The Western world is at the point now where data acquisition meets or exceeds that behind the Great Firewall of China. The only difference is that it is not the government doing the spying, it is business. Thanks to the third party doctrine and the All Writs act, the governments here in the US have access to all of it. And almost always without the need for something as onerous as a warrant or even probable cause.
Obama refused to crack down on these activities adequately and has handed Trump tools and weapons that no president should have. I'd say that it is up to Congress now to do their jobs, but since they work for the corporations, and not the people, that isn't going to happen.
While I think that Obama did a number of good things, I sure wish that he had had the balls to actually heed the warnings that he was given. Like LBJ, (in regards to Vietnam), Obama was too worried about being called a pussy to do that right things about T.W.A.T. Now we all, Americans and the entire world, are going to be forced to deal with the consequences of his inaction.
I sure hope like hell that in 2020 Americans remember this kind of crap and put someone in the White House who isn't too cowardly or psychotic to do the right thing for the country. It's time we voted in people who KNOW that they work for the best interests of the people, not the best interests of the government, or the corporations.
I predict that the Supremes will rule for the Slants.
I also predict that the day after someone will trademark "Trumps Sucks Dick". Legal shenanigans will ensue, suits will be filed. In retaliation someone else will get a trademark on the following and make a killing selling it.
"Trump sucks giant hairy green donkey dicks oozing purple puss".
If the US won't let them trademark it, I bet the EU will.
I guess that Verizon simply wants the title of the most hated company in America. Rather than work hard, fuck over everyone and everything around them, they are going to do it the easy way. Just buy there way to the top.
On a more serious note, a wave of mergers of the like not seen since '96 or so is not what anyone needs. Time has shown that these mega-mergers do nothing but make a lot of money for a few big shareholders and destroy value for all of the others investors.
I see Obama has some after all. Now if he can just put on his big girl panties and pardon Snowden. Hell, there's a list a mile long of people he should be pardoning. If he truly wanted to do the right thing, he could damn near completely empty federal prisons of all the people held on BS drug charges. I know pipe dreaming there, but if he wants to leave a legacy, that would be a good one to have.
The FBI has spent too much time showing that they are not trustworthy. Until they actually clean up their act and stop their unconstitutional behaviours they deserve trust from no one. It doesn't help though that the Republicans have spent decades making sure that a rather large percentage of the country will never trust the feebs. Which is truly ironic since the FBI, like almost all cops, is overwhelmingly Republican-minded.
Maybe it is time to simply fire the entire lot of them. And ban them from ever being cops again anywhere in the US. There really isn't another solution that cleans out all of the deadwood. Do that in NY, Chicago, and Oakland and let every other department know that they're next if they don't clean up immediately.
Same for the FBI, as the article from a few hours after this one shows their true colors. Well, that and the thousands of convictions due to FBI agents lying their asses off in every court in the land. And falsifying so much forensic evidence it is silly.
Local, state or federal, they show that their guiding philosophy is pathetecism.
The "problem" is that the politicians refuse to believe that the people they represent have already decided. Decided that they are not going to avail themselves of the options they already have and are not not blocking porn en mass. They simply cannot, or will not, understand that people like porn.
Rather than believe that their constituents have such a "basic moral failing", it must be due to other influences. So we must protect them from that which they don't want protection from. It doesn't matter what country, many of the politicians have the same problem. They refuse to believe that their people might like something that they themselves consider immoral.
Don't forget that this is the same man who has instructed his officers to persecute the homeless population in Austin. He orders sweeps of the homeless, having them arrested on just about any pretext, before major events in Austin. With Halloween here, it is already under way in downtown Austin. Can't have the homeless anywhere near the tourists and there precious out of town dollars after all.
While he has done some positive things, the negatives he has brought to Austin make him irredeemable. Ask any homeless person in Austin who they fear the most. Their answer will always be: "The cops".
Here's a word I coined several decades ago that perfectly encapsulates what they are doing. Hell, it describes the primary motivations of so many things in America. From things like Facebooks policies to our financial institutions to almost all of our politicians.
The guiding philosophy of America, the race to see who's behaviour is the most pathetic. Mr. Masnick, I gift you this new word, as it perfectly describes the overwhelming majority of the articles here on Techdirt. Not the articles themselves, but the subjects of the articles and the way that the people and organizations in them act.
DRM is usually an acronym for Digital Rights Management. That is incorrect and always has been. Digital Restrictions Management is correct.
At no time has it ever been about the rights of anyone, including the publishers/authors of software. It has always been about imposing restrictions on the software they sell and on the people who buy it.
Y'all should do everyone a favor and emphasize that it is about restrictions, not about enabling users, buyers or programmers.
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