To better protect you the government is now mandating you are not allowed to have doors on your house. Wait you don't like that suddenly. But it is for YOUR SAFETY to CATCH BAD GUYS! Ok fine you can have doors but the padlocks must open from the outside with a screwdriver. No exceptions or you go to jail.
Anybody else kinda glad this stuff wasn't around when they were in school? All the stupid stuff we did is forever lost. Where as my kid's stupid items may forever be burned into the legacy of the internet.
I would not quantify Resident Evil Revelations as a "Reboot". It uses the same characters and continues the same story as the main series with zero inconsistencies. It is a "throw back" to the play style more akin to RE1-3 but it is definitively NOT a "reboot".
I say this because it was really confused reading the title for the story because I was thinking "wait, since when did Resident Evil HD have co-op in the first place?"
They will continue to blame Snowden, but we all know it was a matter of time before they were found out eventually anyway. And once they were found out it just would have been worse. The hubris to think they could have long term kept that going without being found out, that only Snowden was the reason they ever would have gotten caught, it rather astounding.
I see you quoted that motherboard article claiming that we are solely waiting on Ajit Pai and Michael O'Reilly to confirm their edits. Can anybody cite some sort of source for that? I mean is there any source saying that the other three members have submitted their edits and we are solely waiting on those two members? That article just seems lacking credibility to me on that front.
This is like a restaurant that is seeing declining visitors from food quality. So instead of working on making their Food better, or hell even just making the dining experience better they think raising prices or working on their "brand image" is how to solve that problem.
Now who does that sound like....*cough*Olive Garden*cough*
If this isn't an open and shut case of DMCA abuse I don't know what is. Yet not a single entity(Google or Popehate/Ars) will go after this guy for DMCA abuse. They need to do something about DMCA abuse in the future(or preferably NOW) before this kinda stuff gets really out of hand.
Or the more EVEN obvious "reasoning". Legal said that the warranty wouldn't be able to detect if a user overclocked their system and it burned up. So Nvidia removed the feature. Basically some lawyers likely said "some guy can OC his netbook, burn it up and file a warranty and there is nothing we can do. Fix this". This is why we can't have nice things.
Google has a product that may be interesting to the Feds. We actually got a presentation on a "google box" that would install on your local network and parse through documents and build a search index. It was out of our price range unfortunately but was a really fun idea, essentially google for your local intranet.
But for Yahoo and Facebook....what exactly would the government "hire" them to do?
Keiser should be charged with Perjury(lying under oath). But we all know the DOJ's record with going after their own is so terrible nothing will come of this. Holding people responsible for their actions isn't part of this most nontransparent administration in history.