Hmmm, seems like they are testing waters. Let's ask for everything and see what we can get. If there is a single point of failure it is when those cryptocurrencies need to get offline (ie: be exchanged for old currencies that actually do the job). Let's see how this will play.
It would actually solve the problem since the data is stored locally as the law demands. However, this would only spawn new laws to deal with the encryption parts.
That the US has shot themselves in the foot repeatedly with the illegal mass surveillance is another story. The Kremlin (and many others, including those within the EU) are just using this as an excuse for greater control and surveillance on their own citizenry. So basically the US has done more harm to freedom than any other country could have.
My point was really just that waiting until now really limited Obama's options greatly.
Either he never wanted to do it and won't do it in his final moments or he simply can't do it. Let's not forget there is an establishment at work. Even Trump won't be able to do whatever lunacies he promised if they go against said establishment.
Call it some conspiracy theory but after the institutional coup in Brazil it became fairly clear there are hidden forces at work. Even the key figures in the coup (Michel Temer for instance) are merely puppets. The system seems to be working for itself already. Maybe Obama actually tried to fulfill his promises of the "Yes, we can" speech but ended up with his face into that systemic wall.
It doesn't matter who is the President. Things are going to remain the same (unless the people push back hard as we have seen at some points). Disagree? Tell me how different Obama was from Bush aside some 'smaller' efforts such as that health care act. I still believe change can happen even if it requires blood and suffering so I don't think I'm a total cynic. But we surely are living sad times.
Sadly even taking additional steps like using a vpn may not help. Only using Signal and other end-to-end encrypted services you can somewhat guarantee your privacy (considering the other person does it right too). Sad.
Advertisements have become downright obnoxious these days. If they were happy with showing you the ads it would be one thing but they want to be with you as close and intimate as an anal suppository by inserting themselves everywhere and tracking you. When people realize how bad it is, ads will start becoming toxic. That will be beautiful to see.
The US seriously need what we call here "succumbing fees" in a literal translation. In every single judicial case, the losing part pays the bill. This is stronger if the losing part is not the one that started the lawsuit. There's no escaping this. This along with free attorneys for the ones defending themselves (if they want of course).
I'd guess that the number of filled lawsuits would greatly reduce and the system would improve in terms of fairness an true justice.
It is awesome to see cops in positions where they can make the difference actually seizing the opportunity. Hopefully he gets tons of good PR because of his attitude and this helps him in staying in his position despite the pressure from the bad apples. Unfortunately the basket is currently consisted of a lot of bad apples and just a few good ones.
I wonder if this destruction of privacy is really needed. Facebook itself admitted they have no clue of how effective advertising in their realm with all the trackers is. And there's the question of how this overexposure or indiscriminate collection of data actually scares people from buying the products/services.
Technically companies and their marketing/ad divisions are ran by humans so why aren't they asking themselves the simple "would I be ok being snooped like that?". Most likely the answer is no and yet they are pushing more and more monitoring out.