money is the transferring of one value system to another. I see no harm in this practice, nor the iphone app that cost $500 and was a diamond. In one case Blizzard weighed that this will not tarnish their brand or the value of other goods/services they provide, in Apple's case, they decided that having an app actually does damage to the entire Apple iPhone experience, and they kicked it.
What is scary (but still justified) is we have people buy into these platforms and economies where they attach value to objects that really do little more than fire off a few brain synapses. I can't justify arguing against that, however, as I play some FPS's myself and that would be hypocritical. :)
I run adblock because ad networks have historically contained malware, I don't agree with advertising as a tool to reach people, and I don't want bullshit third party information on my computer. I block most images. Sending text isn't expensive. If you have a massive website and sending text is a large expense you are doing it wrong.
I'm not going to change. I'm never going to change. I never want advertising in my life, and your server and it's information is advertised via http. Deal with it. Where are the moral police when advertisements lie or infect a computer?
"So while it seems clear that, if the son's story is true, the mother clearly deserves some form of legal punishment, it's still troubling that the choice here was to use a harassment law, rather than a hacking law."
The TechDirt run-on Sentence. I've only been coming here a month now but they are rather frequent!