The are expenses might have cost the defendant far more than you might expect.
It's difficult to put a cost on spending four unjustified days in jail. So I won't. But I did note that they waited to arrest him until the Friday before Easter. That certainly was specifically timed so that he would have to spend the Easter weekend in jail before receiving a bail hearing. That is egregious behavior when there was no urgency to arrest someone for this non-violent 'offense'.
He was released on supervised probation. Many of those programs require paying for the 'service', including random court fees, paying for appointments with a probation officer, and paying for frequent drug tests. These fees must typically be paid in advance, and won't be returned if you are found not guilty.
Hopefully the CA supreme court reverses or nullifies the earlier ruling, as otherwise they might as well toss out 230 entirely, at least as far as CA is concerned. If you can bypass the protections services have against being held accountable for the posts of their users simply by only involving them at the very end, after any chances for them to object have passed then those protections become completely meaningless and trivial to bypass, to the point that they may as well not exist for all the good they do.
While I'm sure there would be many a lawyer and prosecutor just salivating at the massive opportunities that would open up for them the massive chilling effects such a ruling would have on speech far outweighs their interests in personal gain.
The Greek term "mathema", in Latin, translates to "science"! And thus, "math" and "maths" are inappropriate abbreviations for the TECHNE associated with the "manipulation of numbers"! . However!... the Greek word "arithmós", in Latin, translates to "number"! But!... Arithmos-- in and of itself!-- doesn't convey the science, or the process, associated with the manipulation of numbers (let alone, the acknowledgement of the symbols to be found within "Mathematics"!... i.e., the "Operators" that the TECHNE of "Mathematics" uses!)! . Now... although the "science of numbers" could be written as "Mathemarithmós", the PROCESS-- as such-- is yet missing from this expression! But!... when the Greek suffix "-sis" is added (referring to the "condition, state, or process of something"!) Mathemarithmós can be transformed!... and to, "Mathemarithmósis", and its adjective, "Mathemarithmotic"! . To conclude... although Mathemarithmósis comes closer to the TECHNE more able to eclipse Mathematics, it is still short of its potential "epistemologic transcendence"!... i.e., the "morphemic affix" that will capture the absolute "epistemologic nuance"-- yea, "apex"!-- of all that is the fullness, of the successor to "Mathematics"! . And so... I give you, "Dia_meta_mathem_arith_mósis (i.e., the, 'Utter_meta_science_of_numeric_process'!)"!... or!... "Dia_mathem_arith_mósis (i.e., the, 'Utter_science_of_numeric_process'!)"! . Please!... no emails! . P.S.: The Latin-based "PAX-ROMANA IMPOSED (through the scribes of Latium!)" suffixal morphemic element "-al (for 'pertaining to'!)", is an unnecessary, redundant adjectival morphemic element and addition to the abridged Greek suffixal morphemic element "-ic", for "pertaining to (from 'IK-OS'... the omitted '-os', referring to that which is 'characteristic of', and 'abounding in'!)"! And thus, the Latin suffix "-al", should not succeed the suffixal element, "-ic (SAVE, WHEREIN, '-IC' IS A PROVEN LATIN-BASED SUFFIXAL ELEMENT!)"!... AND, SURELY, NOT FOR WORDS HAVING WHOLLY "GREEK" MORPHEMIC ELEMENTS (I.E., ROOTS, STEMS, INFIXES, AND PREFIXES!)! And inasmuch, as there is no need to borrow from Latin, what is abundantly available from within the ancient Greek Language!... let alone, from more contemporary versions of the ancient Greek Language! Simply put, Latin is not the basis of the English Language!... Greek is! Latin, instead, is more the BASTARDIZATION of the ancient and contemporary Greek Languages!... and a continued ASSAULT on the rise of the "English Language"! And hence the critique, on the aforenoted Latin suffixal element, "-al"! . Frankly!... the ROMANS were "pushy"!... and desired to subvert/ subjugate the Greek culture!... in addition to physic_ly destroying its people! *ssholes!
Be interesting to see if the DHS offers 'criminal' suggestions such as using encryption and strong passwords. If not, it'll be interesting to see how they advise security without those two fundamentals.
I guess then they should put a $ cost on the hassle and restocking fees.
Then, compare that $ cost to the $ cost of losing 58% of their sales (60000 down to 25000).
Then, since they are selling less volume, the manufacturing cost of making 25k items vs 60k has probably increased on a per item basis. Therefore their profit per item may have gone down due to a possible manufacturing cost increase.
Only they can decide if the sums before and after are worth it to them. But did they actually do the sums, actually quantify it, or just leave it as an emotional decision?
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Using a VPN will get you a whole lot of adverts pertaining to your current location which are mostly irrelevant to the viewer. Not that it bothers an ad blocker user such as myself.
So how does Techdirt convince advertisers to come on board when you actively promote the VPN technology which interferes with the advert connecting to the desired customer? Isn't that shooting yourself in your wallet?
I suspect that *direct* conversions to sales from click-able ads *are* measurable, in a reasonable fashion, if that is your goal. Google Adwords possibly gives meaningful results.
And, for anyone interested, I have a better mousetrap...but since noone knows about it, because I haven't advertised it, there is no path to my door. [I have a bridge for sale, too, on special this week!]. Techdirt knows how many *nerd harder* T-shirts we have purchased, and noone purchases one without reading about it on Techdirt.
Of course, that process is fraught with uncertainty....how many of my friends did I send Techdirt's way?