Good point ECA.
We had a local government program to reduce energy usage.
It worked as after a year there was an announcement that the program contributed to 5% drop in energy usage for our community. The power company's solution to this presumably long term drop in revenue was to increase the mandatory monthly connection fee. Doing some quick math and it was clear the power company total take in Cash was slight higher than before and yet we had reduced energy consumption by 5%.
Whoopie we help generated more profitable revenue for the energy company!
I am rooting for any alternative home energy solution so I can cut the power cord to my house.
I am more generally pissed about the price schema of things.
Physical DVD $25, Physical Blu-ray $30, Physical Blu-ray with digital download $35. Just the digital download $30 and in a couple of cases I saw it $39.99. I could 'rent' the digital download for $20. What a deal!
All I really want is the digital copy so I easily port it to what ever medium I want to watch it on. If the price was under $5 to own a non-DRMed digital download movie I would buy 2-5 a week.
As it is now I typical just wait to it airs on TV and then PVR it and if I want to keep it around I edit out all the commercials.
Next up... in the interest of the children all you mail will be opened and scanned into a central repository before it is delivered to you. Combined with the transcripts of all your phone calls it will help police better make associations about you and level of criminal you undoubtedly are.
They second hand stores should see this an an opportunity to open up a check cashing service next to their business (at 2% of the face value of the check). Or just do at the till - issue the check and then ask if they would like to cash it in for real cash.
Lucky I do not have a mail box.
We have a large outdoor mail box container at the end of the street on the very busy road. That is the new trend around here to save money. No longer door service just close to your block. This way the mail person can drive down the busy main streets and stop (blocking all traffic) and fill everyone's mail boxes in the area in about 5 minutes.
What is the legal definition of famous? How many people out of 1000 have to recognize you for you to be famous - is just local famous, national, world wide? Are you just famous in certain circles? You may have been famous in high school but after restraining order you could not longer stock the high school girls?
I would say it to vague to use the world famous.
Beside which I think Hollywood itself is prior art to an interactive virtual community of famous people.
This gives some credence record industry case that purchased music is really just a license to play that music on a specific device for which it was licensed for. (and no resale too. Now how is the record industry going to work in a termination date for that license.
I have seen those shipping contain 'homes' at a local trade. Impressive what they do. I saw the ones from 3twenty Solutions. Theirs where not quite as elaborate was the ones in you article, but very functional at a very good cost.
I would not mind one for a remote cabin by a secluded lake.
With this new bill I would expect the media levy (tax) will be removed. After all you are a criminal now if you break any digital locks. It should also now be much easier to prove tangible dollars in lost revenue to these new criminals that will be filling up the new prisons that are to build (really really, it is in another bill). I wonder who will welcome the new release of threatening to sue for copyright infringement, or settle, and/or NOW face federal prison time.
I put my old shoes in the new shoe box. This gives them then prefect environment to 'age' in. Then I filter liquid through them and sell it as wine to would be wine enthusiasts. I often too slap a picture of a fruit on the wine bottle.
Good thing the banks are too big to fail and subject to massive government bailouts.
Google needs to take lesson from the bank and try to grow exponentially so they too can become to big to fail and hence no longer subject to the regular rules of business or congressional oversight. The only problem is that Google is not big enough. Google needs to be as big as banks!