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Even if not, you may get very flavorful food bars - full of nutrition - which sub in for breakfast, or for snacks or quick lunch/dinners. Or high protein snacks if you're working out. or help with diet plans by always knowing food nutritional information (and be quite precise about it).. However, this is worst case, it'll likely do quite a bit more if recent pasta developments in 3d are any indication.
Given this likely worst case, it's still quite appealing for the masses. Zero time to make breakfast? Want snacks on hand in a variety of forms? I'm not sure that will be niche.. Going to the store to pick up bags of chips is no longer required.. It's very easy to store the raw ingredients and have them shipped.. Your kids can use it when you have no time to cook.. it can likely monitor nutritional content, good for the layman and those on diets or need special eating habits.
The attack on Electronic Arts follows an attack earlier this year on Sony’s PlayStation and Qriocity networks, which compromised the personal data and credit card information of roughly 100 million
users. Popular gaming companies Nintendo, Sega, and Square Enix have also come under attack. A group calling itself Lulz Security has claimed responsibility for several of the attacks.
On EA’s official website, the company vowed to “continue to do what is needed to protect [users’] personal information.” So far, that has meant disabling potentially breached accounts and resetting the passwords for others. Greater security controls have also been added to better protect customer information in the future.
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The petition has garnered now 42,000+ votes. While a similar one on change.org has only 5,000, demanding 'the show be cut' and is akin to Nazi Germany rhetoric.
Suspiciously, most signatures appear to be Chinese, with some using the Chinese character set for city names. The Chinese government employees 2 million + censors, and this has gone viral on WeiBo in China. There are approximately 2.7 million Chinese currently living in the USA.
At the current rate, it will likely reach 100,000 signatures required for a response by the White House.
Does this sound more like genuine outrage from westernized citizens? Or a Chinese backlash in another cultural misunderstanding?"
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We are entering an age of easily printed weapons (including biological), and have been in an age of free information. Until we enter the age of non-insanity we're always going to have to weigh security issues. Is this not the very definition of a potential WMD? Someday soon, if not already, it's going to be easier to make and deploy a virus than it is to make a long range missile with a nuclear payload, that is accurate. More of a threat perhaps than nukes if it's weighed on the damage caused / ease of implementation scale (where harder rating # is larger than an easier one, includes cost, ease of access to knowledge,etc).
I was also involved heavily in this industry, there's no two ways about it, you have to realize this isn't 'business as usual' any longer. The Internet is a revolution from print just as cars were from horses. Print won't be around a decade longer, and it's only embraced by those who still remember the old ways. Kids don't even bother, and older people are getting worse eye sight
If you don't adapt, you'll die. Frankly, you have already adapted too slowly. I think a lot of us sit back in amusement or get steamed about how slowly media is adapting to our wants.
While I understand the pain of such a brutal change, believe me, I made my money in media as well then went to nothing.. I had plenty of time to think about it, Even while I tried to adapt as my sales hit around 50%, it was still way too slow. (Mine died in 2 years, stopped making money in 4-5, but basically dead within 2)
As soon as the Internet was developed, you should have been trying to get on it, as should have I more-so. Now you're so far behind you are basically asking how to keep your old customers, and the Internet won't matter much. Time is doing pay for their mags and get online free which is fine, but they are still struggling getting new subscribers. For new customers, you need a whole new business model. They have grown up with free information, and 'worse', the belief that information ought to be free. If it is just information that is. What can you bring them they want to pay for? it won't be opinions and reports. They get that for free now, how will you convince them your opinions and reports are worth paying money for (and even a bigger stretch, worth paying what you previously had expected people to pay!)? You yourself can see everyone else adapting slowly but still dying. They aren't asking the right questions. They aren't seeing how the Internet is revolutionizing the world and how to contribute to it. You know you're dead when you're not trying to figure out your customers anymore, and instead stuck in the mindset of how do we 'make people stay with us'. We come from evolution, we either help progress the 'field' or we die. For some periods of time sure we can gain a foothold on the market with one innovation, but all innovations come to and end. Media had a really long run, they were the very few who were able to just do the same thing over and over again and in the process completely forgot how to innovate.
This is just how it is, there's no incentive to know what's going on anymore as in old times - the internet is truly making people more individuals. They don't care what you or I think is cool, they care only about their peers and their interests. This is why media is evolving into Niche markets.
Print is already dead in younger generations, and they are paying customers next year.The internet wasn't on until I was in college, and it was an instant sell to everyone in my age group. No one had to tell us, we all knew it and saw it's potential (hence the dot com boom). Cloaked in this revolution of information, are several residual effects, for example, water cooler talk has changed. It's not Seinfeld against Friends any longer, it's Game of Thrones -vs- Kardashians -vs- X-Games -vs- 1000 other programs.. I'm sure Radio stations wondered what they were going to do when TV started broadcasting. Some realized they must be on TV. But this is even potentially a bad analogy, as radio still has a use to exist (though an *incredibly* diminished one). Print media really does not. Before e-readers, yes, because it wasn't as easy to read, but with e-readers and with the growing problem of waste, storing heavy books, shipping times, environmentally friendlier (which will only get friendlier and friendlier as population grows and resources decline), etc, electronic media is what it will simply be, period. If you want to have a business, you need to start a new one and some revolutionary thinking like Amazon and Netflix are doing with TV.. Big TV is also struggling and hanging on thinking that they can do something to save it. They cannot, and because they are being slow to change, Netflix and Amazon are grabbing larger and larger portions of their markets.
You guys are supposed to be business men. The best businessmen, the Steve Jobs, are innovators. You can't just try to 'save' what you've been doing, you must figure out what people truly WANT, and if you're lucky you'll find a way to make money in the process.
But the fact is media is going to make a lot less money than before and it's simple economics. It's cheaper, and the supply is much much higher (blogs by experts, or cheap video (youtube)) , and the demand will not change or even decrease depending on how you look at it.
I'm sure you've heard many times that it is dying, but hopefully there's some insight here as to why. If you already know this then there's only one problem left, and that's denial. Because of such a long run, that's what life becomes and most involved in such a steady business surely aren't ready for complete revolutions all at once. But think about the economics, think about the future, and remember this happened to me - a dot com start-up guy, and realize you guys need to make huge jumps in thinking immediately.
All is not lost!
All is not lost though, I sit around and think about things like this a lot, and have many suggestions if you are interested. I will name one - think about how Google is solving debugging their software now. They are doing contests. This isn't just for fun, this saves them a couple full time employees a year, it does a better job in finding *and* patching problems, it gets them free press. This model of opening up to the masses is a great model, and one you must adapt to if you are an Intenet related company (and even those who aren't should embrace it's power). You may want to open source or start recruiting popular bloggers. You need that young generation, and they are already following not you. You can have current staff touch things up perhaps or start to advertise them as interesting people or have them start taking a more active editing roles for the new people coming in.
"Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. [He] will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. [He] will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process."
Barack Obama — http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/"