It's either that or they're trying (and going to fail miserably) to appease two groups: theaters (who actually make very little money from movies, given what the studios take out for the [sneer]privilege[/sneer] of showing them, and the growing number of people who don't bother with going to the theater.
It's possible that they're figuring the price on the basis of how much the average theater takes in from BOTH tickets AND drinks/snacks, and setting it this way so that the theaters don't panic about "lost audiences." In their eyes, that's all they have to do.
OTOH, it'll still be cheaper to pirate the film and make your own popcorn.
When I couldn't download some books I'd purchased because Adobe Digital Editions refused to work with a publisher's site, I ended up telling said publisher AFTER I'd had to re-install ADE just to get my books:
DRM does NOTHING to prevent piracy, but it does a darn good job of keeping loyal customers from BEING loyal customers.
This is a very old proverb from the era of the Vikings. Google should keep that in mind and stomp this sort of thing flat or half the pissant lawyers in the country will smell green.
In regard to Twitter, courtesy of FYNBOSPRESS blog at https://madgeniusclub.com/2016/11/20/changes-and-contingency-plans/
Speaking of social media, Twitter’s exhibiting classic death throes, or in the immortal words of Spinal Tap, their audience and “appeal is becoming more selective.” Unlike friendster, livejournal, myspace, etc, they’re doing it to themselves by first “shadowbanning” and now outright mass banning accounts.
> Ever get the impression that governments do not like people to talk to each other, especially if its about politics and in public?
Well of course! After all, people might have unapproved thoughts and it's the government's job to see that the brains run on time!
The patent itself is ridiculous, granted. But consider that once it is patented, NOBODY else can even build such a system without facing very expen$ive lawsuits. And once such a system exists, it could well be applied to other areas than journalism, such as, say, the veracity of politicians? The veracity of Sony executives?
Nah, we already know the last two categories are filled with liars.
He said that he wouldn't do any more Dirty Harry movies because would anybody believe Harry would be able to chase the bad guys with his walker?
My local sports bar also has a Hofbrau. So... for Game 7 of the World Series, my wife and I went there, got a nice dinner and a drink each and then watched the game for less than the cost of one month of cable with E$PN.
And I make no secret of the fact that I cut my cord back in 1992 and haven't looked back except to pull down and trash the slowly rotting cable more than a decade later.
And that, children, is why you set your browser to clear out everything when you close it down. Something done automatically and on a daily basis cannot then be claimed to be destruction of evidence.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!
"I, Candidate for Governor: And How I Got Licked"
Obviously Google takes that phrase seriously. Whatever happens, whatever they do, they can't fail. The papers for the divorce from reality have clearly been filed.
Remember, legal actions are EXPEN$IVE in the extreme, and bankrupting your enemy (cf. Gawker vs. Mr. Moneybags) creates a very strong "keep your head down" effect not just on the target, but anybody else who might even come close to doing as Take Two did.
An industry whose motto is "If it bleeds, it leads." now wants to create a peaceful and troncquil atmosphere?
What possible good could this serve?
Will the lightning connector reach through even if the phone is in a case? Thank you.
The FBI has looked into the abyss. The abyss has looked back, and punched it in the face.
Hey. It's only fair. Cops discriminate against other people by a simple algorithm.
1. If you're not a cop, you're guilty even if proven innocent because you're not a cop so we simply didn't provide enough evidence.
2. I'm a cop. I'm innocent.
What goes around, comes around.
Baen and Siren-Bookstrand are my two major watering holes these days. I have sworn blood oath to die in my tracks before I'll pirate a book they offer.
For me to do that, the publisher has to do two things:
1. Don't price gouge. Any eBook over the average price of a paperback is gouging. (Harlequin meets that standard, as do others.)
2. Don't use DRM. (Harlequin et al. do NOT meet that standard.)
Violation of the above conditions puts said publishers on my POS list(It's like a KOS list, but without the paperwork.)
No, because you're still getting screwed.
If customers want to actually own their eBooks (or any other digital content), they are forced by DRM to pirate it or go without. Eventually, it becomes a habit, and those are VERY hard to break.