Chris Kern

Chris Kern

Rockville, Maryland

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  • Chris Kern
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    Getting Down
    on: July 1, 2024 at 6:02 pm

    Excellent!  Perfect timing.

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    Chris Kern
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    Re: For everyone that whined about Capture One subscriptions
    Reply #1 on: June 30, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    This is not a lawsuit challenging Adobe’s subscription model or the prices Adobe charges, but rather the way the company presents the description of its licensing and termination provisions on its website.  The essence of the complaint is to enforce a U.S. federal law, the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act, that requires companies using the Internet to solicit sales to “provide consumers with clear, accurate information and give sellers an opportunity to fairly compete with one another for consumers’ business.”  The government contends that Adobe has failed to do this:

    For years, Adobe has harmed consumers by enrolling them in its default, most lucrative subscription plan without clearly disclosing important plan terms. Adobe fails to adequately disclose to consumers that by signing up for the “Annual, Paid Monthly” subscription plan (“APM plan”), they are agreeing to a year-long commitment and a hefty early termination fee (“ETF”) that can amount to hundreds of dollars. Adobe clearly discloses the ETF only when subscribers attempt to cancel, turning the stealth ETF into a powerful retention tool that by trapping consumers in subscriptions they no longer want. . . . 

    During enrollment, Adobe hides material terms of its APM plan in fine print and behind
    optional textboxes and hyperlinks, providing disclosures that are designed to go unnoticed and that most consumers never see. Adobe then deters cancellations by employing an onerous and complicated cancellation process. As part of this convoluted process, Adobe ambushes subscribers with the previously obscured ETF when they attempt to cancel.

    My guess (just a conjecture; I have no inside information) is that the decision to pursue this enforcement action against Adobe was a strategic one based at least some extent on Adobe’s market visibility and the resources at its disposal: even if the court awards the government all the relief it has requested, Adobe will survive and remain immensely profitable.  I suspect it is intended as a shot across the bow to alert the private sector in general that the Department of Justice is prepared to take legal action to pursue civil remedies for violation of the statute, and therefore to promote voluntary compliance with its terms by other companies.

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    Chris Kern
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    Re: Architectural Salvage, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Reply #2 on: June 21, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    Lovely shot!

    Perhaps the two enigmatic details of brick and blue (broom?) handle might be made more available by cropping out the left-hand blue window?

     

    Interesting suggestion.  Implemented with a bit of an assist from Photoshop’s Generative Fill.

     

    Architectural Salvage, Version 2

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    Re: Wabi Sabi
    Reply #3 on: June 21, 2024 at 1:39 pm

    Nice to see some activity here after a long hiatus.

    Architectural Salvage, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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    Chris Kern
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    Re: Anhinga with Fish
    Reply #4 on: June 14, 2024 at 5:13 pm

    You know what they say:

    “Give a bird a fish and you provide him with a meal.  Teach a bird to fish and he provides you with a photo shoot.”

    At least, that’s how I remember it.

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