I can't help but wonder if this was the plan all along. Apple looks like the good guy and the record labels, the people who negotiate the shitty deal, look like they don't have the artist's best interests at heart.
While it awaits the agency's approval, a process that could take years
Maybe they should have started the process years ago then. Instead they ignored the FDAs requests that they tone down their massively overblown advertising campaign and even doubled-down on it. This went on for years before the FDA got fed up with the whole process. The FDA gave them too much leeway on this and should have come down on them years ago.
Reminds me of the Identity chapter of the Hyperbole and a Half book: "isn't it awesome that I didn't patent this idea that was obvious and used for ages even though the patent wouldn't have held up and it would make me a laughingstock?"
This "more information = more better" fetish has gotten a little over the top. More information isn't helping the NSA find terrorist; it's making it harder! What we need is more knowledge and converting information into knowledge is pretty hard, and especially hard in medicine.
Don't forget that there is massive power asymmetry at work. Facebook (and advertisers) isn't going to kidnap you and send you to a secret prison and torque you for years because of flaw/oversight/oops in their database mining. The government, on the other hand, can totally do that.
I'm only 2 paragraphs into the article and I can already see that Tim is low balling it. There's so much more in there that wasn't even covered. But I guess you can't spend pages and pages ripping it apart...
Impressive troll is impressive. MacArthur really hits all the "high" points from neutral search to Google not having any cost to likening Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt to Hearst.