AT&T has jammed useless bloatware onto my last 5 smartphones, and before as well (Asphalt Racing? YP? AT&T FamilyMap? -- I know where my family is). I like my S4, but it greatly expanded on AT&T's bloatware "offerings." Take a gander at "running apps" and it's mostly stuff I don't even recognize. Urgh.
Just last night I was "turning off" bloat apps under dire warnings of functionality problems, which did not come to fruition. But I should not have to muck with it at all.
Yeah, they are. But legitimate gripes. I bought 24" TVs for the back room computer monitors, so they can double as crappy standard definition TVs for Padres games when I'm not in the front room with the big HD screen. I can go to any of my computers -- or to a local coffee house and support my local business, or anywhere -- and watch the Dodgers, Cubs, Nats, Tigers in lovely HD on my phone, notebook, or tablet. But my own Padres? Gotta park myself on the couch or be relegated to radio or crappy picture in the back studio.
Granted, I could pay $200+ for a Slingbox, but I already paid $130 for MLB.tv, on top of my outrageous cable bill.
(Not to mention, when you're at a game, biological imperatives always seem to kick in right before that big play happens. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to immediately view what you missed while you're there?)
"One belief that I do firmly hold is that, when a PhD holds up their degree as a proof of higher intelligence, then the individual is not a member of the higher intelligence PhD group."
Gotta agree with you on this one. I have known and worked with many PhDs. The ones who cringe when you call them "Doctor" are more likely the best and brightest; the ones who volunteer their PhD or mention it out of context generally lack some essentials ... like breadth of common knowledge, self-awareness, stuff like that. (Like someone telling you how honest they are = red flag.)
This had to be at least partially cost/benefit motivated
I have dealt with Getty on numerous occasions for clients. Their "representatives" spoke in unrealized absolutes ("We will sue"), and were hardwired to try to collect $350-750+ per image regardless of the circumstances, how long the image was online, whether it was the web developer's fault, etc. Granted, these are not really *legal* considerations in a lawsuit, but they do color the situation.
So we'd just run Getty through the paces. Negotiate back and forth, stall on responding, try to talk them down, push them to the edge of their bluff -- basically make it so whatever they might have eventually gotten to settle was less than it cost them to get there. That in addition to the probably largely-uncollectable lawsuits...
Perhaps enough folks did things like that to warrant rethinking their hardline stance.
Regardless how they got there, they can have the "forward thinking" benny-'o-doubt. Good for them.
I guess these lawyer-type folks haven't heard of 47 USC §230(c) ... that 15+ year-old federal statute that immunizes interactive websites from defamation liability for statements by its users. You know, the one that essentially allows social media sites, forums, and comment threads like this one to exist in the first place? That one?
Anyway, have fun defending that Motion to Dismiss.
I do believe this is the best judicial paragraph outlining the *issue* it is analyzing that I have read in a very long time:
When do present-day circumstances--the evolutions in the Government's surveillance capabilities, citizens' phone habits, and the relationship between the NSA and telecom companies--become so thoroughly unlike those considered by the Supreme Court thirty-four years ago that a precedent like Smith simply does not apply? The answer, unfortunately for the Government, is now.
* Stef Coburn's story is apocryphal at best * Coburn states he is not a Doctor Who fan, and calls it a "children's programme" in the same sentence? Way to engender support for your cause. * Coburn's a prick * Strictly speaking, it's "TARDIS" or even "T.A.R.D.I.S." - being an acronym. (But Guardian spelled it "Tardis" too, so point not belabored.)