There's no way it's really you. It can't be. That would mean you not only constantly google yourself, but that you're constantly googling your handle "Angry Dude" - the most generic phrase ever. How many sites must you have to look through every day that *might* be calling you out but instead are just using your name in its generic form I can only guess. There can't possibly be someone in the world who's that obsessive compulsive.
But in the off-chance you are the real angry dude...can I have your autograph? ;D
Then again...the other side of the coin is that, if the previous Department was underreporting its requests, and this Department isn't (or is underreporting less), then the number on file would *necessarily* be much larger than the one from previous years.
Without knowing how accurate the current department is being in comparison to the earlier department, and keeping in mind that they're clearly a bunch of lying liars, this data is practically worthless.
"but his use of the computers far exceeded the what would be considered "normal" for a display model at a store."
This presumes you know how both a)how Apple defines "normal" use of their display computers and b) how the law defines "normal" use of a public computer.
I am absolutely certain that you know neither of those things in actuality.
Re: Re: Maybe you ought to re-examine your premise,
This is very true - Lucas pioneered making Comic Con a venue for showing off upcoming action/sci-fi movies, knowing that this was the place where potential fans of the genre would congregate. People take it for granted now and studios complain that it's not as effective as it appears, but that kind of wonderful oversaturation wouldn't even exist if it weren't for the get Lucas intelligently marketed A New Hope. A real movie studio sure as hell wouldn't have thought to do that. Lucas did though, because he recognized that completing the film was just step one.
Unfortunately, today Lucas has found himself on the other side of the Hollywood line, looking at fans as a cynical source of revenue rather than a actual people to connect with. Indeed, Lucasfilm is pretty much worse than Hollywood at this point. And he's so heavily protected, so separated from reality and buffered with assistants and producers and lawyers, he probably doesn't even realize it.
Maybe the lawyers were just trying to help them. I mean, 13 hours - that suggests they were going to *shudder* watch the prequels as well. If I was a lawyer for Lucasfilm, I know I'd be working overtime to make sure every star wars marathon began with Hope and ended with Jedi. And if they wanted to watch anything beyond that, maybe include Genndy Tartovsky's clone wars miniseries as well.
I think you vastly underestimate how much money people can earn directly from their fans. Case in point: four days ago, the small-time youtube improv group SMBC Theater put up a kickstarter page to raise funds for a more ambitious series set in space. Their goal was to get $15,000 in 45 days. They are currently sitting on over $23,000 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/smbctheater/smbc-theater-goes-to-space
This is a group who has been producing zero-budget videos for only a year. They have no funding, no marketing team, no PR firm, no releasing studio, no lawyers; just talent and proof that they can pull off their ambitions.
And that is why it's always important to check a commenter's username before replying. Because no matter how 100% serious he sounds, I don't think someone named "ShillTroll" actually means what he says ;)
You know what, you're right. I'm not entitled to the things I buy. Obviously they're not mine to do with as I please, nor can I, as an independent and free-thinking adult, be trusted to make responsible decisions about how to use the things I own. Clearly all my purchases are just leases bestowed open me by our generous and benevolent corporate masters, and they have every right to take those things away from me whenever they wish.
And judging by the retarded shit you say on the internet, I sure hope the manufacturer who built your keyboard does exactly that.
Then we'll "apologize" without actually apologizing, and let you choose a free game as an unspoken 'me culpa' from a specific selection that all just so happen to be older precursors of games that have sequels.
Hell, not only do those games *not* have horrible DRM, but if the Minecraft servers identify that you're using a pirated copy (and foolishly logg in with online mode), all that happens is you get a pleasant message asking you to buy it if you like it.
THAT is how you make money from pirates. Money that Minecraft doesn't even need, because it's clearly doing awesome without raising a finger to stop piracy of their game.
The fact of the matter is, for all the illegality of it, pirates are non-buyers. They're outside the economic ecosystem. If ten people buy your game but 200 pirated it, that doesn't mean you lost 200 sales, it means your game sucks! Because guess what? If your game was 100% pirate-proof, you'd STILL only have ten sales!
Blaming pirates for lost sales is just a face-saving tactic by shitty developers and content creators.
Yikes! Well AC, your poor post got all torn apart. Clearly Techdirt is full of car lovers. You may want to take note of that the next time you make a lazy analogy. Y'know, to keep from embarrassing yourself again.