"As long as Amtrack is not the government, they can do what they want - they are the ones paying for and providing the Internet..."
Our tax dollars are going to keep Amtrak running, so no they can't do anything they feel like doing. Blocking Gay and Lesbian sites can be viewed as discrimination and such opens them up to lawsuits. You can discriminate against people sexual orientation, lick blocking them from any type loans, housing or job opportunity's.
"It doesn't matter how bizarre the licensing is, if the final price to the consumer is competitive."
Sorry to say its not, the extra cost will be passed down to the consumer. Why try to innovate if your going to get hit by lawsuits and have to strike massive cross licensing deals with company's that offer no products or benefits to consumers.
"Microsoft patents. And, notably, Microsoft has never sued Google over those products"
What's stranger is Google's response. Which as far as i have seen been little or nothing. Maybe they have inside information on those deals and see them as no threat and just PR spin from a desperate company.
i also don't understand the lack of bashing that Microsoft is taking on these types of deals. Microsoft is basically admitting that its products inferior and they can not compete on a level playing even thou the have these so called patents of said technology.
I have this feeling that this is going to come to head at some point in the near future and nobody's going to like the outcome.
"Not every comic fan is lucky enough to have such a comic store within reasonable driving distance, and neither would someone who's just getting into grown-up comics necessarily know where the good indie stores are."
Umm how did i say this..... Please try and use.. let's say Google, Bing, Yelp, and type of internet based or local yellow pages?
"If anything, B&N removing the physical comics from its stores would strengthen Amazon's position as a 'the place' to get comics."
Well that's the thing B&N was never the place to get comics. Maybe you go there if any brands you buy sold out fast at comic book stores but that's it. Out of 30 plus magazines racks comics really only took two racks. The comic section was really limited on what they carried.
Where this really hurts, is nook app owners.(Not nook hardware)
"I see B&N's removal of DC comics from store shelves as a retaliatory move in defense of the company's digital content customers who are getting shafted by yet another Amazon exclusive that is being used in conjunction with DRM to undermine the competitiveness of the digital media market."
"Surely, allowing Amazon to be the sole digital distributor of DC comics (effectively, a monopoly on a large content base) seems extremely damaging to consumers in the long run."
DC Comics and a lot of other publishers don't care about consumers, they just want to keep squeezing out products(digital and hard copy's) and have consumers buy at their over inflated prices.
People like Nathan and the companies they run go by the motto your only as good as the next deal(extortion rack) you make, and Google would cut into that.
Here are some reason
With Big G's patent deal with IV and now Motorola Mobilty's patents IV is scared that Gooogle unwind the patent mess and give its hardware partners the edge they need in protecting themselves againt all the NPE's( Non Praticing Enity's) that wil / are going after them. IV has to be behind some of these shell companies.
They are trying to protect Microsoft. Microsoft is making more money off Android than there own platform. Some of that cash has to find its way back to IV or its shell company's threw patent cross licensing.
I find it funny that in Lodsys lawsuit they didn't go after any Microsoft app developers.
Sadly I understand their POV, but more tragically is this type of thinking should have never left the meeting room. I guess to many know it all on the pulpit and blind kiss ass's saying your right and awesome reverend his holy light.
Executive 1: I was talking to my masseur, and i came with this ideal of charging people sixty bucks to watch a three week old my movie on VOD!
Executive 2: Man that's brilliant, who the hell wants to go to a theater and deal with all those hassles, when you can watch it in your home theater room on a 103in plasma with 7.1 THX sound and while your rocking back on your Corinthian leather reclining chair.
Junior executive: but want about home distraction?
Executive 2: Hmm, well i just watch when my consirge is doing my shopping and ill let my house servants know not to disturb me.
Chief Executive: This all sounds good let me run this threw my yoga instructor and the personal escort I'm going to having dinner with tonight.
Executive 1: Good I have the boys in the propaganda department err mean marketing department make up dam highlight all the benefits consumers get from this.
Gotta love the new Wall St./bank/airline math. When you cant think jack up fees. When people have no choice, or think its just the way its suppose to be jack it up even further. When it fails to bring in the huge numbers blame piracy, illegal immigrants, and third world countries and cry to the media and government and jack up the fees higher.
Unfortunately nothing new here, just the TSA acting like a bunch of untrained monkey's that they are.
My father had knee replacement surgery five or six ago, and the doctor gave him a similar plastic card that showed the manufacture, type of replacement, which leg, my fathers name, doctors name and number. He still gets treated like a potential terrorist.
A couple years ago we went on a trip and the metal detector tripped as usual but this time three goons surround him and started with the intimating pose's and harsh language. My dad looked at me was stunned by the attention, he keep looking at me and was trying to say something to me but they keep telling him shut up and move with them. The moment came were i was about to lose it and went straight to one of the TSA goons and said that's my father and you treat him with some respect he is 70 years old and war veteran and i walked right thru the goon to my dad. I said whats the problem, and my father answered before the other two agent could say anything. "You moron get ass back to x-ray scanner my wallet an cash are in that fucking plastic container and your letting any P.O.S walk up take it"
"The gun isn't relevant to the discussion, they were not being checked for "security" issues. They were being checked for anything that can leak the movie. The gun (or lack of a gun) wouldn't matter to them.+
Never heard of a gun video/camera? It's all the rage now there a hidden new feature in most guns just go to your local gun shop and pick one and point the barrel at yourself and pull the trigger.