Two rows over from my desk is a network attached scanner that I rather regularly use to e-mail documents that I've signed and such. I actually want to turn the owner of said scanner in, in hopes the patent troll will attempt to sue them for $1k per employee.
Of course, the owner of said scanner is the Federal Government of the United States of America. I'd really be amused to see what happened when they tried to collect $1k per employee of the US Government.
Disney had their own streaming service. No one used it, though, probably because no one ever heard of it.
I recently observed to my wife that our daughter was probably going to be the first kid in two or three generations of our families that didn't grow up actually watching Disney films, since we don't buy DVDs and don't have cable... Guess that's about to change!
Wish it wasn't an exclusive deal, though. Those are inherently anti-consumer... But it's still an improvement, nonetheless. And being a geek with kids, having Disney films on NetFlix does significantly increase the odds of me keeping a subscription permanently.
If I understand the article correctly, it's not that B&N isn't selling a book Amazon is selling, it's that B&N isn't selling a book Amazon is PUBLISHING.
B&N is one of the largest publishers in the US. Last I checked, Amazon didn't sell any of their books. Why aren't people complaining about that?
When Amazon announced they were going to go into physical book publishing, they approached B&N to see if they would carry their books. B&N offered them a deal: Let Kindle load Nook Books and they'd carry Amazon physical books. Amazon for some reason wasn't interested in this arrangement...
Full Disclosure: I have a little inside info (and bias) as a close family member works for B&N...
Except that there have been several reports, as the parent said, of voting machines doing the same thing. It is possible that this was a case of fraud, but (speaking as a software developer and as a realist) it's infinitely more likely this is just an example of incompetence, ie: a software error.
If someone wanted to commit fraud on an e-voting machine, they wouldn't make it display a different candidate than the one you selected. They would just change the ballot when it was stored to disk and not tell you!
Think about it. Romney has pissed off 47% of the American people. That, coupled with the other groups that don't like him should give Obama a landslide. If it does not, something smells and smells really bad...
Except that 47% of the American people doesn't represent a landslide by any sane definition of the world. Except that of those 47% he supposedly pissed off with his comment, the majority of them never even heard the comment, or care about it, and over half of them won't even vote. So, no. There are plenty of things that smell bad about this entire election, but a Romney win is not such an impossibility as to immediately assume something nefarious is going on. Or at least anything nefarious and out of the ordinary.
I didn't even know who Carly Rae Jepsen is until this article. And until two weeks ago when I was riding in a coworker's car to lunch, I'd never even heard the song. I'd see the memes, of course, and I knew they were riffing on the lyrics of a pop song... But that's it.
Maybe the new album isn't doing well because she's just not particularly memorable as an artist? I learned who Jonathan Coulton was because someone shared a video of him playing Re: Your Brains with an audience at PAX, and the reason I was so taken in by his music was BOTH the fact the music was good and his incredible talent at connecting with his audience, as I was plainly able to see in the video.
CRJ may have come up with a cute, catchy pop ditty... But what did she do to build on that? What did she do to connect with the fans who were making her into a meme? Or did she just rush out a new album figuring that she had people's attention? If you want people to focus on you as an artist as opposed to just focusing on one of your songs, you need to give them a reason to do that!
PSY reposts people photoshopping Gangnam Style onto Malaysian McShaker bags via his official twitter account for cripes' sake! He fully embraced the memeing (is that a word?) and ran with it.
Never mind Gangnam Style is a better song than Call Me, Maybe in my never to be humble opinion...
Seriously, he's the man in charge of Disney's creative branch now. He's the former head creative person from Pixar, who was brought on to right the company during the Disney/Pixar reconciliation. That guy is awesome and does amazing things and (usually) doesn't allow crap to be produced under his watch.
I only wish Lucas had given up Lucasfilm 20 years ago. I met my wife via Star Wars fandom, but I've ceased being a fan a long long time ago.
That being said, John Carter of Mars does not give me high hopes for an adaptation of Timothy Zahn's books... But I'll remain cautiously optimistic, for now!
Re: We need to pass laws to make unlawful activities illegal
Can anyone (without having a laughing fit) please explain why we need new laws to make illegal activities illegal?
I'll take a shot at it: If you're a citizen of country A, and you break the laws of my country (B) on the Internet, currently I can't have you arrested. (Unless country B in this case is the USA, but for the sake of argument let's forget about that for this moment.)
So maybe they want to fix that little "loophole" in the law.
That way, all those criminals won't get away with insulting the President/Monarch/Prophet or whatever other crazy laws these dictators like to impose on their subjects.
How bad the U.N. really is... Or at least the General Assembly.
Sure, it's a good idea in principle: A forum for all the world's nations to get together and talk things out. Heck, that's a great idea!
The problem is when people want to give such a body any sort of power, or allow it any sort of regulatory control--primarily because it's got representatives from every nation!
Hey, guess what! Most nations in the world are despotic cesspits which are diametrically opposed to the concepts of freedom and liberty for their subjects! And yes, I use the word subject, as opposed to citizen, because that's how they view people within their borders.
Think about it this way: we know how bad the U.S. is lately in the realm of protecting their citizens' rights. Now consider the fact that the U.S. is probably still one of the best nations in the world in that respect, especially in regards to protecting freedom of speech. Scared yet?
The majority of UN member states are either:
2) ruled by religious fundamentalism
3) both of the above
As such, ANY policy put forward by the General Assembly is going to reflect their priorities: Control of individuals and protection of their power.
Hey no sweat, you had me wondering! Which led to me typing in $0.01 and being treated to a message that said "You seem to have no heart! Please fill out this captcha and prove you're human!", the hilarity of which was well worth the price of admission.
Re: Re: Re: Get it for free? Come on. It's not free at all
You know, I'm kinda a newcomer to the comments section here. I've seen references to this bob guy before, but I've come to realize he's really something you have to see for yourself, in all his glory.
Wow. Do you just hate anything good and positive on principle? I suppose society needs people like that, that question everything, so that we don't just get caught in our echo chamber...
Anyway... Bob, they're DRM free. No one is locked out. If you can't pay the price they're asking, go torrent a copy somewhere. You won't be supporting the writers, or the charities, but nothing is preventing you from getting at the "knowledge in those books".
No it's not. It never has been. The minimum to receive Steam keys has always been $1, but you can put in $0.01. Try it right now. It'll show you a picture of a starving artist, make a joke about you having no heart, and require you to do a captcha to prove you're an actual person, but it'll totally take a $0.01 donation.