Imagine the unthinkable... We are at war half way around the globe because someone's AOL account got hacked, and to cover up all of the secrets they had ex-filtrated they came up with a giant distraction.
Perhaps it is time to find people who have a fucking clue to come in and clean up this giant mess of people to stupid to have power have created. They pay out money to corporations who have the evidence of the stupidity and keep it quiet as long as the contracts keep coming, and they pay a little to keep their idiot buddy in power because they will fuck up again and they will gain more influence.
The terrifying thought hitting you right now, is I could be right.
While they sometimes manage to create compelling content, much of what is out there is mindless drivel meant to fill out the 1000 channels so they have more slots to sell advertising.
People are no longer bound to the "must watch tv" mantra and are demanding it be on their timetable, cable tv premium packages are built around 1 or 2 desirable things tacked onto filler to try and make them forget they are paying a huge premium for a few things. They aren't going to have kids and suddenly become their grandparents, they are going to seek out what they really want at a reasonable price or find something else that will meet their wants.
Blind thinking like this will lead to the implosion of the cable ecosystem, the only winners will be the end providers who will be scrambling to add more bandwidth to deal with the demand they never thought would happen.
This is fallout from the insane belief that Google is the internet. When governments, **AA's, et al. talk about the "Internet" Google is the first (and often) final word. Legislation is aimed at making Google culpable for all of the alleged sins of the internet, as if they can wave a magic wand and make everything perfect. While I think we all deserve Google Fiber, they are still not behind the entire internet. This does help highlight those who are supposed to be in charge still have no concept of how things actually work, tech iv evil voodoo magic and Google is the high priest.
And because I'm classy like that, I will comment about the content he is trying to suppress, perhaps doing things that motivate others to do such dramatic things isn't a good way to live ones life. Focusing more attention to the content will only draw much more attention to it. I speak from first hand experience, I've had lovely things said about me and beyond mocking those comments I don't care. I focus more on being me than worrying about how people perceive me, actions speak louder than words... this guys actions speak volumes about who he is as a person.
I swear I've mentioned that those in power would flip their shit when they figured out that THEY could be spied on like the little people.
Of course given the history of the nation covering up wide spread abuse, I bet there is plenty in the files to make them derail the debate & pretend its fixed while leaving it in place.
With all of this spying happening one has to look at the ugly specter that those in power will do everything they can to keep that power. They will hide their sins, and those who know of the sins can/do use those to get things they want. The first few "favors" are small, and they up the ante as they keep track of all of the sins that keep coming.
We have become worse than those we pursue. To get a sticky gold star for stopping some "terrorist"* we murder innocents near them. Given our absolute failure to identify real terrorists time and time again, one has to wonder what is the point, other than to use the program as advertising to sign us up to buy more drones. Don't worry, if we kill them at the outer edge of your range, we won't see the children blown apart, so we don't need to worry about our pilots having nightmares.
* - This term is a great catchall that makes everyone react without thinking, and so what if we take out our allies political targets as well. Us meddling in those kinds of affairs have a great history in the Middle East. /s
But but but how else would be we able to afford bonuses for sr. management for pushing this shitty idea onto customers? We can force people to grind, inflating our play numbers AND rake in handfuls of cash for people not able to sit in game 24/7.
This is win win win... except for the customer who ends up losing everything because to earn enough coins required far to much effort on stupid things than enjoying the game.
Because copyright is magical, and we should never question it. Who cares about all of the evidence of benefit we currently have, we need to worry about unfounded things and if we tell them no - they will never do it. It stopped the flow of drugs into the US, it makes sure that no one drinks and drives, it makes sure that oaths of office are not violated by those stealing from the public they are charged with protecting, and we told them no so racism is done.
Perhaps they need to start looking at the wider pictures out there, rather than tunnel vision urged on with promises of future work for protecting corporate interests.
Someone is always going to tinker, and creating a legal system designed to crush them will not deter the bad actors who intent malice, but it might stop the hobbyist who finds a huge flaw and helps makes everyone safer.
One does wonder if they should have shown a pattern in bad ticket writing by specific people. Shame the only penalty for doing so is just having the ticket kicked, and not a ding against the system that refuses to hold themselves to the law.
I wonder how a judge would respond to a plaintiff who got a bogus ticket and then traveled all the way to court because they city shut off everyones access to due process without wasting the courts time. Well I tried to alert them to the ticket being improper your honor but they cut off all of the easy access because they didn't like this app that showed them how many defective tickets they were writing, and hated that someone held them to the letter of the law.
One REALLY important detail that everyone seems to have missed in the discussion of well its DNA you can do it with paper.
""TrueAllele, created by Dr. Perlin and in its current version since 2009, is the only computer software system of its kind that interprets DNA evidence using a statistical model. It can single out individuals in a complex DNA mixture by determining how much more probable a match is versus mere coincidence. Complex mixtures can involve multiple people, as well as degraded or small DNA samples. ... "
This could be 1 crackpots math in a black box, and he gets to use trade secrets to keep the ONLY thing doing this from being examined when its using a model of statistics not actual DNA comparison.
Pornoscanners were touted (still are) at being able to detect a multitude of things, they rolled out "proof" to support the claims. When people got their hands on a retired scanner they showed that they did not work as advertised.
While there might be more ways to examine decades old DNA evidence, a good easy place to start is the source code. Having someone check code for errors is sadly cheaper than trying to run new DNA tests on small samples that the chain of care and custody could be very questionable of given the wide range.
I have a better car example, everyone swore the brakes always worked that it was operator error. They offered up all of these tests & proof to support it. Then someone finally got the source code and showed that it was possible for it to enter a race situation that did/could (because I am still sure its being litigated somewhere) cause the accidents.
