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Let's talk about that word, "free", shall we?
If she had paid with Foursquare, Visa or MasterCard, clearly those companies would not have been sued. And if she found the cab service through Bing or Google, no sane person would cry for them to vet their advertisers and links. Replace the crime with a hair in the soup at a restaurant, and suing any of those third parties would be just as ridiculous.
Last time I took a "normal" taxi in India, the driver demanded 100 USD, although I knew the price was around 800 rupees (~13 USD). The final transaction was made in cash, so who should I lodge my complaint with? The Reserve Bank of India or the US Federal Reserve? The patentable absurdity of the original case is starting to become apparent.
Finally, regarding those "normal" state and city taxi monopolies: They need to fall. In virtually any country I've been, they offer a poor service at an extortionate price. They abuse their monopoly by only having the number of drivers available they see fit and benefit from, while ignoring peek demand on weekends and other busy days and nights. And as for safety; crimes also happened in taxis before the Internet.
Blaming somebody's crime on Uber because they used the app is as absurd as blaming Tinder for failing to screen and monitor its users. (Although, I'm sure somebody will eventually sue for that as well).
You haven't tried Lenovo's T-series business laptops, have you? The common saying is, that you could kill a man with one of them, and write his obituary with it afterwards. They also support most GNU/Linux distributions well.
Most Apple laptops are so thin and fragile, carrying one by a corner might be enough to bend it, or break the fragile electronics inside. Granted the edeges are usally very thin, so maybe you could slice somebody's throat with it. However, it would probably malfunction due to liquid damage.
* ducks *
How much more will it take to admit to ourselves that most Western nations are now police states?
If you were to sustain 1550 MByte/s write for 1 year, you'd write a total of 48 PB. (1550*60*60*24*365/1000/1000/1000), or 0.13 PB/day. In Techreport's endurance test, only two drives made it past 1.5 PB. So, if that is the bar, the drive would last only 11 days.
However, that would give you no time to read the data you'd written. Since you're not likely to write at max speed 24/7, the drive should last considerably longer.
Watching Sony bleed has really been the greatest xmas gift of this year.
Sort of like how Nokia used to be an old lumberjack and milling company, then produced rubber and car tires, then mobile phones, and finally went on to become a brothel for Microsoft executives who fetishize pale Finnish developers, developers, developers...
Think of code like a story: It needs paragraphs, chapters, a table of content. Section and split it up like that, and it will be a lot easier for everybody, including you, to maintain. Code has the additional benefit that similar "paragraphs" can be parameterized, and reused, rather than copy-pasted. (You don't copy-paste code, do you?)
(Not using the stock OS, also has the advantage of avoiding the "later", "later", "later" options you speak of).
Look at the Linux kernel, and it becomes easy and obvious: It is currently at version 3.16. Some of the GNU / Linux based OS distributions and their versions are: Ubuntu 14.04, Fedora 21, Debian 7.0.
Here's the complete overview of Windows versions and kernels: