"My father has dozens of old cassettes (over 3000).
Apparently, back in the early days of CD-through-the-mail services, you were allowed to return opened CDs with no hassle.
This led to a process whereby he signed up, got his 12 (or whatever) free CDs, recorded them to cassette, then mailed them back saying he’d made a mistake, ordered another 12, and repeated, until he got hassled.
Then he’d actually pick out the ones he wanted, quit the service, and sign up for a new one.
"We’re stuck. We’re clean out of ideas. And if you want evidence of that, just look at the nauseating epidemic of patent wars that now disfigures the entire world of information technology. The first thing a start-up has to do now is to hire a patent attorney.
I had a fascinating conversation recently with someone who’s good at getting the pin-ups of the industry – the bosses of Google, Facebook, Amazon et al – into one room.
He recounted how at a recent such gathering, he suddenly realised that everyone present was currently suing, or being sued, for patent infringement by one or more of the others.”