Someone should figure out his morning commute and drive slowly in front of him with a bumper sticker that says "Your current internet package does not support using the fast lane"
I still remember when Sony thought it would be a great idea to remove the ability to run Linux on the PS3, and they tried to justify it by saying "Oh, you'll be able to run it just fine if you don't update. But if you want to play any new games, or any newer Blu-Rays...well, you'll have no choice". All because of one hardware based exploit that 99% of the consumer market wouldn't know what to do with. They kicked a literal hornet's nest of motivated hackers who had spent years setting up custom arcade-oriented Linux distros based on YDL and now found themselves unable to run both emulators and new games...so they hacked the PS3 wide open, dumped the signing keys, completely broke the system and allowed for emulation/piracy/custom code. Sony couldn't patch the exploit completely, so they had to release new hardware versions (every PS3 above the 2501A) to stop new exploits but the damage was already done.
That is the direction I see the country going in if legislation this disastrous actually passes. Motivated, grey and black hat hackers doing everything possible to break open the foundations of the internet as we know it, one byte at a time. I hope it doesn't come to this, but i remember the ride being worth it the last time around.
Edit: Obligatory "holy shit, my highest rated comment ever is about". There's a few people who corrected me on how Sony actually patched this in 3.55 (while true, you were able to sign and run higher firmwares even after they did) and I thank you for those comments. Literally, thanks all (using literally this way literally just to piss off all the people who told me I used literally wrong. They literally did that. LITERALLY).
I vaguely remember an anti trust case involving Microsoft in which there was a judgement against Microsoft but there was never any enforcement. Something along the lines of, "which would you prefer the money, or the ability to run microsoft products on Government computers." I also might not be remembering 100% correctly.
/u/thisisbillgates I know you're helping a lot in the world but can we get your help with Net Neutrality?
Side question - I remember some rich guy was threatening to buy, deanonimize and publish the internet browser history after the last change if the law allowing ISP to sell those passed.
Did this happen ?
Would be better to set up a nonprofit that buys small monopoly ISPs and throttles the web sites of politicians that oppose net neutrality. Turns out their donation pages are taking too much bandwidth, need to be throttled to maintain quality of service.
You gotta think that even the most basic "hacker" would gun for this fool if he succeeds.
The short sight of this idiocy is incredible. The amount of actual all out "cyber war-fare" is going to be insane. Most ISPs can barely maintain thier backbone to deliver just the most basic service let alone a highly regulated one. So to think that they are going to get ahead of the shit storm they are creating is absolutely laughable.
I am in no way advocating this kind of recourse but as a citizen of the internet I see no other way that this goes forward.