I see sodastreams in just about every store and nice huge displays in premium spots in most stores but yet, I know not one person that has one or claims to use it often.
Big picture. A business that keeps all it's data in one data center is at risk. That one data center being in a known hurricane zone makes it worse but using SSD is not the tipping point here that suddenly makes it a risky.
Lemon laws are about a breach of the manufacturer's warranty. Individual people are not selling brand new cars but even a used car bought from a private individual still under the factory warranty has lemon law protection. Your case is against the car maker providing you the warranty, not the seller or the dealer. Aside from that, to get to the point to prove it was a lemon, you have to go through an arbitration process.
What world do you live in? People are suing companies for service/quality/loss ALL the time. There is nothing about dealing with a company that automatically gives you recourse. You have to take them to court just like no different than suing a person.
Emissions standards is a federal standard and it is still a federal offense to modify any emission equipment on your car. The problem like you stated comes from the enforcement. Checking emissions was delegated to the individual states and within general guidelines, they check cars. A lot of states have various exceptions like
Some less dense populated counties do not check any cars at all
Some cars not driven more than a certain mileage per year
After the car hits a certain age, usually 20-25+ years
Vehicles used primarily for farm use but still used on public roads if being driven for work related to the farming (like going to town to get feed or supplies)
Just because your area does not check your car on a routine basis does not mean you can rip all of the emissions crap off but many people do. Who enforces the federal emissions laws and standards on your car at that point? No one really.
I understand your dilemma though. I live in an area that does have periodic checks but I do get stuck behind some Harleys and old motorcycles that have no emissions equipment and an occasional car that I know that took off their catalytic convertors because I can smell them immediately.
I have Comcast internet without Comcast cable. I can not watch ESPN3. It must come out of the cable TV subscribers bill, not the internet side, or I am paying for it AND can't watch it.
Spend a few hours and browse some of the paid ads and ads that look like real articles about cures and balms from 1850~1915 or so newspapers in a Google newspaper search. I now understand why regulation or at least a standard is now in place that labels some things as "This is an advertisement" and why there are labels on things that state "not medically proven" and such.
One random example here at the bottom of page 1 column 4.
If you look and read random papers you will many more scattered throughout with some wild claims.
Ointments that promise to fix just about anything. Aspirin is even in some of those ads promising to fix all kinds of things, it is still around but had many more claims for fixing ailments back then. Left without regulation, people WILL make wild claims to make a buck, that is why we have many of these consumer protection regulations now.
I've slowed down and drive much less aggressive as I've aged. Not because I feel more responsible now or that I was carefree when I was younger. I just don't have the awareness I used to have when I was younger and I am not as comfortable pushing things. It takes me much longer to verify no one is next to me before changing lanes, I used to just whip my head around, scan my mirror and then go, it takes me longer to refocus when I look in my rear view mirror or down at the speedo and back forward again, my vision is not as good as it used. I could take a 300 mile trip at night and remember almost every car I passed or passed me. Scope out areas where police might be like openings in the median or after bridges and down hills. I knew exactly what was around me, approaching, and pulling away at every moment. I was constantly scanning everywhere. I don't do most of that anymore, I just kind of... drive. I don't even use my detectors anymore. Although I still love to take trips and get in the car and go, I am just not "into" driving like I used to be. I'm probably not as "safe" as I used to be but at least I am going relatively slower than I used to.
Why limit it to 5 under, why not 10 or 15 under? It's funny that YOUR standard is right and everyone else is wrong.
I can drive for weeks on end and not tailgate anyone at all or get stressed when someone is in a crosswalk, let people merge in front of me at the last minute in a squeeze or wave people on from a side street in traffic, and slow down and cautiously drive around bikes and I am 100% stress free doing that. I do that at 15 under or possibly even 15 over the posted speed limit.
Do you like Apples? How about them Apples?
I looked around for my E200 running rockbox (3.7.1) after reading your post. Found it in a the bottom of a drawer in my spare room. Hit the power button, it fired up with 20% battery and started playing from where it left off the last time I used it. I don't know the self discharge rate of the battery but I swear it was at least 2 years since I last touched it.
Stand on the corner with a sign that says "You can buy potent illegal drugs in this alley for cheap" and you will be arrested. Stand on that same corner with a sign that says "Bad people are selling cheap illegal drugs in this alley, stay away" and you will be fine. Seems strange, in both situations you are giving people the same factual information, that drugs are beign sold in the alley but in one you are adding some opinion to that fact. Your opinion in addition to facts should not be the difference between illegal and legal.
From my experience, the "military" or command mentality is this:
Follow my orders, questioning things is a sign of subordination, obey my guidance because I am right, just do it, and you don't have enough info to make your own decisions.
We have all worked for those people.
The one thing I have found without a doubt from every person I have met that has some or all of those characteristics is a person that is not truly comfortable with what they are doing. They are afraid of people digging in deeper into the why and how because they themselves do not know or did not think or care to ask. They do not want to be questioned because it may expose their own weaknesses. It is a mechanism they use to deflect the questions and reasons hoping you will just accept them. I've seen this from both ex military non military people with no more of one than the other. I've also found that if the person really does not know what they are doing or in over their head but is playing the part, they will EVENTUALLY be exposed at some point. It's usually not long for once a few people on both sides of that supervisor or person start really digging until they are gone.
1000HP Honda minivan. More of a novelty used as a dyno queen and for burnouts. Similar to many 1000+ HP Supras.
Why do clothes dryers and fireplaces not have a second inlet duct pulling outside air directly into the unit so you are not sucking air from the living space which is then replaced from outside air through cracks and crevices and pulled through your house somewhat defeating the purpose? I could kind of see it with a fireplace that is open because it would be difficult to get a good draw but there is no reason to not have that functionality on a clothes dryer. Maybe with the clothes dryer, it would take more heat to heat up freezing cold air from outside but at least that air is "dry" and will aid in removing moisture once heated a bit. Am I missing something?