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Comment Re:Why notSimultaneous release toTheaters and iTun (Score 1) 46

There is a word for such behavior: Price Gouging.

"Price gouging" is just the free market at work. Movie rentals are far from a necessity, so if you don't want to pay what the market will bear, then don't rent it. Government intervention to prevent "price gouging" is only justified in emergency situations, such as the aftermath of natural disasters, and even then it often does more harm than good. Gasoline shortages after Hurricane Sandy lasted several days longer than necessary because government imposed price controls disincentivized fuel deliveries. Low prices don't help when the storage tank is empty.

Comment Re:What is pushed aside? (Score 4, Insightful) 70

Ok..well, the civility has broken down greatly over the past 20 years or so...

By every measurable criteria, the opposite has happened. Crime has gone down. Violent crime has gone down even more. Formerly marginalized groups are doing better.

That and parents not raising their kids to respect others over the past 30 years...

Can you point to any actual evidence that kids today are less respectful than they were in 1986?

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 3, Interesting) 214

I would say it's a large percentage, actually. In fact I was astounded to find out a few years ago that college-age kids quite often listen to music exclusively on youtube while they are working on homework or hanging out in their flats. An astounding waste of bandwidth but it doesn't matter.

But comparing percentage of users is kind of silly. Yes 100% of spotify users are there for the music. A certain percentage of youtube users are there for the music as well, but the question is how many of them in total? I would not be surprised if youtube's total viewership that was there for music at any one time was greater than spotify's.

That said, how many billions would the record companies think is fair? 2? 10? infinity? Obviously I'd like a much greater salary too. But the market decides the fair price and if that doesn't match their greed, so be it.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 214

Cut out the greedy RIAA pigs and give the money straight to the artist.

The RIAA represents the labels and distributors. There is no requirement for musicians to sign with a label, or to use a distributor. The are completely free to go-it-alone, and many do. However, many independent artists would leap at the change to sign with a label, since 10% of something is better than 100% of nothing.

It is common for creative people to assume that they create the only value that matters, and that marketing, promotion, and distribution are all worthless.

Comment Re:Not the reason Apple is behind in AI (Score 1) 25

Poor A/C, it's not a super computer.

Actually, it is. Until the early 1990s, a "super computer" was a really fast computer. That is not true anymore. Today a "super-computer" is big array of commodity CPUs and/or GPUs. You can rent these by the hour or minute from AWS or Google.

The current version of Watson runs on a cluster of 90 Power7 CPUs with 8 cores each, and a total of 16 TB of RAM.

Comment Re:Trump's job just got easier (Score 2) 31

No patent protection on tech manufactured overseas?

Different things are patentable in different countries. For instance, America allows patents on software, and DNA sequences. Many other countries do not. There are also issues of jurisdiction. In this case the infringing product was sold in the UK, so maybe it should be resolved in British courts.

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