Apparently the Seattle area is an alternate dimension, since we have five, yes FIVE(!), ISPs competing for customers here: Comcast, Centurylink, Clear Wireless, Wave Broadband, and [*laugh*]Sprint PCS.
That might explain why I've never experienced shitty service from the monopolist-wannabes at Comcast that I always hear about in other parts of the country. They actually have to compete for customers here in Seattle, even though the other four don't wield as much influence on a national level.
Agreed. Give 'em an inch they'll take a mile and all that shtick.
Seriously though, that it's public knowledge that Netflix is willing to pay off/bribe/pay a toll in order to keep their customer base satisfied, it won't be long [I'd say a month or so] before all ISPs big and small are lining up to get their pound of flesh from the company's net income.
And it's not just the US ISPs we have to worry about. I can see a future worldwide ISP dogpile on Netflix thanks to this announcement.
Other scummy marketing tactics aside, at least their microtransactions (usually) aren't too outrageous compared to a few other companies I know.
Compare that with the current management social forum site/avatar dress-up site Gaia Online, which ever since the new CEO & COO came in last year, have pretty much been out EA-ing EA in terms of treating their customers like human wallets [granted, they were brought in to generate a profit after the last CEO shit the bed, but their marketing strategy is so short-sighted it's not even funny].
EA charging $5-$70 bucks for microtransactions in actual games? Gaia Online has charged $1000 for rare collectible avatar items (which were never supposed to be re-released in the first place) several times since last July (depressingly, some idiots actually buy them). Gaia Online isn't even a MMORPG and yet it's charging prices for non-animated pixels and making EA look like a fucking saint in comparison.
When you're outdoing EA and Zynga in less than 12 months in terms of treating your consumers like shit, that's Golden Poo quality material right there.
My ranting aside, unless Comcast pulls a bunch of really dickish moves in the next couple weeks (other than trying to merge itself with Time Warner), EA's pretty much got that "Worst Company in America" Award locked up. Again.
The second I heard a different language being sung for that sng I thought: 'Cue racist twitter explosion over Coke commercial in 3, 2, 1...'
Honestly though, the ads during SB48 were rather... meh this year. I'm not saying that because I wanted to get back to the game and watch my Seahawks continue pounding the Broncos into glue, I'm saying that because most of them were, well, boring.
Apparently Texas A&M has, thanks to the 'wisdom' of the USPTO, trademarks with 'incontestable status' over the phrases '12th Man' and 'Home of the 12th Man'.
As far as general IP law goes I've got a better understanding of copyrights/patents than I do when it comes to the little details around trademark cases, so could someone explain to me how the hell someone could get an 'incontestable status' over the trademark in the first place?
As for how they're competing in commerce, I assume it's because Texas A&M has it's own college football team, and doesn't want to get their fans confused with... Seattle's 12th Man? Yeah, that's the only logical explanation I can come up with.
Of course, that also assumes IP law usually follows logic/common sense...
The US and NZ should just drop the case against Dotcom
It's pretty clear at this point that they were either willing or ignorant dupes of the MPAA/Hollywood when they decided to go after Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, what, 2 years ago?
And what do they have to show for it? More and more egg on their face. Seriously, the ratio of headlines where Kim Dotcom makes the US/NZ look like mindless thugs of the MPAA (or at the very least total buffoons) compared to the number of articles that paint Dotcom as an 'evil copyright infringer/counterfeiter/money-launder/whatever they're accusing him of being this week' is so lopsided in Dotcom's favor that it's not even funny.
This the same company that keeps releasing Adobe Flash Player and has refused to even publicly address, let alone admit, the fact that Flash player is the Mother of All Resource Hogs and a major cause of overheating laptops among all brands for at least SEVEN YEARS, and apparently have no plans to reduce its shitiness in future releases, and is forcing the latest Photoshop on people as a "monthly subscription" type-deal.
A new DRM for ebooks which screws everyone over in the process sounds right in their wheelhouse.
...makes this author wonder what the hell anyone at Adobe is thinking.
Tim, you clearly have more faith in Adobe than I do.
Figured it was only a matter of time before it came out that the French intelligence community was spying on its own people. I mean, industrial espionage has been practically part of France's foreign policy in everything but name for decades now, particularly against the US aerospace industry (see Boeing).
The fact they're spying on their own citizens isn't too surprising, but the fact that the surveillance is codified into law is incredibly disturbing nonetheless.
Re: "helped people write fan fiction or create remixes and mashups"-- without which, they'd be totally dumb!
if not doing imitative crap, someone might come up with NEW crap.
Ugh... you sound like those self-righteous gatekeeper/admins running the Creepypasta websites, demanding new stories must be "teh original" and deleting stories that even have a whiff of inspiration from a previous work, declaring them lazy writing, and say that those who can't come up with 'original work' should just quit trying and stop cluttering the community with 'unimaginative crap'.
Do us all a favor ootb: Go die in a fire.
[/normally don't give a shit, but that whole shtick has been a recent problem over in the creepypasta writing community]