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Comment Re:Not a monopoly. (Score 1) 218

"a platform that is pretty much the other biggest half of the market and in an explosive growth market in general."

this is the crux of it tho. Apple provides more than just a payment processing system. they provide access to 100+ million users who can pay with a single click, and more importantly have shown their willingness to do so.

This is what they are charging 30% for access to.

Up until now these services have been getting a free ride, and they all know exactly how valuable access to that market is worth. They are absolutely willing to pay to access that segment, now we are just seeing the beginning of the negotiations.

Apple says 30%, all the companies reply with 'we cant afford that .. waaahhh!' . some will even pull their apps. In the end, both Apple and the app developers will find some equilibrium. (ie if enough people pull their apps, or the Last.fms of the world can foment enough bad public opinion then apple will lower the cut. If and Rhapsody pull their apps, I pretty much guarantee that someone who can make money from those 100million users will fill their place.)

this is how business works. if you want a prime retail location, then it will cost you premium fees, and you make it up with greater customer traffic.

so a better analogy might be:

each paycheck you get $1000. you can keep that (ie not put your app on the iDevices)

or instead each paycheck will be $700. but you will get three times as many paychecks.

Which one do you choose?


Treading the Fuzzy Line Between Game Cloning and Theft 235

eldavojohn writes "Ars analyzes some knockoffs and near-knockoffs in the gaming world that led to problems with the original developers. Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and flOw, discusses how he feels about the clones made of his games. Chen reveals his true feelings about the takedown of Aquatica (a flOw knockoff): 'What bothers me the most is that because of my own overreaction, I might have created a lot of inconvenience to the creator of Aquatica and interrupted his game-making. He is clearly talented, and certainly a fan of flOw. I hope he can continue creating video games, but with his own design.' The article also notes the apparent similarities between Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City (the two most popular Facebook games). Is that cloning or theft? Should clones be welcomed or abhorred?"

Submission + - How do we stop the decline and fall of humanity?

gbutler69 writes: "I've been a long-time lurker here on Slashdot. I've only occasionally posted in response to various subjects. One thing I've come to realize is that there are a lot of really intelligent and thoughtful people who read and respond to articles on Slashdot. It is with this in mind, that I come here to ask this very serious question.

Recently, I've become involved in a government project to install "Radiation Detectors" in ports entering the U.S. as well as ports in other countries leaving for the U.S. The system is designed to "scan" cargo containers for Radioactive Materials. Ostensibly, the "system" will prevent "terrorists" from smuggling dirty bombs and whatnot into the U.S. in order to disrupt "our" way of life.

In working on this project, I've met a number of people who work for the DOE (Department of Energy) and various government labs and contractor firms. All of them are intelligent and talented people who I sincerely believe have the best of interests of the nation (and even the world) at heart. They all seem to realize that "this" is not what is needed. They would all rather be working on solving the energy problems. None that I've spoken with seem to have any serious belief that there is really any seriously viable alternative to the worlds energy needs as the oil runs dry.

The more I read about the subject of "Peak Oil" and the more I speak with those who would be most likely to have a solution to the problem, the more it seems that there really isn't any viable solution.

It seems apparent to me, that if "we" do not find a solution for the energy needs of the world SOON, then humanity will inevitably fall into decline. The world cannot support the current population if energy continues to become more and more scarce.

People will not just go silently into the night as resources begin to dry up. Food will become ever more expensive and scarce. People will freeze to death in the winter. There will be massive dislocations of populations and extensive famines. Disease will run rampant.

Of course there will be isolated pockets of civilization that manage to corner certain "energy" production/harvesting methods (maybe some nuclear, some wind, some solar, etc, etc). But, for the most part, there will be a massive energy shortage and people will "Die"! Many will die at the hands of others at people panic and try to survive.

Population will decline. Civilizations will crumble. Humanity will die. We will never conquer the solar system, much less the Galaxy. We will be extinct!

My question is this:

        Does anyone have any reasonable evidence to show that this will not happen? What I mean is, what are the alternatives for energy that can stop this from happening?

Sorry, but saying, "They'll figure it out" is not going to cut it. Waving hands and saying "if this" and "if that" followed by "then if this works" and so on and so on is not an answer.

Seriously, what are the alternatives? What are the numbers? Where is the evidence that there is any serious alternative for when the oil runs dry?"

Submission + - DMCA Stupidity - The Kent Hovind Debacle On Youtub (

mrneutron2003 writes: Once again we find another overwhelmingly obvious reason to point out why the DMCA is a bad law. The radical christian group, Creation Science Evangelism led by convicted felon tax-evader Kent Hovind , has used a loophole in the DMCA to force Youtube to take down videos that are in the public domain simply because they do not like what their detractor's have to say. The way the DMCA is structured, companies like Youtube are required by U.S. Law to remove content immediately without the necessity for review, placing the (rather expensive to fight) legal burden on the supposed infringor of the DMCA , in this case The Rational Response Squad , who has seen their account terminated for rebutting Kent Hovind's insanity.

Submission + - 802.11n May Never Happen Due to Patent Concerns

afabbro writes: The Register is reporting that the 802.11n standard is imperiled because the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization has refused to submit a Letter of Assurance, promising not to sue those who implement the standard. "...the realisation that CSIRO holds essential patents, and has failed to provide a Letter of Assurance as required by the IEEE, could prevent the standard ever being finalised."
The Internet

Submission + - The Pirate Bay Files Suit Against Big Media 1

Join the Pirate Party writes: "Having found the necessary proof via the leaked MediaDefenders documents, the Pirate Bay is filing suit against the big record and movie labels operating in Sweden who have allegedly been paying professional hackers, saboteurs and DDoSers to destroy their trackers. They also claim to have filed a police report."
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Submission + - NBC drops the other shoe ( 2

stekylsha writes: NBC has managed to figure out this internut thing after all. In a brilliant move, reminicent of Napoleon and his attack on Russia, NBC has decided to sell their award winning shows themselves which "NBC executives say they expect to become a viable competitor to iTunes." From the article:

"The NBC service, called NBC Direct, will begin a testing period in October with plans to be operational in November. The service will allow customers to download full episodes of NBC shows for seven days on Windows-based PCs. The file will expire after the seven days."

One must wonder why this business model hasn't been tried before.

Comment Re:deservedly (Score 2, Interesting) 361

>>> having hired ..... 250 computer science PhD candidates in Redmond alone..."

this is the problem. i dont know how many of you ahve worked with CS doctorates, but they are some of the most obtuse people i know, and dont generally have any idea what it is the average person wants or needs. (which, imho is what drives this industry)

contrast this with apple, who employ top knotch designers to come up with the ideas, and then hire the big brains to implement it.

a good example might be apple's new 'time machine' feature which allows for incremental backups and easy recovery. technically MS has had somethign like this for a while now (probably designed by some giant-brained CS PhD) but it is not very user friendly (so not user friendly that i had never even heard of it because nobody i know uses it) whereas, apple took that concept and actualyl made it 'useful' to the general populous, and that i think is where technological innovation is.

(i am not an apple fanboi, just using them as a contrast to MS, i think there are tons of innovative companies out there, but i have to honestly say that i dont believe MS is one of them, they might create/invent new technologies, but innovation requires a little something extra that MS seems a bit short on)

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