yes, for the server caching scheme to work, it would need to be user-owned and likely employ security/encryption measures... before anyone would feel confortable using them.
perhaps something to offer as a third-party service... offer part of a server for a monthly fee, and incorporate secure p2p as part of the package..arranged such that the service provider has no access to the content, only the subscriber. etc etc etc blah blah blah google will own us all anwyay ;)
is there a limit to how much bandwidth a consumer can possibly use? i mean you can only consume so much media at a time right? so if you can download a dvd in 2 seconds instead of 2 hours, you still gotta spend 2 hours watching it.
but thats probably what really is the issue here, since a consumer on average will only consume a small amount of data per month, no matter how fat their pipe becomes. The p2p apps are really the only thing that can continue to consume all the remaining bandwith.
The funny thing about p2p is that it really would be a better use of network resources to serve those same files from a collection of servers instead of via last mile consumer connections, since p2p will typically result in the same data being sent over a consumer-grade connection twice (uploader + downloader)
perhaps there is some form of p2p that needs development which would allow client-side management of server-hosted files to be shared via a p2p protocol... and thus keep this unecessary bandwidth usage from occurring. but.. wow how did i ramble on this long hahah
im certain the regular ol pda market is shrinking overall. but the industrial uses for pda's has been pretty strong, this is what my company deals in. I dont know anyone who has bought a straight-up PDA in ages (remember the dell axim?) but our sales of industrial pda's has been growing significantly, as this is a niche application that proved to acutally be useful.
yes, and that cost includes damage to your reputation due to loss in stock value etc from having long-term unsettled disputes..
lawyers are the new terrorists. none of this should be happening in a free country.
It still blows my mind that the patent system put in place to give the small inventor a fighting change against large established competitors is the same one being used for exactly the opposite today. Deep pockets abuse the system to prevent any small startups from having a chance. But it is all because the patent system allows it.
registrars pay 6.43 per .com domain name (up just recently from 6.00 which it was forever prior to that). So there's no 10 cent names for them. However, they are able to lock in names for 5 days, at (nearly) no cost. So if a name is locked out, check it in 5 days and see if its been released.
Also, some discussions Ive seen suspected other parties of seeing the request that is apparently broadcast to other registrars.. and then capturing the name themselves. So it might not even be the reg you are using that is doing this.
do a whois on the name to see who is actually holding it, you might be surprised. And, for the 5 day holding thing, check again in 5 days and it might even have a new owner.. they sometimes will bounce it around between owners to prolong the 5 free days.
not only is the patent system broken, it is ruining american business. personal experience. as a small biz, ive finally decided to quit trying to get my own patents because i dont have 6 million to defend them against (each)any infringers. and i sure dont have that money to defend myself. So Ill just pay licensing to whatever bully decides to come after me, and if my cost of business gets to be too high, ill just do something else. Maybe in another country.
i recently found a patent (i think i reff'ed it here once, cant find the linke now), that was issued as recently as a year ago...for a perpetual motion machine. honest-to-gawd motor spinning a generator and use the "excess" energy to power your stuff. seriously i think this one patent sums up just how bad it is. hell the patent office even has a short list of ( i think) 2 things that cannot be patented, and one of them is perpetual motion. friggin amazing
this being just another reason im trying to decide which country to move to when my beloved USA falls upon itself... theres the UAE with no taxes, but no guanteed freedoms... theres china, with booming economy but a freaky form of communism. etc...
its a choice of the US which constituionally guarantees freedoms but then ignores them frequently, or some other place that gives greater freedoms but with no guarantee they will continue (ie, dont piss them off). bleh.