While this is a dumb lawsuit there is something that a lot of people don't seem to understand about BCBS. They are not a single company and the original article gets this all wrong.
There are actually 60+ BCBS companies. One or more for each state. Although they are mostly owned by less than a dozen parent organizations these days.
Each individual company has a license to use the BCBS name and trademarks from the BCBS Association. They also have a bunch of other cross company agreements through the BCBS Association to honor each others pricing when covering things that occur outside each companies territory.
In this particular case it is the BCBS Association that is the trouble maker. Yeah a small technical detail, but a significant difference when you realize that the BCBS Association's main product is the trademarks they hold and license. They don't sell insurance themselves.
Some of the BCBS companies are nasty profit mongers, some are not. It all depends on how they were created and in what state. One very big thing that most people don't understand about insurance is that it was and still is regulated at the state level. So every state has different rules. Which is why there are so many BCBS companies. Back in the day insurance couldn't cross state lines. Just like banks used to be.
And a final note. I do not work for any BCBS company or any insurance company for that matter. I just know a moderate amount about them.
CDPR got most things right and they should be lauded for what they did get right. Unfortunately they still got a couple things wrong.
First, the video they have been showing at trades shows and online for going on a year now is higher resolution/fidelity than you can actually get in the game. Even on the most high powered kit. They purposely downgraded video for everyone because of the low power of consoles.
Second, they optimized some higher end features for only Nvidia video cards, and if you try to use them on AMD video cards you get very poor results. CDPR basically blames AMD for this.
Finally, there are a bunch of higher end graphical features in the released game that break things completely. CDPR knew about these bugs for a long time. They still left these features in the game even though they knew they were broken. Their answer is to just turn things down. If they knew these settings would not work correctly why did they even include them?
So they should get kudos for what they did right, but should also be called out for what they didn't get right as well.
I'll agree that businesses are people when the same penalties can be applied to them as to actual individual people. For example when a business can be sent to prison for committing a crime, instead of just paying a fine.
The problem today is that businesses get all of the benefits of being treated as a person, but very few of the same penalties apply. Businesses get away with crimes every day that an individual person would go to prison for.
Yeah, Google is top dog in the mobile ad space, but only because they bought Admob.
There are at least a dozen companies in the mobile ad space that have annual revenue of $100 million or more. Sure they are small compared to Google as a whole, but they are players in the mobile market.
The price is good, but not exceptional. This unit is comparable to the EC Tech units that usually go for $39-$40 on Amazon. Biggest difference is aesthetics and a 2A port on the EC Tech instead of 1.5 on the Innori.
Personally I prefer the newer Anker units with the PowerIQ ports, so I don't have to remember which port is which amperage. ;-)
Overall this is a good deal and some proceeds go to supporting Techdirt.
This concept is what the classic "military industrial complex" of Eisenhower fame is all about. Once you use or show your latest weapon it will be copied and/or countered. Which in turn means you need a bigger, better, newer weapon. Of course the for profit contractors are more than happy to help build those new weapons, and of course now sell the older stuff to anyone in the world willing to pay for them.
I bet they were using Microsoft Outlook and Exchange for their email. When you use this combo a senders email address is not displayed. Only the friendly person name is displayed by default, and this is easy to fake. Unless you have some technical expertise you wouldn't even know to look.
Now personally I would double check before sending a single penny somewhere, but I know places where millions, if not tens of millions of dollars are authorized to be moved/paid with just a few emails every day.
Ticket fines have been relied on as a significant source of revenue in Chicago for decades.
One of the most telling observations I made when I moved to Chicago 25 years ago was that the vehicles driven by those giving out parking tickets do no say Police Department on them, they say Department of Revenue!
I've always used the moving reason, even when not moving. It just gets things done faster. If anyone were to ever ask where to I would just give them the address of my in-laws dairy farm. The nearest town is miles away and the town is too small to even have cable TV.
It's pretty easy to show financial gain. It's just not all that much money in the end however.
The autopsy photo was probably obtained at no or little cost. Maybe a couple hundred dollars of peoples time to make and edit copies of the original.
The alternative would have been to have a special effects team create a similar photo. This would have easily cost $10,000, $20,000 or even more, to make a fake body, rent the props and location, hire a photographer, photo shop work, etc.
So the financial gain is the difference between what they paid for the exiting photo and having to pay for someone to stage things. Nowhere near the amounts that people might think of as a "financial gain", but a gain none the less.
The only time I have seen training systems that used dummy data were third party training. Every internal training system I have seen has always been a full or partial clone of a production system. In fact the training system is almost never a separate system just for training. Usually it is a test or development environment. Hell I have even seen training done on a production system.
Sure best practice would be to have a separate training system with dummy data, but most of the world doesn't work that way because management just see's it as a extra unnecessary cost. Much like electronic/software security in general.
I wrote thousands of lines of code between 1990 and 1996 for an embedded system that is still sold today, with only minor changes to the code. So some of it is now 24 years old. Haven't gotten any extra money and never expected to.