My first job out after university was with a SCADA firm whose flagship product was a status/control system for electric utility providers. The product was written completely from scratch, i.e., the real-time database was written in-house. The software didn't even use TCP/IP.
The problems were predictable: Deadlines were consistently missed, all 14 contracted projects were late, the attrition rate grew exponentially, and, of course, bugs, bugs, bugs. The standalone, 100% custom system took one hour to boot, which made testing a nightmare for developers.
Eventually the product was ported to a major vendor version of UNIX.
Death of Internet predicted again. I think we're lucky that Andrew Cuomo is no Eliot Spitzer: despite his libertine predilections, he could really get it done. Then again, he chose his fights more carefully, too.
... and of the state, so inherent doom looms for citizens.
This may not be an intentional power grab, but just as setting filesystem permissions wide open "so the app will work" can lead to serious abuses and security violations. And, you know, disastrous results.
I think the "months to live" points more toward the old, clunky cycle of signing artists, setting them up, introducing them to the army of label employees who'll develop, manage, market the band's "brand" ... I think the lag between "acquisition of talent" and "full exploitation of talent" is too long, too costly to sustain relevance.
This is actually more stupid than Commodore demanding money from Paramount in exchange for featuring the Amiga in Star Trek IV. One phone call to Apple from Paramount resulted in 20 Macs delivered + two techs onsite.
Apparently by the time Rock Band came out, Fender was smart enough to contribute the design for the guitar and the bass controllers that Harmonix sells. You can even get a Fender Mustang controller with Rock Band 3, and Fender licenses the Strat controller design.
Maybe Gibson was suing to get in on the deal. IMHO that would have worked better with honey than vinegar.
Gibson USA could stand to lighten its lawyer overhead, or at least to educate them on brand exposure/loyalty.