This is no different than ACA. As soon as single-payer was taken off the table (behind closed doors and without much fight), instead of a national healthcare system we now have the same crap service and corrupt system that everyone has to pay for directly or through taxes.
Those with real power are smart enough to see the writing on the wall and the emerging markets that will come from things like AGW regulation and use their power to twist it to their advantage whenever possible.
Oh yeah, this is slashdot....
My theory for getting information out of a black hole....
Eat the barbacoa with spicy sauce at chipotle.
Regardless out headend and transmission tower were at the top of a small mountain with tons of other towers.
This included a 250,000 watt UHF station and several smaller but still high wattage radio stations. there was an AT&T relay tower but that was all directional microwave. Our own tower transmitted at about 50 watts.
There was so much RF that a 4-foot florescent bulb held in hand would flicker. A volt meter held with probes 2-4 feet apart would register 1-7 volts, constantly varying.
Know what I felt? Nothing. No how much cancer I got? None.
My fillings did vibrate to the local rock station which was cool. (Joking)
In practice, any ordinary computer has come under the jurisdiction of the law, including cellphones, due to the inter-state nature of most internet communication.
(5) (A) knowingly causes the transmission of a program, information, code, or command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally causes damage without authorization, to a protected computer;
Sending my PC an ad, at the bear minimum causes damage due to increased wear on storage devices. At its worst it installs malware or defrauds such as to install malware.
Perhaps more relevant is mail and wire fraud:
18 U.S.C. 1343 provides:
Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.
Will they be charged? Probably not, and if so it will be a minuscule financial fine.
We decided to repurpose one of our shiny new 486DX2 (at 66Mhz!!) to a web server. The hard drive was not large enough to hold windows and the downloaded floppies for slackware. I stayed up all night, finding an open NFS export (at UIUC I think), and downloading each slackware floppy direct to disk one at a time using one of the NeXTs.
That doesn't even count the time trying to get X running right (which wasn't even needed for a web server!) Heady days I tell you!
That is what you propose here. I really try to not engage in ad hominem, but either you are a troll or an idiot.
There are arguments that can be made that state the stakes are higher now (due to the interconnectedness of systems), and it is plain that the attack surface of just about anything is larger, but those still are symptoms, not causes.
On the flip side of that, those with power and money have amassed more, and that interconnectedness plays to their advantage, resulting in the psuedo-regulated oligarchy we see across most industries and governments today.
The invisible hand of the free market is a hand that will push all to wrack and ruin if allowed to be completely free.
The enhanced MoU will deliver (apparent) savings across government and allow easier and more effective funneling of tax payer funds to Oracle. It lays the foundation of a more co-dependent relationship between government and Oracle.
Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955