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Another thought just popped into my head, and that might be that Netflix is trying to actively fracture their customer base to beat on their chest to the content providers that streaming or on demand content is the only means people will access media,
I'm inclined to think this may more actually be the case, based on some recent comments from their CEO. I think they are forcing people to choose, and banking on them choosing streaming, therefore forcing more content to streaming.
Principles are all well and good, but blindly following them without considering things on a situational basis is just stubborn and silly.
And as someone so astutely pointed out in another reply, if your employer violates your principles that much, find a new one. Otherwise you make concessions to do your job. That's why you're PAID to do it.
I won't even start on the cobbled mess his servers were in...however it starts with using WINE to host their ERP and goes downhill from there...
On the bight side, he did get a bunch of people to stop using IE.
And actually FWIW, I set up an Exchange 2k7 server at home (TechNet ftw) a few years back, having never set up an e-mail server, period, and I had it working fine in 2 hours, and it's still running to this day, because I am too much of a procrastinator to update it to 2010...
Of course, we're both going to get voted down because we are a bunch of MS sellouts, despite a full third of my servers/appliances running Linux and other OSS...
Not sure where you are getting off accusing games to be bundled with 'crap widgets' ('widgets', seriously?) Xfire was completely 3rd party. I can't think of any games off the top of my head that came bundled with it, though I am sure there were a few. I used it once for like a week and got rid of it, I never used it, though I thought it was a pretty decent application.
I really can't think of any random crap 'widgets' other than Gamespy.../shudder. I'm, sure there are a few other random things I'm forgetting, but it's far from the deluge of crap that you are describing.
Actually I quite enjoy single-malt Scotch (not Walker blended swill), something from Speyside preferably. Can't stand any sort of smoke though, so the cigar would be out. Also, I'm a big fan of port baby back ribs, served wet and smoked, or a NY Strip steak, moderately seasoned and cooked medium-well. The Wii Fit likes to debate whether I am obese or overweight on a weekly basis, I hover right around 30 BMI. So I think you could safely say I enjoy food.
My point is, you can do all of those things you mentioned without alcohol (It's quite easy to go to a bar and drink soda...I did it for years until I got a taste for good bourbon and scotch). Without food...well you kind of...die. I was just comparing and contrasting different restricted items as a part of my argument.