Domestic manufacturers can make all the quality cars they want. I won't be purchasing one. My 1999 Nissan Altima is still going strong at almost 200K miles with minimal repair (replaced clutch and both half axles, rack and pinion, fuel filler neck) so no getting into the deep internals. Never garaged.
When a company like Hyundai can splash into the American market and in (I believe) less than 20 years produce vehicles that are better then the big three domestics. It speaks volumes. I don't know of any US compact car I would take over the Elantra.
They aren't talking about how the content physically manifests! Jesus wept. We all know that "The paper pulp, the glue, the leather, the string in the binding" is just part of a delivery mechanism. But it happens to be a delivery mechanism that doesn't place artificial constraints that the publishers would like to place around you.
If you can't see that is what should be of concern I really do shudder at our collective future.
from the by-reading-this-you-bequeath-me-all-your-possessions dept.
Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements.
"No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."