If its opt-out, its much easier to just remove the opt-out in the future and make it mandatory. Or to record the details of those who opt-out in some government database and give them extra scrutiny (i.e. if this person is opting-out they must be up to something)
As someone living in a democratic country (one with a conservative government, the Queen as head of state and some level of filtering going on although exactly how much no-one here in Oz will say) I do not support ANY kind of mandatory (or even on-by-default) censorship or filtering.
If there are things that are genuinely bad/harmful (rape, child porn, sexual violence, sites advocating terrorism etc etc) the government should be working with other governments to get the content taken down and the scumbags who produced it thrown in whatever passes for "federal pound me in the ass prison" in the relavent country rather than being blocked.
If the sites in question are not harmful to most people (regular porn, torrent sites, opposing political views etc) then they should not be blocked by default. Those people who DO want them blocked (e.g. parents wanting to stop their kids getting to it, schools wanting to stop their students getting to it etc) then yes the ISPs can offer an opt-in service for those customers.
But it has to be opt-in with customers having to specifically say "yes I want the filtering".
+1 to this, anyone who wants to make voice calls (of any kind including VoIP) can pay extra to sit in the "voice calls allowed" section. Businesspeople and such who will gain advantage by being able to make calls in flight can just expense the extra cost to the company along with their ticket. (after all, people these days already expense things like in-flight WiFi if they get benefit from having internet access on the plane)
They should be locked up for a long time in whatever the UK version of "federal pound me in the ass prison" is these days.
How many people only support it because they have been force-fed FUD and propaganda by the media along the lines of "if we dont spy on everyone, the terrorists win"? (and all attempts by sane people to convince them otherwise are ignored because they believe the talking head on the idiot box more than their close friends)
The in-development Neo900 phone is being built specifically to ensure the modem has no access to the main processor.
The modem will NOT be able to read anything from/write anything to the RAM or ROM attached to the TI OMAP main CPU. It will NOT be able to access peripherals connected to the main CPU (including the screen, speakers, microphone and cameras).
On the GTA04 (the device that the Neo900 is based on) all communication between the main CPU and the modem module happens via an internal USB port (with the omap and internal USB chip acting as the USB host and the modem acting as the USB guest). There is also a modem audio interface connected to the McBSP port of the OMAP chip that handles call audio (but its an audio interface and cant be used for anything else).
So not all phones give the baseband control over the main CPU.
+1 to this idea, combine GPS, alarm and other sensors to permanently erase all the encryption keys (and in a way such that you can have an expert witness demonstrate in court that the keys are gone and will never be recovered).
If the bad guys open the case (to pull the hard disks for imaging) without disabling the chassis alarm, keys get wiped. If they move the PC without disabling the GPS alarm, keys get wiped. If they enter the house without disabling the house alarm, keys get wiped.
Turn on the PC and enter the wrong boot password too many times, keys get wiped. (and this would also prevent accessing the BIOS setup to change the boot settings so it can boot from removable media or USB drives)
Enter the wrong password on the OS lock-screen too many times, keys get wiped. (meaning that if the PC is on when the bad guys show up, all you have to do is press the key combination to lock the system and they cant get in)
Someone ought to take a leaf from Cryptonomicon and find a country somewhere that is willing to say "screw you" if the US or its allies come knocking on the door, has a stable political system (whether that be democratically elected or not) and is willing to host a big data center to hold all the crap the US would rather not be hosted (WikiLeaks etc) and all the crap the US wants to get its hands on.
This is exactly why the patent system needs to change to make it impossible to amend patents after they have been filed.
Google (or Samsung or any Android OEM) will never make or ship an app that can send all audio or video from the phone to another device because app developers who make apps where they dont want that to happen (or where the providers of the content for that app dont want it to happen) would kick up a major stink.
Just state in the merger contract that any tax liabilities owed by Nokia are the responsibility of Nokia and do not follow the Indian factory to Microsoft.
Its Nokia that owe any taxes and the sale of the Indian factory to Microsoft shouldn't mean that somehow the taxes owed go with it.
Here in Australia I can transfer money not only to my bank but to any other bank in Australia (via my online banking) and I dont pay a cent.
I can also pay bills (those that dont come out automatically via direct debit) online and I dont pay a cent.
The fancy scanners are at airports but places like courthouses, schools, nightclubs, government buildings, jails, prisons and such still have the old style metal detectors.
Heck, there are probably still airports out there that dont have body scanners.
As we have seen when other companies with big portfolios have collapsed or sold off their patents, usually its well established companies that pick them up. Look at what happened to the Nortel Networks patents (that were bought by Microsoft and others)
My mum bought iPads for both of her parents last xmas and they both picked it up easily enough once the initial setup was done.