My main concern is with the prices of the font collections. $80k for 21GB of fonts, ~$3.72/MB? Of course, Adobe has to top that and have $20k for only about 71MB of fonts, ~$281.69/MB.
It really makes me wonder how those valuations were determined; and if from the companies themselves, it's no wonder their software has so many unauthorized downloads. Maybe if they would restructure their pricing to reach more consumers, they'd see greater gains.
Here's an idea--it's novel, I know--don't mess with the registry (caveat: unless you have had sufficient training on how the registry functions)! I've had to fix too many computers where the user thought they'd be doing themselves a favor by googling the symptoms and following the regedit instructions. Yet, they wonder why their computer suddenly won't open executable files or let them access their lolcatz favorites.
Yes, there is! Stop thinking that you've already lost and instead try to figure out what you potential customers want. Trial and error will also help you to determine what will serve them best. Perhaps, the funding for a movie should come from somewhere other than ticket/disc/download sales; that way those items could be priced much lower and the profits are hardly impacted. Imagine a world where recorded entertainment is created alongside the fans, bring them along for the ride as the film is being made, let them have the chance to sculpt the movie with additional ideas and maybe even charge a small fee and open it up for donations with some rewards!
Sadly, once I hit "Could a golden age be born of this?" I immediately envisioned playing a game of Civilization. After I snapped back to reality and got to the end of your first paragraph, I was sitting on the edge of my chair silently chanting "Yes!" Then, you had to go and tear down the beautifully painted facade to reveal the tepid corruption that is our legal system. That was one hell of a roller-coaster ride!
I'm not Mike, but I'll answer all the same. "...why do you hate rainbows, puppies, and the smiles of children. While loving both hitler and satan?"
I hate rainbows because they only reveal an extremely small section of the electromagnetic spectrum. So what if that section is the only one visible to the naked eye? That, and it means the rain is gone; if you've been in Texas during the summer dry-spells, then you'd understand.
I hate puppies simply because they garner the adoration of countless beautiful women that have shown the least bit of interest in me; adorable as I may be.
I hate the smiles of children, only when they are about to do something that they are fully aware to be against my wishes.
I love both Hitler and Satan simply because I have always been taught to love everyone. That doesn't mean I have to like what they do. Judge the actions, not the person; for only God can know the person's heart and judge fairly.
"Cripes...if you want to travel, you have to make sacrifices. Let the American government do what they feel is needed to be done, to keep Americans safe. After all, they know best. That is why we voted them in. And if you don't like being groped, take the bus."
First, do these politicians go through the same security screening when they travel? Second, I only voted in the Senators and Representatives for Texas; unfortunately, they appear to be going against the ideals they projected during their campaigns and I have severely limited power to have them punished or removed from their position. Third, no politician is omniscient and therefore cannot know for certain what is best.
I'd take the bus, but a bus is limited to the posted speed limits and typically unionized agreements on driver fatigue; thereby reducing the serviceable radius for a given block of time. They also are not very efficient at international travel, especially when the origin and destination landmasses are separated by vast expanses of water.
Only when the TSA can definitively prove that such excessive security measures have and will stop every conceivable threat, will I voluntarily subject myself to the otherwise sexually abusive violations of the unalienable rights provided me by the very Constitution of these United States of America.
I don't see how it wouldn't scale. You train people to look for suspicious activity, that's perfectly scalable. It would require a whole lot less time than running every traveler through a gauntlet of "security measures," so, that's easily scaled. More flights? More trained security professionals.
The goal should be to earn the respect of travels, not their ire.
Actually, it all depends on how you define eating and having. I can eat a slice of the cake and still have the cake available. Also, I can eat all the cake and I still have it, all in my stomach (not recommended in one sitting). I could also cut out a section of the cake from the bottom, eat that and still have my cake appear to be untouched.
So, tell me again why I can't have my cake and eat it too?
I understand fully that the content, of which you speak, is relatively expensive to create. What you don't seem to understand is that by creating the goods, they have already spent money and are simply recouping the loss.
There are many ways to recover what was spent that also allow that content to be 'sold' to a customer. Most of these companies feel they have overall rights to the creation even after it has been 'sold,' or in their mind 'leased,' to the customer.
Once something is created, it can be copied and sold as a replica. These replicas can be infinite and therefore the value of them drops. What must be done to bring value back to the replica? You could add more works to it, but then you are pouring more lost money into it. You could place ads in the content, but then consumers could be come annoyed. You could reduce the number of units produced, but that means only collectors will buy. You could even charge a rental for the content, but even then the customer would be angry.
So, what is a creator to do? Make content that their audience wants, while keeping the cost of creation low. Remove hindrances to the customer and allow them to place their own specific value on your content.
For those that made it all the way through, thank you for reading, and I expect nothing in return.
Shawn, you seem pretty adamant about hating commercials. I have to ask though, how did you wind up coming to this site? Did you hear about it from a friend, click on a link, or just happened to defy all odds and randomly type in characters in the URL to navigate here.
All but the last were because of some form of advertisement, i.e. they were commercials.