Getting offtopic, but focusing on the word Fear in FUD is taking it a bit too literally. FUD is really just a form of propaganda where you use possibly (probably?) false information to influence the audience (blog readers in this case).
Mike has no solid evidence as to why the case was settled (as was stated in the article - unless he has access to sealed files and isn't telling us), so while it is his opinion, stating it in the headline like it has been presents it as fact. So in this case, I'd say using the FUD acronym is entirely appropriate, since it's anti-"music publisher" propaganda.
And while I am generally an avid reader of techdirt and love most of the articles, this type of writing makes me very cynical of the objectivity of this blog.
Ummm, well the article isn't sure who settled either if you read it:
"Many reports seem to be assuming that Limewire gave up here, but there's a good chance that it was the publishers who backed out, realizing they had no interest in opening up a discovery process that might prove a large segment of their business is based on pure fiction."
I have to agree, headlines that contradict their own articles should be left for Fox News, not Techdirt.
Wow, this comment really scares me...maybe you can argue kids know enough about sex to give consent in the late teens sometime and sure some before 18, but 7?
That's really sad for you. The fact you don't realize it is even worse. I really hope this is a troll. I mean, how do kids know to yell "DON't TOUCH ME THERE" if they are being abused by their parents?
On another note. Is their a link to the video causing all the outrage? I can't find it through the article links?
This is what I've heard, can't verify but sounds like a "Sony move":
If it was a PC, instead of a gaming console, they have different tax laws in some countries? The OtherOS feature made it easier to pass the PS3 off as a "PC" in those countries.
Of course, tax evasion is ok, but using hardware you own how you want to, that is a big no no.
Why have an API if you don't want devs to make something for it? It's not like Joe Average on the street will use the API to get his train times.
The only reason I could imagine train companies NOT wanting developers to make apps is if they have't provided an API and the devs are scraping their website or similar. They would probably prefer no app to an app that could provide wrong information etc., as most people would complain to the rail company, not knowing any better. Though obviously not the case here.
Considering google get money from their maps/street view app indirectly via ads, will they be getting a letter too. Why go to stock images after all, the street view of Stonehenge is just amazing, not to mention the 100+ visitor photos also accessible through google maps view of the site.
You can even street view from inside of the structure. I'm guessing it's a bunch of 50+ yr olds who just took their fundraising cake sale a little too far.
A writer/speaker who set up a website at entrepreneurology.com apparently received a cease and desist letter from Entrepreneur Magazine, who is also opposing his attempt to trademark the term.
Wait, why are we angry at Entrepreneur Magazine? Doesn't the above say that the guy owning entrepreneurology.com is trying to trademark the term Entrepreneur? If so, I'd be doing the same thing as a company, to avoid the possibility of later being sued by the guy owning the trademark.
I'm guessing this is to force everyone to use PayPal? Which really sucks, because Paypal make it really hard to get refunds. I found out the hard way, the hoops you have to jump through to get Paypal refunds. Now I just dispute transactions via my CC provider instead of bothering with Paypal.
To be fair, the Ultima Online analogy is a good one. Alot of people play on the reverse-engineered shards precisely because they want to play a different rule set, as well as the whole "it's free" benefit. The Ultima shards had populations in the same general realm as the official servers.
Now, those players may or may not have payed if they had no other choice, but I'm sure that a fair percentage of them would have been on the official servers if no other option was available. Apply that to WoW's subscriber base and it's a significant amount of money.
Though IMO, if a company makes a game and doesn't want others to profit off their development time ($$$) without having that overhead, that's fair enough. It's not like a book or music, where the product is (usually) finalized and wont change anymore. If you want to do this, write your own software and start a company to market it. Even ad-supported WoW servers (if they exist) are not only taking revenue from Blizzard, they are giving it to someone else. And the getting people to know you exist. That's nothing compared to the ongoing dev cost of the software. And those servers patch days after the official ones do (well, they did when I was on that scene a few years ago).
The yellow's here are on long enough to stop IMO, unless it's been raining or something maybe and assuming you are going the speed limit. Then again, running red lights in rare in Australia. Here we have mobile speed traps everywhere. That's there piggy bank.
"15 new multanovas will be introduced this year bringing an additional $3 mill...ah I mean saving an additional 15 lives"
-random local council.
I like the idea they have in a few South East Asian countries. In Malaysia and Indonesia I've seen traffic lights at the major intersections with giant timers telling you how long until the next change. So you know 500m aways whether you will make it or whether you need to consider slowing down.
Great idea, as I imagine most people run red lights when they are possibly far enough to stop but don't want to risk it. That's why I have the few times I have (raining etc). If I'd know earlier I would have slowed down earlier.
But that's a $0 income initiative so no chance. I'm in Australia btw, so maybe you guys already have that over there?