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  • Mar 12, 2010 @ 11:09am

    I believe this move is primarily to prevent a perceived weakening of the existing ownership laws.

    The battle with Amazon is already over, it was fought in 2002, and booksellers (read: Chapters/Indigo/Quebecor) lost. Amazon is already considerably undercutting the prices you pay in the brick & mortar stores in Canada. A distribution center in no way changes things.

    What it does do if it's allowed to proceed, is give Barnes & Noble a place to point and say: Well what about Amazon? They have a brick & mortar presence, so why can't we?

    The Canadian book stores are only alive because of the lingering brick & mortar loyalty. They wouldn't be able to compete if there were US based brick & mortar operations.

  • Oct 05, 2009 @ 10:15am

    Every Generation Does This

    Every generation sings that the sky is falling because of the shortcomings of the next generation.

    Generally, the innovations that stick around do so because they are creating value and not hindering it. This happens organically even without explicit evaluation. So, without any concrete evidence at all, I'm inclined to believe we are more productive as an interactive society than we might otherwise have been.

  • Oct 05, 2009 @ 09:55am

    Re: Oh life is just GRAND

    I don't see this as much of an issue from a women's movement perspective. What is harmful at this point is making the assumption that any relationship with a subordinate must be forced. We don't know anything about the actual relationships Dave had with these women, so why would you jump to the conclusion that there was an explicit malice involved?

  • Sep 23, 2009 @ 10:43am

    On The Bright Side

    No amount of screaming that the sky is falling ever actually stops the advance of innovation... it just tests our collective resolve.

  • Sep 22, 2009 @ 12:51pm

    Names Before Trial

    I'm in Canada, and I'm not sure how closely our jury selection process is. But the one and only time I was called for Jury Duty, I was asked as a part of the initial screening if I knew certain people.

    The list contained both the accused, as well as both alleged victims and witnesses.

    I assumed this was a way to choose a Jury without conflict instead of having to ask about conflicts later in the process.

  • Aug 13, 2009 @ 12:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: A technical point

    I work for a large financial services company. I can assure you that having the login page under SSL is more than just a good idea... it's an absolute requirement.

    The problem with an initial page has nothing to do with where it is supposed to post it's contents to. The problem is that because it is sent unsecured, the contents could be altered in-flight, and the posting destination could be changed. If done well, the customer doesn't even know his account details have been compromised.

    Shameful way to deal with this from RSA.

  • Jul 27, 2009 @ 01:52pm

    This actually makes some sense to me

    This is clearly a case of poorly communicating the justification for something that actually makes some sense.

    When you pay for anything on a rated scale, the overhead costs associated with running the the company is baked into that rate. While green energy alternatives are great, at present, they don't actually remove any of the overhead costs for the energy companies. (We may get to a point where this happens, we just aren't there yet.)

    The inevitable side effect is, rates go up. The more and more people who move to green alternatives, the fewer people paying the increased rates, and they must go up again.

    Now, if people adding green alternatives was actually also enabling a reduction in overhead costs associated with running the hydro company, that'd be a different story. Ironically, I actually suspect if anything there's been an increase in administrative overhead due to the increased adoption of green alternative consumers plugged into the grid.

  • Jul 08, 2009 @ 09:59am

    I hope they remember not to embed the browser!

    As we all know, tightly coupling an OS with a browser is anti-competitive!

  • Jun 19, 2009 @ 06:28am

    Re: Re: There's also a 'future sales' issue

    I guess what I'm trying to call attention to is that music actually has 2 different saleable aspects. There is the music itself as an entertainment product. As an entertainment product, there really isn't any harm no matter how it gets used.

    However, music today has a dual purpose. There is a lot of money tied up in using music as a means to set a mood or drive emotion in movies/television/commercials that aren't directly tied to the artist or song directly. Yet still, the income an artist makes through this channel is significant, and something that they try to protect.

  • Jun 19, 2009 @ 05:08am

    There's also a 'future sales' issue

    Aside from the moral issue, there is another issue that is a bit harder to quantify in terms of dollar value, but that artists do keep in mind when they sell rights to their work.

    Using your example, let's say the tampon commercial becomes an instant classic. It's uploaded to YouTube and becomes viral, or even short of that... just plays for a long time and the Reznor song becomes permanently associated with the product.

    The likelihood that song will ever be used in a movie or television soundtrack drops to nil. The likelihood that song will ever be used to market other products also bottoms out.