"while Galaxy Note 7 owners apparently believe they have every right to be stupid"
Well, don't they have the right to be stupid? As far as I know companies still do not have the power to legally require you to return something you bought, even for a recall. Keeping something that might randomly explode might be stupid, but if they chose to do so that is their right.
I also wonder though, how many of these non-returned phones are actually in use? I am sure there are a few people who love the phone and still use it. I also bet there are some that are holding onto the phone strictly as a collectors item.
Wow, just for chuckles I went to look at this on steam. I see seven positive reviews. These reviews though do a good job of showing what an idiot the developer was. One of the great examples has this to say:
"This is quite an enjoyable game. I spent a good time on this game. LOVE the survival scenes. One thing I don't like about this game is the fact that some missions are very difficult Honestly a decent enough game, worth the money"
Thing is, the moronic developer forgot that steam reviews post the users play time. In this case it was 0.4 hours.
Of the seven positive reviews NONE had even a single hour of game time on record. This is really pathetic considering all they would have needed to do is let the game idle at the menu over night to rack up some hours, but they were too stupid to even do that.
Yes, it would be easy for them to setup such a system. The issue is that if they encrypt your e-mail then they can't scan them to place "more relevant ads". They need to be able to read your e-mail for their business model to work. These services are not "free" you pay for it with the contents of your e-mails.
“I’m frankly far more concerned about the rights and civil liberties of the victims and wider council tax-paying public, who are currently having to pick up the tab, than the GOVERNMENT criminal element who continue to treat the rest of us with open contempt.”
Then there are those of us like me. I don't trust Microsoft at all and have stopped using their systems.
I STILL want to see some proof of this stuff being tossed around. Bold accusations like that need some proof to back them up or you just look like an idiot. I'm not saying I trust Microsoft isn't doing these things. I am saying that before you publicly accuse them of it you need more than just your say so.
Of course, if you want to be lumped in with the tin foil hat "aliens are coming for us" group then please, go ahead spouting out junk with zero proof. (of course, hey, those guys with the fancy tin foil hats might be right too.)
There might be drama in Linux, but that is fine. At least in Linux your free to try and fix things or do something different. Unlike dealing with Microsoft where they just laugh in your face until you leave.
"There's no way the officer who posted this thought anyone would think it was acceptable."
That is sadly where I think you are wrong. Time and time again we have seen that with the current culture inside police departments this kind of thing is acceptable. I hope I am wrong but even in this case he will probably get a slap on the wrist and told "Don't get caught next time"
"and at least "reality" TV often created a demand for live viewing."
And that is why you can buy survivor on dvd.... Most reality shows are still just like every other TV show. Maybe there is a little more drive to watch it "live" but in reality I bet most people just recorded it and watched it when they wanted.
That is really what makes Netflix tv shows so awesome. They drop the show on the site and you watch it whenever and however you want. One episode a week? No problem. Beige watch the entire season in one sitting? That's cool too.
There are a few regular shows I watch and I HATE the annoying trickle of one episode a week. Especially considering some are more one episode whenever we feel like airing it, and we don't feel like releasing anything during the holidays......
Well lets not forget the automakers, cb radio manufactures, heck while we are at it, what about those darn food producers. Those dang farmers keep growing food and you just know some of that food is being eaten by darn terrorists. We should outlaw making food! That will show them terrorist who's boss!
"Of course, some people will immediately use this as a reason why no one should ever have these kinds of devices -- but that ignores that they can actually be quite useful as well."
This is a fight I constantly find myself having. I am a geek and I love technology. The idea of having a Star Trek like computer I can talk to is of course very high on my list of wanted tech. The issue is that I also see the constant abuse of these technologies. It makes me sick to see these shiny toys just within reach only to see
"Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Echo can hear you ask a question from any direction—even while playing music."
Then my mind processes exactly how that can be abused and I have to walk away.
It is so frustrating to look around at the world and think of where we could be and the things we could do with technology only to realize we are constantly being held back because a selection of assholes can't resist abusing the power.
Maybe it was his intention all along "But any manufacturer or seller that didn't want to install the system could pay a $20 opt-out fee for each device sold."
To me that pretty much says "$20 tax is being added to every internet device" because charging an extra $20 is a lot easier and cheaper than jumping over the impossibly high bar set for filtering the entire internet with 100% accuracy.
What really makes this even worse the more I think about it is just how it would have to be put in place. It is bad enough to think about the US wanting a back door, but that is just one country. When you start thinking about it though and thinking about the US, and then EU, then Russia and so on. Suddenly it is not just a little backdoor it is a huge mess.
Just think about that for a bit. I have serious doubts about the US security agencies being able to protect a backdoor key. You give copies of that key to 30 countries and each of them gives copies to who knows how many agencies inside the country..... suddenly your backdoor key can be found in hundreds of locations and all a hacker needs to do is break into the weakest location and it all falls.
This really is kind of an interesting case though in that he sent one of the very few messages that could actually cause someone physical harm.
I also think it could pave an important path for future issues. As more and more things become connected to the internet it becomes more and more simple to "assault" someone online.
It does make for some very interesting questions. It is sad that the case seems to have total assholes on both sides that will cloud the core issue of how to deal with this kind of thing in the future.
That is pretty much same thing I got from that second link. I have a hard time trusting Denuvo when they are trying to explain why people are removing their product. They would NEVER admit customers are leaving for any negative reason. (If they did admit that then their PR would be the worlds worst)
That is and interesting thought, and well, it is one that is true anyways. If real encryption is outlawed or otherwise crippled it will cause DRM to crash and burn. DRM relies on having encryption that gamers can't crack. You weaken encryption technology you weaken the DRM resulting in it failing faster than it already does.
One thing I find hilarious about all this stuff though is how everyone is just scrambling to find something to blame for why Trump won the election. In all the scrambling though it seems very few people are willing to admit that maybe it was because people were sick of politics and Trump, while he might be a lot of things (most of them bad), he isn't a typical politician.
"sexual content which will distress them or harm their development"
Anyone ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, us making sex such an "evil" and taboo thing is really what "will distress them or harm their development".
I often find myself looking around and wondering WTF people are thinking these days. Kids used to grow up out side running around, often put to work at very young age helping parents on the farm. This often even included dangerous things like using axes to chop wood. Families also used to have one room houses where I am sure most kids saw sex on a regular basis. They also knew about it from a young age due to farm animals if nothing else.
So you seriously going to try and argue that our current kids are turning out better now that we wrap them up in bubble wrap and protect them from every little thing?