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Comment Re:Should Have Grown Organically (Score 1) 210

This is starting to sound much like any entrepreneurial idea.

In the business/tech world you can either grow organically, or accept venture capital to grow bigger, faster to try and take advantage of market opportunities.
To do so means you give up some rights, have to have some IP protection or something to help guarantee that the VC investment has a chance to pay off.
Most reasonable people don't expect everything to be free, but I think most are tired of the VC/Labels emptying your pocket for products that suddenly don't seem worth it which is why opensource is starting to take off, but also why some started pirating media. If the media cost and convenient access were inline with more inline with a majority of the population's thoughts, I think most would choose to buy the media rather then download illegally.

Instead of looking at 'pirates' as people stealing their product, they really should consider that a sale lost due to price/convenience offering. This is better then the business/tech world which can only guess at what their sales might be if they changed their price/convenience offers.
True some will never pay, but then there is nothing you'll ever get from them.

Comment Re:I foresee... (Score 1) 285

Sure looks like at least some of the patents they're filing seem to be new and or useful.
http://www.google.com/patents?scoring=1&q=%22Eastman+Kodak+Company%22&btnG=Search+Patents
Just because you don't see a fancy new product from Kodak showcasing some new patent technology doesn't mean they don't make anything.
Some companies do spend money on R&D to license that tech to companies who don't want to spend the R&D money.

Comment Re: "credible" threat? (Score 1) 515

Actually sometimes it just takes someone to be first to quit, just like it takes someone to be first to jump in.
The business is not worth the requirements, other industries may take a second look.

For instance
Toy manufacturers burned by recalls of leaded toys.
pet food makers burned by customer's pets dying from poisoned pet food.
Software, music, and movie producers having product pirated (on the mass production scale).
Electronics makers having products copied and sold or even counterfeited.

It doesn't mean companies will stop getting stuff made cheaply. Just not cheaply in China There are a number of other places cheaper then the US or Eastern Europe to outsource to without the number of problems that come up with China.
The fact that Google has the balls to stand up, lay out some demands (not going to censor), and be the first to potentially pull out sure does seem like challenging a superpower

Comment Re:Avoid Corn? Bahahahahahaha good luck (Score 1) 766

my meat does not have it

Are you sure? What did you 'meat' eat?

After watching Food, Inc. I've started looking for grass fed beef, and free range chicken meat.
Its a little tougher to find (not at the supermarket) and a can be quite bit more expensive.

Also this same issue can come up in products other then corn. Round up ready is also in Soy. I couldn't find much on other Round up Ready products, but a short google search showed Round up ready lettuce is on the way.

Comment Re:Except fo Course... (Score 1) 292

DRM == RENT

Which for the film industry would be fine as long as the cost is appropriate.

I really have no objection to the DRM on something I've paid a rental price for, which these days is moviesPerMonth/$9 which is my Netflix rental fee.
I've bought ~2 movies in the last 3 years with gift cards, and recieved 2 movies as gifts during the same time period.
I watch about that number of movies per month now with Netflix either by DVD or streaming.
If their methods increase what I can watch at the cost point (or near that cost point), I'd be fine.
If they think I'd pay $19.95 for something with those restrictions, they're further along the crazy path then I thought.

Comment Re:That is positively asinine. (Score 3, Insightful) 285

The hotel staff who told the vendors who did not have floor space, that here were no restrictions probably did not know the hotels had a contractual agreement with CES, specifically not to allow suites to be used by vendors who did not have floor space.

this should have been in any terms agreed to for renting the room, and would need to be done ahead of time. What if someone was showing product in their room that had nothing to do with CES? Also CES should have described this as a condition for attending the show (likely the vendors at least had tickets to go in so they could corral people back to their room).

This is more akin to pirating someones' signal and replacing their content with your own.

Not really, the 'other signal' was still there, its just the 'listener' now has more choice. I would liken it more to passing out CD's to people at a concert and/or near a concert for similar (but original) music.

In these cases, nothing the vendors did was illegal (nor CEA), the hotels had to breach their contracts (CEA contract and contract to rent the room to the vendor) and choose to breach the one that had less money at stake.

next year the vendors should hang the Do Not Disturb sign. Not that I'd want anyone I wasn't watching in the room with prototypes and potential business secrets in their anyways.

Comment Re:First post! (Score 1) 95

This is exactly what I've been thinking about.
The best use case for twitter to me really sounded like machine updates. Mostly because its the only application that seemed sustainable.
A person twittering sounds great and all, until that person suddenly is too busy to update and then its worthless to any followers.
Following a machine, or maybe an organization seemed much more on target.

Comment Re:What a great idea! (Score 1) 418

You forgot to mention the one other big reason to buy digitally.
You buy the piece you want. Sure buying all the songs at once (possibly on a CD even) is cheaper then buying one at a time.
iTunes, Amazon, Lala, all let you do this just like the store does.
The real value add for digitial distribution is in not paying $10 for an album of which you only want 2 songs. Instead you can pay $2 for the exact ones you want. You don't have that option with CDs in a store, at least not economically. Last I checked 'singles' (if they still make them) were about half the cost of the full album.

Comment Re:Threats are threats (Score 1) 806

First, this was one incident. Columbine and Virginia Tech had multiple incidents of expression.
Also, there are more choices then 'blow it off' and 'frisk and ban student'.
There's a whole bunch from sending a counselor to asking friends to cheer her up. If anyone had expressed any genuine concern to the students in the cases you mentioned, they might have found a method to vent with a smaller body count.

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