They are the Nero of the imaging world I think.
You're saying that like Nero, Canon is about to be redeemed because in fact most actions are sensible - but the reputation is intentionally hampered by 3rd parties baring a grudge? And the Sonikon competition needs a scarecrow to make their gadgets appear innovative, just like the early Christian church characterized Nero as the antichrist because it made them appear as heroic martyrs?
+1 we went from a place with exceptional posters to a place where people posting helpful things (Neuro) are an exception . . . seriously . . . what the heck?
CES has always been the SEMA of the electronics world . . . lots of oooh-ahhh stuff, but nothing awesome that's going to make it to the mainstream market any time soon.
As for complaining about yearly refreshes of P&S, I'd ask those offended to kindly shut up. People don't buy the SX10 IS, then the SX20 IS, then the SX30 IS . . . when they're ready for new gear, they buy the current version. SX10-> SX40 specs, but waited four years, we'd get the same a-bags that complain about old sensor tech in cameras.
P&S sales pay the bills. Trickle-down of features guarantees that higher-end cameras get refreshed with newer, better features. Look at the 70D, everyone started freaking out it was so good . . . wait, wasn't Canon supposed to go out of business because no one would buy higher-end cameras when that came out?