I mean, if they're working THAT HARD to keep it secret, what horrors must they be concealing? The entire nation will be obsessed with speculation about it! ...until some celebrity breaks up with her boyfriend or something.
Really, stalling as long as possible, until everyone loses interest, will work just fine.
"Not enough of us Americans give a shit about the Constitution, none of our politicians or judges give a shit about it, and people here adore our police so much that they smile and thank them as they are being fucked in the ass by them."
It's not that we don't give a shit, and it's not that we adore the police. It's that we are literally powerless before them. The police have guns, the will to use them, and (almost) no repercussions. Resist and you may well die. The courts are no help; they twist and turn the law until whatever they want is legal. The polls? "Lesser of two evils" doesn't work anymore; neither evil is "lesser" enough.
It will reach a point where it boils over, we'll have a new government, and (hopefully) another couple of hundred years of relative freedom until we have to do it again.
All they have to do is buy them. They may not get the very best of the best, but how many people will turn down two or three times the going salary? it's not like the government has limited financial resources. Same for companies - pay them enough, and they're on board. The local office just makes it more tempting. "They're right across the street..."
Clearly, there aren't enough dangerous things in the world to keep them occupied. Two summers ago, I was walking through a public park on a sunny afternoon. Being a bit of a birdwatcher and former professional photographer, I had a DSLR and a long lens with me.
I was approached by a police officer, who wanted to know what I was doing there. I told him birdwatching and walking. He was kind enough to tell me I'd been "turned in" by the staff at a municipal building, located the other side of the park, across a street, and up a hill.
They were worried I "might photograph" the outside of their building for "terrorist purposes." This critical facility housed three employees and two lawnmowers.
They're having Samsung use their TV technology in the cars. Commands are sent, unencrypted, to a third-party site to be parsed, then sent back to the car for execution. What could go wrong? Saves several dollars per car, and there's that huge advertising revenue stream:
"Gee, we should stop at Aunt Sally's on the way!" And your screen lights up with a list of stores between here and there that sell gifts Sally would like...
I assume the evidence collected couldn't be produced, mentioned, or discussed?
"Well, we stopped these guys because they looked suspicious, Then we searched their vehicle and didn't find anything. Then, for 'reasons' we let them sit there a couple of hours, and they got really nervous. Then we took them into custody."
"DHS is actively asking fellow citizens to spy on each other "See something, say something" they even have fucking posters printed for."
I remember growing up in the 50's very well. We were constantly told how horrible life in Soviet Russia was, with the government watching everything you did, and encouraging neighbor to turn in neighbor, and child to turn in parent.
Curious if you're from the USA - seriously. You can have a waiver signed in blood, under a full moon, witnessed by the President and the Supreme Court justices, and people can still sue you and win. Ask any skydiving school, ski resort, or (until special laws protected them) light aircraft manufacturer.
I've bought ASUS stuff many times, and currently have a couple of their motherboards and a video card. They ALWAYS provide their own drivers, even if many people use the reference drivers from the chipset manufacturer.
If ASUS markets overclocking capability, then takes it away IN THE DRIVERS THEY SUPPLY, then people can bitch.
I may not get the gamer market, but was this "feature" ever advertised BY NVIDIA to end users as a feature? Overclocking, by definition, is operating a device outside its design parameters. If manufacturers using the chipset advertised this misuse as a feature, this is all on them. NVIDIA seems to be doing what's right for their own protection and customer safety.
And it isn't Apple. "Calm blue" and "Harsh green" - when did those colors develop distinct personalities? For myself, I change the default text highlight on Mac OSX [b]TO[/b] green, because I find it easier on my eyes.
"Yet again, this proves the terrorists have won. Why couldn't the TSA agent ask the guy to eat a PowerBar to prove it wasn't a bomb or ask the guy to show off his watch? And in a better world, the agent could pretend to be a techie and get the guy talking about features of the watch. After a few minutes, it would be obvious that the guy was a runner or a very good liar."
Because there's no incentive to demonstrate someone is NOT a terrorist. No valid suspects, no reason to swing your d*ck around, no reason to even have the job.