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Comment: Re:Media companies lost the war (Score 4, Interesting) 528

by Rolan (#38582676) Attached to: US Survey Shows Piracy Common and Accepted

One major exception: People don't mind paying their Netflix subscription fee to get better service than piracy. But selection is still a big problem.

This is really the key, and the media companies don't seem to get it. People are willing to pay for content, if it is provided at a reasonable price and reasonably easily obtained. If they want to "defeat piracy" they need to make it easier (and cheap) to get the content legally. As a business, "cheap" money coming in is far better than nothing. Add that doing this (providing content easily and cheaply) would improve public opinion of them...

+ - Malaysian Goverment Regulates Developers: Board of->

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An anonymous reader writes "Malaysian Ministry of Science Technology & Innovation is trying to get a Bill passed by registering Software Developers in many levels as Registered Computing Practitioner. The Bill is not only poorly thought but undermining Technology Professionals without certifications. If the Bill is passed, it would be illegal for unregistered developers from promoting or practicing IT development. December 13 would be an Open Day in this Ministry to voice out our views."
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+ - Amazon makes a move which could fundamentally chan->

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cylonlover (1921924) writes "Online retailing leader Amazon is to make a compelling offer this coming Saturday – use their smartphone app to compare prices, and they'll effectively pay you $5 to walk out of the store. It is an historic move in the evolution of retail sales. Gizmag writes that, as smart phone penetration heads for ubiquity, the price comparison app might go mainstream quite quickly from here. For the customer, it means getting accurate comparison information before a purchase. For the shopping app provider it means an opportunity to make a bid on a customer's patronage at the time- and point-of-sale, inside a competitor's bricks and mortar, at the same time as creating a marketing intelligence tool par excellence."
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+ - SPAM: UPS invests $1 billion in technology to cut costs 1

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alphadogg (971356) writes "United Parcel Service (UPS) will make about $1 billion in technology investments this year to improve the efficiency of its operations, with the goal of cutting billions more from its costs over the long term, company executives say.

One of its main goals is to improve the speed and efficiency of its delivery operations. To achieve that, UPS is equipping its vans with sensors that allow it to collect data about things like fuel consumption, chosen routes and how much time its engines spend idling, said Dave Barnes, chief information officer at UPS, at the company's Green Tech Forum in New York. UPS is installing around 200 sensors in its vehicles, in places like the brakes, engine box and on the exterior, to collect data and pinpoint opportunities where drivers can adjust their driving to maximize fuel efficiency. The company wants to reduce idle time of its delivery trucks, as each hour spent idling burns about a gallon of fuel, Barnes said."

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+ - WRC - $500 Craigslist Car Beat $400K Rally Racers->

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An anonymous reader writes "From the article:
"This is the multifaceted tale of Bill Caswell, a man who bought a crapcan off Craigslist to run against $400,000-plus rally cars in a World Rally Championship race. It is a tale of a guy who had a welder, a bunch of credit cards, and a lot of free time but no real backing or funds. It is a story of a dude who taught himself how to build an FIA-legal roll cage because he wanted to spend the fabrication fee on race tires instead. It's the story of a gearhead who drove a rustbucket to a third-place finish in an FIA-sanctioned event.""

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