I agree with all of the above except the part about IMAP. They finally do have it (mail.twc.com), at least for us (Austin TX). This is within the last 6-9 months, after the rest of the entire civilized email world has had it for at least 10+ years.
Just another example what a lack of real competition results in.
Yes, the CDs had a data track with the rootkit on it, and it would install itself even if the user declined the EULA. Also there was no uninstaller until Sony released one after the s**t hit the fan, and even then it didn't work until they patched it a couple times. Obviously the whole thing was never intended to be uninstalled, and of course extremely intrusive. How no one (AFAIK) went to jail is just amazing.
This is why disabling autorun was one way to avoid the issue, but IIRC at the time WinXP had autorun enabled by default.
I knew back when the DMCA was passed in '98 that it was a BAD law, and time has just proven that true. All benefits to the copyright holders and no consequences for takedown notices for stuff they don't actually hold copyright on.
And every year it seems it just keeps getting better and better.
I actually agree with him on some issues (Obamacare and immigration to name a couple) but he's really screwing the pooch on this one. The ISP's have demonstrated that they will f**k with the internet to no end if it means more $$$ for them, and they need to be reined in or the internet as we've come to know it will cease to exist.
I sincerely hope this woman gets a sizeable legal settlement, not just from the CHP but also from the pig involved and his superiors as well. I also hope the pig and his bosses are fired and their pensions are given to this woman.
Until these thugs are held personally responsible this bullshit will never end.