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  • Jun 12th, 2009 @ 11:45am

    Marketing

    Quicken was definitely more successfully marketed than Microsoft Money, in fact, I do not believe I have ever seen a single televised commercial advertising the product. However, you do see plenty of Quicken ads running around; and that Quicken hasn't kicked off a Linux version yet isn't surprising. If you take the perspective of their ad campaigns, their target audience doesn't even use Linux.

    We're talking about barely-capable individuals making the leap from printed records to digital. They're not downloading freeware, they're purchasing off the shelf, physical boxes of what they see as (and which actually is) reliable software - for Windows.

    They may take a plunge soon as web based apps are on the rise, but really if they combined a web application with their already released software, this would be a plus for current customers, and future ones. The current ones now able to upload their information to the web application, and new ones... well, they get a web app.

  • Jun 11th, 2009 @ 6:37pm

    Re: I love PONYs.

    I don't know, as an undergrad CS major, I've been rather impressed with my professors ingenuity in testing and teaching material. There really are limitless possibilities.

    On the matter, I'm glad I haven't had to sign any such thing because I do just what Kyle did as well, post my code online. Sometimes the projects are so time consuming it's the only code I'd write sometimes for months. Who has time for personal projects?

  • Jun 10th, 2009 @ 1:06pm

    International Reps

    Please, you're lucky she spoke English.

  • Jun 9th, 2009 @ 4:43pm

    Always brings me to this ruling...

    “Local school boards may not remove books from school library shelves simply because they dislike the ideas contained in those books …”
    — U.S. Supreme Court in Board of Education, Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982)

    I think the same should be applied to ignorant groups of people and libraries. Hey, if Pope Paul can ban books, why can't I? (not trying to bash Christianity.. but it's just too easy.)

  • Jun 9th, 2009 @ 4:19pm

    Kookaburra? Not how I learned it...

    Funny, I didn't think I ever heard of that song until watching that video (the choir one). I had camp counselors when I was a kid play that song to much different lyrics. Should I tell and have them sued? After all, they were getting paid for their time.

    I'm a big fan of Colin Hay and, as a guitarist myself, never made the connection. But honestly, there aren't that many chord progressions out there as people said. Why don't we just copyright the 1st 5th, 4th, 6th of every key? How many songs do you think you are going to "infringe"?

  • Jun 9th, 2009 @ 9:52am

    Re:

    thanks for that clarification. I think my thoughts would have been a bit different...

  • Jun 9th, 2009 @ 9:37am

    Growing Up

    To be honest, I do not see the investment being that big compared to the return in marketing. It does not take a lot of time to update your twitter, post a new post on facebook, or say hello on myspace. Sure, you might need someone to approve all the friend requests for you, but that's about it.

    Even if you think you're busy on tour, I see no better source of information than jumping on the bus, snapping a couple pics out the window, and then smashing them all over the internet to keep the fans up to date. I understand that the music industry might want to continue being a man in the middle, but really I think the social networking should be left up to the artists. Maybe just set the tools up for them, give them a fancy phone, and they can do all their updates from anywhere. (even post to all 3 at the same time)

  • Jun 8th, 2009 @ 8:21pm

    The government already has it...

    It's not that the government doesn't already have this information, it's the means by which they are keeping this information. Having this information stored at the ISPs sounds pretty insecure, but as always, everyone needs to be monitored by everyone so it's a good sign that this was nipped in the bud. I don't honestly see anything wrong with a "national id scheme" (sounds a little biased against it) after all, what's different between that an a social security number? Again, the means by which the information is secured.

  • Jun 7th, 2009 @ 9:19pm

    Nothing's Changed

    I find it ironic that I have not been on this website in almost 2 years, and after going through the hassle of re-registering and taking a gander at what the front page has to offer, I see an article about patents at the very top. really? really? I remember that is just about all I read about two years ago on this site. Give it a break, we know the story. The Good, the Bad, and definitely the ugly.