Oh, it isn't secret from large stakeholder companies. They write it. But that's why the public and any vestiges of the government which have at least some public interest at heart are not allowed to see it.
They can also stop other people from selling their stock through Amazon, because reasons.
They can also be called out on their bullshit, whether they stock a competitive product or not. People may also freely analyze and comment on stupid business practices. I know these concepts are extremely new and disruptive, as is publishing such commentary, but in time the world will grow accustomed to it.
It doesn't matter if Chafftez was caught peeing on a basket full of kittens. It's irrelevant to what the SS was caught at.
Now if Chafftez tries to use this incident to deflect from something he was doing wrong, what the SS did would be irrelevant. And Techdirt isn't playing that game. (Techdirt is really quite good about that.)
Have you ever looked at an update log, where over the course of a few hours the OS bogs itself looking at the system and the update server for updates, then fails because the server can't cough up the updates for some reason? It's a giant mess of repetitive insanity, happening over and over because the OS is so damn clever.
How this ends up slowing the system is beyond stupid. And that's just WUpdate.
Ah, and never mind the joys of creating an online account to log into your local system. More fun when that fails repeatedly. And then there are upgrades and updates that fail and make a mess all over a clean install. Go figure.
And then you might think actors with the same surname might be related or something, since that is a common thing. Quelle horreur.
I always wonder what the upshot of some of the confusion is, unless someone is actively marketing a fake version of something as the original or really, really attempting to ride the coattails original product or service. Maybe their complaints departments get calls about crap that has nothing to do with them?
When MS has poorly architected separation of privileges and other security features that existed since before MS existed, you can go right ahead and argue that Windows is a hacking tool and hacking-ready platform which has allowed the installation (OK, encouraged the very creation, sometimes actively, with instructions and SDKs, of) very badly designed things and intentional malware as well.
The lawsuit claims that Gosling not only invented the cocktail,
This is not exactly congruent with the invention or the naming as shown in the story which somehow got Gosling the trademark originally. It doesn't make sense to me for now or when the mark was issued. Some guys mixed a drink with their rather unique ginger beer, and one made a nautical weather metaphor, therefore I invented this and should own the mark because... my rum. And also, therefore I invented this mix and the name.
Seems more like a case for some former sailors of the Royal Navy to own the mark.
And I guess Bulwer-Lytton (oh, retroactively, aside from posthumously)and a host of amused fair-users such as Charles Schultz (also posthumously) are in so much trouble.
Yes, Zero Tolerance and CYA mesh nicely with the ever expanding culture of proud ignorance / anti-knowledge / anti-factual all-opinions-deserve-equal-time and are to be held in the same regard as established facts, as well as the culture of fear we seem to enjoy so much and i guess missed terribly when the Cold War "ended". (Thank god for drugs and terrorism.)
Excepting that the telcos, and later the ISPs, have been receiving direct "taxes", and subsidies, and tax breaks for penetrating rural areas, which they pretty much still have not done. Nor do they follow through with promises for rural connectivity they make to states while securing preferred rights.
A little different than coffee. (Assuming Starbucks is an adequate choice for coffee in any corner of the universe.)