People are driven by what they know. They are always slow to change. If you don't know that I am sorry. Google did not become the dominate search engine overnight.
I can tell you from years of experience that people are not even sure what the address bar is. More often than not they just type in the default search bar installed on their computer. They don't chose. They accede. My point is that people should decide, but they choose to just do what is easy.
PaulT, you are a smart and without a single doubt an informed commenter. But you are not looking at it from the perspective of the average user.
The average user does not have a clue about the tools Google provides to properly filter results. As for your statement "There is a multiplicity and nobody has any of it forced on them if they choose not to have it. What specific situation do you find yourself in where "searches are forced on you", by the way?". It is simply put wrong.
Not forced like a barrel of a gun to the mouth, but pushed by convention and habit.
PaulT, the multiplicity is not defined by reality it is defined the flow of money. And who people know.
We all know that Google is the largest search engine (with a lot of problems in delivering good unbiased results) but the truth is that if Google farts the world seems to crinkle their nose. Why because they are too powerful in determining what sites get traffic.
In the end multiplicity in search is a good thing. Who in this world wants a situation where are searches are forced on us?
Google did not set out to become the target for all things good and bad. Google just wanted to make money. But the reality is that our SERPs are the result of years of trying to provide us with a result that is what we want. But for every search we did we ceded some control.
And the results from our actions are that Google has become the big, bad Wolf.
The problem is that too often people rely on information from "studies" that are interpreted and not on the actual properly formatted unbiased results. Those Studies are a case of people show the result they want.
Not an issue with the stats more with the people's desire to find the info and actually have someone make the opinion for them.
Too often people accept being told what they should think.
Maintenance cost are a big factor for a lot of Auto review sites. It is also known as TCO. Total Cost of Ownership.
So by doing this they are shooting themselves in the foot. People (even those with a lot of smart money) look at the true cost of owning a vehicle.
When you force people to pay more to maintain their vehicle you make them less happy. And less likely to buy your model.
I buy new every 3 years. And I pick my vehicles based on features and also cost. All things equalized to a low differentiation factor I will always pick the one with an overall lower cost of ownership.
So let's go at it this way. The cost of the vehicle is 65K. During that 3 years of ownership I will spent above and beyond the loan value 6% or 9% of the purchase price to maintain it properly.
I will always decide to buy on the TCO. Always. And anyone that likes to keep their money looks at it the same way. That 3% is not trivial. Not a huge deal but still not a amount of money I would be willing to drop on the street and forget about.
Someone is going to set up a service like On Live virtual desktop where the servers are outside the affected countries.
You log in to your virtual desktop and then hit the torrent sites and start downloading whatever you want. Disconnect and then check back in later to see if they have finished.
Then download those files via an encrypted connection and file sync program like what is used with Dropbox or Box.net
Set that up, charge a reasonable fee for bandwidth used and I bet you get a million subscribers in weeks.
Because all the files and users' account are encrypted you as the operator have no idea what the people are doing with your service. Legally you are in the clear.
Use "international privacy laws" as the reason you keep no logs of anything that the users access and that all user data is encrypted with a password that only the user knows and that you have no way to bypass.
Done and done.
Now where is my business plan software and my log in info for gust.com
The words we write are owned by the organization we write them during any type of association? But yet the property (i.e. land, house, invention) we "own" is only ours by the grant of ownership (i.e. patent) provided by the government.
This makes zero sense.
Wow. The words we have uttered are at only the most basic (i.e. word order) creative works. Yes if someone would like to use the words in the exact placement that your did and you were the first to every say/write those words you should get at the bare minimum a nod. But what is the worth of that?
The worth is in the idea behind the words. If I tell you that "Life is a sum of ideas and your effort to execute those ideas to fruition" I think that is creative but not worth much. Why? Because it took little effort to create.
But if I took the time to explain what the effort might be and then give you step by step instructions then that would be worth a lot more.
Copyright as it stands assumes a value that is not verifiable or truly substantiated.
Ok you are right I did unfairly make a blanket statement that was not valid.
I posted first because I had the time and also TechDirt Crystal Ball. Which AC's generally don't. I also did not say the First commenter I said the first commenter's which I agree is not a good way to word my statement.
What I meant in my haste was that I found it funny that those that commented after me were a higher than normal percentage of people that did not post with a handle.