The big thing missing in all of this, is what charges the grandstanders will face.
They wasted tax payer money on something they knew would never survive in court. They ignored the law, pursuing the case of headlines & harassment of business owners. They had no legal options, so they decided to abuse the system in the hopes of obtaining an outcome.
This is why they should not be protected from being sued for their actions. They are willing to take on people with quite a bit of money knowing the courts will protect them, if they don't fear that situation what hope does a little guy have in fighting back against a system that refuses to punish its cogs for misdeeds?
They are more similar than one might think. The same sort of mindset appears in both things, a rush to we can do this and next to no thought in what happens when you do that.
Adding new connectivity to anything without considering the bad ramifications is a stupid way to handle things. While you have to be within 25ft to spike the insulin pump, one could probably build a small device that just keeps sending out the codes as they walk around.
While the insulin pump wasn't directly connected to the IoT, there are heart monitors and other devices that are... and lacking even the most basic security.
There is/was a brand of medical monitor used in hospitals, and for some reason they stuck a user accessible USB port on the front and imagine that people kept plugging things in and some of them got hacked.
These aren't just cameras so you can watch your pet at home, these are medical devices that can harm users and no one has said we need even a minimum amount of security required by law. They think that somehow the free market will spend money on security rather than on the math equation of how much a settlement will be for the lawsuit.
The truly sad thing is most of these are misused. They are trying to find the insider threats & imagined boogeymen they were told stories about. While they rush though the secret courts & secret laws none of these courts have asked them to show their work. Imagine if a Judge who signed 100 overly broad orders demanded follow up information and discovered that 99 of them were pointless fishing trips on a hunch and the 1 good one was them finding someone who said something unkind about Comey.
We spent more on developing security chips, than improving our product. We have a business model that works when we can charge ungodly amounts for our ink, and are shocked that consumers prefer to buy cheaper carts that work. Rather than improve our product, we just locked everyone else out and will try to use laws to demand the entire world follow the laws of 1 country.
How about you shake up the industry and stop selling the printers well below cost hoping to make up the extra on future ink sales. Hell scare everyone and develop a unified ink/toner platform. All your products using a single platform or carts meaning no ones ever screwed running around town looking for the slightly different cart they need for their printer that costs as much as a new printer is on sale for. Make the recycling program more robust & look for ways to improve the carts & lifespan. Be the better product, not the product with a chip you wasted money on creating that'll be hacked in less than a week.
Security costs to much. The penalties, if they ever come, are paltry. We can't judge corporations for cutting corners to make money, they have to worry about shareholder value. The CEO might get fired if things are bad enough but the giant golden parachute makes the landing soft, and more corporations will court the CEO to make them lots of money too.
Protecting the image of the system at the expense of keeping the system legit. Signing contracts that allow an outside party to decide if they really should have been fired. Allowing them to RorR (Retire or resign) without any charges being filed, and move to yet another department to continue their personal crime wave.
If I accessed a database of information about LEO's, I would be in jail faster than the speed of light. There would be press releases about what a violation this was. There would be demands for more money to secure the system & track unauthorized uses. If I had a badge, no one would say boo it seems.
When protecting the image of something at all costs, includes covering up crimes... perhaps it is time to consider the system is corrupt and needs to be rebuilt. The trust of the public is waning towards LEO's and these examples of cops being allowed to skate at nearly every turn explain why we no longer trust them.
I get pulled over with a small bag of weed and my life is pretty much ruined.
A cop stood on the hood of a car and executed 2 unarmed people... then had the gall to sue because he felt his disciple (sitting in time out for some time) was worse than what officers of other races got.
Why should we trust a system that clearly has different rules? Good enough for me, good enough for thee.
"Police later dropped charges against Rep Walker, but are continuing with the prosecution of his colleague, civil rights lawyer Omavi Shukur."
Well the one with enough juice to cause them serious problems got cut free by a higher up, who now has to try and explain why the officers went from saying he had a right to film to calling him a race baiter who wanted to be arrested to cause the police trouble.
This is just fall out from the nanny state we currently are in. There ought to be a law to do X, even when X is common sense or something your parents should have taught you.
My typical example follows...
Its McDonalds fault my child is fat because the toy in the Happy Meal enticed them (to force me to go to the drive through and buy them what I knew was bad for them because parents should never say No.)
Its not this poor mans fault that he was whacking away at work, it is the fault of the filter. If the filter had worked, he would have known that they REALLY didn't want him whacking off at work. He had to invest so much time to find new ways to see porn to whack off to, it slowed down what we were paying him to do.
And because this is how the system seems to work for the cogs of the system... he still has his job, got promoted, if he was fired or suspended the union contract demanded an arbitrator decide the final outcome and they put him back to work with all backpay.
Is it to early to hope that once they hear by 'Liberty Carrier Pigeon' that the transition happened, that none of them will be back online... assuming the Great Firewall of China would block them from getting the truth about chemtrails?
For everyone who thinks the US invented & runs the net...
They can't pay their own bills, secure their own websites, catch a terrorist handed to them on a plate, remember that the Constitution is not a suggestion, do anything unless it appeals to some core of voters (even if its fucking stupid).
If the Internet was run by the US, they would still be paying huge bills to the winning bidder who has had billions in cost overruns to deliver our first terminal with acoustic coupler. People would demand that the project be dumped, but the Congressman whos home state has most of the workers will keep the project alive even though its pointless now. Another nation would be on their 30th upgrade to their entire network making ours look that much more laughable.
I'm often confused by people who scream how the government can't do anything right, but somehow think they should retain control (that they never had) and turn it into another bloated government project that they would protest against.