We've always made our money selling ice for ice boxes, and none of you fuckers better even look at one of them new fangled freezers.
Perhaps the NFL should detonate its front office, as they have declared war on players connecting with fans... which might explain why more people aren't giving a fuck and are actively trying to fight paying to build them arenas.
Multi-Billion dollar company declares war on reality... why not ask the **AA's how well that is working.
We need to stop allowing them to deny their effect on things as well.
Right now all the rage is about "evil clowns" everywhere. More and more stories about it spreading like a virus. They want to say it is all social media driven, ignoring that they are covering it more & more encouraging people to try it. So a couple kids claim to have seen clowns trying to lure them into the woods... police investigate & find nothing to support the claims... no one asked if a sibling told them a story about evil clowns... Now there are evil clown sightings everywhere, many being dubious claims, many being idiots idioting, but the media keeps mentioning it. There are now professional clowns being yelled at and threatened and eventually someone is going to shoot someone in a clown suit... all because the media kept telling people to be terrified of boogeymen.
We have become the pigs at the trough for soundbites. We gulp down everything put before us, not wondering where it came from or if it has any truth. If its the farmer feeding us, we believe... if its the hired hand we saw slaughter our cousin we assume its all poisoned.
We have studies proving that we keep believing things that are false, even in the face of undeniable evidence we were lied to, we cling to the false idea and jump through larger hoops to protect the lies. Ex. Anti-Vaxxers
The media has conspired to feed us this crap buffet, and when challenged they throw their hands up denying it is their fault. They run half truths in headlines and sometimes retract them in 2pt font on page 87c.
We deserve better. We need to demand better. Reporter lies about being on a helio that took fire in a war zone, and we run him out... Headline screams that Hilary ate a baby, to get better viewership numbers, and its just shrugged off by the "media" outlet when debunked.
Once upon a time the media was independent, this is no longer the case on both sides. We need to stop accepting bias pretending to be reporting. No one is a saint, no one is a sinner... they are all mortal and make mistakes. News isn't entertainment, it is supposed to be fact. We need to stop caring about Kayne's latest tantrum & not accept that as being important enough to be on the nightly news.
Now if only they applied this logic to the other governmental monopolies & demand that the free market actually be free & have competition in it. That no incumbent has the right to hold the public hostage as their property they alone are entitled to fleece.
I expect that sometimes in 2020, the courts will take notice of this practice happening. A judge will loudly proclaim that the Judiciary isn't a cog in their business model.
Then in 2025, the first bar hearing will be had where they discuss that perhaps this business model shows the profession in a bad light.
In 2030 the first lawyer will face disciple that wouldn't even make a toddler cry.
It would be nice if they all started caring about the the image of the profession enough to enforce the penalties for bogus lawsuits quickly.
In the meantime shitty lawyers are going to continue to outmaneuver the legal system making all kinds of money while stripping the 1st Amendment rights of others with the blessing of a court. Oh and because parasites love company, someone will figure out how to apply this gambit to a different section of law, and reset the clock on the beatdown for them.
It isn't like Congress will do anything about it. They passed a bill that decimates protection our people had overseas, didn't read it until after it passed, and have yet to start reaping what they have sown... the reason? Because the bill mentioned 9/11 Families and no one wanted to vote against them. Literally the bill could have called for euthanizing the 10 oldest members of Congress to make sure it kept up with society, and as long as it mentioned the 9/11 families they would have passed it.
Congress will refuse to touch this because they have made it so making any challenge to the spread of big brother means you are a terrorist lover who hates America. They've sold out the people they are supposed to represent, while chopping away at the foundation of the nation.
The big thing missing in all of this, is what charges the grandstanders will face.
They wasted tax payer money on something they knew would never survive in court. They ignored the law, pursuing the case of headlines & harassment of business owners. They had no legal options, so they decided to abuse the system in the hopes of obtaining an outcome.
This is why they should not be protected from being sued for their actions. They are willing to take on people with quite a bit of money knowing the courts will protect them, if they don't fear that situation what hope does a little guy have in fighting back against a system that refuses to punish its cogs for misdeeds?
They are more similar than one might think. The same sort of mindset appears in both things, a rush to we can do this and next to no thought in what happens when you do that.
Adding new connectivity to anything without considering the bad ramifications is a stupid way to handle things. While you have to be within 25ft to spike the insulin pump, one could probably build a small device that just keeps sending out the codes as they walk around.
While the insulin pump wasn't directly connected to the IoT, there are heart monitors and other devices that are... and lacking even the most basic security.
There is/was a brand of medical monitor used in hospitals, and for some reason they stuck a user accessible USB port on the front and imagine that people kept plugging things in and some of them got hacked.
These aren't just cameras so you can watch your pet at home, these are medical devices that can harm users and no one has said we need even a minimum amount of security required by law. They think that somehow the free market will spend money on security rather than on the math equation of how much a settlement will be for the lawsuit.
The truly sad thing is most of these are misused. They are trying to find the insider threats & imagined boogeymen they were told stories about. While they rush though the secret courts & secret laws none of these courts have asked them to show their work. Imagine if a Judge who signed 100 overly broad orders demanded follow up information and discovered that 99 of them were pointless fishing trips on a hunch and the 1 good one was them finding someone who said something unkind about Comey.
We spent more on developing security chips, than improving our product. We have a business model that works when we can charge ungodly amounts for our ink, and are shocked that consumers prefer to buy cheaper carts that work. Rather than improve our product, we just locked everyone else out and will try to use laws to demand the entire world follow the laws of 1 country.
How about you shake up the industry and stop selling the printers well below cost hoping to make up the extra on future ink sales. Hell scare everyone and develop a unified ink/toner platform. All your products using a single platform or carts meaning no ones ever screwed running around town looking for the slightly different cart they need for their printer that costs as much as a new printer is on sale for. Make the recycling program more robust & look for ways to improve the carts & lifespan. Be the better product, not the product with a chip you wasted money on creating that'll be hacked in less than a week.
Security costs to much. The penalties, if they ever come, are paltry. We can't judge corporations for cutting corners to make money, they have to worry about shareholder value. The CEO might get fired if things are bad enough but the giant golden parachute makes the landing soft, and more corporations will court the CEO to make them lots of money too.