I spent 13 years in Tech Support. I had bad days, but I would _never_ have spoken to a customer in that fashion, even when they were abusive. The proper response to an abusive customer is to push them up the chain so my manager could defuse the situation. The mute button is your friend.
Most of the compensation is done in the optics of the scope, not on the pixels in the acquired image. In short, a laser is aimed at the sky and imaged, and the mirror itself (usually the secondary) is bent to compensate for the distortion to make the image of the laser as sharp as possible. Since you're aiming the scope at the same portion of the sky as the laser, the compensation works for the stars in that area of the sky. This happens hundreds of times a second (the atmosphere has this annoying habit of being turbulent). It's pretty amazing technology, but to say that it's "photoshopping" is like saying that focusing a camera is "photoshopping."
Yes, the image goes through some noise cleanup, but so does the image from your DSLR, your point-and-shoot or even your cellphone cam.
My parents had an HP-25C. I had a lot of fun with it (moon lander FTW!) Later they also bought a 19C and the 25C became mine. Don't know what happened to it. Now I have a 32S II at work (holdover from my college days) which is mostly used to convert between number bases, and a 48GX at home. I still think in terms of X Y Z T which makes using the 48GX a little tougher (Where's XY? Oh, it's called SWAP now!)
Nope. You don't get free XCode 4 unless you're paying $100 a year for either a Mac or iOS Developer. The newest version of XCode you can get for free with a free developer account is XCode 3.
Make also sells their own ARM-based MakeController board which is not Arduino based. If there would be any bias I'd expect it to be towards their own solution.
Or am I just not getting something?
Yes - the Apple iPhone SDK rules also specify that if you build anything using it, you cannot distribute it through any means other than the App Store, therefore violating the clause of the GPL that says there can be no other restrictions on distribution (section 6 of the GPL version 2, section 10 of the GPL version 3.)