and Best Buy would clearly be responsible for making sure the source code was available
Uh, no. For example, CompUSA used to sell various Linux distributions. They, of course, had a store in Boston that was within walking distance of FSF headquarters. They were not required to provide the source code.
neither you nor I fixed those bugs, either.
Have you tried fixing any Mozilla bugs? I have and it's a royal pain in the ass. You first post your patch to the bug itself, which is simple enough. Then the main cabal of developers critique your patch, and if it doesn't exactly conform in every possible way to what they would have coded themselves, they will reject it with little, if any, explanation. After you finally get an explanation out of someone, you can continue to submit changes to see if any will appease them. Of course, you will have accidentally violated a minor style guideline, but this won't be pointed out to you until you've submitted changes for their other critiques six times. After you've fixed that issue, they'll think of some other hoop that you'll have to jump through even though the patch fixes all aspects of the defect at this point. After another 16 edits of the three line patch that doesn't have any security implications and doesn't change any portion of the API, they'll ask you for a unit test that wouldn't test anything but the API for which they already have unit tests.
I'm all for being careful and making a stable, secure product, but I expect people to not be completely retarded about the process of writing software. Not even the system that delivers EAMs has a process this annoying for fixing trivial defects.
And *that* is why Mozilla defects don't get fixed for years.
Building an entire site or app in shockwave or flash
If you're using Adobe products, you don't build websites with Flash, you build them with Flex. The applications then run on the Flash or Air platforms.
The reason we used them was because it was illegal to connect to the copper on a POTS line back
That became legal in 1968 with the Carterphone ruling. You probably had an acoustic coupler in 1974, because the modular jack wasn't introduced until 1976.
One has to wonder if this is another imperial/metric snafu.
Probably not. From the article:
The $27 million, Italian-built observation deck sports the biggest window ever flown in space. In all, there are seven windows that will offer 360-degree views.
The 11 astronauts aboard the shuttle-station complex opened the door Friday to the $380 million Tranquility, also made in Italy for the European Space Agency. The door leading from Tranquility into the observation deck was opened soon afterward, and that's when shuttle pilot Terry Virts and Kay Hire encountered the cover problem.
So, now even submitters aren't reading the article? Damn...
But yes, a titanium-headed hammer would be stupid. Titanium also has poor surface hardness, so it would get dented really badly.
Right, no one would make those.
We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"