"So don't be surprised when services and businesses that depended on that model start to stop offering those free services."
I don't have a problem with that. I remember back when ads were very rare and most Internet services were free and better than most are now. In many ways, a return to those days would be a great improvement.
I disagree. Those were the reasons for public consumption, but not the actual reasons. If they were the actual reasons, then convictions would be required to keep the cash, and the money would not go directly to the cops.
Lots of people have no option but Comcast if they want broadband internet. Those people are trapped, not stupid.
I've been one of those people for five years now, but I am finally able to move to a city where I can ditch Comcast completely. This is a fantastic start. I can't wait to finally be rid of those assholes, and I'll do my very best to never have to give them a dime again.
This was my thought. This decision may end up causing the BMV more pain than the expect. If it's government speech, then their combined act of allowing BIBLE4ME while disallowing UNHOLY seems to smack directly into the forbidden act of supporting one religion over others.
Joybubbles is legendary, however his whistling feat was far from superhuman. The tones that had to be produced to fool the system into thinking that you've paid were very simple ones.
Whistling even a '60s-era 300 baud modem tone is many orders of magnitude more complex (and still possible for nonsuperhumans -- I used to be able to convince those modems that a connection was being made by doing so).
Laws against conspiracy are not legitimizing arresting people for crimes they haven't yet committed. The conspiracy itself is illegal, even if that act being planned is never attempted, so a law has in fact been broken.
A very, very problematic law for certain, but still.
On the flip side, quantum computing would also allow crypto that is far stronger than anything we can make right now. Quantum computing would not make crypto worthless, it would just be a continuation of the back-and-forth game that crypto has always been.
It was those bugs and overlays that got me to stop watching broadcast and cable completely. Every so often I'll catch a TV broadcast at a friend's house or something, but those damned things have gotten worse, bigger, and more intrusive. I simply can't enjoy a show when that crap is going on. It's far worse than interstitial ads.
You could be right, but you could also be wrong. That's why we have courts. I do know that there are times when legitimate people carry large amounts of cash for completely legal reasons. I've carried in excess of $10k myself a couple of times without engaging in anything remotely shady.
"(your physical device) always has, and continues to this day to refer your unencrypted keystrokes to federal agencies long before you hit the "encrypt" button."
Compromised hardware can indeed do this, but you seem to be saying everyone's hardware is compromised and doing this. That's demonstrably untrue, unless the hardware is using some communications channel nobody knows about.
Lots of people, myself included, keep a very close eye on the traffic stream using standalone sniffers. The only remotely questionable traffic I've ever seen has come from operating systems and applications. I hear the same from many others who keep a paranoid eye on their traffic.