You have someone facing a jury who hear the magic words DNA, Magic DNA machine. They all watch CSI and know that you can get results in 3 minutes and the computers are always right. It is impossible to convince people that what they know is wrong (see also AntiVax, Climate Change, etc etc.) What can raise issues is showing that the machine we've imbued with magical powers can make mistakes. We all know the examples of flawed CPUs, but how many of us suspect that could happen today... but I bet it has happened again. We all know that "sometimes" code can be wrong & still generate correct results... how often do we suspect it. We have heard stories of getting different results based on racial background, but we assume they account for that now... but do we bother to check?
While it might seem silly to you to want to examine the source code, it should be the right of the accused. They didn't even offer up (mind you we have limited information) evidence of any certifications and testings done with the unit. This was well you might build your own and steal our customers as a viable answer to well the magic box said you murdered someone and you can not ask how the magic box got there. The code prints SSSSS on your boarding pass, but no one gets to ask how the code does that. They are just supposed to accept being treated like a lesser citizen because some coded metrics say you could be a terrorist. Pretty sure we sometimes put to much faith in the code and hold it in to much reverence rather than trust but verify it works as claimed.
The VW diesels were checked & certified, and well that didn't result in accurate results.
If they are solely relying on the magic box, they need to pony up the source code. They need to pony up the logs & evidence the machine was used correctly and maintained properly.
While they might be able to check it with pen and paper, there is a case where they went from the standard 1 in a kajillion chance of it being someone elses DNA to a 1 in 50 chance. Perhaps more evidence would have been required if the jury was told it was 1 in 50 and not 1 in an impossibly large number.
There were those breathalyzers where they got caught with bad code after relying on the hidden code for so long that they went out of their way to block people convicted using the flawed data from demanding their cases be heard again.
Perhaps we'd take them seriously if they could secure their own shit first. It really is beyond the pale for them to complain about needing more laws, when they can't even do basic security on their own systems.
I am saying that when plea bargains are we just kept piling on charges until he buckled, its broken.
Man shoots man who did something bad himself. There is nothing wrong with offering slightly better terms to hasten this case through. Justice can be served. However if there is a reward to just stack & stack & stack charges and turn what would have been a 5 yr sentence (guesstimate) into threats of a 50 yr sentence to get him to accept 10 so the prosecutor gets a better gold star its broken.
Do you think the public would be perfectly okay with a system where they had to openly admit we found as many charges as we could to get him to accept these terms?
The justice system is broken, the fact that we need to have deals to keep the system from collapsing raises questions about have we gone to fing far. Are we pursuing people in a silly game of we passed these stupid laws to make stupid people feel safer, yes we are. We have panic driven laws - see also powder cocaine vs rock cocaine, where there shouldn't be a damn difference but because of nonexistant crack baby hysteria sweeping the nation there is. Once they have served their time, we still have these awesome systems designed to keep punishing them, so we can feel safer. We have petty tyrants at every level inflicting more misery because their targets can't fight back. Look at the Judge who threw a domestic violence survivor in jail because she got away from him and didn't want to relive it one more time. I think it was 6 prior DV charges weren't enough for him to be found guilty and the Judge got on her high horse of respect my authoritah! and into jail the victim goes.
When the legal system denies someone the ability to prove or disprove a tool works, it is failed. You can cross examine the expert but even he can't answer how the damn thing works... but the CSI effect means people believe the machines are perfect.
Guessing that at least 1 of the other businesses in the area could show they were using the mark first.
They should keep working to cancel the mark, putting a nice period on the sentence Don't be an asshole.
I'm sure being out the money for filing for the mark, and retaining what I can only guess is a moron with a pile of law school debt will lead this to new heights of stupid as he keeps hiring new lawyers to fix the prior lawyers failings.
This really does help highlight to more people that while they consider email to be like them old timey letters our grandparents mailed to each each other the law has been treating them differently. There is no reason to treat them differently, other than the continuing insanity that online magically makes the different. Its like those patents where they added on a computer or on the internet to things that wouldn't pass the regular tests for patentability.
Now I'm sure a whole bunch of talking heads are going to run to the front of the line and go on and on about how this will make us less safe, but the otherside of the coin is letting this go unchecked has left us in a totalitarian state where we are spied upon with no checks and balances and we have seen evidence that these uncheck powers are being used well outside the stated intentions. Absolute power and all of that. It is nice to see the concept of needing evidence coming back to replace because we want to as an explanation.
Perhaps the concern isn't about the lawyer taking the code and releasing their own so much as it is the absolute fear that the code is wrong. The legal system REALLY hates admitting it made a mistake, to the point that they will execute someone proven to be innocent. The system punishes those who manage to prove they were railroaded. See also: Central Park Five, West Memphis Three, McMartin Preschool, and more. Imagine the pressure brought to bear that if you allow this person to examine the evidence you might undo convictions of all sorts of "bad people" who were found guilty... but only because of flawed evidence.
We treat the legal system like a game, we reward for wins only. This is why we see prosecutions declined, the case isn't a slam dunk and a loss would hurt the score. We can't indict the officer, other officers might not play nice with us any more. Oh this idiot, we can just pile up the charges and tell him hes facing life in prison but if he takes our deal... and boom conviction and another gold star on the board.
This is no longer justice for all, it is a game and one side has all of the power and we have seen they think nothing of condemning an innocent to the ultimate penalties to keep their records secure. This broken system is what we helped build, it will be hard but we need to tear it down and go back to what it was supposed to be.
More horrible fallout from copyright, they still hold the rights to this IP and just keep recycling it over and over. Won't someone think of the industry and slash copyright to 10 years and make room for new ideas and save us from the groundhogs day of everything old is new again?