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Comment: A Couple Things to Consider (Score 1) 360

by jrieth50 (#22935196) Attached to: What Kind of Alternate Business Models Could ISPs Use?
1) If they're overselling their capacity and pocketing the difference now, what makes you think they won't equally overcharge and under-serve customers in a pay per megabyte system.

2) As bandwidth increases and the bandwidth necessary to run XYZ application increases steadily over time, when am I assured that prices will change accordingly? A pay per megabyte system on my current DSL line would look significantly different if I was being offered FIOS or a competing fiber service. And 5 years from now, this will look different again. Without competition forcing providers to price down, I could agree to a per-megabyte price that is excellent for YouTube, but is going to blow when I start downloading movies on my 360. Or I could get a plan that's great for downloading movies on my 360 today, and next year is going to seriously hurt when I have a device to download HD quality video. You think the big telco's are complaining now about streaming video, wait until Youtube is regularly serving H264 and beyond.

I have about 100 objections to what the realities of this type of pricing would entail, but those two are good for starters.

MPAA Violates Another Software License 297

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-a-little-cold dept.
Patrick Robib, a blogger who wrote his own blogging engine called Forest Blog recently noticed that none other than the MPAA was using his work, and had completely violated his linkware license by removing all links back to the Forest Blog site, not crediting him in any way. The MPAA blog was using the Forest Blog software, but had completely stripped off his name, and links back to his site. He only found about it accidentally when he happened to visit the MPAA site.

+ - Microsoft Wants Patent on Indentation

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theodp writes "Throw some text in a worksheet, make the columns small, and color the cells to denote a hierarchy. Like this. That, my friend, may constitute patent infringement for the next twenty years if the USPTO grants Microsoft the patent it's seeking for Minimizing Indenting (actual patent image). Just one more example of how Microsoft's lawyers are making the world a better place through more joyful and inclusive design."

+ - Google Search Screws Over SomethingAwful.com

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An anonymous reader writes "You may have heard of the humour website SomethingAwful.com. Apparently, for all of their long history they've been having a problem where their website is listed far down Google's results (often last) for searches related to the site (such as the names of features and articles on the site). For example, when I google for "Photoshop Phriday", the site isn't in the first ten pages of results, despite the fact that Google has indexed the relevent page. In fact, the first result is a noproxy.us proxied version of the relevant page, and the rest of the results are blog and forum entries referring to Something Awful. (Results are apparently better on many non-English versions of Google, however.)

It's far from clear what's causing this; the site's PageRank is apparently fine. Attempts to contact Google have fallen on deaf ears and dumb autoresponders. The site was even recently redesigned in the hope of fixing the problem, with no luck so far. Is the world's most popular search engine really this broken, and how much money are people bringing in from knowing the black magic to work around it?"

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