I'll play Devil's Advocate. Disclaimer: I don't like Apple, and I don't use their products.
It is more than just possible. Google or checkout YouTube for punctured lithium battery videos. A tiny puncture in that battery will lead to a runaway reaction that looks like a special effects show. Their are a few non-reactive batteries being researched, but I don't think any are in production yet.
Do I think people should be able to repair their own stuff? Absolutely. In fact, I'll say that it should be regulated that any battery operated product over a certain threshold (say 200 dollars maybe?) must have replaceable batteries.
"The public overwhelmingly supports net neutrality, and attempts to undermine it will lead the internet to speak up again."
The problem is that the public in general is going to be o.k. with the current zero-rating schemes, because there is instant gratification. John Doe isn't worried about the next internet startup that won't happen because it can't afford the zero-rating tax, but he is happy that he isn't going over on his 5 gig data plan because video streams don't count against it.
"Chelsea committed a crime and deserves punishment, same goes for Snowden."
Thanks Judge Dredd, for laying that down for us. But some of us actually think a person is innocent until proven guilty.
On a more serious note, I personally believe that Snowden felt that he was committing crimes daily by just doing his job, which included illegal spying on the American public. So he was in an impossible position of "shut up and continue breaking the law" or "speak up and break the law (but supposed to be protected by whistleblower protections that have never actually worked for anyone)".
Apparently, the RIAA just doesn't understand the meaning of the word "value". In a time not so very long ago, people would demonstrate how much they valued a person's music/performance by throwing coins up on the stage at the end of the performance. The value of that music/performance was the amount those coins added up to, once collected. The performer could do this as often as they were able and people were willing to listen and/or pay.
Somewhere along the way, this got perverted into the modern way of thinking: every "listen" should be paid for. Those old bards would chuckle cynically; they know full well that not everyone paid, heck they were probably happy if even a quarter of the listeners paid.
Also, all of the "technology" (and I use the word very loosely) created to restrict usage of texting/facetime/whatever while driving inevitably rely on the speed of the device to ascertain that the user is driving. So now, how do you determine if the user is driving, and shouldn't be texting/facetime/whatever, or if the user is a passenger, and shouldn't be similarly restricted?
The whole thing is stupid. Personal responsibility is the key, and this is just another Steve Dallas lawsuit that will fail.
OP said "no forced updates". CentOS, RHEL, and many other distros no longer give you the option to use initd. I guess my point is that Linux has it's own hurdles, and should not be considered as simple and turnkey as OP makes it sound.
Wait, so you feel like there is nothing wrong with their statement that since there has been no correspondence in six years, which is COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY THEIR SCREW UP (not the requestor's), they are going to close out the case if the requestor doesn't speak up? How about an apology instead?
"We're sorry completely ignored you for six years. Are you still interested in the data you requested?"
I'm definitely not completely convinced that the Russians "hacked" our election, although there seems to be pretty good evidence that they hacked the DNC (and possibly the RNC) and leaked documents that may have *affected* the election. Also, isn't it a pretty poorly kept secret that the Russians employ a state-sponsored troll army to perform... well, cyber warfare? Social media warfare?
Anyway, I can't help but think the Russians had a nasty little hand, but overall I doubt anything they did made a big difference. Blaming the Russians for Trump's election would be nice, but we're fully capable of screwing our own selves without their help.
You don't understand. She isn't being malicious, because she really believes that these are bad hombres. With the strength and conviction of her belief, nothing can stand against her.
Also, I suspect this is a bit of "you can beat the rap but you can't beat the ride." Yeah, the charges might be bogus (but she really believes they are true!), but if people keep seeing the Backpage execs getting arrested, a lot of folks will make the reasonable assumption that the site conducts illegal activity, and will shy away from it for fear of being attached. Please remember that for a majority of folks, being arrested is the same as being convicted. The presumption of innocence is a quaint and faded notion.