If he really loved Apple as much as he claimed he'd have a 3GS AND an iPad to go along with his iEmptyWallet
You're right in this isn't a cut and dried DRM is teh evulz case. It does however highlight that everyone following the rules, forking over their cash, and generally being socially acceptable, still got screwed over by a DRM system. I'm assuming the movie theater(s) in question paid all the money they were supposed to to all the people involved. All of the movie goers paid over all their money to legally see it in such a way that the movie studios would allow, if only barely (the customers did leave the box office with their souls presumably). All of them were screwed when somewhere along the DRM chain someone dropped the ball.
This goes along with the DRMed mp3s that no longer work when a company kills its servers. Office 2003 not opening files because of a bad cert, etc. The pirates remove all these 'security features' and the products work so much smoother. I have used pirated copies of software that I legally paid for due to activation/reactivation rules, and I'll probably do it again.
This will never sell. It doesn't fit into the entertainment center paradigm. It looks like a puzzle box and a toy.
I don't think it looks like crap, but it definitely doesn't look like it belongs in my A/V cabinet. Just make it look like a DVD player or something close and I think it would have a better chance of taking off. But, then again, the only people who will be buying this to begin with already know what Boxee is, which means this thing was never going to sell well anyways.
You give the language a go in your corporation, maybe even like it, then realize that it can do [insert whiz bang marketing feature here] if you have it hooked up/into [insert Microsoft product here] and they've probably just sold you more than one product for more than one seat. If you do it a small percentage of the time, I'd think you could at least break even, and that's completely ignoring the fact that they have a stranglehold on most of the daily, or 'critical' apps for an overwhelming majority of corporations (at least in the US).
However, if you ever have a problem and need to get a hold of customer service for any reason, don't count on it being quick. Once you get someone on the line, service isn't so awful. Also, the ability to just go into the store, hand them my busted BlackBerry and walk out with a new one (4 different times) after getting through a queue (which can take a while) is a plus my Fiance has never been able to get with T-Mobile.
All in all: as soon as a phone compelling enough to get me to switch back comes along I will. I have nothing good to say about AT&T, other than they were smart enough to get my business by being the only ones in the US to offer me a phone that provides me the most utility and has forever brought entertainment/infinite reading material to the pooping stall.
Step 1: Playoff/deathmatch style showdown to find the the best of the AIs
Step 2: The winning AI plays the 'best' human player
Step 3: ???
Step 4: Profit.