The government is made up mostly of lawyers. Who are NOT going to pass any laws preventing other lawyers from making massive amounts of money so they can make massive campaign contributions to the lawyers still in the government, or provide cushy high-paying jobs to those who leave government service.
Only Shakespeare's approach will ever be able to fix this.
The Good Old Days (tm)... when the county coroner could be counted on to document "hit in the head 39 times with a hammer" as "really determined case of suicide" ... when the local newspaper would properly report on a black field hand found with a 9" knife in his back as "died of natural causes".
All these damn people with their instant videos of police pulling women from their cars and beating them, of police threatening and confiscating (and accidentally deleting evidence), of "theft at badgepoint"... well, this just has to stop. The people are just out of control.
Well, not exactly. They are out of YOUR control Mr McCulloch - the world has changed. Get Over It. As real reporters used to say - "The Truth will out". Just happens instantly now.
Introduce a "retro-fit" (pun intended) kit to remove all electronics and put a Holley Carb back on OUR cars...
Then we need long-life 12v batteries - plug in the gear, and ship it UPS to friends around the country (or overseas). Ship it back and forth while you enjoy driving the car - then put it back in when you take the car in for service.
Let's see 'em figure out how we were driving across the Atlantic.. or travelling cross-country at 500MPH ...
If you read the articles on the equipment, there are ways of detecting it right from your phone.
*my* PD doesn't know how to change the timezone on the stingray they have - so when my phone goes from correct time, in 4G mode, standard 2 bar signal to 4-bar, 2G, PST...
Many of the software toys they use can only support 2G; so your service will "downgrade" to that. If you study your phone in your usual spots, you know how many bars you should have there, and what mode you should be in.
And if the time zone suddenly goes way off and then comes back...
Agree - always use cash... and when they ask for a phone number, I frequently use 202-456-1414. Or the number for the local PD. Or their own stores number (which NOT ONE EMPLOYEE has EVER recognized!!)
... Look at our history here folks. Where would we be if Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, et al had gone around the country and "bricked" every car that every enthusiast "modded". Accel, Crane, Cragar, Edelbrock, Holly, Hurst, Weiand.. NASCAR... none would exist. And most of those mods were done LONG BEFORE THE CAR WAS PAID OFF! Hell, Oldsmobile even bought the parts and put them on in the factory - look up "Hurst Olds" if you don't remember.
You wouldn't have the PC's you have today if it weren't for "modders". Turtle Beach - Hayes - NVidia - all started with boards to "mod" the PC you bought.
So... when did this lunacy start? And who needs to be shot to stop it?
Count on it. Random attacks will happen just to prove that the insurance was needed. There will be stories of payouts from the massive damage (take our word for it... there really was massive damage that no one can see because it has been classified by our insurance company "Cyber Response Action Partner".) Then stories of "This is what happens when you don't have our insurance". Their great-grandfathers from Brooklyn would be so proud.
1) Grocery Stores... I can buy a gallon of ammonia and a gallon of chlorine... 2) Big-Box Stores... I can buy brake fluid and pool shock in major quantities. Know how exothermic that is? 3) Home Improvement/hardware ... They sell Acetone and MEK by the gallon! you know how much fun I have with that stuff?
These folks are WAY behind the curve... there are thousands of possibilities out there that we need to be protected from...
And I just thank God (or Allah or whoever) that they are finally going to protect me from Grandma and her pressure cooker full of cabbage!! That stuff is REALLY explosive...