Police unions protect their membership from political vagaries, guarantee a minimum livable wage, and provide protection for workers that are in harm's way every single day. You're too young, and probably too lazy to read about how hard and miserable it was to be a police officer in the 60s, but there were no bulletproof vests, paid sick leave, pensions, or basic benefits that are typically taken for granted by many of us.
But from your perception, police unions just want to cover up the bad actors in the department. Well, that's mighty unfair from my perspective, but since you're too lazy to actually qualify any of your statements, go have another bag of Doritos instead.
Look, let's agree to separate supply and commodity, just like gas companies.
I want Verizon to connect me to the Internet. Period. Don't block ports, don't tell me what to do, don't tell me how to do it, don't force me to use specific devices. Everything they do to diminish the experience adds up to an undirected rage of helplessness, generated by them. This is the source of the anger.
If I want TV, give me TV. Bundle it, whatever, just give me access to the content and let me figure out how I want to see it. Don't block my ability to skip commercials, watch picture-in-picture, or save episodes for later. Don't put a "Subscribed Channel" filter on my set-top and then list non-subscribed content to tease me.
Play fair. I think they are incapable of fair play, and so that's why they must be punished.
A true historical oddity, the monopoly that won't die.
When AT&T had to break open its device stranglehold on its ratepayers, you kept the spirit alive. Not content to charge freight for carrying bits, you keep the Bad Old Days alive with mandatory device restrictions (complete with port 4567 backdoors, for your protection!), mandatory device requirements (adapter for every stream, anyone?), crippled services (any FiOS customers have picture-in-picture? no? of course you don't), and unethical price hikes (oh no, it's a fee separate from that pay-one-price deal we hooked you with two years ago).
Don't think we're just limited to FiOS folks. VZW customers also enjoy the same stupidity! Lock down those phones, don't want someone blocking ads or removing the bloatware. Shhhh, don't mention that supercookie you can't kill, or APN you can't modify. Tether? Only if it's around your neck so we can slowly strangle you with more fees. Hotspot access? No way, we control the transport *and* the endpoints. Why? Because that's the law we bought, and we have more money than you do.
Awesome company. Deserves to be broken up and put under a DoJ consent decree. Okay. I'm done now.
... then there's this nitpicky overwrought discussion into minutae that makes me just give up caring. This is an academic exercise. Applying it in the real world is a waste of resources, and it's jerkoffs like you that actually perpetuate it by discussing it seriously.
"Most robocallers make heavy use of number spoofing technology, meaning that fighting robocalling will always be a massive game of Whac-a-Mole no matter what."
It's like that because Verizon, among others, makes money by supplying the arms in this arms race, Once CallerID was out in 1985, the next step was charging fees to block it, then fees to reveal it, then additional fees to SUPERBLOCK it. Also, telcos created CID, and they can certainly provide ANI instead and allow you to block that... but why stop the gravy train?
These are the same people that charge you a fee to pack data into signaling packets that they are shipping whether you use them or not. I hope the FCC goes after that next.
India and China and Brasil won't care, they'll just use your tools and dare you to do something about it. They realize that you can't actually get everyone to agree to your asinine patent schemes and copyright limits.
If you own a locked-down VZW phone -- and by locked down I mean no root access possible via encrypted bootloader -- there's nothing you can do to avoid it. The APN configuration that's made possible by Android is removed by VZW... so you can't route your mobile traffic to an on-system proxy to protect yourself.
And, of course, you can't unload all of the modules and such to eliminate the root cause(s) either. All the more reason to stick with Developer Models where possible.
GSM, or any radio, should be part of the modularity. You get a phone that by virtue of the module, works on any carrier. You need a new screen, swap it out. Memory? Go for it. My gosh, someone can bring back keyboards!
It's not about NJTA (which manages NJ TPKE and GSP) fighting another pizza competitor. It's about borrowing a logo in existence for 50-60 years to sell pizza, in effect trading on the national recognition of one entity to promote your business.
Whether that has legal merit or not, whether they then choose to go the copyright route (where I suspect they will enjoy more success) is left to be seen. To characterize this disingenuously as "pizza versus highway" is lazy high school writing.