Perhaps it is time for the government to look at how these poor corporations are able to shell out all of this cash while claiming they can't afford to do more.
This is a game. If the government does what is best for people, they will be attacked for ignoring minorities. If the government does what is best for the 'minorities', they will be handing corps even more power.
Perhaps it is time to make everyone show their work. They can claim that X might leave minorities out, but perhaps its time to demand neutral evidence to support it. If we look at the history we can find all sorts of evidence that minorities are at least ignored at best exploited by the corps for their bottom lines.
Lets move past the soundbites & hype, lets show the history of how the corps forget all the promises they made to get support.
Their business model counts on you not being able to repair your items. If you can keep your older phone working well, you won't immediately upgrade. If you can fix it you won't pay them the fee for a refurbished phone. If you could fix it, why would you pay them for a service contract?
States should start pushing 2 bills simultaneously - Right to Repair - Right to Free Repairs
Companies enjoy maintaining control over what you can do with the things you purchase, yet if something goes wrong it is your problem & they have no responsibility. We need to stop that model of abuse.
They build the devices to be as hostile as possible to being repaired to maintain profits from being the only ones who can fix them. Imagine if they came with user replaceable batteries like so many other phones, many complaints are about the batteries giving up. The only offical option is to pay a large fee to get a replacement phone rather than just replacing the bad part. You can buy aftermarket batteries now, but many people aren't willing to fight against needing special screwdriver tips & glue.
"she feared more emphasis on security could potentially spur a decline in the company's user base"
She has since learned that downplaying security concerns definitely spurred a decline in their user base as users discovered multiple occasions where the system was hacked & wasn't revealed until years after the event.
She chose the wrong worst case scenario, and yet will still walk away with a pile of cash for caring more about optics than real problems.
The problem is we no longer have the attention span to follow through.
The water in Flint is still mostly poison, but if you ask 100 people many will tell you it was fixed.
Some areas of New Orleans are still screwed up, but if you ask 100 people many will tell you how the victims wasted the money & its all fixed now anyways.
People click the like button, and assume its fixed. People click to sign the petition, and assume it will get fixed. People hear an elected offical outright threatening perfectly legal businesses, to be more popular while undermining the law.
People hear a press release and think well thats solved now. There is human trafficking, but many of the numbers are over stated. No one calls them on the facts, because they are 'experts'. Anyone working in a way they disapprove of, is assisting.
Backpage & Craigslist had deals with law enforcement. They assisted because it was the right thing to do. In repayment, they were pilloried in the press who repeated nonsensical claims (IIRC there was a report that suggested at the Super Bowl they brought in a number of hookers equal to an entire states population) because they get more views for bad news. Not many stories were run about the departments who were running successful stings & rescue operations, because that didn't keep everyone upset.
I really do not grasp why they keep sex work illegal. If both participants are willingly involved, why care? If sex work was legalized, it would thin the haystack to find the bad actors forcing people into sex work. If it was legal, prices would drop causing less demand to force people to do the work to enrich a pimp.
Pandering to the 'moral majority' gets good sound bites, and dubious results. If you don't like sex workers, don't use them or be one. Stop worrying that someone else might use one, because it doesn't actually effect you beyond offending your sensibilities.
Pushing them out of sight & pretending its solved does nothing but reinforce the attitudes that we HAVE to demand corporations have to do more, rather than demand our leadership get their shit together and find real solutions.
And comcast is very good at providing customer service & those few times they screwed people out of thousands for years until the media called them are just a tiny fraction of the fucking over they do.
PayPal is a willing victim of a stupid law, who have taken their duties to the extreme. They face nothing bad when they screw up, but huge penalties if they failed to act. Its safer to act, remain mum, and pocket the cash they client won't ever be able to get back.
Perhaps it is time to stop deputizing corporations that work internationally to enforce US laws, that or open them up to penalties for being overzealous. Until they have to pay out for incorrectly locking accounts, they will not improve the system.
Tech can't magically fix everything, its time our laws reflect that.
So the magic software that can tell it was the name of the person on the bill who dl'ed the file & not just someone else using the connection will also name the software that Sky should monitor for and disrupt service for the customer that pays them.
One is starting to think that allowing corporate law to flourish should be answered by nationalizing internet access so a few large cartels can't apply undue pressure on citizens who might be innocent but technically inept.
