I lost all respect for the peace prize when they gave it to Obama before he'd had a chance to actually do something. The award has become a bitch to European politics. And right now the Europeans are terrified that cheap Chinese labour is going to effect their standard of living.
So they give the price to a Chinese activist/dissident. And China reacts predictably.
Of course they could, but going out and negotiating with each individual rights holder for each individual work takes up a lot more resources than simply selecting a track from the pre approved library. It's a cheaper not to.
To be fair, no small number of those that claim to support the free movement think "free as in beer" too. As long as there are its going to be difficult to deal with the misconceptions of those that oppose the idea.
I wonder whether there should be more effort in explaining things to the people that support exploiting the new reality.
"Google does offer open platforms, just not for their search and the reasons behind that are not totally clear"
"Google" didnt become a verb because of open software, it because a verb because their closed algorithm was superior to anyone else's. Why would they open it and invite their competitors to be as good?
I wonder how much this is an artifact of teaching methods.
If you've been taught out of a text book your whole life and marking passages and writing notes in the book are part of that, changing your learning method by the time you get to an MBA is going to be hard.
I dont expect it would bother me. We borrowed texts from the school in high school and dark and terrible things were threatened to anyone who dared to mark the books in anyway. Even when we had to buy the books in uni I wrote my notes separately in loose leaf.
I don't know, think of what they would have to pay for to get cannon.com from someone today. Now think of what they would have to pay to buy tld cannon from someone in a couple of years. I think it's a good investment.
AC, It was as obvious 13 years ago as it is today. One click with a mouse to cause a computer to do something is as old as the mouse itself (somewhere in the mid '60s I believe) and the 'idea' of making things easier for your customers can not be claimed by Amazon.
I'll pass on the job offer. The evidence suggests the pay and conditions suck big time. Otherwise they might have some better talent.