I think they are going to far in trying to prevent the weapons policy permanently from being enforced. I think claiming vagueness is overstating the case. It doesn't really seem vague to me. Unless there's something we're not being told, the pen, even by virtue of its buzzing nature, doesn't seem to come within the policy.
Re: Re: Re: Re: From the will-also-be-ignored dept.
Dude, just no. Better to take the button away entirely. Reporting is for spam and abuse. Despite that it is abused daily in knee-jerk fashion, it should be available freely for legitimate use, or not at all.
Tim, this is a great piece, but either you completely missed the fact that she is parodying the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, or you felt acknowledging her joke to be beneath you. I think it's worth consideration. The Twelve Steps are for people who have lost control of their lives due to addiction. She is equating privacy with addiction. As if somehow reliance on privacy makes people weak, dysfunctional, out of control. It's a hopelessly muddled metaphor that starts off with a false note and gets more false with each "step".
The estate's argument is bad faith through and through. If they truly cared about "multiple personalities of Sherlock Holmes" they would not have allowed the movie aberrations featuring Robert Downey Jr., nor the splendid modern adaptation Sherlock. To say nothing of the "Young Sherlock Holmes" alternate-universe weirdness.
It's howlingly obvious all they care about are money and control.
When it's an issue of public good like food stamps or health care or planned parenthood, the government is completely incompetent and worse than the Soviet Union under Stalin. But when it's an issue of keeping the populace in line through surveillance and draconian control of information, why then the government is the only thing standing between us and The Terrorists, the only thing keeping us from total collapse into anarchy.