There aren't any 'management controls' to speak of on the modem firmware.
Pretty sure Comcast has a remote management interface so they can turn on and off that Xfinity Wifi access point. Or so you can customize your Wifi access point via an app on your phone.
Your telecom/ISP may not have full access to any hardware you own, but there's still hardware you rent, and publishing the source of the firmware for that is something I doubt they would want.
The problem is that almost everything is going to have some sort of a security problem at some point, so where is the line drawn?
I mean, let's face it, barring something cataclysmic this just ain't going to happen.
Arguably there are trade secrets contained within the firmware, which could be exploited by competitors. Motorola wouldn't want Xoom to find out that a commonly used algorithm for dealing with DOCSIS comms is in fact less efficient than another one they dug up, nullifying their competitive edge. And likewise D-Link wouldn't want you to find out that there's a critical problem with their router that can't be fixed in firmware. So they're going to fight this.
Auditable firmware would also expose management controls used by telecoms and ISPs. This would expose their capabilities, and how they work. People wouldn't just know how far reaching these controls are, but also how limited they are. It could raise the specter or nefarious people reverse engineering access to those controls, and doing things they aren't supposed to do. So they're going to fight it too.
Then there are legislative bodies. Auditable firmware could not only expose any backdoors that are currently in use, but expose any they try to implement in the future. So they're going to do what politicians do best and try to sweep the whole thing under the rug.
This leaves us, thankfully, with at least one ally: The FCC, who have said they will not be blocking the use of third party firmware on wireless devices, so at least we can still retreat to open sourced firmware wherever possible, instead of relying on others to open up code for us.
I think it loses the ability to call itself a "TV series" when it refuses to air over a conventional method for getting television into your home... Just sayin'.
How come? Consider the source of the word "television," tele meaning from a distance, and vision being to view something. The show is still being presented to a large audience over a great geographic distance, you're still viewing something remotely from where it's produced. Only the technology behind it has changed, moving from radio frequencies over the air to radio frequencies over a coaxial cable, and now to pulses of light over fiber.
I love Trek, but I hope this flops so CBS will know their service is lame.
In what way is it "lame"? Shows cost money to produce, and that money has to come from somewhere. Consider that a lot of scripted prime time shows cost in the $3-4 million range to produce. You'd need 3-4 million people to chip in a buck to cover the cost of a show, but consider how many shows CBS is running and how many shows people watch. Scorpion, The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, NCIS and its two spin-offs, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Code Black, CSI and CSI: Cyber, Extant, Limitless, Hawaii Five-O, Madam Secretary, Elementary, The Mentalist, Mom, The Odd Couple, Person of Interest, Stalker, Supergirl, Life in Pieces, Criminal Minds, and the pending Angel from Hell, plus a few more. That's a lot of money, and considering that ads on the web don't snatch nearly the same kind of value as ads from OTA/MSO grab they have to make up the deficit somewhere.
So that's $6/mo to cover the production of more than twenty five different scripted television shows (not to mention the cost of licensing NCAA games, game shows, news programs, and reality shows). Assuming an average run of 25 episodes per season for each show, and a 12 month run, that's 12 per episode that CBS is getting to cover the cost of production of everything, advertising/promotion, and bandwidth for streaming. Even if you only watch three shows, you're paying 96 per episode which is cheaper than the going rate on iTunes, Amazon Prime or Google Play.
The Prime-verse series just degraded over time, as the core crew that contributed to the best parts of the earlier series just drifted away. TNG was a clean break from TOS, but the fact that they still had some of the original writers and Gene behind it meant it still had some roots in the series before it. Same story with DS9, carrying over a lot of the iconic writers. Voyager was where we saw them drift away and the franchise was never the same after that.
So if your grandma gets hacked we should sue her and throw her in jail?
If your grandma swerved across three lanes and caused a traffic accident because she never went in for the manufacturer recall to fix the malfunctioning rear view mirror she'd certainly at least get a talking to. If you knew about the problem with the mirror you'd probably talk with her about how important it is to get it fixed before she causes a problem too.
How about we hold Microsoft accountable for the shitty fucking security in their operating system?
That's the real problem here.
No, the problem is that Microsoft issues fixes for their security problems, but people don't want to stop using their computer long enough to install them. That's how we ended up with Windows 8 forcing people to reboot to install updates, and Windows 10 making it more difficult to turn that system off. People bitch and moan about it, and in some cases go out of their way to disable it. A Google search for "Windows 10 Automatic Update" has the first two results as instructions on how to disable it, even Forbes has a write-up on how to disable it.
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