The problem is we no longer have the attention span to follow through.
The water in Flint is still mostly poison, but if you ask 100 people many will tell you it was fixed.
Some areas of New Orleans are still screwed up, but if you ask 100 people many will tell you how the victims wasted the money & its all fixed now anyways.
People click the like button, and assume its fixed. People click to sign the petition, and assume it will get fixed. People hear an elected offical outright threatening perfectly legal businesses, to be more popular while undermining the law.
People hear a press release and think well thats solved now. There is human trafficking, but many of the numbers are over stated. No one calls them on the facts, because they are 'experts'. Anyone working in a way they disapprove of, is assisting.
Backpage & Craigslist had deals with law enforcement. They assisted because it was the right thing to do. In repayment, they were pilloried in the press who repeated nonsensical claims (IIRC there was a report that suggested at the Super Bowl they brought in a number of hookers equal to an entire states population) because they get more views for bad news. Not many stories were run about the departments who were running successful stings & rescue operations, because that didn't keep everyone upset.
I really do not grasp why they keep sex work illegal. If both participants are willingly involved, why care? If sex work was legalized, it would thin the haystack to find the bad actors forcing people into sex work. If it was legal, prices would drop causing less demand to force people to do the work to enrich a pimp.
Pandering to the 'moral majority' gets good sound bites, and dubious results. If you don't like sex workers, don't use them or be one. Stop worrying that someone else might use one, because it doesn't actually effect you beyond offending your sensibilities.
Pushing them out of sight & pretending its solved does nothing but reinforce the attitudes that we HAVE to demand corporations have to do more, rather than demand our leadership get their shit together and find real solutions.
And comcast is very good at providing customer service & those few times they screwed people out of thousands for years until the media called them are just a tiny fraction of the fucking over they do.
PayPal is a willing victim of a stupid law, who have taken their duties to the extreme. They face nothing bad when they screw up, but huge penalties if they failed to act. Its safer to act, remain mum, and pocket the cash they client won't ever be able to get back.
Perhaps it is time to stop deputizing corporations that work internationally to enforce US laws, that or open them up to penalties for being overzealous. Until they have to pay out for incorrectly locking accounts, they will not improve the system.
Tech can't magically fix everything, its time our laws reflect that.
So the magic software that can tell it was the name of the person on the bill who dl'ed the file & not just someone else using the connection will also name the software that Sky should monitor for and disrupt service for the customer that pays them.
One is starting to think that allowing corporate law to flourish should be answered by nationalizing internet access so a few large cartels can't apply undue pressure on citizens who might be innocent but technically inept.
Tis a pity there aren't more people organized about these lawyers ripping people off.
Imagine if there was a 'FIHG' (Fanatical Internet Hate Group) who took on class action lawyers. Exposing how they gobble up a majority of the cash, leaving the class members in the unenviable position of getting fscked by both sides. Once again its the human bias of if it didn't happen to me, it doesn't happen. A few people might have gotten a postcard saying tick here to get your payout, but it never discloses that the settlement fund is only 2% of the total amount paid out to the lawyers.
On the upside there are lawyers out there making a living off of threatening to object & screw up the settlements unless their 'client' gets paid off....
Makes you wonder why it seems so many of those connected to the law seem to have the least respect for it.
Once upon a time parents would talk to their kids & tell them they were being assholes. Now parents are scared to make the kids sad or stop seeing them as a friend, so they farm out raising the children to the state. The state knows nothing about the kids or situations, it creates a giant blanket to just cover it all. It stifles everything, because one size has to fit all. It expands the powers of the state to control events that have no connection to the school, for the children. Most of these ideas are stupid and only sometimes do they get stopped before bad things happen.
Look at what happened when people told colleges they have to do more about campus rape. We now have a kangaroo court system more concerned about punishing the penis instead of finding truth. The much better solution would have been requiring them to make sure the 2 parties avoided each other & turned it over to actual police to handle. Instead we have administrators who want to hide rape allegations, are fearful of being branded anti-woman, and often don't look at any facts that might challenge the narrative of men are bad.
I was called a terrorist, a hacker, an identity thief, and more lovely things on the record in several courts & media.
I'm still me & more respected than those who made the merit-less claims on the record.
I'm not fishing for a law that will let me remove those claims because if you judge me on what a couple of shitty extortionists claimed to protect their scam... fuck ya.
No one is owed a good reputation. Petty people flip out at the tiniest slight to their online reputation. Look at how much time is wasted in trying to police the carefully curated images, and they haven't figured out that if all you see is 5 star reviews you suspect they are gaming the system.
I'm exactly what I claim to be, an immortal sociopath amused by you hairless apes repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
Oh well he only killed and ate 3 people, there is no reason we should let Google still tell people he did that. He's been rehabilitated now and there is no problem with him living in a home next to that school full of his preferred prey.
