Once the politicians realize that the NSA meta-data program will be essentially useless; they will come up with a new scheme. Cell phone registration.
Everyone buying a cell phone will have to prove who they are with some sort of government ID. Similar to auto registration, periodically (once a year maybe) you will have to renew your "registration" and re-prove who you are. Just think a whole new security role for the idle TSA employees!!! Those failing to renew would have their cell phones disabled immediately.
PS: Each time you renew, all the phone calls will be downloaded into a friendly NSA computer.
The NSA meta-data program will be nearly as useless as the supposed "Golden Key" in combating terrorism. 1. The "bad" people can change phones and/or number on a periodic basis. 2. The "bad" people can use fake names. Old phones linked to a name can be tossed. A new phone with a new number and new name can be bought. 3. Before, during, or after an incident the entire set of cell phones used for that incident can be replaced during each phase. (that would imply using 3 cell phones per person)
Off course the NSA data-collection effort could work if the "bad" people are stupid; such as keeping the same phone for several years.
Good example. If I recall correctly Sony even went so far as to claim that the software could not be modified by the user.
Also there have been several music servers, where the companies pulled the plug. I don't know, however, if the users of those music servers lost their investment of if they were given other opportunities to save what they paid for.
Fox News has been brazingly pushing for the reinstitution of data collection effort in the name of making it easier for law enforcement and for security. Unfortunately, they are not interviewing those who believe that the data collection efforts would be futile and un-Constitutional.
1. The terrorists could cycle to new phone numbers on a periodic basis and/or after a major event. Essentially that would make the collection of phone numbers almost useless.
2. The stupid "back door" solution to "break" encryption keeps surfacing and surfacing. Well, the terrorists can develop their own encryption making a "back door" useless. Also these "back door" pundits don't seem to realize that a lot of our activities, such as financial transactions, requires strong encryption.
It bothers me, that companies demand honesty out of you but they themselves are not willing to be honest in return. As one example, a few years ago I bought a game, it had the usual EULA. I read it and declined. Guess what, there were no instructions on how to return the game for a refund. I contacted the company and they refused to provide a refund.
PS: My credit card company did give me a credit. Good for them at least.
This morning, Fox News trotted out a police chief who blamed encryption for frustrating the ability of law enforcement to monitor potential terrorists. Missing from the discussion is that the ability to "break" encryption means that there is no security, even for legitimate uses.
Robocalls are not "... good faith communications from businesses to their customers. ...". Virtually every call "hides" who the true caller is. That dishonesty in itself demonstrates that they are not calling in "good faith".
Furthermore, an overlooked issue, I am not paying the phone company to receive these calls. The phone companies and the FCC should be more proactive in stopping unsolicited phone calls.
The telemarketers who are cold-calling you are committing a tort on you. They are disrupting your life and are imposing a financial obligation (your phone bill) on you.
I have moved on to Linux, so I seldom access Windows games. One of my daughters visited, so we decided to play a game (Civ 4) and it would not load. After much searching we found out that it was do to an M$ update. (Seems that a pop-up could have been provided upon loading the game to let the user know.)
I just received a response from 2K Support. Essentially, they will offer to move you to Steam. An unacceptable solution. They either need to develop a patch in cooperation with M$ or provide a patch that removes the DRM requirement. Civ 4 is a very old game now.
Anyway, this incident continues to confirm that M$ and its associated partners will pull the plug on you without notice. A major reason for switching to Linux.
Now that Obama has been mentioned. The presence of a so-called "Golden Key" opens the door to using it for blatant political gain.
For the progressive left, the purpose of law is to further their political objectives. Not in agreement with their mantra? You are then designated an "enemy of the state". Consequently, using a "Golden Key" is the perfect tool to find out what "enemies of the State" (terrorists) are doing. The NSA may soon be charged with monitoring internet/cell phone conversations to locate all outstanding Confederate flags.
Those who mistakenly believe that a supposed "Golden Key" will solve law enforcement concerns, seem to neglect the obvious counter solution. The "bad" guys can simply implement their own encryption, thereby making any supposed "Golden Key" useless.
In a moment of weakness, I bought Civ5. During the install, it had the usual TOS that took away all your rights. I declined to accept. No screen popped-up for getting a refund. Of course my complaints were denied.
If those who impose DRM are not going to refund your money if you decline their TOS, why should you have any sympathy for them? The whole purpose of DRM is to prevent piracy, yet it is the game manufacturer who is being the pirate by declining to refund your money if you don't accept their TOS.
The credit card company did give me a courtesy refund. Good for them.
Sony simply made the mistake of taking on someone (North Korea) who had the capability to fight back. One piece of collateral damage was the release of some of Sony's private documents. One might have sympathy for Sony if they had respect for the privacy and property rights of their customers. Sony doesn't. What goes around comes around. It came to Sony.
Regretfully, this impractical solution by the Post is only the tip of the iceberg, that just happened to be tech related.
But the world is bigger than tech. Recently, Biden made (truthful) remarks critical of Turkey. Now Biden has been forced to apologize for his supposed "gaffe". We are living in the world of Orwell's NewSpeak.
The definition of "legal" seems to be a unitary corporate definition not subject to the judicial process. Technically, those asserting that content that is being transmitted is not legal would need to go to a court to get a "restraining" order of some sort. I seriously doubt that is the intent since the legal process is viewed as an impediment by the content industry.