Keurig is one of the few failures. Look at inkjet printers for an example of success. Yes in both cases there are 3rd party work arounds but in reality the manufacturers make money hand over fist. I dont know why anyone is surprised by this its sh*tty business 101. If you cant make a product that can compete on its own merit, lure the customer in , then lock the door behind them. Make claims of FUD for other products and profit.
I know we all want to live in a society where businesses dont try to ream you for every penny but we arent there yet and wont be for decades, if ever. This is why standards groups should be created by non interested third parties and when someone even as big as Phillips turns evil their products should be ejected from the group. It would almost behoove standards bodies to require participants to put in a back door so they could revoke the functionality altogether. I hate to say it but I foresee a class action coming.
In addition to that when someone wins like say Apple just did against Samsung that 290million comes out of the consumers pockets. So all it's created is a litigious money pit.
Create something new, patent.
Competitor creates it, sue, lawyers profit, joe schmuck pays.
It's no longer about innovation if indeed it ever was. It's truly about crushing competition. They claim its about protecting the R&D costs of a company. They spend hundreds of millions like Microsoft did in designing the new controller for the Xbox One so they must be allowed to patent it to recoup those costs. Here is the catch..
What if my company was designing a similar controller at the same time and didnt get the patent first? What if my company had spent 100million, well that just means I get to eat that loss. In virtually any design space there are multiple companies all at once designing similar products with minimal differences that shouldn't be protected in this way. This is all about big business protectionism. It completely stifles innovation because we want to assure that the big pockets people get compensated.
If the NSA installed a camera in his bedroom and watched him make love to his wife, but his wife didn't know about the camera, would her privacy had been violated? Would her privacy have been violated if the NSA had 500 staffers sit there and watch the video?
Remember the pouty face when his gun control failed, yeah well this is the same thing. He is having a tantrum because this young man showed how much of a deceitful person he is and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on him.
I for one was not shocked by this but do the tech companies honestly expect us to now trust them? Srsly? They can take a flying ..... at a rolling doughnut. I will never trust any of these spineless companies again.
Seriously, we are so close to becoming a police state if anyone is shocked by this they must be living under a rock. Just wait, later today Obama is supposed to sign the UN Firearms Treaty despite the will of the people and congress. His lapdog then is supposed to hold a press conference explaining that if you say something not nice about Islam you can be put in jail. America is dead. http://dcclothesline.com/2013/06/02/federal-attorney-warns-negative-posts-against-islam-could-get-you-prosecution-imprisonment/
All big pharma will do now is whine about foreign drug sales, get customs to lock mail-order medicine from outside the country down tighter. We are not likely to ever see an end to the price gouging here in the US.
This is a good reason to have a dropbox account and have the app installed on your smart phone. It can be set to automatically upload your video and photos to your DropBox account. That way if your phone is stolen by a LEO you still have the video.
Likely he asked permission to prevent any issues with being sued (some dont care about parody). Since he was told no he released it free for publicity for his new album and to share his work. It sounds like a moot point now. Basically if sued over a song he released free that combined with parody defense would have ended the lawsuit.
I think the new business model they are selling the investors is this. Drop caps on the home broadband users, scare them into not using as much. This frees up backbone traffic, Fully activate HSPA for the cell customers and bingo we have moved bandwidth from one to the other with no investment in infrastructure!