The scene is familiar: Teenagers throw a forbidden house party, overflowing with alcohol. They dance, they laugh. Maybe someone throws up, makes unwanted advances, or crashes the family car on the ride home, but everything turns out fine at the end.
The ticket stub always lies. A 9:15 p.m. movie? Make that 9:45 p.m. A 2:30 p.m. matinee? It’s really 3 p.m. No movie truly starts on time, because before the movies come the previews, and now, before the previews come the ads.
More than a decade ago, the New York Times kick-started an examination of the business practices of Computer Associates International, Inc., a global software company with a market value of $20 billion, more than Nike or Lockheed Martin.