I think Netflix is doing the right thing, split out the streaming from DVD service. Let the DVD service keep itself alive as long as it can, but they know it's going to die. It's a good business move.
However this letter from Reed Hastings was the dumbest part of the split. He thinks people are mad about the price increase because it wasn't communicated to them. It was covered in every form of media for a few weeks. Writing a letter a few weeks too late and confirming that you're jacking up prices isn't going to make fans happier. People are pissed over a 60% price hike, not the fact that the CEO didn't write me an e-mail.
The patent portion is the most interesting to me. With the Apple vs the world patent lawsuits (sorry to pick on Apple) it looks like every single smartphone, tablet, and probably laptop is infringing one patent or another. This law could ban almost every portable device from accessing the internet. Definitely the way to promote the progress of art and science...
If there's ever immediate danger I sure hope the cell phone networks work so you can call 911... What if there had been an accident or injury after they chose to shut off the cell service? It seems like shutting of cell service puts people at a greater safety risk than a bunch of protesters marching around.
That "1,000,000 notices" assumes that those are all legitimate cases of infringement. How many of that million are taking down fair use content or content that the filer doesn't actually have the rights to?
To me the number says there were 1,000,000 cases of censorship on YouTube alone in a year. Each one of those filings should be scrutinized to ensure that the filer has the rights to take down the content and that the content isn't covered under fair use.
I've seen a big cost in time money and productivity due to software patents. I've been on patent review teams at my old company where we spend a few days with mountains of patents printed out and go over them one by one to see if they impacted our company. The best thing to happen to patents however is Google's patent search, that saved countless paper cuts. I've lost weeks of my life to weak and phony patents and I'll never get that time back.
Wow that's a crazy over reaching law. I was friends with a teacher who helped mentor and support many current and former students. She gladly helped by writing recommendations and to give advice. Another former teacher of mine is in a good local band and he's friends with a ton of former students who go to his shows.
It's easy to see the thought process behind this law, but as always there will be unintended consequences for teachers and students. They're going to destroy so many good productive and helpful relationships because the good teachers will be worried about the new law. And the bad/predatory teachers obviously don't care about breaking one extra law if they're already planning on breaking much more serious laws.
I heard that they were changing the images and this just makes me worry even more. This implies that the images are useless - if the users are just as effective seeing an actual scan as they are seeing a stick figure then how useful are the images and users? Why display the images at all and why hire people to stare at the screens? Can't they all be replaced by a light bulb that lights up when the system detects something like they have in metal detectors?
The news of this update seems to confirm that these systems are huge wastes of money. The x-ray images are as effective as a drawing of a stick figure, it's time to get a refund.
I'm wondering why Google will put takedown requests on Chilling Effects when they're asked to remove search results. Now when Google removes or blocks apps like hotspots or game emulators from the Android store I don't see the internal takedown requests or documentation.
There's nothing deceiving about this article. An ISP can disconnect you based on accusations. It was true before this agreement and it's still true today. That is not deceptive. However it is a terrible policy that certainly won't lead to more sales of CDs, DVDs, MP3s or Blurays. It may lead to more customers for the few small ISPs out there that haven't been bullied into playing cop.
That's sad. I root my phone because Verizon has no plans to update my phone so I'm stuck with a version of Android that has known bugs and less features. So now people get to choose between having security fixes or renting movies...
You can't blame them. They're just gambling other people's money. If they gamble 1 or 2 million dollars on lawyers it could turn into hundreds of millions. I don't think that what they're doing is right, but it makes sense financially.
I'm not a Righthaven defender, but if they actually do win a single case and get some high amount in damages they can be much more persuasive when they try to extort the rest of their victims. So it sounds like they're betting big on this lawyer to win them a single high paying case so they can more efficiently shake down victims in the future.
Gasoline taxes are supposed to go toward road maintenance, they're not a punishment for pollution. That's one of the reasons state governments are looking to tax you on your mileage which will probably be in addition to the gas tax; doubt they'd ever get rid of a tax.
I probably have my numbers a little incorrect here, but taking the initial 21,000,000 unique visitors per month before the paywall. Then having 79,000 subscribers to the paywall. That would make 0.38% of their readers willing to pay which is pretty far from 10%.
I'm a parent of a child who is much too young for a tablet or netbook (at least until they're drool proof wink wink ASUS). But I can see these devices being incredibly useful. Put a few cartoons or Netflix on the device plus a few games and our packing for a trip will be a lot lighter than when I was a kid. Packing a single netbook or tablet and not having to pack a Gameboy and multiple board games and movies will be a lot easier. Technology is great' it makes the same old activities more efficient.
If the courts now believe that phones are computers, then the DMCA exemption for jailbreaking a phone should apply to all computers. Twisting their logic in the other direction, Geohot should be declared innocent for jailbreaking his PS3.