Why of course this is a novelty. Most people will be happy with being stuck with the trailing edge technology of the 20th Century POTS. Never mind that the infrastructure supporting it is being abandoned by AT&T, Verizon, etc. Users can now bask in the glory of empty marketing promises that oversell and under delivery a mediocre service all conveniently sold with a plethora of below the line fees that pad the pockets of the shareholders.
Of course this is a good thing for consumers! Everyone needs to step back and look at the bigger picture.
AT&T is one of the largest corporate consumers of customer payments in the United States. By benefiting itself off zero rating, the amounts of cash they generate line the pockets of the upper management and large shareholders. It also covers the costs of the loyal lobbyists in DC that work tirelessly wining and dining our congress members to maintain the status quo. Congress is working tirelessly to maintain the lifestyles of all the poor unfortunates in this support chain, so remember if your against Congress, you must be for progress!
Every week another story about how law enforcement is so behind the eight ball and at a severe disadvantage in crime solving because of encryption. No matter how many times security experts reiterate the fact there is no golden key, politicians think the solution is just more legislation to fix the problem.
If it really is that simple, why not pass a law that proclaims that all politicians have the ability to understand the complex issues regarding computer security and encryption and makes them all defacto experts!
Let's follow along and further apply the logic used by the DHS.
The library needs to remove all newspapers because coded messages may be placed by people with criminal intent.
The library needs to remove all science, technology, and historical references because the information may be used by those with criminal intent.
The library needs to remove all dvds from circulation because they may be loaned to people with the criminal intent of copying them.
The library needs to remove all public access copy machines because they may be used by people to duplicate copyrighted materials.
Better yet, close the library, DHS can proclaim another potential terrorist attack was thwarted.
Wait a minute, really folks what is all the fuss about? Sure our own duly elected government has embarked on and expanded non-warranted collection of data on its very own citizens. And yes, the government proclaims any information you may have involving a 3rd party has no expectation of privacy. Furthermore federal officials are bemoaning the fact that encryption without a government sanctioned "backdoor" will cripple the war on terrorism.
Everyone seems to be forgetting that Obama promised to have the most transparent administration in the history of the United States.......
If she does, she can start with the actual model for the character. She is actress Shelby Welinder and if you spend a couple of minutes searching you can find pics of her payment invoice from Rockstar.
"When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so."
Let's stop for a moment and reflect on this statement. I wholeheartedly agree that law enforcement must take every “legally available step” to find and protect children from abusers. This means, going to a judge in a publicly accessible court system with probable cause and obtaining a search warrant, which is required to over-ride the individual's “right to privacy.” It's been the law of the land for over 200 years.
This right to privacy is what gives citizens the ability to purchase products that allow them to secure that right to privacy. For example, doors, locks, curtains, safes, etc, all give the user at least a semblance of privacy in their residence. Yet, none of the companies selling these items are considered to be thwarting the government's ability to stop child abusers. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE? OMG, business' that construct buildings are preventing law enforcement from seeing the abuse! They must be stopped because..........