If it is truly safe, then labeling the product as containing genetically modified ingredients should be a selling point
This assumes that people are entirely rational, educated on the issue, and not persuaded by FUD. I find all three of those assumptions to be false most of the time.
Once scenario is that someone saw the tape and used that as a visual reference to organize the packages. If all of those were sent out as a group in a single shipment, that would skew results to appear that the labeling causes the delay (technically, yes, it did, but not because of some misguided religious notion). The other packages were simply not labeled at all, and wouldn't have been lumped into a single group using the same visual indicator (the tape) above.
So package group A (with the tape) would act as a single shipment, and a single delay causes a delay for everything. Package group B gets dispersed among many shipments, allowing more tolerance for delays - a single delayed shipment affects a smaller percentage of Group B.
We could sit here and pick apart each others' analysis, but the bottom line is we're looking at a pretty vague inforgraphic and extrapolating some pretty sweeping generalizations from it.
If weather conditions or other natural factors played into the shipment delays, wouldn't you expect the delay to affect both packages sent on the same day to the same address?
No. It's possible that the two packages were split into 2 separate shipments due to truck capacity (as an example). Shipment #1 ships out on the last truck at the end of a business day. Overnight, a snowstorm could hit, causing Shipment #2 on the first truck out the next day to be delayed because of poor road conditions.
Why they can't just let me upgrade using standard internal hard drives like the PS3.
This feature was removed a couple of revisions ago. My original PS3 started having extreme noise and heat issues (yep, got one from that batch), so I intended just to buy a new one and do a drive swap. No such luck.
(Sony removing features? You dont say...)
It may well be that someone inside Microsoft deliberately leaked such a rumor to test the waters.
Maybe for the always-on connection, but not the used-game lockout. That's just the submitter trying to sensationalize using a rumor from over a year ago (no, really, the link is a slashdot summary from over a year ago).