If they plan to do good high quality investigative journalism, but to also cite their sources(like a peer-reviewed-journal article) And make an interesting/informative read, I could easily see this being a high quality source of high information reading that people would be interested in.
I don't know if there is a critical mass of people willing to buy a product like that (or what they end up producing) But...
That is the point of REAL capitalism: ALLOW a start-up to try something, if they succeed, so be it, if they fail so be it. The real story here is IMHO how Kickstarter is showing how other business models are finally getting chances without venture capitalists.
...yeah... Because new laws are always bad...
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, Would hate to have women getting equal pay for equal work; Those silly Red Tape rules and regulations to prevent cronyism, Who doesn't love losing out a contract to the senator's brother (since the sister wouldn't be paid as much otherwise and would have to bid higher than a male); That silly Civil Rights Act from the 60s... Who would want all Americans to not be discriminated against?
Rules and Regulations & laws are generally passed for a good reason. (the reason might be campaign contributions payback... but that is more of an argument for getting money out of politics than it is one against laws).
(from my understanding) Google only did this for pages where people with google accounts had logged in and chosen to "stay logged in" (aka.. a cookie) which Safari said 'no'... So Google figured out how to make the browser work like people expected (if you chose to stay logged in).
Now... What policy should a software system use when a user chooses two opposing choices... Can't blame Google entirely for this. Safari's settings were precisely chosen to try and block Google (and other ad networks) from being able to what Google users want.
If I used Safari ever (which I don't) then Google's behavior is what I would have wanted.
but... lets all bash Google, and not realize that they only did this because the browser wasn't working the way Google users would expect.
There seems to be an unwritten rule in just about every organization, not to rock to boat, shake things up, challenge the current authority, try to change things too much. The larger the organization the more entrenched it is, and you can't get much larger than the government.
Umm... Yeah... Except that is exactly what our judicial branch is for. List of Judicial rulings that "rocked the boat" whether you agreed with them or not: Roe Vs Wade, Civil rights:Blacks, Women, LGBT, and many others.., Miranda Rights, Youngstown Steel vs Truman (Gov't can't seize an industry)... and the list goes on and on...
Perhaps you don't personally know any judges, But I do, and on their behalf I'll be upset for them. Not All (I'll admit *cough*Thomas*cough*) but most judges in the US try to remove their personal feelings from rulings and decided cases based on the legality of them.
Take pride in your country (if you're an American, if not I don't care) an independent judicial branch is one of the keystones of our nation. Don't just assume that it is going to behave the same way as the politicians. < /Ranting>
Also Minimizing the complete cluster-**** that would happen when an entire department of the government is declared to be appointed unconstitutionally isn't necessarily a bad thing, they need figure out what to do, to minimize the impact on the populace from their decision.
They should just launch an all patents attack in a Global Thermonuclear War style. Cut off all mobile devices from being sold in the US... (because the others would also do the same)... and see how fast the patent issues get notice from the common person, and then action by the government.
Scorched Earth might not be too bad, Forest Fires are helpful to the soil and forests in a natural settings. Potentially this might help fix the entire patents issue here in the US (and also hopefully others would follow our direction...they have in copyright/patent maximization.)
Apparently Karl Rove and other neo-conservative talking heads were out bashing the commercial today, saying it was too pro-Obama... Which it was pro-US automakers... (Chrystler in particular) So.. I kinda wonder if it was taken down by someone not in favor of that type of pro-US recovery message
Those countries who are not up to the US ever expanding copyright lengths should be labeled rogue states.
That is all this post shows someone who is a copyright anti-minimalist(copyright maximalist hell bent on destroying logical lengths of copyright)
Now I think it is entirely possible that he might be working too hard to get this passed (with amendments to help fix the issues in the bill), but the quotes you use as the most damning evidence... just aren't that damning...
I'm sorry, but I don't read that quote the same way as you apparently do, he is saying there is problems and that they need to work on it so as to not only have the content producers be the winners...
How is that wrong at all? Both republicans and democrats have come out against the expression(read Internet) killing parts of this bill. People (Reid in this case) saying that we need to work on this bill to not have it be only the content producers who are winners... that is what we should ALL be hoping for.
I think this reaction is a bit too much knee-jerk.
the same data could be used to make the argument that CDs/DVDs aren't being taken BECAUSE of file sharing, that physical goods are losing their value (which they are, but that is because an iso/etc are better than a cd/dvd 95% of the time).
I remember reading (and don't feel like looking it up right now) that the 2nd largest and most detailed wiki other than wikipedia is the www.wowwiki.com/ site.
I could see a lot of little wiki(the plural of wiki is ???) being setup and then having wikipedia link to them. This might not be possible right now, but I could see someone going to wikipedia and wanting the super detailed wiki pages of a local city.
Wikipedia will need some way to send links outbound, or to incorporate other wiki info into itself, for the more focused wiki(s?). This could end up with wiki being almost a search engine if it becomes more of a portal than a source itself.
I could see lots of scenarios where super detailed pages would be of interest. Someone looking for the 'right' combination of materials to combine in a video game to get the desired goal.... this might only be desired information by a small minority of the population, but those who would enjoy it would do so at a very high degree.
Its not like there aren't already going to be websites with this information on it. Wikipedia/wiki media should look into ways to incorporate specialty wikis into the fold.
Part of me feels that it is odd that a bunch of domains moved to GoDaddy because of marketing in a such a short burst like that. Sure marketing for a domain service is worth-while in the long run... but most people don't register domains that often. So....
I'd be curious if all of the new domains are:
2) at full normal price
2.5) not given some really silly 99% off discount
2.6) aren't owned by GoDaddy shell companies for the purpose of hiding that they lost domains (because I probably would have done this if it is legal (IANAL, is it?)
3) how many of these domains were owned by compaies/persons paid to go through GoDaddy?
I don't expect to get any of those answers, but if I cared enough, or was responsible for this line of thought... those would be the questions I'd be looking into.