Ya know there are supposed to be people providing oversight, it really is a pity they are so scared of doing the job.
Staying the course, no matter the cost in cash or rights, is how we are operating. This is insanity. Just because they work for an acronym does not make them magically unable to break the law, and allowing them to burn the heretics who point out those 'bad apples' rather than get rid of the 'bad apples' says much about them.
As Lisa Simpson once said... Washington DC was built on a swamp, and very little has changed since then.
It seems the administration would be well served taking some classes about trademark law, and if they got advise from lawyers or professors supporting this stupid plan they should gut the entire department and sue to get their retainers back.
One wonders how much time was wasted by the administration on trying to threaten a student. Given how there are many complaints about not having enough funding, this shows a clear case of money being wasted by an administration out of touch with reality.
But but but we have to keep the storyline going, that people are being corrupted by foriegn influences. We have to root them out and destroy their lives to remind all of the other peons that we are watching and we will destroy your life because we can't be bothered to investigate we play our hunches.
Perhaps instead of firing the employee who was shown to have done nothing wrong, they should instead try to drum out those who launched a huge waste of time and effort over her sharing some public information that saved her friend 5 minutes of Googling.
But to protect the machine, they are trying to get rid of her... who did nothing wrong other than in the imaginations of those given far to much power with no oversight and no punishment for chasing fantasies.
IIRC they secretly entered his home and accessed the computers. Gee we can't see where he downloaded the CP, but somehow CP got on the machines we had secret unfettered access to.
I mean its not like the legal system encourages them to drum up charges to get them to admit to the real thing they want. Oh they offered to drop the CP charges if he'd come clean about the thing they were investigating and found no evidence to support?
Secret courts, secret laws, secret additions to guarantee convictions.
Pity the people of Mississippi aren't paying enough attention to these things. Instead of taking care of actual problems facing the citizens he sold his office to the highest outside bidder and wasted their tax dollars on tilting at windmills. He will finally leave office and probably get a cushy job with those who bought his influence, so that he can attempt to corrupt other officials to putting the desires of a few ahead of those of the citizens.
Most of our customers don't use this much data, because we've invested heavily into punishing them for trying new things. We've made our programming more attractive by exempting it from these caps, which helps us maintain our income not only from customers but from lucrative deals holding content creators to our platform and not jumping ship to another provider who might be able to offer a better deal. We are very happy with this deal and somehow multiplying our cap nearly 4 times will not rip a hole in the space time continuum as we have previously claimed.
Good luck staying under the caps, because our meterss don't work like you'd expect and there is no push to hold us accountable yet.
We managed to screw up the guy who was going to make claims about us! That's fantastic, how did you do it? We ignored fair use, and issued a copyright claim. Then the pro-copyright side applauded what we did! *video begins to play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWhtcU4-xAM * Can you hear that? Oh no, no no no no you managed to invoke her wrath!!!!
Because if we have it, why not use it? Gather all of the data, then pretend it is shocking that some people will use it for the unintended purposes.
The temptation to go to far, is always there. Giving them everything and telling them not to do naughty things with it, with no penalties tells them just don't get caught... and if we catch you nothing bad will happen.
We keep racing down this road that if we keep doing the failed things on a bigger scale this time it will work, meanwhile ignoring the abuses of the system and of the public.
These examples should piss people off, and they should demand it stop. Instead the powers that be will pat us on the head and say how the problems aren't that bad and have been dealt with. Its time we pat the powers that be on the ass with our foot as we remove them from power and replace them with people not committed to hollywood style dragnets and work in reality. Where knowing who sleeps with who across the entire populace isn't useful data, its just creepy and invasive and will end up being used for purposes well outside those stated.
A nation with secret laws, secret courts, secret police, secret techniques that they hide by lying about them.
Its really hard to pretend people are able to examine the evidence & confront their accusers when they hide it from the prosecution so avoid triggering Brady violations. If the prosecutor doesn't know, no harm to foul.
Our secret police using secret methods have decided you are guilty, good luck in court trying to unravel the parallel construction we use to keep everything hidden from view.
When they have gotten out of control, they need to put reigned in. For all of the money with no accountability we've gained very little, and lost a majority of out alleged rights.
Pursuing the same course just because we started it is stupid, and if they won't answer to those who are supposed to be providing oversight they need to end it. There are supposed to be checks and balances, and there are none currently. They gather as much data as they can, they lie about doing so, and this undermines the entire country.
One might expect that if cable companies wanted to benefit their clients, they would find a way to make this simple, easy, and lower the costs. Unless of course trying to demand a toll to shake out a few more bucks from client or vendor is the actual goal.
I typo the thoughts in my head, and sometimes there is magic. I don't think its about being a nym, sometimes its a matter or saying what others are thinking or offering up a viewpoint they hadn't considered.
Heh, and thinking I am a team would have made more sense the few times I swept a week. But still just 1 jaded man...