More like "Ajit Pai to fox: I've already killed and roasted all the chicken, have nice meals."
But Pai is just one of the examples. Banks already got their roasted chicken meals and there are more coming. Auto makers, fossil fuel industry, health care insurance etc. I'm sure the US will survive Trump but healing from the idiot will take decades.
"Most of those whose information was sought were innocent bystanders who had the unforeseeable misfortune of communicating with -- or being Facebook friends of -- people caught up in an incredibly broad and far-reaching fraud investigation."
And here's the thing, most criminals don't appear to be criminals and this is specially true for white collar or non-violent crimes (unless you are the Brazilian intelligence agency, then they look like this in this banner asking citizens to contact them prior to the olympics: https://i.imgur.com/1PFGD1C.jpg). So it's certain all of us are connected somehow at some point with at least one 'crook'.
If there's no way companies can fight back those warrants then STASI is effectively in operation.
Your last phrase hits the nail beautifully. As much as those engaged in CP should be punished it's not "ends justify means" party. If anything law enforcement should be thoroughly shamed for ignoring due process and letting these people walk free. Of course people will instead lash out at judges who chose to protect their own rights as if they are helping the criminals.
One has to wonder why TVs have built in browsers. I'm kind of worried since my TV is smart even though I've never used such things and thus never updated the firmware (you can't really find dumb models anymore nowadays). The bright part is that it has no wireless connection, only an wired network port so at the very least it won't be doing anything funny if it's compromised. No, seriously, let the TVs do what they do best: convert signals into images. If I need anything smarter I have a plethora of much better devices to choose from. Yay for the INEPT?
That would be an interesting way of dealing with copyright trolling. Pay only to the artist and ask said artist if he;she is happy that a fan had been screwed and will not be, you know, a fan anymore. I can't imagine many artists that would keep letting third party copyright collectors manage their portfolio.
Trivial if the platforms support an alternate way. But from experience the alternate way is usually Google and nothing else. There are costs related to integrating your business to those authentication systems so most folks won't bother going for a third, 4th, 5th system. What could be done and actually must be done is to set up a standard in which such systems can be integrated easily to any site. That would be more useful than fighting against some of them becoming too dominant.
In any case, I do sympathize with the guy. One of the reasons I still have a FB account is the fact I need it to authenticate into a few useful services.
Just like the possessive husband that beats his wife into the hospital but claims it's because he loves her. My ass. Pai is a dipshit who couldn't care less about anything other than his own interests. Much like Trump. They all claim they want to protect the poor, the people but they actually are disgusted by those lowly peasants, they just care about the "great america" (translate: rich. I'd add white and Christian but Pai is Indian-American so it would be weird).
Re: Great Reporting, but I'm a Little Disappointed
Comments like yours are what help make things better. A while back someone (I believe Leigh) explained they try to deliver better ads but sometimes some trash goes through because they are not the ones that select the ads.
I'll add my own 2 cents here: Troy Hunt went with some sort of curation model. He got rid of the ads altogether and now has a neat sponsorship bar with a text ad for the sponsor. Maybe TD could reduce the number of ads using a mixed system. Things like what you mentioned will still happen but at least random ads will not be the lions share of the mix.
"Even if both those fail and every such case gets tossed out, prosecutors face no substantial sanction for this stunt, and they did manage to imprison the accused for months (sometimes years) on, effectively, no demonstrable legal basis."
By then the damage has been done if you got the wrong person either by accident or on purpose. Of course the system is broken but the people inside are not better if they are abusing it.
At some point the Arabs were more advanced, the Chinese, the Egyptian, then Aztecs. It just happened that the West was in the vanguard in a time where technology advanced really fast. Obviously it's the result of bright minds but it's also some luck. We are seeing the rest of the world quickly catching up.
"The protection of society from serious criminal activity is equally important to the maintenance of a functioning democracy."
No it is not. Because the definition of crime seems to shift at the whims of the current Government. Ensuring everybody has their rights protected before talking about crime is what is important to the maintenance of a functioning democracy.
It's no surprise there are very, very few functioning democracies today. And Canada isn't one of them.