Mike was summing-up "Consumer Watchdog." The full excerpt is, "The press release from Consumer Watchdog fits along its typical approach to these things: take something totally out of context, put some hysterical and inaccurate phrasing around it, dump an attention-grabbing headline on it and send it off to the press"
A) Which of these Turkey-preparation patents were strictly used for turkeys -- or was the patent just a normal "bird-preparation" patent with the word "turkey" slapped on to it, to present the idea as being "new" and "noble"?
B) Have these patent holders ever sued (or litigated) over a similar method of bird-preparation so they could have exclusive rights?
C) How the heck does one enforce such patents? By visiting culinary schools and food dispensaries throughout the year?
I too, remember such a text viewer. If I recall correctly, it was an "ANSI ART" viewer programmed by a team named "ACiD". Back when running a WWIV BBS, and later a DLX BBS, I would see the "ACiD Viewer" for the PC included in all the LHA/ARC/PKZ/DMS/WRP/ZIP files, along with the usual .ans & .asc group and file_id.diz description txt files.
while in manual reading mode, the ANSI Viewer would "bounce" when got to the bottom of your long ansi art. very simple stuff.
Although it was nice, it was nothing new. I had seen several "loaders" for the Commodore Amiga which did the same thing.
Except in this situation, B&N is not selling or renting personal information to a random third party entity. B&N is "splitting-off" 100% of an asset which B&N no longer cares to be the custodian of, to an individual person which was recently under the B&N umbrella.
Serial numbers/CD-Keys, passwords, credit card numbers, and other private information that someone thinks should remain private. Sometimes something as minor as pre-release details of products that have not yet been made public information such as what Apple general has been know to do when specs prematurely leak -- again, see point #1.
Being sparse with your Facebook information could give the impression that what is entered must be correct. But being abundant with what is entered & and including all sorts of wild things such as attending Schools in far-off places and hanging with royalty and saving small kittens from burning trees and donating your money to the expansion of teleportation, gives the impression that what is posted could OR could not be quite so accurate.
Make things believable and people will believe. Make things unbelievable, and people may not.