I often don't understand why fans of a franchise accept this sort of behavior. They'll tell you how mad it makes them, how stupid it is, but won't do anything meaningful to push for change. They will keep buying the latest doodad with a logo forgetting that consumers have lots of power. Imagine if there was a campagin to boycott opening day of Rogue One, and people actually stuck to it.
Blah blah blah have to protect the trademarks blah blah... and they attacked a charity event. They could have cut a deal, gotten a blessing all predicated on it staying for charity... instead they come in and crush it, most likely because they were afraid of giving up the future chance to license a lightsaber event to some other charity that will pay them a fee & lots of free press.
Someday it would be nice to see consumers actually stand up and demand change and stick to it. The companies need us more than we need them, a product people refuse to touch until they change might get their attention. We deserve much better than beancounter & lawyers dreaming of hefty retainers are willing to allow.
"Senate Intelligence Committee" citation needed, 404 intelligence not found.
Perhaps they should be asking why with all of the spying they have tacitly approved of never seems to do anything other than provide a report after the event of all of the ways they failed to take action on evidence they had well before the event.
It is rather shocking (or it should be) that these Senators who sit on this committee can't separate movie plots from reality. That they seek to hold everything else responsible for the absolute failures of those they are charged with overseeing should be punished.
We need to stop this game of once we pursue one course that we have to stay that course no matter what. Sometimes the best plans fail, and throwing more cash, laws, civil rights onto its pyre will not make it magically work.
Sometimes the idea is just stupid and better to try, fail, try something else than to keep pretending that it will work if they just do that little bit more this time.
They were elected to represent the people, perhaps it is time to consider that had a shitty outcome and its time to try something else.
People like to live in the world of easy tick boxes. If you are part of the Justice system you are good people. If you are a target of the Justice system you are bad people.
To protect the image of Justice, the system bends itself backwards to avoid having to punish its own. While there are rules & punishments spelled out, they are very rarely imposed in any meaningful way. People wrongly convicted of crimes, where it has been shown evidence was hidden, lies were presented as fact still are looked at as they are guilty but some technicality got them off.
We need to stop accepting that the rules are doing what they are claimed to do. They are nothing but puffing up the image, and we have far to many cases where the rules are not enforced on those cogs of Justice who cut corners.
The cogs of Justice are merely human, imbuing them with all of the forgiveness that the system won't extend to the accused makes them bolder in what they do. They feel above it all and the ends justify the means, because there is no punishment for doing it.
We need to demand reform, the system isn't policing its own, and in many cases is unfit to sit in judgement of others while ignoring the festering filth it is working from.
Yes not all Judges are bad, not all lawyers are bad, not all cops are bad.... but how can we have faith in those that are good when those that are clearly bad are given a pass and none of the 'good' guys speak out against it being ignored once again?
The big difference is TD doesn't value ad revenue over the users. Rather than waste time making demands, you politely asked while at the same time offering an easy opt out system. TD got whitelisted by a bunch of people who ad-block everywhere, because it wasn't a battle.
TD is aware of how shitty and invasive some ad offerings are, and magically the ads served up aren't giant take over blaring music crap. Its almost like you took a look at the web, saw all the crap users hate, and went out of your way to avoid doing that.
I wonder how many of these newspaper moguls have browsed their own offerings on a stock web browser. I'd love to see video of their faces when they see what they are putting their customers through to get a few cents.
Sometimes it is better to ask nicely and do your best to offer ads that aren't invasive.
The actual problem is the old men in charge believe a few things that everyone else knows aren't true.
Google is the Internet. explains itself.
Google makes money by taking what we used to make! They are jealous that Google is making money on this new technology fad that all the kids are using. Ignoring that it is their own deals & outdated business models that cost them money, they see the Google income as coming from the single pot of cash in the world. If Google is making more, it must be coming from their share.
