When they acquired Countrywide they acquired the congress critters who had sweetheart loans & their own special customer service numbers.
While Congress does very little to provide oversight, the right phonecalls & veiled threats of investigations makes problems go away quickly.
While they will waste millions on Benghazi and devote lots of time, they glossed over Katrina... they are playing politics with Zika funding.... But a corporation screwing over their constituents... can't be bothered.
The system is corrupt to its core, and for reasons no one can fathom we keep electing people we know will screw us over for a small 'contribution'.
But as we have seen the government has decided that proving cases against bankers is to hard. Even when there is clear evidence of malfeasance, they worry that expensive lawyers might befuddle jurors.
So the perverse systems of rewarding 'wins' continues unabated. Government lawyers fear losing, they don't dare try... instead looking for easier targets. Banks give out compensation for new accounts, credit cards and don't notice how many of these new account holders are suddenly overdrafting their older accounts. There is no checking of any of the paperwork or questions raised.
Google keeps making products... they have missed the boat on a big one. They need a product where users can actually get answers beyond copypasta pointless spew.
You violated some terms, we won't tell you which ones... but they were very important... so important we can't be assed to mention them. Don't bother to reply, we have no fucking clue why we did it, and we aren't authorized to have a human review anything. So what if we screwed hundreds of people, they have no where else to go and need to just suck it up and remember we don't talk to our users beyond sending circular unhelpful notifications.
The algorithm killed Jesus, and its coming for customer service.
Anybody want to throw a party in Albuquerque & invite all the big wigs? It would be interesting to see how many of them make it home still in possession of their cars.
One would be amazed how many of them would question the program when they get caught up in it.
This is another dirty little secret that works in society. Drunks are a problem, don't you want to be safe? We need to do this to stop them! If you say no, blood will be on your hands.
But then it doesn't care about the difference between the drunk with 12 DWIs and someone who screws up once. But then it appears they need to pad their budget so they can afford to keep paying settlements to people who end up dead during encounters with them under questionable circumstances or when the video directly disproves officer statements.
Perhaps the law they should have made would have shattered union contracts that keep dangerous officers & force them to face charges rather than retire to save face.
A 1 word article on the NYT took 6MB and 150 requests to load.
People wouldn't expect that much traffic for 1 crappy article, and with most of the major players playing the bandwidth cap game things are going to get uglier.
Advertising might make them pennies, but its costing consumers money as massive amounts of data are being used up displaying shit no one wants pushing them towards the caps sooner.
Ads are eating up the bandwidth, costing consumers. Ads are serving up malware, costing consumers.
Pretty much consumers are being screwed on both sides of the equation, and it is only going to get worse.
There is no reason to have caps, other than to make even more money from the monopoly.
Lets see... We have defacto approved monopolies. We hand them huge amounts of money to provide service to people under the poverty line... and they lined their pockets while lying. We hand them sweetheart deals, and they screw over entire states who sometimes notice they got screwed. We allow them to let systems rot, to force consumers onto more expensive options that are less useful. We have shitty broadband deployment, upgrading might hurt the bottom line for shareholders so we can't have them. We have them buying laws to make sure no one can compete with them, because it might show people how much we are overpaying for how little we get. We allow them to promise all sorts of things, and then start sneaking in addons and unexplained charges raising the prices well beyond the advertised price.
Its time to smash the monopolies, they aren't benefiting anyone except the CEOs. There are small services offering actual gigabit service for less than many people pay for the lowest tiers of speed in the monopolies. Something isn't adding up, and we should stop letting them hold the country hostage to pad their bottom line. For all of the talk about free markets, they keep the monopolies in place... time to force everything open and watch the market explode.
Gee if a gas station doesn't measure a gallon of gas accurately, there are penalties. Pretty much everything sold by measure is supposed to be accurate, yet somehow despite clear evidence the meters are wrong and the income it generates keeps them from looking to closely.
There is no reason for the caps, other than to increase profits. Many people have started staying under the caps, so the next best thing is to just make up numbers & collect extra fees.
