I don't really give a good goddamn about ticketmaster, scalpers and so on and so forth. Main reason is, I DON'T BOTHER with concerts, and I have a problem most 'Professional American' sports. I think in my 35 years of being on this planet, I've gone to MAYBE a half-dozen concerts. And of those, ONLY one of them did I actually pay (personally) for the ticket(s) myself. One or two I won via radio-call-in's. The rest were purchased by parents (Always when I was too young to purchase them myself). Check that, might be two if you count Blue Man Group, but I saw them back in my old hometown of Boston, which is where they got their start. And to me, they are more 'theater' than 'concert'.
And obviously the disease of idiocy is spreading. Given, from what little I've seen of little-miss Love over the years, she's not got that much intelligence to start with. I enjoyed Cobain's music far more than Love's at any given time.
As to the whole chance of lawsuit, give me an f'ing break! Activision is honoring a musician by putting him in. While not all the music might have been his 'style', it's still good to see. Get your head out of your coked-up a$$ and try relaxing and just, I don't know.. ENJOYING the memory instead of tripping over it.
Considering many colleges and post-grad places tend to PREFER home-schooled kids, and how increasingly useless most colleges actually are these days, I could see this working well. I went to Brandeis University, a very high ranked school out of all in the USA. Once I finished I started job hunting, but also went to a Certification School for the IT work I'd really preferred to do (repairs, system/network-admin, etc). I just about had a minor in Computers there, because there was not a single course in the school for what I'd wanted to do once out of school. I'd even looked at MIT, BC, BU, Harvard and many others. Never in a single Computers/Information Systems course did I see anything about working with Cisco, Unix, etc. It was all programming, programming theory, circuit design, etc. Going into College was one thing that was supposed to be THE thing to do, and I, for one, actually KNEW what I wanted to do. College didn't help that along one whit. I should have skipped college and gone to a tech-school like ITT and likely would have enjoyed it more.
Colleges/Universities overcharge for what they offer. Have for over a decade now, and they don't teach kids (yes kids, because most who go and even graduate, though they might be 21, still have no true clue about the real world going in, or even graduating from college) are not given a set of skills to truly SURVIVE in the real world.
What once was a mark of prestige, is now a bad joke, and becoming a worse punchline.
Problem is, that likely the judges, the jurors and lawmakers aren't smart enough. Remember that recent RIAA bit where the jurors got the RIAA nearly 2mil for the songs. No lawyer for the corp-side will want ANY person as a juror who actually has a clue about what the case is based on. They want the dumbest, most tech-idiot people they can get, so they can give them ONLY what the corp lawyers want them to hear.
The moral panic bit is sensationalism at it's worst. I use RedBox, Netflix and MovieCube (I haven't rented from blockbuster in years, they're horrible), to screen movies, and catch some of them as soon as they're out to watch them again (if I saw them in the movie theater), I've done the same with HBO, Showtime and other chans. And IF I like the movie enough (and I have the money), I buy it. Two weekends ago I bought Dark Knight and Iron Man. I had the money, and both were a lot of fun.
The corps and their lawyers need to get their collective heads out of their asses.
Actually pasha, you're wrong, there are plenty of people who work two jobs, or who work one full time job and still manage to do plenty of things with the rest of their non-sleeping time. Go to school, improve themselves, make music, make movies, create new games, and quite a bit more.
First, is yes, pharma companies, really don't give much of a damn about actually HELPING people. But then that's old news.
Second, what I find funny, and usual double-standards, or just directed stupidity, is how prevalent placebos and such are, and yet, hypnotism (ie, guided suggestion) is pronounced false, dangerous, and so forth by those same doctors. Proscribing a placebo is literally a form of hypnosis, as it is nothing but suggestion that 'hey, this will help'
Gods that would be nice, the problem is, that wouldn't really fix anything. It would just breed more lawyers, because just think of how much more law-sh!t there would be about 'yes this is frivolous' or not, taking up even more money, time and wasting it all.
