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Comment Re:Oh for crying out loud (Score 4, Insightful) 325

You beat me to it.

So I guess the question for everyone is should Google (and others) be allowed to scan communications if they state clearly in their EULA what they are doing and why? Does the answer change when the communications include a parties that didn't accept the EULA?

Comment Re:As a US-only service (Score 1) 169

I agree but I'm not sure it is Hulu that decides what you can watch content on, how long it will be available, etc. It is in Hulu's best interest to let you watch as much content as you what, when you want, and where you want. My guess is the "owners" of the content come up with wacky DRM scenarios for Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and others to program around. These "owners" are just being greedy and looking for ways to charge more and/or stall while they try to figure out how to do streaming themselves.

The only reason I could think of that would cause Hulu and the others to want to make it difficult for customers to watch content is if they (Hulu et al) were paying each time we view a show/movie. Like Netflix does with but without the mail system delay to slow down our consumption.

Comment Re:THE END IS NIGH!!! (Score 1) 186

14.6M shipped is not the same as 14.6M sold at a profit. This is what matters unless they plan on using the gaming console model that relies on software sales after the initial purchase. Apple has a modified version of this with the iOS stuff. They sell their own hardware at full price and get a piece of every AppStore/iTunes sale.

Comment Re: Fine with me (Score 1) 274

You are correct.

Just analyzing profit is a myopic short term strategy. If you are losing market share and not correcting the problem you will be in for big surprise when the revenue curve drops suddenly and steeply.

You are increasing prices as your customer base drops. Eventually enough customers will catch on and leave. When the last of your customers can't afford your price increase they will be forced to leave and you will have none.

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