If a site is available for free and is ad supported, the customers (that is, the ones buying the product) are the advertisers, the users are the product.
The fact that he moved up from an intern position tells them that he has the ability to adapt. This is the most important aspect of an employee. Some peoply only know how to do as they are told, others are problem solvers and seek to answer the great "Why?". After experiencing the working world and seeing my mother's small business employees in action, I can tell you that a critical thinker is a rare thing indeed.
It really depends on the situation.
If The New Manager is intent on making their fast-track bones by shaking things up, the entire tech level may soon be outsourced.
What is important is what you want.
Do you want to give management a try?
Do you want to learn The New Manager's style of managing?
Have you ever thought 'if I were running things we would not be doing X, we would do Y'?
I suggest you give it a shot, maybe you will like it.
If you turn it down, be sure to give The New Manager every reason to know that you are just too darn essential in the tech role to be moved out of it.
Either way: Get your resume out there, and start actively looking for a new job.
In nearly all cases, the result of a class-action is a settlement
For one thing, what percent is "nearly all"? For another, the settlement might well include revisions to the EULA.
>>>they use referendums to increase services yet limit what they pay in taxes
That doesn't preclude politicians from saying, "Okay. We'll keep all services but cut them by 25% across the board." That would allow them to balance the budget.
Most leases are structured with a cap on the "free" electricity. Usually the surcharge on the lease compared to comparable leases is about the amount it would cost if you hit that cap. So essentially you are already paying for the electricity.
If the lease is not structured that way... tell me where that landlord is. I will start all sorts of energy intensive businesses in that apartment. Having people live with me for free will be the least of their worries.
If your game has the capability to break the law - people will exploit it. The Chinese citizens will simply pirate the American version, or hack their region to be not China - and before you know it the game will be banned.
You either ship your game with the limitations, or don't ship to China. World of Warcraft expansions are experiencing major delays because World of Warcraft basically has to be recoded this way. If it were as simple as a few lines of code, they would have patched it.
No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.