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  • Apr 01, 2014 @ 07:50am

    Re: Re: "insanely profitable"


    I can't WAIT to get the Supersonics back!

  • Apr 01, 2014 @ 07:50am

    Re: Re: "insanely profitable"


    I can't WAIT to get the Supersonics back!

  • Apr 01, 2014 @ 07:48am

    Re: "insanely profitable"

    They use the zip code attached to your credit card.

    If someone has a convenient work-around for this, I'd love to know about it... MLS Live is just as bad, and also fragmented across all streaming platforms.

    Google TV can watch it in the browser using the flash plugin (only available on bastard version of Chrome stuck in GTV)

    Roku has a killer streaming app, but it has strange rules regarding the availability of live streams following the performance.

    Basically, there's no "good" way to stream all the games...yet I continue to pay extra during Soccer season just so I can get NBCSN/ESPN for the national games.

  • Mar 26, 2013 @ 10:30am

    Short-sighted at best.

    State & Local governments have thought for years that the internet is somehow made of gold. As an employee of such an organization, it obvious that legislators believe there's an untapped gold mine out on "Them thar Intarwebz".

    There's already a means for states/locals to collects sales taxes: The Streamlined Sales Tax Board/Initiative/Whatever, it provides reciprocity to jurisdictions in levying sales taxes provided they align their laws with a common set to make it (slightly) easier on the business.

    What they're all missing is that by levying sales taxes on Amazon (for example) they're making it more likely for Amazon to have "nexus" in your state/neighborhood. Which means that Amazon can now set up warehouses nationwide and offer same-day delivery.

    Think that might compete with local retailers?

  • Mar 04, 2013 @ 03:26pm

    Apple's success...

    I'd say that Apple's "success" with BSD Unix is actually the perfect example of what you're talking about. They may have "succeeded" in keeping the best parts of their code in-house, but they've had to sacrifice security and speed of updates as part of the process.

    I'd say that Apple could release more updates faster and be more secure than they are if they'd leverage the power of the community a bit better.

    ...but who am I to argue with the Ghost of Steve Jobs?

  • Apr 04, 2011 @ 02:05pm

    ...and soundcloud too

    The beloved Fighters of Foo are really embracing new tech. They've also got the entire album in soundcloud.

    Give em some credit, they're trying.

    And it sounds like what *should* have cone after There Is Nothing Left To Lose...so it's really really good.

  • Dec 07, 2009 @ 04:35pm

    Can't copyright facts...or math?

    I'm fairly certain that I've heard Mike discuss why you can't patent math...or science...or facts...multiple times on here.

    As SQL is a methodology for doing set-theory (mathematics), you'd basically be copyrighting facts.

    Just because a company *says* (or *thinks*) it has a copyright on something doesn't make it so. That sounds like typical IT boilerplate, left for the sole purpose of intimidation.

    To quote an un-remembered CS Professor: Plagiarism is for English Class.

    The point being that the "art" of Programming is being able to see how all the bits fit together and interoperate, not the exact code. Anyone can C-C-P their way through code, but a real Programmer knows the how's and why's.

  • Sep 30, 2009 @ 03:32pm

    The only thing keeping me with an iPod...

    I completely agree, in regards to the closed nature of the iPod...I'd *much* rather have one of those slick Archos Media Tablets or, heck, even be able to pull music off my Android phone while in the car...

    ...which is, for me, the one area that NO OTHER PMP competes.

    I don't use iTunes.
    I don't have a Mac.
    I don't have any desire to be trapped by Apple in being forced to use their software to use their hardware.

    If you can find me a PMP that has the library functionality of an iPod when used with a car stereo...using a native-type interface. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

    Even Microsoft has a more "open" attitude regarding their music players, as I understand it you can mount it via USB and just DUMP files on there. Sound much easier than my iPod.

    Except I can't charge and access the files in my car. unless I happen to have a very specific model of Ford with their Sync system, correct?


  • Mar 01, 2007 @ 05:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Not so fast

    That's exactly what he's saying. If there were no government-sponsored legal system to prevent you from copying a BMW, anyone who had the necessary funds could make a copy of a BMW. The value in a BMW comes from the value added by BMW.

    Name Brand.
    Expensive styling options.
    Integrated Bluetooth.
    BMW is constantly innovating to create cars that people will pay exorbitant sums for.

    You are not buying a BMW, you are buying the image of someone with a BMW.

    You focus is still too narrow, for the artists the values are the same under either business model. Initially I agreed with your proposal for an expiring DRM to "test-drive" songs, until being reminded that the competition is free. Storage costs are negligible as well. The money, for the RIAA is where it's always been: touring & selling merchandise.

    people don't go to concerts specifically for the music, they go for the experience. some of them will inevitably buy merchandise to commemorate the occasion. Companies who jump on the bandwagon and take advantage of digital delivery are going to eventually reap massive amounts of money selling anything they can think of that is a "one-off".

    if you weren't here. you weren't living

    As a matter of fact, if anyone's got the advantages necessary to get started, it's them! They can start investigating the millions of bands cluttering MySpace and getting demos. just cleaning up the sound on some of these guys would probably get them started towards making some money.

    find the really good ones! get them out there! digital advertising!


    Artists are going to have to give up on their dreams of becoming huge mega-stars and accept that if they're truly artists they have to work for a living. work is difficult, exhausting, and after 30 years of it you get to retire. what kind of artists can innovate for 30 years?

    innovative ones.
    ones who are constantly looking around, evaluating what they bring to the world...and increasing their value.

    the money's out there boys, you're just not in the industry you thought you were.