I just learned that the shifty, fly-by-night software company Apple was apparently selling service contracts in Washington without filling out the proper paperwork. It makes me sick to think that these companies can just go around, doing business, without asking for permission from the government first.
Luckily, some of the bureaucrats found out about this operation and the fist of justice came down on this shady company to the tune of $100,000. I know I’ll sleep a lot better tonight knowing that the government is making sure these guys go through the right channels before they go trying to sell people the things they want in exchange for money.
If the multinational Apple can’t be bothered to research all the little laws and rules of every nation, state, county, and city in which they want to operate, then what on earth are they even in business for?
I had a kid come to the door selling hoagies a while ago, and I’m betting he didn’t have a license to be selling door-to-door. I let him off with a “no thank you”, but now I see it’s a mistake to let stuff like this slide, because these criminals will just keep pushing. Next time I’m calling the SWAT team.
On a totally unrelated note, I just noticed on the label for my perscription painkillers:
Bah. Those warnings are always overblown. I’m sure it won’t affect me.
The Best of 2011
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2011.
Bethesda’s Launcher is Everything You Expect
From the company that brought us Fallout 76 comes a storefront / Steam competitor. It's a work of perfect awfulness. This is a monument to un-usability and anti-features.
Why The Christmas Shopping Season is Worse Every Year
Everyone hates Black Friday sales. Even retailers! So why does it exist?
A programming project where I set out to make a Minecraft-style world so I can experiment with Octree data.
Batman v. Superman Wasn't All Bad
It's not a good movie, but it was made with good intentions and if you look closely you can find a few interesting ideas.