Of course they're being paid more. When these businesses hire lawyers to shake down $2k+ from people, why sell DVDs and airtime when it's much more profitable to screw over innocent consumers (some are even dead!).
I suspect a raise will occur this year, since business is booming.
This isn't going to change a thing. Having read some articles on this yesterday, the most laughable comment was that "By displaying their prices, customers can then choose what facility they want to visit."
Sorry to curse, but these legislators have no clue what they're talking about (no surprise there).
Anyone who has insurance knows we're locked into a very specific group of health care facilities. In order to save money, we're required to stick with these facilities and physicians.
And the hospitals know it, which is precisely why they charge what they do.
Should the law pass, I still won't have a choice to select the hospital which charges less for the same procedure.
But thanks, government, for pretending this is an issue Americans need so they can sit back and fume they can't make a choice because their insurance prevents it.
To think kids today are going to school is the bigger issue. They're prisons. I mean, they have to literally toe the line worse than actual prisoners do.
It's moronic at its best. Strip away the arts, recess, and now imagination, and we're actually looking at the future of even more shootings since these kids will not adapt because a black mark tarnished them for life.
) How much infringing content was on Megaupload? Impossible to answer, since legitimate sites were uploading their content to it as well. No one can answer this question, and pretending otherwise is a lie.
) How much money did Megaupload pay to the owners of such content? Depends on how the account was set up, genius.
) What did you know and when did you know it? It's called the DMCA take down request. Seriously, are you really this stupid?
) How could you remain blind to the infringing content? Because there's no way to know if it is infringing. By pretending that everyone doesn't have a license is pretty foolish. We trusted our customers, most of whom don't understand how copyright is abused. Sorry, used.
) Do you feel any personal responsibility over the presence of infringing content? Why should I? I offered a service. How people used that service was not my concern. By your account, every person who fires a weapon into a school should have the gun maker held accountable. Hopefully, you realize the stupidity of this situation.
) How many millions of dollars did Megaupload get from that infringing content? Not a penny. We derived our revenue from ads and premium accounts.
) How many millions of dollars did you Kim Dotcom personally get from that infringing content? Not a penny. Didn't I just answer this question? You seem to think I personally uploaded this infringing content and distributed it. Either you're pretty daft or you don't understand how web services work.
Either way, we're done with this interview. You obviously have no clue what you're talking about.
Public: "That's ridiculous." Disney: "'Ridiculous' is one of our trademarks. Cease using it."
Public: "Now you're just being stupid." Disney: "'Stupid' is also one of our trademarks. Cease and desist."
Public: "So, what can we say?" Disney: "For now, anything starting with 'T' and beyond, but only for a limited time until we trademark those words as well. We're also working on holidays, your birthday, and all 24 hours of the day. Stay tuned and, as you exit, please be sure to stop at our gift shop where we kindly charge $19.99 for 4 stickers. Have a great day." Paramount: "Excuse us, but 'Have a great day' is our trademark. Pay up."
It doesn't matter. The fact is, people still paid (and are still paying) for this game.
EA can do no wrong. If people really cared, they'd stop buying all EA products right now, to make a statement. Nothing hits a company like its bottom line, and consumers are more interested in the "here and now", so when EA launches Sims 4 soon, all this starts anew.
There are only a few of us who refuse to buy EA games. A few doesn't change anything.
The only differnce here is: I saved myself $60 so I can invest in a game from a better company.
While I see Netflix taking a bum rap in these discussion, we need to remember what it is they're delivering: Hollywood content.
I don't believe, for one second, Netflix would back DRM if it wasn't for the puppeteers pulling their strings (as they pull videos from it).
In fact, back when Macromedia first developed Flash, it didn't include a single line of DRM. Want the video? Just hit the source code and grab it, or you know, right click the video window to download a copy.
When Adobe bought out Macromedia, it was a just a matter of time before it laced a wonderful product with its intrusive DRM (and don't ever lose the key or your out of luck in customer service support!), and boy, what a different product it is today.
Not only has trying to implement DRM broke Flash, but they still haven't done it right, with constant updates trying to close the holes of the player.
I once enjoyed working in this field. Now, it's no longer fun. When a client's first words out of their mouth is "how do we keep people from copying?", I shiver as they're more worried about protection than customers.
And now, with app mentality sweeping the planet, it's just a matter of time before full control is taken away, as apps are proprietary and restricted to specific devices/OS.
Yep, as one article notes Americans aren't likely to sacrifice freedom for safety, they'll pay no mind to the ability to record anything and everything as technology allows them to.
I'm not opposed to technology, but it scares the living shit out of me anyone can (eventually) start proving to be a society pawn, you can be recorded and uploaded to YT (live, soon!) to show what a pathetic person you are.
Imagine it now: "Dudez, this guy totally didn't hold the door open for this woman. I'm at the [insert building here] in [insert state here]."