But yes, we do need to do something about the moronically frivolous lawsuits
With things like this, it's stopped being 'how to innovate', it's turned into 'how can I be even more petty in f'ing over other businesses that compete with mine'. Now given, that is, to a degree what companies do. Compete with each other. But it's no longer free-market competition of 'who can make the better product that people want, so they'll buy it', it's simply become 'who can we sue, legally f*** over, or worse'.
Using three databases/knowledgebases is NOT new, NOT innovative, NOT hard to do and should NOT be f'ing patent-able. Hell, you take anyone in the country, or world, who's done searches for computer problems, and they likely do 3-6 knowledge/database searches each time!
Not so hard to just name something what it's not. IE: labeling a porn .avi file as anything you care to. Given, I don't know the names of the files the guy downloaded, but it's hardly hard to rename hotsex.avi -> Feelgoodmovie.avi
As for all that p2p stuff. I haven't used much of it in a while. yahoo, msn, skype, etc all work pretty well for many things if you just know people
I used to work at a school system. Decently large one, I was the go-to IT person for 6 schools, Elementary->High School. NO WAY IN HELL would we have let this happen. I don't know the software that was used, but obviously it wasn't implemented properly.
I have not signed up for a SINGLE website for lyrics that CHARGES me anything. IE.. Outside of any banner ads, they don't make money off of supplying me with the lyrics I want to find. Hence they are not 'profiting on the backs of songwriters' or other mealy-mouth bulls**t that the corporate morons like to preach. 99.9% of the lyrics I look for aren't even American/English songs. I listen to mostly foreign music and I want the lyrics so I can know the song better, what they're saying, and make sure I'm hearing it right (Not to mention it helps me learn the language).
It's aggravating when a FREE, that's to say NO CHARGE. THEY'RE NOT MAKING MONEY OFF OF MY LOOKING AT THE SITE type sites have lyrics for songs I love removed because of some corp nincompoop with a flagpole up his/her a**, when those lyrics might help me continue following and buying the music
The real reason that they don't want the lyrics posted, is that they likely realize how badly put-together and inane most lyrics for songs are these days considering so many are locked into a cookie-cutter sound-byte type song setup.
I fondly recall when songs in America would be 5+ minutes long. (Hotel California anyone?) And even carry a message.
And as to they lyric-sheets and such. I don't recall even SEEING one in any music store in the last 10 years. If they're not going to sell them, then how can they say that 'making it free, means people won't buy them'?
"When you are offered a bad contract, you don't sign it."
A nice thought. But when you realize that back then especially (and still now with the worsening education of America), people like Roxanne (and likely her parents) didn't KNOW it was a bad contract. Do you seriously expect a 14 y.o. to know anything about the spaghetti-logic laws of the music industry?
I remember her music, and some of it I enjoyed. I was much more a fan of Salt 'N Pepa however. Kudos to Roxanne for TAKING back what was owed to her from the bastards of the recording industry.
known as IDIOCY apparently can afflict even supposedly intelligent medical professionals.
Yes, there is a science behind Psychology. But it's more of a 'soft' science. While the brain can work like a computer, it is not a purely empirical manifestation that is identical in all ways to every other person's brain. Genetics has something to do with it, environment has an effect, what schooling the person has done, has an effect. In many ways it works on a simple cause-effect. If something scares you bad enough, you will tend to fear it in the future. If certain patterns work every time you use them. It's a learned skill, knowledge, etc.
Doctors fear the general public knowing more about Psychology because it can suddenly invalidate the ridiculous amounts of money they pay for their schooling, as well as the insurance payments that keep so many medical costs ridiculously high.
Much as Hypnosis is feared by so many medical practitioners, even though they USE the base idea of the 'skill'. Anyone ever heard of a placebo? There's hypnosis right there in short. The power of suggestion. 'yes, this pill will make you feel better'.