The law must punish them because we said so! While they keep wasting time & money buying politicians they apparently aren't looking at the returns on those 'investments'. For every cent they spend, they only serve to harm themselves more. Propping up a dying business model at the expense of society is going to reach a point where the backlash will be felt for decades.
One wonders how many of their losses can be tracked to their failure to adapt, and how much cash they pour into the sinkhole of we can fix it charlatans who claim they can fix the problem, but if they do they stop earning money. Perhaps paying someone lots of money to put themselves out of a job doesn't make lots of sense.
They scream that the sky is falling every 3 days, how there will be nothing new created & how artists aren't being paid. Someone show me all of the labels that have failed. They don't exist, even in the midst of record profits, they still scream how broke they are.
They are repeating the stupid war they wage on every new technology, holding back society to protect old men from their imaginary boogeymen... yet once they give in and embrace the new technology suddenly they start making more money than before. Its time to stop listening to the dinosaurs, stop letting them blame the world for changing, and stop rewarding them with veto power over the world. Their time is over, and as with all things.... adapt or die off.
One also has to wonder, how much of this is driven by the expectation that these investigations are going to play out like a season of 24? They talk about all of these things the suspects can do, and highlight how there might be more hidden... yet when the truth comes out, it is never what they initially claimed.
They craft these narratives, spin them to the media, get people to accept them, demand more access... then we discover that much like Dorothy they had everything they needed already the entire time. Perhaps if we stopped letting they daydream about some magical system that will solve it all for them and demand they start looking at what they already have & do the work...
But evil hackers use the Dark Net on that TV show!! The talking heads talk about going dark!!! And this is the DARK NET, its the same... If we can just get rid of it, we'll all be safer!!!
Of course without the Dark Net, we would not learn about news the powers that be don't want out there. We would not learn about how people are tortured and murdered for daring to think they have rights.
Yes some people can do bad with the Dark Net, just like those cops who used NCIC to stalk women & find targets for abuse for their buddies... perhaps we should shut now NCIC as well.
"The Denver PD has responded by saying the punishments are harsh."
But they are far to harsh to use on those charged with upholding the law. If they were held to the same laws & punishments as little people they would feel no better than them and this would lower morale. We have to allow them to have 3 day vacations to recover from these lapses in judgement than many of them make over and over.
Accountability, it is for little people not the enforcers.
There is no punishment for them doing this, there is however punishment if they don't. Some idiot suspected something and did something, we see this all the time as the 'power' to report suspected terror things is spread out to people who shouldn't have this power.
The fact he is happy to have been screwed over because it was 'doing something' to stop terrorism. We have massive banks who have been caught laundering money & not asking the right questions but a check for dog walking fees which is most likely a small amount well thats got to be terrorist funding.
They are 'deputizing' more and more people to fight the war on terror, despite the fact we are more likely to die at the hands of a cop than in a terrorist attack. This is a prime example of going through the motions to make people feel better without actually doing anything useful.
They can't be bothered with the little things, they have to worry about this giant scary cyberwar they keep talking about. This help reinforce the idea they don't have any grasp of the topic & are making demands they don't understand.
They can't sure their own sites, yet we trust them to investigate breaches? They can't put even put minimal effort into securing their own sites, yet give us directions. How much money are they paying the 'experts' to secure our systems? How much money is being wasted in cleaning up these 'booboos' they allow to happen when stopping them from happening would have cost less and taken little time?
How much more time will be wasted on hand-wringing, studies, & investigations where nothing is actually fixed?
" "A boy spotted me in [a] restaurant and said loudly, 'Mommy, Mommy, that guy's got a gun!' And then pretty much the whole restaurant stared at me," Kjellberg told NBC News. He developed Ideal Conceal to avoid those awkward situations."
In my mind its like buying condoms, if your embarrassed to pick them up and walk them to the counter you aren't ready to have sex. If your upset because people point at you for carrying a gun, perhaps you shouldn't carry one... or invent a hidden one that fits an already used trope of we were afraid it was a gun!