Well, to ratchet-down the hyperbole just a bit, a "swipe-o-matic" is a reference to a down-and-dirty test commercial intended for communication within the creative team only. It's a found object, moving image version of the longstanding "animatic", in which a camera performs zooms and pans on static images and sketches to suggest just what the final product might look like once it's shot. Roughly the equivalent of cutting out pictures of broccoli from Good Housekeeping magazine to create your fourth grade collage on green vegetables.
But I get the "yikes" comment... even for a throwaway, the irony of a Google swipe isn't lost on Kalouria.
Shouldn't we lay some blame at the feet of the team? It's one thing to maximize return; but to cut a deal where predatory pricing will prevent local viewership seems like a bad idea. The team can claim a commitment to the community by sending handicapped 8-year-olds to Disneyland, or bringing the mascot to a benefit event; but how about some arrangement that helps fans watch their home team play baseball?
TWC lost its way. With giant, lush sets (for faux meteorologists... really?), multiple custom-made reality series, and its own, homebrewed plan to dole out bizarre names to rainstorms and snowstorms, it clearly had misread its mandate.
Returning to the core mission... what a concept! Early CATV systems, to a one, featured an almost DOS-like black and white screen showing time, temp, wind speed and direction at the cable head end; and once the National Weather Service started a teletext-like data service, you could read a regional forecast, too. Unsophisticated as it was, it was nonetheless the most popular channel on the system at times.
In the last year or two, before Verizon made the switch to Accuweather, I found myself watching fifteen minutes of giant tow trucks, Alaskans, or (of course) giant Alaskan tow trucks just to check a forecast. Now, the Alaskan tow truck channel has gone away, there's weather all the time (like a 46" wall-mounted smartphone!), and life is simpler.
There's another group Juenger misses: entrenched customers, maybe a bit older, who engage enthusiastically with multiple OTT services, but who haven't cut the cord... yet. [Raises hand] And we're constantly seething over the crazy-high rates these mercenary cable providers charge, with their inflexible channel packages and near-mandatory services bundles. Something, some day, will turn the seethe into rage, and we'll all be gone.
Once again, and with the added delight of potential translation issues, are we talking about unmanned, remote-piloted drone aircraft, or about remote-controlled hobbyist devices like model airplanes and small quad-copters? Seems bizarre to try to regulate military-grade attack hardware in the same breath as toys.
The Trustees of local libraries are, generally, ill-suited to serve; as politically-appointed volunteers, they're most likely to be chosen for being "nice", or seeming "cultured". Most professional members of the library's staff would do a far better job... their positions generally require a Master's degree in information science, and intellectual property law is a significant part of their training (and experience). I'm sure the Trumbull staff is near apoplexy (in their quiet, stereotypical sort of way) over the idiocy displayed by their Board.
Let's try that "unfair" test against someone standing outside my door, opening and reading my credit card statements.
First test - If they don't use my credit card number to buy anything, I guess the FTC says, no harm, no foul, right? That can't be right.
Second test - How can I reasonably avoid an intruder tearing sealed letters open?
Third test - Hard to imagine "countervailing benefits" for violating my privacy and security, unless they see all those charges for sex toys, and give me 20% discount coupons for Clorox Sex Toy Wipes.
No, it doesn't play any better for old-school (postal) data communications than for HTML/SSL... except for one thing: It's a federal offense to even touch someone else's mail, likely for the same security and privacy reasons.