Would you want to work for a company that relies on Spokeo for providing background on potential employees?
Spokeo is a bit notorious for being inaccurate, and their target demographic seems to be regular people who want to dig up dirt on neighbors (or enemies).
Spokeo has never been listed as one of the sources used to provide information about me in those various times when corporations have looked to see if I am worthy, have a good credit rating, etc. Even the "real" data aggregators sometimes get wrong information, but they actually want to be accurate (there are those pesky penalties for ignoring they screwed up after all). Spokeo just wants to get paid.
One does wonder how much money meant for the creators is just sucked up by these collection societies and never finds its way out of the coffers.
With all of the technology, they sometimes can't find the people owed money (and make it a herculean effort for the creators to get it).
Perhaps rather than blaming all of the external things - Google, Piracy, Mercury in Retrograde... perhaps it is time to look at how much money is actually being sucked up and how little flows out. To force them to fix their antiquated systems that would make Scrooges bookkeepers look high tech.
And now these politicians have played the cards well.
Introduce stupid bill that is clearly illegal, add think of the children get public acclaim. Get challenged by any group, who can be easily demonized, over the illegality. Issue soundbites about how you will fight to protect the children against these threats no matter what. Waste millions in taxpayer dollars fighting a losing cause, slash funding for programs in desperate need to cover costs. Lose. Issue more soundbites, threatening to appeal and careful invoke the almighty to keep the public riled up and trigger the 'they hate us for our faith' thinking. Appeal. Lose even bigger. Invoke the 'federal overreach' card. Ensure staying in power through the next election cycle, while the voters shift the blame for failing infrastructure onto the Feds ignoring the millions paid (some to cronies) fighting for an impossible & illegal law. Profit.
Civilization should work where those in power fear what will happen when they betray those they represent. We have 'family values' types who betray what they try to enforce on everyone else voted back into office time and time again because they convince them the other guy would be so much worse. Pavlov rings the bell, and the voters slam the button showing support for someone willing to lie to them and demand that they do as I say, not as I do.
They should fear passing bad laws will result in voters ousting them. They should fear that trading their votes for 'contributions' and voting against the best interests of the people will result in them getting fired. They should fear that opting themselves out of the laws meant for the little people will not be tolerated and they will be voted out. They should fear that spending years doing fuck all and threatening the stability of the entire nation to prove a point, should result in them not getting cheered but voted out and replaced.
We should fear not voting will keep these political dynasty's alive and fucking us. We should fear that elected someone based on their view of a hot button issue, might result in horrible outcomes. We should fear that not understanding the rights we have been giving up, are going to screw us all.
Government knows fear. Fear of the people finding out the truth and demanding change. Fear that if the people decide to look past the dog whistles, they might unite to make change happen. Government fears the truth getting out, and the scales falling from the publics eyes.
The same system that demands total access to its citizens lives, engages in actions they will not tolerate from them.
Because terrorism is used to justify these actions, the problem is the government has become the largest terrorist organization citizens should fear. Inventing evidence, actively creating violent plots, secretly spying on legal behavior, targeting citizens for the benefit of corporations, and the list continues.
We are living in a nightmare that we gleefully helped create because we wanted to be 'safe'. Now there is no one to keep us safe from those 'protecting' us, and we stop asking questions or raising our voices to avoid incurring the wrath of a system out of control.
Imagine if we stopped believing the hype and held our leaders accountable for allowing this rather than voting for someone based on spin.
“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
They are afraid, they fear us finding the will to say no more and actively pursue those who expose their misdeeds. We don't need less whistleblowers, we need more citizens to demand whistleblowers be protected and those in charge be held accountable for betraying the foundation of the nation.
In the 38 years since he thinks he invented e-mail, what has he done?
Your entire life & promise boiled down to a single event. Sure it played well in some circles, and you can even drum up support playing the racism card but you wrote a program that couldn't exist without the hard work of others you seek to discount.
38 years... your single claim to fame is a lie that consumes your every waking minute trying to force reality to accept your fantasy.
38 years... you now hock an ebook. 38 years... you have some connection to a tv star. 38 years... you spend hours a day tweeting into a void. 38 years... and you haven't created anything of value. 38 years... and your will always be that fuckwad who claims he invented email.
Awesome legacy. ---
If I were to name a software program EIFFEL, and then try to tell the world that I was the real creator of all the things Eiffel ever created but they wouldn't believe me because I'm a homosexual... I'd be on my way to the funny farm.
You named a program after a preexisting thing, and now claim to have done it all. The fact anyone bothers to listen to this fuck shows a huge failing in the media.
Will someone sue this asshole for copyright misuse and get his cancelled. He is trying to use a copyright on a shitty ancient program to cover far beyond 1 shitty software package and create income from doing so. If that isn't misusing copyright... Then he can sit and scream how it was all of the white racist devils out to get him, and we just just go back to ignoring him.
Ya know there are supposed to be people providing oversight, it really is a pity they are so scared of doing the job.
Staying the course, no matter the cost in cash or rights, is how we are operating. This is insanity. Just because they work for an acronym does not make them magically unable to break the law, and allowing them to burn the heretics who point out those 'bad apples' rather than get rid of the 'bad apples' says much about them.
As Lisa Simpson once said... Washington DC was built on a swamp, and very little has changed since then.
It seems the administration would be well served taking some classes about trademark law, and if they got advise from lawyers or professors supporting this stupid plan they should gut the entire department and sue to get their retainers back.
One wonders how much time was wasted by the administration on trying to threaten a student. Given how there are many complaints about not having enough funding, this shows a clear case of money being wasted by an administration out of touch with reality.
But but but we have to keep the storyline going, that people are being corrupted by foriegn influences. We have to root them out and destroy their lives to remind all of the other peons that we are watching and we will destroy your life because we can't be bothered to investigate we play our hunches.
Perhaps instead of firing the employee who was shown to have done nothing wrong, they should instead try to drum out those who launched a huge waste of time and effort over her sharing some public information that saved her friend 5 minutes of Googling.
But to protect the machine, they are trying to get rid of her... who did nothing wrong other than in the imaginations of those given far to much power with no oversight and no punishment for chasing fantasies.
IIRC they secretly entered his home and accessed the computers. Gee we can't see where he downloaded the CP, but somehow CP got on the machines we had secret unfettered access to.
I mean its not like the legal system encourages them to drum up charges to get them to admit to the real thing they want. Oh they offered to drop the CP charges if he'd come clean about the thing they were investigating and found no evidence to support?
Secret courts, secret laws, secret additions to guarantee convictions.
Pity the people of Mississippi aren't paying enough attention to these things. Instead of taking care of actual problems facing the citizens he sold his office to the highest outside bidder and wasted their tax dollars on tilting at windmills. He will finally leave office and probably get a cushy job with those who bought his influence, so that he can attempt to corrupt other officials to putting the desires of a few ahead of those of the citizens.
Most of our customers don't use this much data, because we've invested heavily into punishing them for trying new things. We've made our programming more attractive by exempting it from these caps, which helps us maintain our income not only from customers but from lucrative deals holding content creators to our platform and not jumping ship to another provider who might be able to offer a better deal. We are very happy with this deal and somehow multiplying our cap nearly 4 times will not rip a hole in the space time continuum as we have previously claimed.
Good luck staying under the caps, because our meterss don't work like you'd expect and there is no push to hold us accountable yet.