Once upon a time there were agencies who would oversee these things and correct them... pity the congresscritters were bought off, with such piddly amounts, to pull the teeth from the agencies that are supposed to protect us.
Until they have to pay for every screwed up link in the notices, they will not improve. The system is so unbalanced because the **AA's claim it is so easy to spot... yet they screw the pooch regularly. Imagine the outcry if Google just said f' it, and blocked all of the WB things they demanded be blocked. They would be suing screaming how their business was being hurt, yet think nothing of burying a search engine, who hosts none of the allegedly infringing content, in millions of shitty takedowns and expect them to pay to sort it out for them.
Perhaps its time to give them what they want, when they target their own properties... remove them from the index. I would love to see a Judge hearing the case read where WB, through its agents, swore this was infringing content and needed to come down. Google shouldn't have to carry the water and unless the law starts demanding they get paid for crap notices, its just easier to give them exactly what they demanded and let them explain how its someone elses fault they can't spot infringing content vs authorized content.
If only there were some punishment for lawyers pulling these sorts of stunts. Including tangentially involved people to find a favorable place to abuse the law. Empty threats backed with limitless bankrolls, can deter people from saying anything negative about the rich.
Of course this won't matter or be dealt with until 1 powerful person screws up and takes on another just as powerful person (or someone backed by power). Everyone else will just have to wait for this to bite someone important enough in the ass until something changes.
Why bother doing real police work, when you can just pull over everyone headed to or from a state that has legalized drugs? Civil forfeiture helps fill out the budget, and these druggies were asking for it by daring to travel the roads openly. The hassle for the driver is large to try and get back their property and courts far to often defer to officers who often recite the most threadbare accusations without any actual foundation to support them. So what if they were wrong, they got the department paid and immunity for what most people would call massive overreach & violating rights.
It is more sad that the court smacking them down is the exception and not the rule in these things.
It is brain trusts like this that lead to the magical thinking that someone can put a backdoor only the good guys can use in encryption.
Perhaps its time we express more outrage about wasting tax money on creating useless panels & demand better value for our dollars. But then we keep electing people who lie to our faces about representing us, while pocketing millions from 'donors' and cushy job placements in the future....
These other people tried it, and it blew up for them... but I'm smarter so it'll work for me....
That sentiment seems to pervade the thinking of those with power, that they are somehow more worthy than those who have tried before them.
They spend more time trying to make sure no one can harm their reputation, and no time on having a good reputation. Somewhere someone is getting paid for offering these 'services' to businesses... it'll save you from bad things, just pay us and it'll be fine....
If its not reported, it didn't happen. We have to worry more about our image, than that we hired someone who sexually harassed & assaulted students. We can't let people know how out of control it got from the victims own descriptions, we need a nice soft sell retelling from a PR firm. If people could see the real documents, there might be more hard questions we don't want to answer about our lack of response until we couldn't keep it quiet any longer.
Twitter bans always seem to be based on optics, rather than the actual issues.
Isis is a hot button, so boom ban first figure it out later. Racist content, well if they offend a big enough star we can do something. Rape threats, they are just idle threats... unless you are important enough.
I remember looking at some of the 'experts' Twitter wanted to use to help them sort this out and it was a long list of people who were upset at everything... unless they were the one making the comments.
Twitter isn't even sure what their platform is for. They are so focused on keeping stars & power players happy while ignoring the other 99.99% of their user base. We built stars a special client that lets them filter out junk tweets. We add a mark so you know they are the real person (or their staff).
You managed to piss off the right block of people, and are getting 1000 tweets every 10 minutes... nothing we can do. Someone keeps making up new accounts & sending you the same threats over and over after you complain for the 40th time and we finally suspend them... oh well.
But hey, we killed a feature most of you liked so we can all share moments...
Perhaps we've been looking at all of this wrong... perhaps it is the new mission of the Justice Department. Find all of the ways the law is broken & ripe for abuse, demonstrate how it is incompatible with the Constitution, & draw attention to it so we get it fixed.
