I have this running. I have found that a number of GV calls have been marked as 'unavailable' on my call history, even though the CID has never failed to come to the phone. I am not sure if this is because T-Mobile recognizes the call pattern as always going to/from 1 number or not. It is definitely against their Terms and Conditions: "*Your five numbers must be US domestic numbers and must not include 411, voicemail, toll-free, 900, calling card, and customers' own numbers; and single numbers allowing access to 500 or more persons." I'm willing to take the risk, but I don't use GV exclusively, that way I mix it up with regular usage.
Out bound calls are free too, since the call is registered with GV and rings you back. You can also dial your GV number, press 2, and make an actual "outbound" free call. This isn't very convenient though, since its used like a calling card. Maybe this new Google Voice app will change that.
No, don't bitch about cameras and its invasion of privacy. You missed the point entirely WHILE agreeing with it.
Bitch about the unaccountable government and law enforcement agencies and lobby for regulation to control the access and use of data.
Cameras don't hurt anybody, just like taking a photo doesn't actually steal your soul.
While I agree with your point that it is unaccountable government which would be the problem, I still disagree that installation of such a system will have a harmless outcome.
All analogies break down somewhere, but here is an extreme one that comes to mind. To me this would be like putting a gun in the hand of all local felons (for whatever 'altruistic' reason), and then bitching about the criminals when they start robbing/raping/pillaging at record rates. Guns by themselves can't hurt anyone, but with that combination most reasonable people would say that the potential for abuse is extremely high.
Sure, the probability of the government abusing such a tool is lower than the example I give, but the fact remains: if you limit or take away the opportunity, you limit the abuse potential. Without some mechanism to ward off potential LE/Govt abuse, I say its better to do without the toy in the first place.
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But they could easily get some. Not legally, but round off a few fractions of a penny to a bank account and if you get caught, the worst they would ever do is they would put you for a couple of months into a white-collar, minimum-security resort! Shit, we should be so lucky! Do you know, they have conjugal visits there?
I'm a married man, and I haven't had a conjugal visit in 6 months.
To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton