Also, Springfield shortened their yellow lights in an effort to "standardize"- http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/17/1759.asp
It depends- for example, my wife bought me a Nook Color a couple years ago from Staples, and bought the protection plan. About 3 months ago, it wouldn't start. I called Staples and within 2 hours my wife had an email from Staples with a electronic gift certificate for the original purchase price. I replaced my Nook Color running CM10 with a Google Nexus. I bought another protection plan for the Nexus based on that experience.
There are other products I don't purchase them for (such as video games or toys for my kids), because the failure rate is very low, and I'm not into throwing away money.
A few problems with your post:
- TVShack hosted links. See here for more information. All TVShack did was create a one-stop source for links to content, and that is what pissed off Hollywood / the US.
- Hollywood doesn't spend all their money making shows, and shouldn't kill people for it.
- Anyone can "rip off" (AKA "fork") Libre Office and sell it for cash- they just need to make the source code of the fork available. That's part of the freedom of the LGPL.
I think part of the problem here is you know enough to be dangerous, but not enough to make an informed decision- just like the type of people in Goverment / Hollywood who start this crap. If TVShack hosted content, then prosecute. If not, then pass a law against linking to copyrighted content and prosecute if TVShack is still in business at that time.