The reason they'd have to engage in anti-competition, such as quashing development of competing classic remakes has also to do with their best-practices policies. (e.g. presuming that the target audience are early-twenties fratboys who only want to play white dudes and encounter babalicious women who want to fuck them) AAA has been coming out with shitty title after shitty title continuing to not listen to feedback from the game community.
This mirrors the problem in Hollywood where a whole lot of risk-aversion comes with the $300 million budget required to make a summer blockbuster, thus all the orange-and-cyan movies that all have the identical plot beats (down to the minute). A high-budget game isn't dictated by the artists and designers, but the bean-counters at the top who have very little interest in gaming (and buy into the whole pro-DRM argument).
Legal development Hell is the reason we're not seeing new NOLF titles.
The original two were big favorites, so it would be due for either a redux, a reboot (a la T4ief or Tomb Raider) or a brand new sequel, but this legal confusion has been encountered before by those looking if it were feasible, and rejected.
This is only the latest failed attempt to resurrect The Operative and the NOLF Franchise.
And I'd happily share my internet if it wasn't abused by the local piggybacks (e.g. streaming or peer-to-peer which hogs all the bandwidth) so we use the feature that checks the MAC addys of designated devices.
It means that guests have to get their device registered, but we don't have enough wifi guests for it to be a serious bother.
Multi-factor Authentication. It's the only way to fly.
Technology often has more community-friendly uses than abusive ones.
In fact, in many cases, abuses become a matter of function creep once the infrastructure is already in place (e.g. stingray devices that attack cellular communications).
So it is possible that those emergency cameras could be upgraded to include a feed to ALPR collections at some point.
The really distressing thing is the efforts by law enforcement to suppress public awareness that these technologies exist and their obfuscation efforts regarding the implementation of these technologies. That indicates that they have a clear notion that the public would not approve of them, yet they use them anyway, and then fight every step towards revelations and regulations.
This indicates that these technologies are not being used in the service of the people, but in the service of the rogue elements of the agencies. It's not being implemented so we can do our job.
But technically those aren't service revolvers since they're not issued but privately obtained, even if a given handgun is used by a given officer only while on duty.
Yeah, I was taking poetic license in my prose. They're service pistols nowadays.
I don't have issue with a police force being well armed when they retain the ethics and fire-discipline that is appropriate to a law-enforcement position (such as those rare municipal SWAT teams that are called to handle hostage-barricade situations). My issue is that we have a running history of police officers abusing their power to excess and getting the benefit of the doubt in the courts.
My issue is that the good cop is now the exception, if it exists at all.
Since guns have been involved in incidents regarding ALPR false positives...
...I anticipate it is only a matter of time before a police officer gets acquitted for gunning down an unarmed black man in a non-stolen vehicle that a ALPR misidentified as a stolen one of a different make and model.
We've already had service revolvers pointed at the face of a black woman whose vehicle was so misidentified right here in my town. No-one bothered to notice that the make and model were totally not those of the stolen vehicle. And guns. Drawn. In her face.
As That One Buy notes proper channels for whistle-blowing, not just in the FBI but anywhere, have already demonstrated to be traps for those who are ethical enough to report.
Is it possible that by eliminating alleged protections for whistle-blowers going through proper channels they're intentionally encouraging them to avoid those channels altogether and head straight to the press? That way at least a whistle actually gets blown.
The human species won't change. Only a better system will change this.
We need to develop a system that manages and recognizes the people we have, not the people we want. We know, for instance that the majority will be shitty to minorities with whom they don't immediately have empathy or understanding (The tyranny of the majority) and we know that, that individuals will abuse common resources for their own personal benefit even when it ruins those resources for everyone else (the tragedy of the commons). We can't expect people to just be better any more than we can expect government agencies to curb waste. We have to create a system that addresses these problems, maybe by disincentivizing the path of least resistance.
It's a problem that's definitely bigger than my brain. Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem suggests we'll never run out of incidents of tragic commons and tyrannical majorities, we can only reduce them by treating specific instances, and hoping the fix affects others that would have happened.
The immediate problem with ICE rejecting FOIA requests can be fixed by implementing consequences to FOIA failures and addressing common reasons for rejection (for instance make the punishment for instances of overclassification the publication of the unredacted document, no matter how sensitive it might be to someone somewhere who regards it as sensitive.)
Not that I have any faith that this regime wants to reform FOIA and restore transparency to the people. The people with power in this regime like it the way it is, and don't care that people are miserable and angry. Such suggestions would be for the next regime.
As much as I resent Obama lying about providing change that he couldn't or wouldn't once in office...
I still cannot forgive Bush for sending us into a multi-term quagmire of a war on false pretenses so that Halliburton could make millions, or for starting the torture program that is currently in use today and which launched the notion that torture is ever acceptable or justified somehow, pretty much (as it turns out) because our administrators were angry and wanted to punish someone regardless of due process. Regardless of whether or not that person actually did something.
