... On the one hand, the labels are definitely trying to squeeze the artist for every possible penny, but on the other side, when the artist signed the deal with the label, the label had what the artist needed to succeed - The relationships with the radio stations, the concert venues, the recording studios, etc.. And so, the artist signed a deal for what they felt was fair. Now that technology has "evened the playing field" and anyone can have a recording studio in their basement for $2000 and a facebook page for promotion, it seems that the artists are breaking contracts illegally..
It's a shame - The only people who are going to make any money are the lawyers.
That is AWESOME.. I guess that means any LEGITIMATE windows owner is responsible for the pirating that Microsoft did in the production of the product, and to protect yourself from being charged with their pirating, we should just not buy Microsoft stuff..
What's next? Is CHEVY going to have to pay my parking tickets because I used their product to break the law? Yeah.. that makes sense..
You know.. the ones which are pirated.. which probably isn't a small number either.. I guess the point is that if microsoft's MARKET is to include "customers who spend money on servers", then I can see how it's fair to include only these numbers, at least in their internal calculations... I do see it as at least misleading if they're RELEASING these numbers as marketing.
that's what I was thinking... The IOC probably has no case, but Lindsey may, in that she could claim that they're implying an endorsement of their product, when no such endorsement exists..
I think if I owned the goggle company, I'd have some smart @$$ remark like "See... Our products are so good that top atheletes use our products even when we dont pay them to!" That's the best advertising yet!!
Which is EXACTLY why this stuff needs to be exposed for what it is.. I for one am TIRED of it, and I think more and more people are ready to fight against it, rather than to just give in and ignore it.
Just the point I was going to make.. The only thing I'd add is that not only is Maryland's government corruption highlighted by the fact that the Mayor of Baltimore was convicted of stealing the cards, but additionally to confirm that corruption, she was allowed to plea bargain POST-CONVICTION (while threatening an appeal) that allowed her to avoid jail time in exchange for her resignation, but that still allows her to keep her $75000/year pension for life..
With this going on, it's no wonder our general population doesn't recognize these cameras for what they are.. And, for anyone who's commute takes them past the cameras, you know, and are expecting that the car in front of you WILL slam on their brakes about 10' before the camera, and then start speeding again 10' after... I have seen numerous rear-end collisions caused by these things.
-Steve.. Also in Maryland.. Thankfully NOT directly in Baltimore.
The only thing I'd add is that for those that paid for the spectrum, it is NOT FAIR to change the rules mid-stream.. Good for some (the slow) and bad for others (the ready) but not fair, none the less..
I am convinced that there's not a SINGLE person who wasn't ready a month ago, but that WOULD be ready if given a years more time. DO IT ALREADY and let's get on with some important topics..
Absolutely, as will ALL of the new owners of the spectrum.. ANd why not? The government continues to think it can charge fees and taxes, and then change the rules in the middle of the game at it's whim. If there's anything that screws up a free market, it's this kind of crap.
Sorry, but I'm TIRED of seeing those "Just 30 more days" commercials, and personally, I dont care if my local NBC affiliate loses some ratings because of a couple backwoods grandmas haven't asked their kids what it all means. Personally, I think this whole thing will be a non-issue, and they're overreacting.
I dont know the specifics of the law, nor the details of what the companies did, regarding the collusion, but if it is indeed the collusion that is illegal, then they should be procecuted, even if the collusion didn't benefit them or harm the consumer. If not, then the precident is set, and we'll have companies trying to get out of being prosecuted for monopolistic behavior because "the consumer wasn't harmed", and that is going to be a hard thing to overcome, and it's frankly irrelevant..
I understand targeting the message at the "rural areas" that dont get locals via dish, but that doesn't answer the question of why to put the ads on the dish system? They should put them on the OTA locals, which
1: have a vested interest
2: viewers will be impacted
Viewers who dont watch the locals, and already have dish, dont care, and wont be impacted, so putting it on some digital dish channel is irrelevant... Put the ad on the local news, or "oprah" and you'll get all the viewers that'll be impacted..
Also, the implication of the requirement of a sat box, excluding cable, is suspect.
Saying it isn't fair to make "critical stuff like email" available for beta testing is just stupid. It's going to be version one, and new/buggy at some point. What would you rather them do, just keep it internal 'till THEY think it's ready, and let you suffer with a buggy version one, or do what they're doing, and let you use it - FOR FREE, I'll remind you, help you the best they can - FOR FREE, and then put up with YOUR BITCHING about something you're getting FOR FREE isn't supported well enough?
If you want to be able to complain about something, go pay for something, and get a service level agreement. If you want to enjoy leading edge technology, FOR FREE, then shut up, and be thankful for what you get.