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Comment: Re:Accepting a story from Florian Meuller? (Score 1) 110

They are committed when it impacts large contracts.

Seen stuff in the news lately regarding the push for open document standards on the web? Governments are now specifying published government documents can not be propriety formatted. This forced Microsoft to support open formats or lose large contracts because Microsoft Office is not meeting specifications of the document requirements.

Compatibility with internet standards has forced open standards onto Microsoft for a long time from TCP/IP over NetBios, to NTP, Remember when Microsoft had Windows for Workgroups? The Internet put them at risk of a end run past them. They had to adapt or die.

There are numerous other examples where Microsoft does not own the standard in use where their solution was forced to the back to die.

Comment: Re:Free advertising (Score 2) 218

by Technician (#49468307) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

I think the radio stations should start charging labels for airplay advertising to recoup the increased cost of program material. Advertising is already starving radio stations as media is moving online. About the only ones listening to over the air radio anymore is commuters trying to wake up and catch the traffic report. Now that Google Maps has added the real time traffic overlay on maps, even that is going away as people use a cell GPS to avoid traffic gridlock.

How many homes no longer have a home stereo system with a radio turner? It's video at home or online streaming to cut the 10 song loop may stations play. Dilute that with an over stuffed advertising bundle and you see the problem. Even on weekends, many radio stations pretty much shut down operations and play infomercials to kill time normal advertisers wont support enough to keep the lights on.

If you are a radio station, your prime time audience is only from 6-9 AM and 3-6PM. Everything else is repeat programming.

Comment: Re:You have to be careful (Score 1) 173

We have some limited recycling in San Diego, but it doesn't create potable water. Most of our waste water is treated and discharged into the ocean.

There has been discussion about building water recycling plants but there is a lot of FUD created about it by the reactionary opposition. I think their successful labeling of it as "toilet to tap" has been especially damaging to attempts to move forward with the idea.

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