I'm a software engineer. All I could think about while reading this article is management's obsession with SLOC (Source Lines of Code). They seem to base everything on this number, even though it is practically meaningless. But that's the number that is easiest to measure! So they do!
It kills me a little every time someone starts talking about SLOC...
As Amazon was one of the (if not the) first to offer DRM-free mp3 purchases, I've purchased all of my music in the last several years almost exclusively through Amazon.
So, I used the Cloud Player for a while when it came out (until the bandwidth issues at my work annoyed me into just downloading all of my mp3's). It works well with new purchases as well, since they are added instantly to your Cloud Player account (and don't count against your space usage).
So, for someone like me, this IS actually an upgrade.
That's another change they added with this. You can now edit the track metadata directly from the Cloud Player.
Just did it. Works fine. As long as it's just a few files you need to fix, shouldn't be too bad.
From the article:
"We wanted to put it out here in the States, but Prince wouldn't let us," Hawkins said. "I heard that he didn't like our version. Or maybe he just didn't like us doing it."
So that's why I couldn't buy that song! I seriously searched for like 10 minutes on Amazon. Of course, I could download it for free pretty easily elsewhere. So, Prince cost the Foo Fighter's at least one sale. Which, sounds like he'd be pretty happy about that...
I actually browse the movie showtimes every week or two and add/save the interesting looking ones to my queue right then. Every once-in-a-while, I'll look through my Netflix queue (currently with ~275 titles) and move the ones I'm really interested in to the top. Of course, those are almost always "Very long wait". If I really want to see it, I'll swing by a Redbox or BlockbusterExpress.
In other words, the absolute most I'm willing to spend to rent a movie is $1 (plus tax). It's a rental! I'm not going to pay $30 when I'd end up with nothing to show for it.
The most I've ever paid for a theater ticket was $12, and I haven't been to a theater since then (Avatar). I almost went to a screening of "Cedar Rapids" where one of the stars was going to be there for a Q&A, but it was sold out. That showing, with actual interaction, was about $30.
A torrent client comes preinstalled on Ubuntu and many linux distros use torrents to distribute their isos. Not to mention big companies use it, like Blizzard does to release updates for WoW.
I just legally downloaded a movie I found through Techdirt that had a torrent download option.