1. If Apple is forced to decrypt now, they'll be forced to do so again, and again, and again... 2. Apple isn't the only company making encryption software. We've been down this whack-a-mole road before. When metallica sued Napster, did file sharing stop? 3. Whoever expects Apple to decrypt at the command of the government, should also expect no privacy with anything that they do online (emails, medical records [thanks President Obama], online purchases...the whole 9) 4. Per usual, the terrorists win because we always attack each other after being attacked by the terrorists.
Is India the champion of net neutrality (a.k.a. fair business practices), or do Indian companies have their own horse(s) in the game that would have been blocked by this "zero rating"? Me thinks, the latter.
I'm a fan of God's grace and mercy, because I'm imperfect--just like everyone else--but GEE WIZ! Why is this woman still allowed to campaign for President? I don't want her to go to jail, but at the very least, she should be disqualified to be a candidate for US President.
but is there a fix anywhere in sight? Should content providers even seek copyrights? Is copyrighting, itself, just and antiquated ideology? How should we be thinking about 'payment for artistic works' in the future? One time payments? Royalties for only 1 year, then it's all up for grabs? Right now it's just a silly cycle: someone makes it...mean corp. puts a lock/payment code on it...someone breaks said lock/payment doohickey...on and on ad infinitum... What's the fix?
Is the economy, namely high unemployment, counted as a factor in these "studies"? Cable TV is, primarily, about entertainment, and entertainment (just like internet access) is not a necessity. So, times get tough and non-necessities get cut from people's personal budgets.
Hopefully, regardless of the economy, more people drop cable to the point where citizens in every major (at least) US city can choose between Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, CableVision, etc... when they sign up for cable/internet access. Unfortunately, the pessimist in me says that any major downturn in cable subscriptions will only lead to higher internet access bills, and more consolidation (Mergers & Acquisitions) in the ISP/Cable industry.
That's right, terrorists. Smack us and we smack...each other!
That's how terrorism works; attack us--and instead of attacking our attacker...we attack each other. Instead of doubling-down on our own constitutional rights and freedoms, we start trying to find fault in our selves and in our American culture. America's not perfect, by any means, because people are not perfect. But dang.
Smack us around enough, and we'll be rolling out sharia law for the terrorist ourselves. It's like cultural terraforming.
"If someone knows they're going to be canned in a couple of years no matter what they do, wouldn't that make them more jaded/corruptible when they get there, not less?"
Not necessarily. Most pro athletes and US soldiers can honestly acknowledge that their current employment is temporary. I doubt that most of them are jaded by this aspect. Some term limited police will see their employment as a means to an end. Plus they'll have pensions, I'm sure.
You can't see what's in a man's heart, so the best you can do is try to weed out the bad ones at the beginning, and institute term limits (after, say, 10 yrs. in service). Keep new people coming in regularly, from the bottom to the top, and, hopefully, you can flush the jaded police out of the system.
There, there.. Wipe your tears and drop your rocks. The truth hurts.
If no one is willing to go without internet access long enough (because it's a HUMAN NECESSITY now) to redress the local ISP's, and the laws that they purchased, then don't expect things to improve. People love to complain, but how many are willing to sacrifice for the greater good? The sit-ins in the '60's...the Selma bus boycott...I imagine these weren't fun nor convenient, but they were effective in reversing the Jim Crow laws.
If we, the consumers, don't unite and demand local competition in the ISP/cable space--on a national level, who will? Again, boycott or bend over.
Paul, Paul, Paul... Turn off your computer and your phone for 15mins. and take your pulse...I bet you'll still live. The internet was originally established as a means of communication between researchers at universities. Are you a college/university professor conducting scientific research? Were you born with an internet connection? Just admit it. Internet access is not necessary for you to live. Yes, it facilitates your lifestyle, but that's YOUR chosen profession. I was introduced to the web in the 1990's with Netscape Navigator, and I've benefited from it. Yet I still know fact from fiction. The internet is just the latest means of communication, and it doesn't sustain human life.
Eventually people will learn the difference between necessity and want. That's what a lot of these "prices too high/monoploly/...blah, blah" rants boil down to. Although I GREATLY APPRECIATE internet access, it's not a necessity. Neither is cable TV. Until we, the shee...people, realize that entertainment is not a necessity --AND-- show the corporations that we hold the $$, get used to more of the same. Share holders gotta eat!
Eventually people will learn the difference between necessity and want. That's what a lot of these "prices too high/monoploly/...blah, blah" rants boil down to. Although I GREATLY APPRECIATE internet access, it's not a necessity. Neither is cable TV. Until we, the shee...people, realize that entertainment is not a necessity --AND-- show the corporations that we hold the $$, get used to more of the same. Share holders gotta eat! Boycott or bend over.
Police work dangerous, almost thankless, jobs. They get burned out. All of that up and down adrenalin. Cops should have mandatory term limits after 10 years in service. After 10 years, they should be forced to take 1 yr. off. After that 1yr break (covered by their pension or whatever) they should be re-evaluated and allowed to resume service as police officers--if they wish.