Phil, I get your point and i'm all about innovation, or i wouldn't have gotten to where i am. You have auto ISO, you have a minimum shutter speed you can set and the camera will abide by as long as it can get an accurate exposure, but in the end it is not a mind reader... For what i'm concerned, the camera can do so much, it can calculate the exposure, calculate exposure based on the parameters of the min shutter THAT YOU SET, and there you go... unless you are shooting 400mm lenses or bigger and or teleconverters, the 1/250 minimum is plenty adequate unless you are shooting some oddball thing like races or whatever... then in those situations where shutter is important, one click from AV to TV solves the shutter requirement issues. This thread can be retitled.
The whole point of AutoISO other than a few who want it just for pure convenience is to switch things when thigns are going on too fast to do things yourself and in those scenarios 1/250th is usually frightfully too slow. Wayyy slow for wildlife or sports.
And what are you defending it for? It's like a single byte of code difference would fix it and every other manufacturer gets it right and puts in at all tiers top to BOTTOM.
Again autoiso is hardly an end of the world thing, but what on earth is wrong with Canon marketing? Why cripple such a little thing for no reason when all it does is erode customer loyalty. That is one and only thing Canon gets out of doing it.