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Comment Penned Animals pestered by biting flies. (Score 1) 319

That is the correct analogy with respect to cable companies and customers. They send more flies to bite more often (higher fees), is it any wonder we are restive in our cages and when we break out of the cage, how reluctant we are to enter the cage again.
Cable companies only thought is how to make a stronger cage (restricted competition via continuation of retransmission fees).
Now we have the ability to have a cloud of DDT suppressing the flies ( diverse wide band internet suppliers, that will allow the netflix etc to completely replace broadcasters)

It is any wonder that more and more of us yearn to escape the flies.....?

Comment Re:Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Industr (Score 1) 519

In the old days, before Amazon, before the web, there were support staff, paid for by the margins on books and magazines.
Now huge numbers of scanned books are traded for free on line = zero profit on those. In addition, Amazon's buying power and pricing policies have meant that the book shops no longer have hose margins. People come and look and ask, then go home and buy on Amazon or get an online file.
Most magazines were sold far below the cost of printing, the ads paid the freight, and with paper magazines and story splitting there was enough ad readership to sustain the system.
If 100% of ads get blocked = zero to pay for the web site, the site will fold.

Solution:- Sites can now render the site as a full screen jpeg, with the ads as part of the picture, unblockable. All they need is a click detecting frame for each ad..
If the frame is blocked, the system will not render the jpeg = you can not see the site if you deny the frame.

This will be slower to render, but with wide band = doable.
The alternative = pay a fee to see a site.

There will be few altruists capable of funding a high volume site with zero revenue.

Comment Toss a Net (Score 1) 1197

I wonder if it would be possible to fabricate a compressed net that could be shot from a bow for 25-30 feet that would open up and foul the propellers, which would ground the drone with minimal destruction.
I agree with the property owners aggravation, but the use of a gunshot to deal with it is excessive.

Using google shows I am not alone.

Comment Re:diluting the market (Score 1) 249

For years the USA had a protected market. The lack of a foreign dealer market and parts support was a non tariff barrier to entry. There were also tariff barriers. Then the freight cost, since the handling cost was large.

Then a few large foreign makers decided to enter the market as a multi-year effort. The solved the parts and dealer probler, and developed RORO car carriers (RORO = Roll On - Roll off), where dedicated car carrying ships were made with the ability to drive cars onto special tracked and cleated decks, so each car could be tied down front and rear with fast latching equipment, they could be loaded as fast as drivers could drive them in with many entry points..

That cut the freight cost and delay down greatly .

Then they attacked the planned obsolescence concept, with cars that outlasted US cars by years. The USA tried to fight back with style changes, but the mileage laws that made the fleet efficiency increase over time, forced a streamlined efficiency = better drag co-coefficient = cars all started to adopt shapes mandated by the efficiency = look alike = less fashio,

Europeans and Asians have always wanted cars that lasted longer = less rust = better paint and galvanizing.

Comment Re:diluting the market (Score 1) 249

Yes, it was more important to waste money on workers wages and benefits, as the US auto industry went down the drain, than to make the vehicles a little better - thus opening the door to all those foreign cars that were better made, latsed longer etc, etc.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.