What exactly is your point? What are your options? You can keep your money 'under your mattress' at higher risk and even less returns, or you can invest it with higher risk and/or lower liquidity. For most people 'in the bank' is still the best bet.
Complete bullshit. As a depositor in a bank you are NOT an 'unsecured creditor'. Where does this nonsense come from? Thousands of banks have failed since FDIC was formed 80 years ago, and no depositor has lost any insured money.
What makes you (or anyone else) think this is even remotely possible? Suppose you manage to buy 10% of the coal mines, and shut them down. What do you suppose will happen to the price of the remaining mines?
These 'ideas' (along with other laughably stupid ideas like Google 'buying' the entertainment industry) always seem to miss one important fact: nobody is required to sell at all, much less sell for some pre-determined price.
However, the question is: what authority does their 'trademark license' carry? Trademark law is not copyright law. Things like the GPL and EULAs rely on copyright law, where the 'default' position under the law is 'you must have permission to distribute or make copies'. You don't agree to their terms you don't get permission. Trademark law is not like that. Under trademark law you do not need permission to refer to something by it's trademarked name. So what force does their trademark policy carry?
Uh, no. Like you said Red Hat is not selling Linux, they are selling service. You can not distribute Linux and call it Red hat because you are not offering their service - calling it Red Hat would be deceiving. Dell, on the other hand, is not misleading anyone. They call it Firefox because it IS Firefox. Price does not enter into it at all. You can sell a can of 'Coke' for $100, as long as it is in fact Coke.
You do understand that someone had to decide to make that offering, someone had to update the order system to include that checkbox, someone had to create the image with Firefox, someone had to test that image, someone had to release that into production, someone had to create the automation to install that image, someone had to test that automation, someone had to manage all the above people, someone had to pay the increased IT costs of all the above, someone had to update the helpdesk scripts, etc,right?
'Liability' is not just being held responsible for something. It is any negative situation - it is a liability to have your face covered with tattoos when applying for the job of bank manager.
So to restate the question - how does a company protect itself from the negative effects of network traffic (malware coming in, secrets going out) if they can't look at the traffic?
My recollection (and it has been a long time, so I may be way off) is that originally they were marketed simply as 'VHS'. This was to distinguish these types of machines from the other format, Beta. The VHS at that time stood for Vertical Helical Scan, but they were not 'marketed' using Vertical Helical Scan. I guess when people started asking what the heck VHS meant they came up with the 'Video Home System' name, probably because it made a lot more sense to most people than 'Vertical Helical Scan'. I don't remember a whole lot of marketing with the Video Home System name either, it always seemed to be just VHS.
So, your assertion is that people who save money buy using coupon sites are automatically on the low end of the IQ scale? Interesting.
The real problem with polls like this is that people such as youself take the results seriously. These polls do not show that people are dumb and getting dumber. There is no incentive at all to answering correctly, or punishment for answering incorrectly. Therefore, many people who get these polls are going to answer incorrectly because they think the purpose of the poll is to datamine them, or the poll has no useful purpose at all, or the poll is just clickbait. Many other people will answer randomly because they simply don't care. Now, supposing the 'poll' said 'you will get 10 free MP3s if you can identify what an MP3 is'. Now how many people do you supposed will know the 'correct' answer (or, even more importantly, how to find the correct answer)?
VHS originally meant Vertical Helical Scan.
I believe that in the very next sentence I clarified that the FDIC is, in fact, a federal agency (unlike FedEx).
Odd that you don't post any opinion polls on people's trust of insurance companies to 'do the right thing'. I wonder why that is?
Nice PDF you linked to. Too bad it does not support your case in the slightest. After they talk about the sharesholders and unsecured creditors (which you count depositors among) losing all of their money when a large institution fails, they have this statement "Similarly, because the group remains solvent, retail or corporate depositors should not have an incentive to “run” from the firm under resolution insofar as their banking arrangements, transacted at the operating company level, remain unaffected. In order to achieve this, the authorities recognize the need for effective communication to depositors, making it clear that their deposits will be protected" (emphasis mine). Oops.
You seem to be missing something very important. The purpose of the FDIC is to give people confidence in the banks - they know their money is safe. The reason it gives people confidence is because it is the FEDERAL Depositors Insurance Corporation. It is a US goverment agency.
You say the bitcoin exchanges could set up the same kind of system, but why should anyone trust something set up by them? What, exactly, makes this insurance company any more reliable or trustworthy than the exchanges themselves?
'Bite' usually means an acidic or sour taste. That is not something most people are looking for in hamburger. Add in the fact that it has an 'intense' flavor and I don't see how you could say it was good.
Strange, it has been my experience that the ones swerving to make an exit are almost always the ones with a GPS mounted on the dash. Why? Well, my guess is that these idiots are so busy looking at their GPS that they don't even notice things like road signs that tell them the exit is approaching.