Removing rights of criminals is just the first step in removing rights for ALL OF US. Hasn't it been said that we all (usually accidentally) break laws everyday, and that no one can know all the laws that exist? So the key to permanently disenfranchising anyone would be as simple as just getting them convicted of some stupid law/crime? That sounds mind-bogglingly bad to me.
Where we tell Comey and his cronies "Sure, we'll just give you every key to everything you want. You promise not to misuse it and not let it out, right? So, as a guarantee of that, you won't mind also giving us all your birth day and social security numbers. We'll encrypt them with that key, and put them right over here on PasteBin. No worries that the key will be leaked out and someone will get to that info, right?"
Actually, they could have bought it at the Exchange
I bought my first Amiga at the Navy Exchange in Charleston, SC in 1987. Total price was in the neighborhood of $1500 after the external floppy drive, additional 256K internal memory module, and monitor (which I also played VHS tapes on, as it had an RCA inputs as well). Drug them down into the sub later that year (kept them in their boxes, the monitor box just fit down the hatch). I bought an Epson printer there too, and took it as well. The officers loved the reports I could generate!
and I can tell you that this is NOT a workforce issue. First off, the WFM team would flag someone who had a line on hold for even 5 minutes, let alone HOURS. It obviously is approved behavior. And yes, a respectable call center wouldn't close with calls still in queue. But you can, if you don't care. Guess what? Comcast CLEARLY doesn't care. They don't have to.
Oh, and excusing this due to "fat fingering" something? Yeah, that's like excusing the overreaction of the police in Ferguson because TERRORISM! A convenient excuse, but not very likely.
I think that the best way to end about 99% of all this copyright bullshit is to change the requirement for a valid copyright. SOMEONE has to have licensed/bought the work in the last 5 years to be eligible for copyright. If no money has exchanged hands over the work in question in 5 years, it's public domain.
I see that FilmOn is already trying to use this decision to get themselves classified as a cable company. I think NetFlix ought to. They got the money to pay the rebroadcasting fees. And THAT would start a SERIOUS cord cutting movement. Hell, the one real hinderance from cord cutting is local sports. If NetFlix could serve that up, Comcast and TW might be in real trouble.
You CANNOT! So I go to the above URL. It says the exact same thing as this article. I go to the comments section. None? Really? That's odd. Sign in with Google. Nothing, still won't let you comment. Log in with Twitter. Same thing. Create a Discus account. HA! Fooled you!
Yet more evidenct that they couldn't care less what PEOPLE think, it's all about his previous employers.