We need to stop them every single time they try. They need to sneak it through only once. They'll keep trying until some obscure treaty dealing with pond scum removal is passed that contains everything they want. Then they'll stop pushing this particular crap through and move on to the next iteration.
I like how they erase the "Open Source Dude" shirt in the "People Make It" one (about 75% of the way in) and replace it with "Fair Payment Man" before adding color. Do they really have no clue what or who their whole campaign is about? Am I the only one missing where OSS comes into this picture?
If that is the game they want to play, simply post the request in whatever form it needs to be in, post a summery of the content, and tell people the full text is available by sending in the form. 100,000+ requests later they will decide that just posting whatever it is works a lot better.
Reality begs to differ. Comics are made in one of two ways.
1) The artist draws the comic in his/her drawing software of choice, from which it is sent to the editor and finally to the publisher in digital form where it is printed.
2) The artist draws the comic on paper, from which the editor scans and cleans up the comic as necessary before sending it to the publisher in digital form where it is printed.
Do you see what happens there? All comics are printed from a digital file, thus there is no digitization/processing/stocking cost beyond what is already done for brick-and-mortar stores. Developing the app is cheap and a one-time cost, easily recouped by $.10/comic or less over a short amount of time.
There is insight lacking somewhere, but I don't think it was in the featured post...
You are obviously not a programmer. Debugging bad code is much harder than writing good code the first time. A simple flow chart or UML diagram would be more helpful than the code, either of which can be easily memorized and are generic enough that a claim would be next to impossible.
Adding "4.7 percentage points" may be correct, but it is completely meaningless. Adding 4.7% to .00000001% vs. adding it to 95.3% completely changes how much it effects the results. Mike correctly stated how the final results was inflated by showing how it was changed, you failed.