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Comment: Re:Simple reason (Score 1) 490

by rbf2000 (#31285444) Attached to: The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo

You could always go the lifetime service route. It adds $400 to the upfront cost ($300 for any subsequent TiVo).

With a $20/month DVR rental fee and $5/month CableCard rental fee you'd break even in less than four years. Even sooner if you bought multiple TiVos with lifetime service plans.

I would estimate that you can reasonably expect a TiVo to last about 5 years, so in the long run it's cheaper to buy TiVo and you get a much better experience.

Comment: The Irony is Better Than the Content (Score 1) 73

by rbf2000 (#27526045) Attached to: MP3 of RIAA Argument Available Online
I downloaded it earlier this morning and listened to it this afternoon.

What's amazing to me is that they can spend over 45 minutes discussing what seems to me to be a matter this simple. But I guess this is exactly how lawyers make their money, says the prospective law student.

PS, I think I created a torrent TPB

Comment: Re:Big brother knows where you are (Score 1) 259

by rbf2000 (#26729375) Attached to: Google Maps To Add 'Friend' GPS Tracking
The government could always see where you were whether or not you wanted them to.

Having Google Latitude at least makes people aware that, even without GPS, it is possible to see where you are as long as your phone is on. The difference is that now, in addition to the government being able to see you, a select group of friends that you opt-in can also see where you are.
Businesses

+ - Study contradicts RIAA on cause of CD sales drop

Submitted by IBuyManyCd
IBuyManyCd (666) writes "A new research paper (PDF) published in the Journal of Political Economy contradicts the RIAA claim that illegal downloading is the main reason for the 25% drop in CD sales.
A quick overview of the article is presented on the University of Chicago Press site: Downloads are not the primary reason for the decline in music sales. "Researchers from Harvard and Kansas find that impact of P2P sharing on U.S. music sales is "statistically indistinguishable from zero".
The overview also quotes:
"We match an extensive sample of downloads to U.S. sales for a large number of albums", write Felix Oberholzer-Gee (Harvard University) and Koleman Strumpf (University of Kansas). "While file sharers downloaded billions of files in 2002, the consequences for the industry amounted to no more than 0.7% of sales."
The author compiled data on nearly 50,000 music downloads of popular songs (on pop charts) and across eleven genre from 2 major P2P servers. They then compared these with the same pop chart songs CD sales, "it is striking to see that more than 60% of the songs in our sample are never downloaded".
This underlines what many online users have lived first hand. If an album is good enough, reaching the pop chart, it will gladly be bought by fans."
Music

+ - Gizmodo Declares March "Boycott The RIAA"

Submitted by
Ryan Draga
Ryan Draga writes "Tech Bloggers, Gizmodo, are declaring March "Boycott the RIAA Month"

From the article: "The RIAA has the power to shift public policy and to alter the direction of technology and the Internet for one reason and one reason alone: it's totally loaded. Without their millions of dollars to throw at lawyers, the RIAA is toothless. They get their money from us, the consumers, and if we don't like the way they're behaving, we can let them know with our wallets.""
Google

+ - YouTube set to filter content

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Computer world reports that Google is racing to head off a media industry backlash over its video Web site YouTube and will soon offer antipiracy technologies to help all copyright holders thwart unauthorized video sharing. But YouTube has also said the process of identifying copyrighted material is not automated and requires the cooperation of media company partners."

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