I'm not saying that Sony shouldn't have to pay for their mistake... of course there should be punitive damages. My point is that Sony is rich enough to afford it unless the punitive damages were to exceed the net worth of the company, which they don't.
But for what it's worth, shoplifters don't typically go to jail either. They generally just pay a large fine, and that's it. Of course, they also get stuck with a criminal record that will typically stay with them for years to come.
...a film that treats North Korea as a whipping boy.
You know it was a comedy, right? (and not an overly good one, from what I've heard). You realize that the only reason NK is claiming that the film is insulting is because they seem to always want to find any reason they can that garners sympathy for them, right? The only thing this movie makes fun of is not North Korea, or its leader, but rather, it really only satirizes the popular mindset that people have about NK and its position with respect to the United States and the rest of the Western world.
In reality, from what I understand, there's nothing more insulting or offensive about this film than any other Seth Rogen film (which based on the films of his that I have seen, I admit may not be saying much in its favor)... but there's certainly no reason that NK should be take any kind of real offense because it for any reason other than that they just seem to want any excuse they can find to continue to have a mad-on at the Western world.
It's not like Sony doesn't have money.... they can pay for the song's inclusion and all is good.
I don't defend Sony here, but it's also entirely possible that this was just a mistake... someone at Sony might have thought they had already secured permission, because it was something they intended to do, and they just put in the sound track without thinking about it, and afterwards, nobody else thought to double-check. It's a really stupid mistake, and one they should most definitely pay for, certainly, but it's not like Sony can't reasonably afford to pay for permission to include the work unless the artist was never willing to give Sony permission in the first place, at any price.
Personally, I think the whole notion of "legally sober" is absurd, and should be abandoned.... it would simplify things tremendously if they just moved to zero-tolerance system, so the issue of trying to judge how impaired one might be wouldn't arise in the first place.
Life becomes a whole lot simpler where if you drink, you don't drive.
I dunno... maybe it's because I've lost 3 family members to vehicle accidents where alcohol was determined to have been a contributing factor (one of the drivers, the one who killed my niece, and the incident with which I had the greatest level of direct personal involvement, had evidently only had one glass of wine that evening, only further exemplifying the notion that no truly objective standard exists for one to decide if they should be okay to drive or not anyways, so if they moved to a zero tolerance system, nobody should ever be confused on whether it is safe or not for them to drive).
The whole concept of 'jobs' will be relegated to the past, where it belongs
And how do you suppose that people without jobs are going to eat, exactly?
1. e-paper has a positively abysmal screen update time
I use my tablet a lot for reading highly technical articles, and I often end up flipping back and forth between different pages of the text while I am reading, usually between a page with a figure or code listing and an explanation that follows or precedes it. I'd rather not add an easily perceptible delay between the time that I slide my finger one way or the other to advance or go back a page and the time it takes to actually show it.
2. e-paper's full color support is poor.
Many of the articles that I read come with slides which I also view on the tablet, and color is very useful at conveying information. Some progress has been made on this front, but for most practical purposes, epaper is generally monochrome.
But certainly, if they ever get around to making a non-emissive display technology with a fast enough screen update time that you can't notice any delay between your actions and when the screen update is complete, and they provide respectable full color support, I'll be all over it. The only reason I use a tablet instead of hard copy at all is portability.