And people think I'm being a cranky old guy when I explain why I'd rather own the music I listen to, instead of relying on a streaming service that may go away tomorrow, leaving with nothing to show for potentially years of $10 a month payments.
Re: Typical GOOG apology-- you don't get something for nothing
I predict 7-10 days before the Spanish news sites are screaming to turn Google News back on. It's very likely a large percentage of their inbound traffic just went away. It's kind of hard to sell ads on a website with no traffic.
Swift is making money every time that song streams on YouTube, right? If they have the technology to recognize that its her song but not the official video, what is so hard about adding all the mash-up plays to her account so she gets paid? Then everybody wins. The fans can use the music, and Taylor's $50 billion empire makes $85 more dollars on fan use of the song.
I've said here before, but there needs to be some penalty suffered by legislators that vote for blatantly unconstitutional bills. It will end up costing 6 or 7 figures worth of tax dollars defending this crap bill.
You are assuming that they don't want the attention. Would any of us be aware of this product without them "poking the beehive." It could be a moderately clever gamble that he short term gain in sales and publicity and long term gain on name recognition will be worth more than whatever they settle for when settle the lawsuit.
Every morning I drive to a nearby commuter parking lot and stand in line for a few minutes as strangers going to the Pentagon swing by and offer us rides so that they can use the carpool lanes on I-95. Then I repeat the process headed home, catching a ride at the Pentagon to my car, which is parked about 37 miles south. It allows me to commute about 100 miles roundtrip each day for $4.50 in subway fares.
No cash change hands for the rideshare, but we are still "paying." The driver allows two strangers into his or her car, and I get into cars with strangers, something out parents told us never, ever to do! It's a wonder that this is legal.
FIOS just hit my neighborhood a few weeks ago. I know I should call Comcast and use that fact to reduce my bill, but I just don't want to deal with them and lock myself into two more years to save $20-$40 a month. And I say that as somebody who doesn't particularly hate Comcast. I know they are evil, but my service for the last two years has been fine.
I don't think the hassle of switching flavors of evil from Comcast to Verizon is worth it for whatever I might gain from FIOS. What I'm really working on is convincing my wife we don't need cable at all.
I got a six strikes email notification a couple of weeks ago for a day / time when I know nobody in my house was even using a computer, let alone downloading Game of Thrones. My wifi is locked down, and I live on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs, nobody drove by and hacked my wifi. It's simply a bogus six strikes notification.
"Dave believes that the Constitution does not need to be compromised for matters of national security. He supports the end of bulk phone and email data collection by the NSA, IRS, or any other branch of government."
And Obama was going to give us the most transparent administration in history. Political positions from unelected leaders are meaningless. Once in the house, he'll be a peon with no power, and he'll fall in line if he hopes to accumulate any power.
My wife has a friend that committed suicide last year. His Facebook account is still there. It's more than a little creepy to see him on the friend list on my wife's wall. Death and online identity is still a huge unanswered question, and I imagine we'll see a lot more stuff like this case before we figure out how to handle it.