the ads are the reason we are able to enjoy the freedom of free content. By blocking the ads, you are essentially stealing the content.
I wondered how long it would be before some idiot threw this one out.
Since you are obviously clueless, let me explain how it works. I connect to your site and request you to transmit a webpage to me. If you willingly send that page, I cannot be accused of stealing because I don't look at the entire thing. In fact, I revel in the fact that I block your ads. I am astonished at how bad the experience can be when you do not block. When I am asked to look at somebody's computer, the FIRST thing I do is install an adblocker. I have NEVER had anyone ask me to remove it.
a more proximate cause is Yellow Cab losing an $8 million accident liability suit by a passenger who is now paralyzed. [...] So much for the medallion cab argument that they offer superior liability coverage.
Ehem, you did notice that the first and last sentence contradict each other? If they had to pay out $8 mio. then obviously they do offer liability coverage, otherwise the cab driver and/or his insurance would have paid.
No it doesn't. It is an unsecured debt on their bankruptcy petition. Therefore, it HAS NOT BEEN PAID. If they had adequate insurance coverage, they would not be listing it on their debts.
renewal fees are needed so we don't the DMCA issues with orphan works / Abandonware that in some cases are not even sold any more but can't be put out for people to use.
Amen! And the renewal fees should increase over time since the work was copyrighted. If it's not profitable enough to pay for a renewal, it should be in the public domain. That will put a quick end to these "submarine" copyrights.
[...] Empire, which is still clearly the best of the lot
Empire is the least cringeworthy of all the movies for sure. There are some bad moments, but overall the best acting and dialog. However, my biggest complaint with the movie is that I felt like there was no real "complete" story. There was no central story arc. No common story thread to tie all the loose pieces together. No catharsis or resolution. It is just character development during which "some stuff happens" with a side story to introduce Yoda. Even that part was screwy with the nonsensical Darth Vader cave bit. What made it memorable was the dialog. It is very quotable.
And the Empire really didn't strike back. It was pretty weak if they did. The rebels lost a temporary hideout/safehouse (before they could even unpack their shit and finish setting up camp) but they escaped pretty much unscathed despite facing an overwhelming armed force. Only Han suffered a bit, but yet survived for some reason. Why would the Empire allow him to survive but still be totally brutal and ruthless to the inhabitants of Alderaan, Oncle Owen, Auth Beru, Ben Kenobi, Captain Needa, and others? I guess consistency and continuity is not George's strong suit.
Europeans whine about free stuff, news at 11.
Since when is an Office365 subscription free? I'd like in on that deal too.
Of course you can. Businesses change their terms of service all the time. You're not entitled to endlessly exploit any business that has set unprofitable terms, so needs to change policies.
That is not in question. The question is should companies that knowingly advertise a product or service be obligated to pay a penalty for changing said product or service after the customer has paid for it. As I recall, Office 365 was a subscription up for up to four years. I am fine with Microsoft's terms of service allowing changes as long as they offer a full refund of any unused portion of the subscription. Offering to allow the customer to disagree with the changes and only giving them the option of cancelling the service, forfeiting any payment, is pure bullshit.
Yes they DO leave voicemails, while still following FCC/CRTC guidelines. Its called careful wording.
Source: Someone who runs a national Collection Agency Automated Dialer
Some careful wording... They leave a message telling you who the call is for and telling you to hang up if it is not for you. They wait a few seconds and begin their spiel about owing them money. I figure it's just a matter of time until someone takes them to court for violating the rules.
Old programmers never die, they just hit account block limit.