Roads: funded by the gas taxes they pay for their vehicles.
Medical facilities: not used by corporations, only by individuals.
Police: funded by the property taxes on their facilities.
I'll grant you the legal system, but that doesn't require a 19%, or even 1.9%, tax on corporate income to fund.
Nest has a dumb mode like that, but no motion sensor override. (You can use the sensor instead of the schedule, with the Auto Away feature, but not in addition to.)
That doesn't help your other objections, of course. I just wanted to clarify that point.
They either cause higher electricity rates, if the utility is footing the bill, or they cause higher tax rates, if the government is footing 100% of the bill. Either way, I'm paying, and not getting anything for it.
And if you think the utilities are going to install these things and not use them as an excuse to raise rates, you're dreaming.
These systems don't need network access to play a game bought on a disk.
The Xbox One at least used to need Internet access for first-time setup (it didn't include a final firmware image out-of-the-box) - don't know about PS4. But once that's done, you can play offline in single player or local multiplayer to your heart's content.
I can't speak for iBooks. But for Kindle if it's supported in Kindle Previewer, then someone screwed up pretty carelessly. Neither my Kindle Fire HD (first generation), Kindle Paperwhite (second generation), nor the Kindle app on iPhone support hyphenation in KF8 books.
As for RMSDK: Agree about the vendor prefix. However, their property predates the hyphens property being officially specced out by several months; it's not terribly surprising that they don't match up quite right. (Plus, the default is "auto" instead of "manual".) Once they had the property, they were pretty much stuck with it for compatibility reasons.
The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.