I wonder what would happen to music industry sales figures if we all stopped talking about music, stopped singing along to the lyrics, stopped sharing mix tapes, stopped telling each other about new and cool bands we've discovered? Would be an interesting experiment. I think we should do what the industry wants. Stop promoting their product and watch their share prices crash.
Actually TV channels, news papers and magazines advertise on each others networks and in each others publications all the time. Late night TV news broadcasts even review the news papers content before they go on sale.
I don't recall Google banning search results For Firefox or Opera or Windows Phone 7 or Blackberry. But these are all direct competitors to Google. Google even pays Mozilla to make it's search engine the default in Firefox. Even though Google has it's own browser.
Seriously why would a genuine terrorist care. These nutbars drive around in cars packed with explosives intent on killing as many people as possible. Does anybody think they'll postpone a massacre because they have no licence?
This story reminded me of something that was touched on in a documentary I saw. I think it was Zeitgeist or some such. Anyway it was stated that the goal of the "real world leaders" was to have everybody fitted with an RFID chip. We would then all access our money or credit through that chip alone. If someone caused a problem by speaking out? Their chip would be turned off and they would be left penniless.
What's happening here is too far from that imagined goal.
In the UK people complain about the police hiding behind bushes with their radar guns to catch speeding motorists. While I would agree this does seem a little underhand. At the same time all motorists are supposed to know the speed limits of the roads they are driving on. Nearly all roads have their speed limits clearly marked and for the few that don't their are clear guide lines as to the likely speed maximum limit being imposed on that road.
At the end of the day the public have a clear idea of the law on these matters. We're not talking about some lawyer using a little known loophole to bait and trap someone.
If you are in possession of drugs or other illegal substances or are breaking the speed limit for the road you're driving on or drunk at the wheel then you're breaking the law irrespective of being caught or not.
In that sense I see little justification for a law abiding citizen to make the claim they "need" these apps. Unless there are broader implications here I don't see why this should be an issue.
I'm just wondering how long it will take Apple to sue someone for circumventing their bubble universe. But here's the really stupid thing. The web has always been there to deliver content. Why did content providers like news publishers ever go down the native iPhone app route in the first place?
Could it possibly be that Hollywood just didn't want to invest in this project leaving the young scamp with few options? Kickstarter isn't like a tax taken from your top rate of earnings. You only contribute if you think the project is worth it right? I just don't see an issue here.
Actually I think people have been stupidly naive if they thought the large corporations and lobbyists would let them use the "cloud" to move their data around without restriction. It was never going to happen. If everybody could do that the big 4 record companies would never have gotten $150 million upfront from Apple.
The really sad thing is all of these music locker services can be replicated with a bit of web space and a secure ftp server. Instant mountable network storage solution you can access anywhere.
Even better. We can set all of this up from home. The likes of D-Link allow consumers to register a URL that will always point to their router and by extension their very own server at home. You can take your music with you anywhere you go for the cost of broadband + electricity.
Being Delusional is "BAD". Not Copying good ideas.
I have criticised Apple in the past for copying their competitors. Not because copying is "bad". But because Apple likes to pretend it invented everything and refuses to share when in fact they were shown how to build a GUI at Xerox PARC. Without being handed that innovation on a plate, Apple simply wouldn't be the company it is today.
In a similar sense Apple has taken a lot from the open source world. So it does sting quite a bit when Apple acts in such a hostile manner to open source competitors just because they're doing a better job.
Speaking of which Apple have invented a revolutionary new innovation in GUI design. Full screen applications! Apple in it's infinite wisdom in it's finite bubble universe has realised "it's just better to use some applications that way". Really? Wait a minute. Haven't we seen that idea somewhere before?
"The Iranian government is also looking to install a new basement (if we follow the "new internet = "ground floor" analogy -- and I guess we will). It intends to roll out its own operating system to replace Windows within the coming months. Ali Aghamohammadi, the Iranian Head of Economic Affairs, has expressed his confidence that the government-approved internet and operating system will also be deployed by other Muslim countries."
Personally I'm amazed no one has done this before. If it succeeds it won't just be Muslim countries following suit. China will be close behind, followed swiftly by France. Except France will ban all non-Microsoft OSs or invent a special tax for them.
Something that seems to have been over looked is the possibility that Microsoft may be doing this to other search engines and the possibility other search engines using installable toolbars might just be doing the same thing to their competitors as well.
It's just an excuse to kick Microsoft when it's down!
This whole "Microsoft copied our search results" attack from Google is an excuse to kick Microsoft when it's down. I'd agree Google's time would probably be better spent doing more creative things.
t makes sense Google would try to create bad news stories for Microsoft. This is a small piece of propaganda in a much bigger spat.
Microsoft is involved in several law suits against Android. Which Google can't be happy about. And at the moment Microsoft looks particularly stale and week.
Microsoft continues losing money in the search space, it continues to cut projects and product lines, it continues to lay off staffers and it's also still losing top managers. And for the first time in a long time Windows desktop market share is threatening to drop below 90%.
And the recent financial results from Microsoft didn't look good. Even after they tried to explain them away with their own special brand of accounting. The share price for Microsoft stock still fell.
Microsoft are trying to hurt Google at the moment. And Google smells blood. But not it's own.
The Metro is a great paper. It's been going for years. Covers a wide verity of news and it's free to pick up and read.
The really big advantage the Metro has over other papers is that people are happier to share it. They read it on the bus or the train and then leave it on the seat when they're done. Other people can then come along and read it. Increasing the exposure advertisers get.
I can understand why Google are pissed at Microsoft. On the one hand Microsoft are attacking Google by proxy by suing companies like HTC and Motorola over Android and wrecking deals between Google and other companies like Yahoo not to mention instigating anti-trust investigations. Then on the other hand they're using Google without Google's permission to generate their own revenue streams.
I'd be pissed if I were Google and I'd have more than a few nasty words to say. I'd say you guys have a fairly narrow focus here.
Just as the Japanese have an understandable but unhealthy fascination with nuclear apocalyptic holocausts, Americans are totally paranoid about losing their liberty and freedoms for good reason.
Given some of the legislation that has been passed over the years that gives American governments frighting powers of intrusion into peoples lives in contrast with the extreme secrecy under which all American administrations operate it's not surprising people have reacted the way they have. Especially if there is no good explanation why this bill is needed.
In light of the recent reports of ISPs refusing to host Wikileaks because of intimidation from the US administration it's very easy to believe that the American government craves a way to turn off the Internet. It was certainly a lot easier to operate in secrete when the Internet wasn't an issue.