Tis a pity there aren't more people organized about these lawyers ripping people off.
Imagine if there was a 'FIHG' (Fanatical Internet Hate Group) who took on class action lawyers. Exposing how they gobble up a majority of the cash, leaving the class members in the unenviable position of getting fscked by both sides. Once again its the human bias of if it didn't happen to me, it doesn't happen. A few people might have gotten a postcard saying tick here to get your payout, but it never discloses that the settlement fund is only 2% of the total amount paid out to the lawyers.
On the upside there are lawyers out there making a living off of threatening to object & screw up the settlements unless their 'client' gets paid off....
Makes you wonder why it seems so many of those connected to the law seem to have the least respect for it.
Once upon a time parents would talk to their kids & tell them they were being assholes. Now parents are scared to make the kids sad or stop seeing them as a friend, so they farm out raising the children to the state. The state knows nothing about the kids or situations, it creates a giant blanket to just cover it all. It stifles everything, because one size has to fit all. It expands the powers of the state to control events that have no connection to the school, for the children. Most of these ideas are stupid and only sometimes do they get stopped before bad things happen.
Look at what happened when people told colleges they have to do more about campus rape. We now have a kangaroo court system more concerned about punishing the penis instead of finding truth. The much better solution would have been requiring them to make sure the 2 parties avoided each other & turned it over to actual police to handle. Instead we have administrators who want to hide rape allegations, are fearful of being branded anti-woman, and often don't look at any facts that might challenge the narrative of men are bad.
I was called a terrorist, a hacker, an identity thief, and more lovely things on the record in several courts & media.
I'm still me & more respected than those who made the merit-less claims on the record.
I'm not fishing for a law that will let me remove those claims because if you judge me on what a couple of shitty extortionists claimed to protect their scam... fuck ya.
No one is owed a good reputation. Petty people flip out at the tiniest slight to their online reputation. Look at how much time is wasted in trying to police the carefully curated images, and they haven't figured out that if all you see is 5 star reviews you suspect they are gaming the system.
I'm exactly what I claim to be, an immortal sociopath amused by you hairless apes repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
Oh well he only killed and ate 3 people, there is no reason we should let Google still tell people he did that. He's been rehabilitated now and there is no problem with him living in a home next to that school full of his preferred prey.
Just because that Judge took millions in kickbacks to send children to work camps on trumped up charges, is no reason we shouldn't allow him to force Google to remove all mention of his crimes.
Stupid people do stupid things and regret them later, and for some reason rather than deal with the consequences they expect the Government to swoop in and change the world to protect them. This needs to stop.
I've made mistakes in my nym life, but I have no interest in covering them up. I am merely immortal, and I own my missteps. I've done way more on the good side of the scales, and I don't give a shit about those few times I screwed up.
The biggest problem is at some point googlestalking potential hires and digging into their facebook replaced actually accessing people. Oh there was a picture of him drinking gets blown into hes a huge alcoholic. People now create perfectly mundane fake accounts to get past the cursory search.
I've said this before and I'll keep saying it. Stop googling yourself and fretting about truthful results you dislike, maybe put more effort into actually doing good things to push the bad results down.
Or rip that door off the hinges and then be shocked, just shocked, when Union Carbide manages to scrub this from the results... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster Would you like a world where recalls & disasters can be wiped away because they have a right to be forgotten??
It is a pity that the courts can always find a way to twist and turn the law to suit the outcome they want. They wanted Brown punished, they used stupid claims & the Judge rubber stamped them. They wanted to get a list of names to investigate & broke every limitation the legal system allegedly has in place, and we all know that the courts will find a way to pitch the case rather than stand up against the cogs of law breaking the laws.
Courts won't out prosecutors who suppress Brady evidence, ignore that they've seen this CI 42 times this month & each time there is a deal.
The system is broken and will remain broken until more people demand that they live up to the promises, rather than gobbling up the feel good soundbites without question.
Its awesome to live in a free society where so many people have found a way to make a buck off of hiding public information.
Keeping deals for extra income trump the publics right to know. Corporate profits trump public interest every fucking time. Pity that no one is on our side protecting our access to the materials we paid to have created, instead allowing us to have to keep paying for what we should rightly own.