"I will disagree wholeheartedly"
OK. Just let us know when you get around to it! I do have one question, though
"but consider this: It bothered enough people to make Slashdot's front page."
Do you suppose that it might just be possible that it made it to the front page because many people found it interesting rather than bothersome?
While most of us will see this as exactly what it is, to wit capitalizing on the ignorance of their customers, it is certainly legal.
" Please explain then, in terms even I can understand, why it is a big deal."
This is because my account is still active. As you point out, I will continue to get friend requests. Also, that for those two weeks my account can be compromised. The best part is that said compromise constitutes an excuse to keep my account open.
" So then, what is the big deal?"
OK. That's twice you've asked now. It must really be important to you to understand this, so I will continue to explain some more.
"but would you condescend to say what it it that troubles you so?"
I can't do that unfortunately. I can only tell you why everyone should be troubled. You will mistakenly believe it is something that troubles me only because I am a paranoid, etc. which is of course absurd.
By telling me, in effect: Hey Asshole. We'll delete your account if and when we want to, but we sure in the hell aren't doing it when you ask us to. they set a dangerous precedent, and make clear that they will do whatever the hell they please with your^H^H^H^Htheir account.
Are you starting to see the issue now?
"If more people pedaled twenty miles or so on a regular basis, we might actually have fewer healthcare costs - OMG, imagine that! "
It takes a very small mind not to be able to differntiate between excercising and commuting.
"I don't think you do."
You could have stopped at "You don't think".
"Also, you seem to assume that anyone suing a company is in the right, and every company in the wrong. Not so."
I make no such assumption. You are, instead, making the assumption that my reference to a common situation is a suggestion that it is the only one. Like I said: You could have stopped your post at the word "think".
Hello. How do you do? I'm Americans!
A) You watch too much Dr. Oz. While there are plenty of overweight Americans, there are also plenty of healthy ones.
B) A doesn't really matter, since this is about commuting, not excercise/playing.
"So your account still exists for a few weeks, big deal"
That's correct. That's the big deal. If you are too stupid to figure out why, that really isn't my problem.