One might consider that for all of the lunacy in the leadership of ISIS, you don't see many of them lining up to be martyrs. They talk the talk, they don't walk the walk.
Some low level moron might set off a nuke, but the leadership would rather hold onto it and make threats to get things rather than "win" control of a dead region. While they virgins get all of the hype, I doubt many of the leaders believe in it.
One need only look at our own politicians, who spew whatever gets them the loudest roars from the audience... but are going to do whatever they damn well want later. Trumps gonna end crappy trade deals, yet will will outsource all of his products. Clintons gonna stop the banks, from being so blatant in flouting the rules until she can quietly remove them.
The problem is the government is treating ISIS like an entire nation that they can attack, rather than a loose federation of power hungry madmen who just want to subjugate people to have power. This is war like they've never faced in their lifetimes, and they insist that fighting it like every other war will work when the gameboard isn't checkers anymore, its more like Chinese checkers. Many more pieces, many more moves, and using a flawed strategy only benefits the corps who make bank from cleaning up the mess, selling the tools to make the mess, & scoring contracts to fix the mess that manage to improve CEO pay but not the things they were tasked with fixing.
ISIS holds hostages... we hold hostages, young boys who were sold off for the pleasure of others who were detained at GITMO because someone was convinced that a victim of sexual violence would have had pillow talk about what our enemies were planning. People who made the mistake of owning a common brand of cheap watch.
ISIS tortures... GITMO, that prison in Iraq, the black sites, rendition...
ISIS bombs and hurts innocents.... Ooops we forgot that was a hospital both times we bombed the hell out of it... Oh you dared to try and take people to safety, here lets use the guns on the chopper and cut the kid in half & lie about it...
So they are this massive monolithic thing and they are all exactly like each other.
Also notice that when a white guy shoots up a black church hes a disturbed nutcase, when a brown person sneezes they are swearing allegiance to Isis and bombing children.
Not all Muslims fit the caricature in your addled brain, but all of them are treated poorly for the actions of a few. But then you 'Good People'(tm) can't figure out why a disaffected youth who you shit upon daily might look for support online and meet up with the wrong people.
And let us not forget that a majority of 'terrorism' plots stopped in the country and dreamed up & carried out by the FBI and CI's (of dubious value) often roping in people with substandard intelligence. That they have sent CIs into mosques who in turn were reported to the FBI as possibly being dangerous because they were pushing people to join them in jihad... and the FBI couldn't be bothered to even pretend to investigate the CI.
Terrorism is the first answer given to anything different these days. When the power went out in the NE, for days they swore it was terrorism related... until they figured out it was a bunch of power companies who profited rather than spend cash to do what was required of them. Some balloons pop in a restaurant as part of an announced test... they locked it all down and reported terrorists murdering people. People cheered a sports ball event, people panic & terrorists are shooting people.
We are so terrified of terrorism, given your diatribe, because they tell us we should be. Keep us focused on the boogeymen and ignoring you are more likely to be shot by a cop, attacked by a shark, hit by a car, have failing infrastructure fall and kill you... than be in a terrorist attack.
Perhaps maybe meet the Muslims around you, many of whom hate ISIS (who have murdered more Muslims than any other group) and consider that they aren't evil drones here to murder you in your sleep. Perhaps consider the high number of collateral damage events from drone strikes murdering innocents doesn't exactly make us look like the good guy in those other countries.
Perhaps consider that the spin you lap up from the media isn't the whole story, and blindly listening to our leaders, who we KNOW lie on a regular basis to us, we rarely get the actual truth.
Perhaps we need to admit that sometimes we are just as bad as ISIS is, and if we stopped pretending we were always on the side of the angels and perfect in every possible way perhaps we might deal with the actual problems.
Oh and because I was way to eloquent, I don;t want to blow up my image, kiss my ass you cranky old delusional fuck. Your kind are the reason the world sucks, perhaps shut up and let better people run things. k thks bai...