It doesn't matter how much they protest; it doesn't make the whole episode any less ironic. The more they promise they won't do it that way again unless they feel they have a legal right to, the more they point out the fact that they can delete your books (and modify them? and inspect notes? reading patterns? what else?) any time they really want to.
The upshot is: they've demonstrated the presence of the memory hole and their ability and willingness to use it. They're sorry they got caught, and they'd like you to forget all about it and by yourself a Kindle.
instead of abstracting everything and assuming everyone knew as much as them [...] resent the way mathematicians try to maintain their elitist clique
Umm... parent article is so many flavors of wrong I don't know where to start, so I'll just tick off some things:
In summary: maintaining our elitist clique takes no effort whatsoever. And if you've got an allergy to abstract thought, then maybe you're just not 37337 enough to join us...
Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning