I like the idea i read a while back (somewhere on techdirt, I believe) of Microsoft, Apple, and Google buying up the major music labels and then withdrawing them from the RIAA, since even their own self-serving interests are more in line with consumer interests than the interests of the labels. Then once the music labels are dealt with, focus on hollywood/MPAA!
I really think that many non-tech people equate the two. My mom will say "Let's Google it", then use the default Bing search without seeing any irony. A work associate was compaining that her "Google bill" went up; after asking her what she was paying Google for I finally determined that she meant her ISP. She has never heard of Google+, but regularly uses Facebook. She has Hotmail but not Gmail. And she had no clue that Google owns Youtube. So maybe when Fithian says "Google made its point", he really is saying "the internet made its point."
But then again "the internet" do not have deep pockets for him to plunder like Google does, so he has to say "Google" even if he knows the difference.
Sorry for any semantic satiation from reading the word "Google" 10 times in one post.
Those thieving pirates stole my idea right out of my head. I thought of this months ago for my hometown, but just because I never bothered to figure out how to implement it or find someone to collaborate with who could implement it is no excuse. Someone owes me! I now no longer have this idea and will suffer grievous financial distress.
We've had the same problem with Wal-Mart. My wife took our daughter's senior pictures with a Kodak point and shoot, and Walmart didn't want to print the images for us because we couldn't prove we had the copyright on the photos we took. They eventually did, after I showed them the metadata showing that it was indeed a Kodak that they had in stock, and convinced them that no professional photographer would be using that to take pictures for sale.
I'm using version 9 (although Yahoo and some other sites keep telling me I need to upgrade to 8!) I've tried compatibility mode with no luck. It does work with Firefox and Chrome; I just never have been a huge fan of those even after using each for several months. But even if I use turntable.fm with those, the plurality of users (and possibly the majority of facebook users) probably use some version of IE. The problem may be something unique to my system, but I have not found a place to report it as an issue (and the forum post I tried just turned to an IE bash, with nothing useful).
At work we just finally upgrade to IE7 last year, so i guess no Google+ for me there. :) (As iff our web filter would let that pass anyway!)
As Mike noted, turntable.fm is buggy. I have not used it enough yet to enjoy it, because I cannot get it to work with my browser of choice (which happens to be the browser with the largest market share, even if it is still in vogue to bash the browser, its company, and its users).
According to the Kansas City Star, Sen. Jane Cunningham, who sponsored the bill, said "If social media are a pathway to sexual misconduct — which we have found that they are — then eventually (this law) is going to stop the whole problem."
It scares the hell out of me that one of my legislators has her head so far in the sand that she thinks addressing this single supposed "pathway" is truly going to eliminate inappropriate teacher-student sexual relationships.
Re: Leave it to the illiterate hicks in Missouri...
"Missouri's legislators should probably stick to what they know best: supporting institutional racism and bigotry."
Show links or admit you made this up. Missouri's legislators have made a lot of poor decisions in the last few years, including overturning the will of the voters on some laws and skating on some incredibly thin ethical ice on some issues, but I can't find a single instance of what you claim.
The choices in the Netflix streaming catalog are not nearly as numerous or as current as their DVD offerings. If the catalogs were identical, I would believe it, and I would drop the DVD portion in a heartbeat (or as soon as I could convince my wife to, since the account is actually in her name). Although I then would not be able to watch movies/shows in my bedroom, since there is not a computer or any streaming device in there.