I don't disagree with the court in the fact that Facebook was off limits (only with the classification of the site).
His agreement states that he wouldn't use any instant messaging system, which Facebook has had since February 2010. Whether or not he used that system or stayed logged out of it isn't in the details of the story.
Beyond that, even if he did have a conversation with his PO about using Facebook he likely didn't get it in writing, which is the wrong way to go about any dealings with the law.
My wife's classroom uses iPad's and iPod's with this software or software like it to let their students speak. Many of these students are just as non-verbal as the girl in the story. They've spent money from their limited budget to enable these kids. It's sad to think that their ability to speak and my wife's ability to understand them may be taken away due to a company not wishing to open a new market for themselves.
When I originally saw her story I immediately went to USFamily's website to see what their policies were. Having met Pika in person and knowing her through Twitter and her blog I knew she wasn't one to spout off nonsense and rarely rants as she did in this case.
What I found in the policies section made me laugh and disturbed me as well. Here is their use policy, specifically the "Civil Discourse" section: Careful or they'll tell your mom.
"Any individual unable to maintain a civil communication or demeanor when in contact with USFamily.Net is asked to please take their business elsewhere. Any uncivil or obnoxious behaviors towards USFamily.Net employees can and most likely will result in immediate disconnection. Our support department is happy to attempt to help solve any technical or billing issues however USFamily.Net employees are not paid or trained to deal with difficult people, are not responsible for your behavior, equipment, telephone system connections, or failure to read and understand this contract, the priority system or the differences in our plan offerings including Unlimited (inexpensive shared) versus Dedicated (expensive always on) services. Employees are authorized to disconnect or ignore support calls or e-mails containing profanity or other uncivil communications or behaviors. We reserve the right to tell your mother."
I never saw the ad on TV, but saw a few marketing friends tweet about it favorably. Not only did it remind me that I needed new bodywash (I ran out of my oldspice body wash), but when I got to the store I decided I liked a few of the new scents and purchased the spray as well as one of their 'island' deodorants.
We'll see if I am riding a horse by the end of this, but hopefully I'll still have a fiance at the very least.
I absolutely agree with Microsoft not banning individual player accounts. It'd be like saying "You have a non-street legal car in your garage, we'll take your drivers license now."
And as far as evening the playing field goes, I had to pay $60 bucks for the game or whatever rental fee, so should you. This was mostly about the fact that Microsoft banned the consoles that could also play copies of games.
I gotta agree with the sweater song comment, I bought the song on iTunes PURELY because of the commercial (but I didn't buy any sweaters).
Also, After playing the guitar hero series, I purchased a LOT of those songs for listening outside of my playing time, my favorite musical find was Dragon Force and I never would have heard of them if it wasn't for the game.
Remember the Philips Magnavox song that was played ALL THE TIME for those commercials somewhere around 8-10 years ago. Another example of me buying a song/album because of a television commercial.
People come to your site to read the information you're supposedly providing them. Revenue from advertisers is a consequence of this. However, if you choose to use the wrong ad format you'll lose visitors.
The one thing that bugged me about this guy's page is that he's using a tall ad block in his content area. Which brings his actual writing below the fold on probably a good number of visitor's machines.
AOL... if you're implicating technology companies you might as well hit them all. What about myspace? wordpress, blogger? people communicate the best ways to pirate over there (it was even talk like a pirate day on saturday... for shame) Ban it all. Let's go back to the 40's when the only way to get your news was through one of these companies.
There are 13 notes in one octave (black and white keys for those counting). To find two similar melodies isn't surprising. However I remember listening to the two different versions that were being argued. The were eerily similar. All the way through the whole melody, which is very strange. Yes, there is a chance that both bands could have made the same exact melody without purposely copying it, but I doubt it.
The problem is that supporting instrumentation sounds almost exact just with different instruments. Now the chances of unintentional duplication go down to almost zero I hope the settlement was a good one (For Satriani).