I guess what it comes down to is it's not that people are upset that other people in the world are being exploited ... it's that they had to be made aware of it through Craigslist. And they had to be reminded about it every time they went to sell some lawn furniture. They simply want to be able to ignore the problem more easily ... not actually fix anything.
It makes perfect sense. It's not about actually helping anyone, but appearing to help. And for the constituents, it's not about helping people they don't know, but just getting the seedy stuff out of their eyesight so that they can more easily ignore the problem ... thus in their personal life, the problem is solved because they don't see it any more. It doesn't actually matter if anyone's life is actually saved, because it's the VEIL of protection that matters to most people. They want a sense that something is being done to make THEIR life better ... they couldn't actually care less about the people being exploited.
There was a story recently of a guy who held a sign or something warning people to slow down because of a speed trap. The police arrested him, but he was let go when the cops were told it's not illegal to tell someone to obey the law.
I'm against the idea of uniforms in general. Adding an RFID chip to the jersey just adds on to the reasons to hate this plan. Also cements in my head why my wife & I plan on home schooling our children.
I know this was a joke, but the lawyer version is called "Casebook".
Before "visual voicemail" when you had to listen to each message in order ... it was excruciating. Having to skip through 20 messages of "call me back" or "this message is for X. I'm Soandso from ThisBusinessYouNeverHeardOf" before getting to the one you actually need to hear. At least with "visual voicemail" you can skip straight to the important ones and delete the rest.
So, in the past 3 years it's less painful. But before that, I would fill up my voicemail box because so no one else could leave me a voicemail so that I didn't have to keep listening to stupid messages just to delete them.
My GTalk status is ALWAYS set to "Busy". Even when I'm actively IMing people.
I've felt this way for years. The way I put it "I have a cell phone so I can make calls, not so people can call me." If I don't recognize a number: no answer. If someone is calling me unexpected: 99% no answer - they can leave a voice mail, that Google Voice will transcribe, I will read, and then decide how I want to respond when I can work it into my schedule.
I actually had the best man for my wedding back out because I wasn't available to chat on the phone with him enough, and he wouldn't talk through e-mail or text ever. He would just leave me 3 voicemails a day while I was working that I wouldn't listen to because he was just complaining about how I never answered the phone.
And why do you think you have priority of 3 of the other person's minutes when you have a question?
A cop wants a cell phone company to follow proper procedures when handing over phone records? Now that IS news.
It seems like public ridicule is the only way the right thing ever happens any more.
Major corporations will likely feel they're in the uncomfortable position of having to purchase .xxx domains to protect their trademarks or just to prevent someone from getting the .xxx version of their domain and putting up unscrupulous content.
I'll consider stop downloading when the film studios give me a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If I can for any reason say I did not enjoy the movie and get my money back, then there would be less of a reason for me to pirate. Where "I just didn't like the movie" is a valid reason for a refund.
I would rather pay $10 to see a movie in a theater than download even a DVD quality version, but I hate paying $10 to see garbage in a theater. And I will pirate a movie to watch at home to avoid paying $10 for a movie that doesn't deserve my money. But I have absolutely no issue giving $10 for an enjoyable movie experience.
I had to apologize to my friends for dragging them to see "The Cable Guy" so many years ago. I still feel bad about that, and angry that the movie fooled me into seeing it.