Like many of the sites they complain about, Mr. Lamy sees WIkipedia as having a single purpose, namely providing students with an easy source from which they can copy material without thinking. Clearly this is the only possible use of Wikipedia, and only plagiarists visit the site. Kind of like MegaUpload...
It's a good move for Netflix. Apparently the studios think that rather than wait a month for a new release on disc, somehow all the Netflix subscribers will go out an buy it. I suspect that after 6 months of this, they'll realize they gave Netflix a deal that worked out great for Netflix, but didn't provide the studios with the profit bump they were expecting.
Netflix streaming is great. My only complaint has been the weak selection available. If they can increase this, all the better.
Economics - by having a single hardware platform to aim at, developers can make games faster and more easily. The PC as a platform is a huge range of incompatible hardware. The 360 or PS3 is the same for anyone who owns one. If you aim your game at the PC market, you usually compromise on performance - it's much harder to "code to the metal" and squeeze every cycle out.
Of course, this advantage is undermined to some extent by the fact that there are 3 platforms, but 3 is better than thousands.
An update to Felix's article from a NYT spokesman says that links you follow to articles on the site from outside the site won't count toward your total. Let's see then - I could set up a site called FreeNYTimes that contains nothing but links to their articles. You could follow as many of them as you like, and never hit the paywall.
While that does handle the "cut off from the web" problem, it's hard to see them making any money this way. Still, I could be wrong - maybe some folks just like to go their site and read, and are willing to pay for it. But enough?
Go the the website for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers mentioned in the article. Look at the members listed at the bottom of the page. Don't buy cars from any of these manufacturers. Vote with your wallet. Not all auto makers do this.
Imagine a world where the news folks got their wish. No one could link to their story. No other news organization could refer to the story. People couldn't even talk about what they read. The only way to find out about the story would be to go to their site and read it.
If you didn't already subscribe, how would you know to go there? Would it even really be news if only one site could talk about it?
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