Slingbox, which would use large amounts of wireless network capacity, could create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network. The application does not run on our 3G wireless network. Applications like this, which redirect a TV signal to a personal computer, are specifically prohibited under our terms of service. We consider smartphones like the iPhone to be personal computers in that they have the same hardware and software attributes as PCs.
quote: Accordingly, we must reserve the unrestricted right to change, rearrange, add or delete our programming packages, the selections in those packages, our prices, and any other Service we offer, at any time.
quote: You are quite confused. Being a publicly-listed company is not equatable to being a public service, which is what you seem to think it is.
quote: A straw man argument is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's position. To "attack a straw man" is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by substituting a superficially similar proposition (the "straw man"), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position. 
quote: it is a listed company.
quote: Can you spot what you have just done?
quote: Oh, and I thought I should just make one more clarification on the public vs. private concept as it relates to companies. An organization is only "public" in one case - when it is a governmental agency, such as the EPA, the DOT, a public library, the unemployment office, the military, etc. Any organization that is not a governmental agency is "private" - which is virtually every corporation that exists.
quote: There is one , and only one , way to be a "listed" company. And that is to be a publicly-listed company. There is no other form of "listing." Go ahead and look for another form of listing that isn't public . I'll wait.
quote: ...in case you think you still have some scrap of a point you're trying to hang on to...please educate me as to what kind of "listing" it is that you were referring to that is not a public listing. Please. I would love to see it, and just think how much better we'd all be by learning from your wisdom.
quote: Apple is a public-sector company which is publicly held. The first quote you have there is talking about the sector an organization is in...which would be a bit clearly if you included the next sentance noting the further formality of having the "-sector" appendange.
quote: A publicly-traded company is a private company that has permission to offer its registered securities (stock, bonds, etc.) for sale to the general public
quote: Apple is a private company? Nope. it is a listed company. A private company would be owned, yep, you guessed it, privately. No shareholders to be accountable to. To be a private company you would need to buy every last share and then delist the company.
quote: Yes, sure they can do whatever they want with their app store, as long as they don't offer it for sale to consumers. You see, at that point they cannot do whatever they want with their app store. For instance they cannot sell you something, then take it back off you. There are several laws that you have to adhere to when you sell things, as there should be.
quote: You see when Apple sell me something I OWN that item.
quote: SCOPE OF LICENSE. The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software.