Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Jun 2011 18:49 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Oh boy, what do we make of this? We haven't paid that much attention to the whole thing as of yet, but with a recent public statement on why they do what they do, I think it's about time to address this thing. Yes, Lulz Security, the hacking group (or whatever they are) that's been causing quite a bit of amok on the web lately.
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Thom screamed when he had to pay $2 more for VOIP services.

You're starting to work on my nerves here.

It's not about the money. It's about letting private corporations control what I can access, and how I can access it. It's about a private entity peeking into my traffic and looking at my data to find out what I'm doing. That is scary. I don't give on flying fcuk about paying extra - I give a flying fcuk about private entities violating my constitution-given right to privacy.

And please, don't start about your fictional free market again, and about how if the people want it a new carrier could come up. This is simply unrealistic. The barrier to entry is simply too high, and in your completely unregulated market the three carriers would band together even more than they already do to block out any possible newcomers, and to ensure that customers can't easily switch to the new carrier (by blocking number transfer, for instance, or by simply not even allowing calls to and from the new carrier in the first place). That would all be allowed in your dreamworld!

At least I can actually vote on politicians if they screw up. In your free market dreamworld, the three carrier cartel would make it impossible for me to make any choice to vote with my wallet.

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