Wish I had saved some of the points I had yesterday for you.
Overselling is a horrible tactic, and I'd like to see it done away with too. I understand that we aren't paying for dedicated 10Mbps, but they can't expect 20Mbit to cover more than 5 people reliably. I'd love to know what their actual load ratios are.
More importantly, this is not just a "peak traffic" issue with Bell. They significantly downgrade a large portion of traffic from 4pm to 2am. That's almost half the day! It is neither "narrowly targetted" nor "minimally interfering."
Pretty disgusting, if you ask me.
I don't mind Text Only ads in out of the way places on a page. Gmails right-side ads don't bother me at all, and often include actually helpful links.
What I do mind, is Graphic Ads that disrupt the layout of the page, or the flow as I am scrolling to read. Completely unacceptable.
I would be willing to allow select pages to display text ads that are carefully placed to minimize interference if I only want the content while at the same time providing helpful suggestions when I might want them. Is that too much to ask? I think it might be...
I'm surprised it didn't appear in this discussion at all (that I could find when searching the text). They are effectively letting you borrow a used game for a week for $10, then cycling it again.
I don't think Blockbuster would be to happy to hear that a given console publisher (or all of them) has opted for digital distribution only. I'd be pretty pissed too, because then I wouldn't get to play games that are fun but not worth buying, just a rental.
from the this-could-be-huge dept.
tsa writes "The European Department of Justice has decided that the Danish company Lego does not have exclusive rights to the lego building block anymore (sorry, it's in Dutch). Lego went to court after a Canadian firm had made blocks that were so like lego blocks that they even fit the real blocks made by Lego. The European judge decided that the design of the lego blocks is not protected by European trademarks and so anyone can make the blocks." If true, hopefully this will open doors for people interested in inexpensive bulk purchase of bricks of specific sizes and colors. Perhaps at long last I can build a life-sized Hemos statue for my office.
from the slash-dev-slash-random dept.
lgmac writes "Think Windows Azure is a stupid name? Ever wonder how iPod, BlackBerry and Twitter got their names? Author Tom Wailgum goes inside the process of creating tech product names that are cool but not exclusionary, marketable, and most of all, free of copyright and trademark gotchas. Here's the scoop on ten iconic tech products and how they got their monikers, plus a chat with
the man responsible for naming Azure, BlackBerry, and more. (What's the one he wishes he'd named but didn't? Google.)"
British and Dutch police shut down what they say is one the world's biggest online sources of pirated music Tuesday and arrested the Web site's 24-year-old suspected operator. ...
The IFPI said more than 60 major albums were leaked on OiNK so far this year, making it the primary source worldwide for illegal prerelease music.