I have to agree, I wouldn't be surprised if we are only getting part of the story. It wouldn't really make sense for Google to give someone the power to delete any video they saw fit, and obviously that's not how its being used seeing as this is the first mention we have heard of this secret deal. It seems more likely that they gave UMG delete privileges on the grounds that they only be used on things they have copyrighted. Some mindless office drone at UMG made the mistake of deleting it and Google didn't catch it in time to restore it.
Google has learned that creating a quality product without being sued is not an easy task and sometimes you have to shake hands and play nice with other corporations. There are groups of people who flag videos as inappropriate just because they don't like the message in it and yet no one called Google evil for giving stupid people sitting at home the ability to get videos taken down.
Computers are far more powerful and should be able to demolish consoles in performance but they don't. With all the mobile technology advancements consoles now have the oppertunity to really rival desktop performance since consoles seem to be so much more efficient in playing games. As long as the console developers compete on price the average person will likely prefer to just buy one of the three main consoles at a few hundred dollars than look through the thousands of "gaming computers" available ranging from the same price as a console to up and over a thousand dollars.
The mouse and keyboard keep many gamers on the computer but developers could easily start supporting mouse and keyboard for consoles. At this point it seems like if Steam wasn't around the PC game market would be anywhere near as large as it is now.
I may have not expressed my stance correctly. I do not deny climate science but we are constantly learning more. To state that everyone who believes in "Global Warming" is in agreement on what it actually implies would be very ignorant. I have heard so many (sometimes contradicting) views on what causes global warming and what it will lead to, that I have a hard time developing a stationary stance against them.
What I should have stated more clearly is that I am thankful to climate science. Smog in LA had reached unacceptable conditions and were only getting worse. Desiring to lessen the damage we are doing to our world is very admirable. That is, in moderation. We are still learning how everything that influences our climate work together, only in recent years have we noticed that things such as sun spots may have a profound influence.
I simply do not want a scientist to get carried away and do some permanent damage. If we start to see dramatic changes in climate then I will argue that we need to look in to a solution. However, recently the weather has been fairly nice where I live and I don't think we need to jump the gun to "fix" it.
Seriously I can put up with this global warming hype as long as the scientists just use it to get free grants, but they better not start getting carried away and actually screwing stuff up.
I can totally see it in 100 years when we have caused an ice age after releasing something in to the atmosphere in an attempt to stop global warming.
Lets just sit back and see what happens, I remember not to long ago when people were afraid of global cooling.
Except that here apple is clearly not out to make a new standard, this is for their products only and they have shown many times before that they don't like to share. Sony will come up with their own and apple will sue them anyway and we can add 5 new cases to the list of patents being brought to court.
They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos