We will also state more clearly the requirement/expectation for student software developers to consult with the University before creating applications that depend on Yale data, and we will create an easy means for them to do so.
Didn't want to use that sort of language in Insider Chat. But, seriously, WHAT THE FUCK!?
I would've shrugged and went "Meh" over FBI involvement, as they OBVIOUSLY don't have anything better to do. But DHS? Immigration and Customs Enforcement? The people that supposedly can't secure the borders due to a lack of manpower? What the hell business do they have being involved in this?
God. Now I actually hope more people start doing this, so that these assholes have to waste more time being the lapdogs of their corporate overlords.
Even after years and years of inflation increasing tuition costs, you could still get out of my alma mater today for around $5k/year as a full time, in-state student. And I seem to have gotten at least as good of an education as most of my coworkers.
With that in mind, I can't understand how $20k/year for an online education is even remotely attractive.
I don't think Facebook is necessarily in its "decline" phase yet.
And Yahoo? Have you seen their traffic numbers? Their financials? Just because those of us in the "tech bubble" don't think of Yahoo as relevant, it doesn't change the fact that there are still millions of adults that still have Yahoo as their home page.
And that's kind of my point: I think people who are "tech insiders" really suffer from a bad echo chamber effect, thinking most people share their interests and beliefs. All signs point to the vast majority of people going to YouTube to watch music videos and watch viral videos of cats being... cats... Is the audience of the independent content creators even a drop in the revenue bucket?
With more and more revenue coming from things like deals with the record labels and partnerships with "channels" or other big players, does YouTube care if a bunch of small, independent creators get ground up in the gears of ContentID?
I'm not saying the creators don't have a right to be pissed, they're obviously being screwed over, I'm just saying I still haven't even seen any actual numbers that they matter financially to Google.
Reminds me. I was listening to the second beta episode of Cordkillers, and they were discussing the 2013 "most pirated" list. Once again, Game of Thrones was at the top, but a surprising entry (to the producers) was The Walking Dead. Why was this surprising? Because they actually made the show available for free via streaming on a website. And yet, even with them offering a free alternative, people pirated it.
The producer's takeaway? They said to them, this meant that no matter what, some people are just going to pirate. Honestly, that's probably a useful lesson if they take it to heart: No matter how much blood/sweat/tears/money you waste on trying to stop people, some people are just going to pirate your stuff anyway.
But, for me, this really should drive home the idea that for many people price is not the sole deciding factor for why they pirate something. The "pirate experience" is obviously somehow superior in some other way than simply being free.
Maybe they should concentrate on trying to figure out why that is.