As I pointed out above, their analogy is flawed because their software isn't a hammer or a gun. In fact, their argument is not necessarily true in every case and patently false in others because they will be collecting, transmitting and hosting the data - which could be illegal in some situations or which could cause them to break laws in other situations (re: c.p. content).
Also, even in the general case their argument falls apart because it neglects both manufacturer liability laws and federal/state/local laws regarding seller requirements (can't sell a gun to someone who declares they will use it in a crime, can't sell alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated, can't sell grow lights to someone who says they want it for wacky weed, etc.).
John Schindler PhD (Pompous Hackneyed Ass) sounds like an idiot with the mother of all inferiority complexes. His self loathing manifests itself as anger toward anyone he suspects of being either smarter than he is (which is probably pretty much everyone) or not an expert (in his very specific and narrow field) because they are probably able to function in the big world on their own and not color outside the lines.
He also doesn't appear to understand the definition of the word 'defamation' - which is funny to me. Looking forward to the Popehat smackdown.
Oh look at that, 1447 supporters now, and the EFF is almost 3x their fundraising goal - way to go Personal Audio! Please feel free to fly around the country and take our depositions about why we support those who stand up and fight patent trolls; I'll give you an earful.
Also, it is possible that the lawyers for Personal Audio are serial manatee molesters.
Exactly! There does not appear to have been a valid contract, and this is also clearly a warning about poor service - which is an opinion and therefore protected.
Both of those reasons let me say that I read somewhere that KlearGear.com has terrible customer service and is overly litigious. I wouldn't mind, of course, but I just can't stand it when I hear that sites such as KlearGear.com might be disreputable because they never delivered the merchandise and also have poor customer service.
Yeah, I thought the name was weird as well, very 70's porn star.
I have no ill will for this guy because he is certainly a patsy, but I will note that the website for his business (helping blind and visually impaired people) does itself not appear to have any additional accessibility options for visually disabled people.
Is downtown Minneapolis a pretty small place? In the HealthEast case I noticed that Paul (scum of the earth) Hans-looser is at 100 South Fifth Street while the dashing and noble Mark R. Whitmore is at 33 South Sixth Street. The fact that their offices are 443 feet apart just makes me laugh.
Has always been the problem when scaling these things beyond very small groups of people. How are keys exchanged between strangers (new vendor wants a quote, someone asking for support) or even non techies like dear old grandma, ahead of time? Is there instead a central repository for the public keys, if so, who controls it?
I have almost exactly the same story (although mine occurred longer ago). I invested in farm futures and made a freaking killing over the term. Did have a bad moment when the instructor claimed I hadn't followed the rules (presumably because my portfolio was worth more than his retirement account), but I pointed out the assignment rules said only that we were to invest in "the market" and that neither stocks nor futures were explicitly allowed or denied. I suppose they didn't think that 7th graders knew about commodities?
I recall reading the intro when this first came out last year. While it was a funny premise, I didn't feel like shelling out for $10+ for a full-price book that I might not have time to read. However, pricing it at $0.99 makes it much more compelling, so I just dropped the buck over at Amazon for a copy.