Just because that Judge took millions in kickbacks to send children to work camps on trumped up charges, is no reason we shouldn't allow him to force Google to remove all mention of his crimes.
Stupid people do stupid things and regret them later, and for some reason rather than deal with the consequences they expect the Government to swoop in and change the world to protect them. This needs to stop.
I've made mistakes in my nym life, but I have no interest in covering them up. I am merely immortal, and I own my missteps. I've done way more on the good side of the scales, and I don't give a shit about those few times I screwed up.
The biggest problem is at some point googlestalking potential hires and digging into their facebook replaced actually accessing people. Oh there was a picture of him drinking gets blown into hes a huge alcoholic. People now create perfectly mundane fake accounts to get past the cursory search.
I've said this before and I'll keep saying it. Stop googling yourself and fretting about truthful results you dislike, maybe put more effort into actually doing good things to push the bad results down.
Or rip that door off the hinges and then be shocked, just shocked, when Union Carbide manages to scrub this from the results... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster Would you like a world where recalls & disasters can be wiped away because they have a right to be forgotten??
It is a pity that the courts can always find a way to twist and turn the law to suit the outcome they want. They wanted Brown punished, they used stupid claims & the Judge rubber stamped them. They wanted to get a list of names to investigate & broke every limitation the legal system allegedly has in place, and we all know that the courts will find a way to pitch the case rather than stand up against the cogs of law breaking the laws.
Courts won't out prosecutors who suppress Brady evidence, ignore that they've seen this CI 42 times this month & each time there is a deal.
The system is broken and will remain broken until more people demand that they live up to the promises, rather than gobbling up the feel good soundbites without question.
Its awesome to live in a free society where so many people have found a way to make a buck off of hiding public information.
Keeping deals for extra income trump the publics right to know. Corporate profits trump public interest every fucking time. Pity that no one is on our side protecting our access to the materials we paid to have created, instead allowing us to have to keep paying for what we should rightly own.
We should get some department to look into these terrorists known as the 'FBI'. They create terrorist 'plots' to influence & frighten the public. They target individuals whom they can sway, by feeding them false information to get them to take the blame for the actions of the 'FBI'.
They are working to undermine the freedoms of our homeland, using our own money & systems against us. This type of terrorism should be stopped. It is shameful that out leaders blindly supported these supposed allies who have created numerous plots we are aware of and quite possibly dozens more they hide from view, to maintain our financial and legal support while tearing the country apart.
Our leadership is willing to turn a blind eye to these events, hoping to score political capital at the expense of the safety & well being of citizens. What kind of monsters would risk the safety of the country they pledged to protect, to get good soundbites while ignoring real threats to further a political agenda.
Funny they never put their money where their mouth is. If they offered a refund scale that shrank the longer the game remained uncrackable it might be worth it.
But with all snakeoil salesmen, they want you to believe that this time this tech will completely solve the problem. They can't admit that this is just a stop gap measure to get a window for X days.
It would be more honest for them to have said if we get you 30 days, no refund. if we get you 21 days, x% if we get you 14 days, x% if we get you 7 days, 100%
I know its yelling into the void, but when are they going to get past the well if we charge less people will think its bad mentality. If instead of charging $70 expecting only x sales, they charged $35 and see if those numbers doubled.
Building games is expensive, but the bean counter method of trying to recoup everything in the first 5 days keeps shooting them in the foot. If the game was only $20, do you think there would still be all the interest in cracking it? At $20 pretty much everyone interested could get it. If there was a legit playable demo so people could see how it works on their machine, that removes the DL'er who wants to make sure they won't get stuck with a game that runs like shit. Yes you are gonna have those that still will dl it no matter what, but right now there is actual evidence that dl'ers buy more stuff... if they know they like it. Rather than declaring war with more and more invasive 'protection', how about accepting its gonna get cracked and rather than punishing people who paid us, lets give them a better experience. There are the stories of smaller devs reaching out to the 'pirates' and rather than screaming asking if they like it to get it. Sometimes they find out some of the pirates are from markets they aren't reaching.
There are people who think that the online platforms solved all the problems of reaching all of the people, but its not true. Its much better but there are places it doesn't work for.
Or you can keep paying those people who promise this time the tiger repelling rock will repel the tigers that ate your last 4 cows protected by the old tiger repelling rock tech.
"Though, to be sure, the management is very bad. In fact, let us not mince words ... the management is terrible! We've had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? It was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines. All you had to say was "NO." You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company. I will however, be generous. You will be granted two years to show me some improvement in your work. If at the end of that time you are still unwilling to make a go of it... You're fired. That will be all. You may return to your labors."