Oh and Camp X-Ray, which is a standing monument how the United States of America doesn't give two fucks about human rights, or centuries of social progress or international bylaws regarding warfare. It's still active because we refuse to give the people there due process even to determine whether or not they deserve how we treat them. Bush started that.
Then there's the nitty shit like burning Valerie Plame, not because she did anything, mind you, not for the sake of saving lives, which is the only valid reason for burning a spy, but because W held a grudge with Valerie's husband, specifically that he was publishing a truth about the Bush's precious assault on Iraq. Libby took the fall for sake of deniability, but then Bush pardoned him.
And Harry Whittington apologizing to Cheney for Cheney accidentally shooting him... not Bush's fault, but certainly symptomatic of the nature of the infrastructure that puts people like Bush and Cheney into office.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that the economy bottoming out in 2008 probably wasn't his fault, at least too much. He let it happen. He agreed with bailouts that only allowed the companies to continue their coke parties. But he probably didn't directly cause them.
It's very possible that Bush will go down in history as the worst president in America's history. Then again, now that they're all corporate shills, that could rapidly change, only because the next ones could be really, really bad. Bush did do us the service of showing that democracy, at least as it is practiced in the Great American Republic has failed. Monarchy couldn't possibly chose worse Joffreys and Caligulas. (To be fair, W was more of a Tomlin Lannister than a Joffrey.)
I'm pretty sure that even staunch Republicans would really like to see W's terms go forgotten. Perhaps they secretly wish that Gore was stuck with handling 9/11 and the era of terror.
As a left-hander who uses my mouse and keyboard left-handed
...that is, my mouse (Trackball) is on the left side. I've been quite frustrated with all the gaming keypad designs that are right-handed when they could easily be made to be ambidextrous. Then again, there are very few hand-neutral mice, none that are gaming mice.
This is partially alleviated given that the number pad and directional / control islands on the keyboard are pretty good layouts. Certainly better than the WASD layout on the left side, and with Autohotkey, I've been able to create control schemes even when games don't allow for customizable key layouts, or arbitrarily block out certain sets of keys from use or reassignment.
We're already looking at a sunset of the usefulness of mankind, but that doesn't mean our toasters are going to rise up in a rebellion and exterminate us. We still dictate their programming and they are built and function to serve man and not in the Damon Knight cookbook sense.
There is a possibility that poorly-programmed war-bots will designate their own as targets (much like artillery and air strikes are often called on a friendly position) and that could feasibly cause extinction, but I suspect that a few smaller incidents will lead to more careful programming practices.
The same with AI. AI doesn't ever achieve sentience in the way that Hollywood (still, in 2015) likes to believe. Sentience and Self Awareness aren't really a thing. There are no souls for machines to acquire.
What is likely to happen is that once humans are able to replace their functionality with machines is that we'll die out due to a lack of conflict. The last generations will drink robot-served mimosas and play robot-provided sports and hump (better than human) sexbots and otherwise live a life of leisure and fail to produce enough offspring to continue the species.
Not quite the dramatic apocalypse that promised us by the Terminator franchise
The CME problem is the biggest one in that all our material-science solutions are unobtanium. There are speculations that a shield is feasible and we're working on it but nothing has yet come forward.
The microgravity problem can be resolved with artificial gravity using a spinning toroid habitat. Of course these have to be pretty darned big and we're still working with structural difficulties. The same kind of monomolecular structures that would be necessary for the space elevator or the launch loop would probably serve to solve this.
And then there's creating a sustainable eco-system that can be farmed indefinitely for food and breathable air. We've tried to make them here on Earth, but they keep dying out for want of indeterminate microbes we haven't included. The alternative, a lifetime supply of beans and oxygen may be more feasible but guarantees the terminus of such a project. Ideally we want to look at colony models that accommodate births and sustainability. (And permanent colonies are more likely than a two-way trip.)
Probably. Human beings don't take to perspective easily unless we experience it ourselves. Cheney needed his own gay daughter before he understood the necessity for LGBT equality.
But then again, I'm pretty sure that a billion dollars, or even a hundred million is a literal embarrassment of riches. Our wealth redistribution should be such that we don't see people with such assets. Instead such people are encouraged to start foundations to fuel charities, but if, and then which charities are often up to them.
So you have people like Romney putting all his charity money into what is already a multi-billion-dollar megachurch.
Maybe our tendency towards moral panics can work in our favor.
If someone with some credibility were to published a report of what stingray devices probably can do based on circumstantial evidence and reports of what can be done with non-stingray devices, we might be able to spark a moral panic towards them, and towards police who use them without warrants, since its already evident that they're not only using these devices for non-emergency use, but are using them for personal reasons (as is typical of any institutionalized spying device, such as cameras on school-issued laptops in female student bedrooms).