Any reasonable person, faced with a bill that introduces unacceptable (and as you say, unrelated) provisions, would simply not vote for it. "BZZZT! Take it back and try again." But, these are not reasonable people.
No. It's all a business equation, not a sense of humor, or less, common sense. The minuscule annoyance of the parody naming was worth a letter, but not further action. No one at Saks came to their senses, they just punched numbers into a calculator.
I guess it IS a distinctive regional taste. We actually have a self-proclained "New York Style" pizzeria here in Pennsylvania. The pizza is slightly thinner, and much greasier, than the other shops in the area.
It beggars credulity that the parents were aware the objectionable materials were available on an ongoing basis, and did nothing about it. It is possible they though it was a one-time thing, like sending an email? Did the parents of the other child request the account be take down, and did this set agree to do so?
Are we now legally required to know how Facebook works?
Never heard of SXSW until today, and already they have a bad reputation with me. They're an entertainment venue, right? Aren't they supposed to be fun, and not just a chute that separates you from your money?
I'm reminded of the process by which the New Jersey State Aquarium became the private Adventure Aquarium. The place got better exhibits, better maintenance, more staff - and became no fun at all. You get the impression a cashier will leap out from behind a display if you smile without paying an extra charge. I never go there anymore.
We now live in a world where the letter of the law doesn't matter. e.g., if it seems like a cable company, we get to treat it like one. This SEEMS like it infringes (no one can mistake the reference to The Band Who Must Not Be Mentioned) so logic, good sense, and common english words mean nothing.
"If someone managed to use this to generate a malware infection spreading throughout the iOS ecosystem, and it was known that Apple hadn't addressed it, they would be raked across the coals."
The vast majority if iOS users are far more concerned about the absence of malware than the availability of emulators. Apple, like any company, does well to serve their most important clientele. Has anyone tried to create an emulator that could be distributed through the App Store?
Certain groups in the middle east believe the west is out to get them; so they lash out, and sure enough, eventually is is. Countries like the US have, in my opinion, been remarkably tolerant so far.
Certain police offices believe (or claim to believe) they're in unusual danger from the public; so they lash out at any opportunity. Eventually, the police WILL be in the danger they fear, simply by reaction.
I always assumed that every action I took - how fast I read, what pages were skipped, whether I finished the book, if I deleted the file afterward - was monitored. They do because they can.
Ditto TV viewing. I ASSUME TiVo knows every time I fast forward through a commercial, or press "page down" to hide an ad. That information has value (to someone), think they're going to leave it on the table?
War, what war? I don't think the USA has declared war on anyone since the 40's. Uh... are they still called "police actions"? Or don't we call it anything at all, just intermittently get grumpy and blow things up.