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Comment I'm kind of surprised they don't do more tie-ins. (Score 1) 309

I'm not talking advertising tie-ins, but why not do additional story lines available for streaming purchase? Especially in those big ensemble superhero movies that are always so narratively cluttered because they have to give you a thin slice of so many characters.

Comment Re:I am going to say this just once. (Score 1) 216

Artists make money when you go to their show, buy a ticket, and buy swag from the booth. They might even make money off the CD sales at the concert booth.

This is generally true regardless of whatever deal they signed with a record company. Also, performing is most of the work that a performer should be doing. So it makes sense.

If they write their own songs, they also get paid when it plays on the radio.

Artists who complain about their record deal should be touring more. They're not really even in the "record" business.

Comment Re: Here's an idea (Score 1) 216

If the RIAA vanished tomorrow, new mechanisms would form to help people find music they like. And those new mechanisms would be better for both the artists and listener.

Or worse. Some places have mechanisms where people who listen to music have their heads removed from their torsos.

If a group of people is vanishing, I have a few questions before I know if it is better or worse.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 216

I'm sitting here listening to Rolling Stones recordings from the 70s, and I was reading their history on wikipedia... they got their first UK chart hit by having fan club members buy the single at the record shops that were being polled for the chart! LOL That's what let them get bookings outside of London. They were way ahead of the game. The labels didn't have the payola locked up yet, so their band manager was able to finagle that stuff directly.

One of my other common listening choices is the Clancy Brothers. They were folk fans trying to be theater actors in NY, they opened a theater and production company and they only starting performing as a folk act to promote their venue. Commercial success as a promo was hoped for, but artistic success and recognition was perhaps a (welcome) surprise.

The money doesn't bother me. I also listen to Madonna, her money doesn't bother me either.

What people don't realize is that when their friend tells them about a show somewhere, it was probably promoted to them using money. "Word of mouth" often consists of happy customers simply repeating the ad copy for free to their friends. People miss that part.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 3, Insightful) 183

Well, I dunno. It seems like blaming Fitbit for Pebble's financial failure.

Let's take a consequentialist view of matters. If the rule is you have to buy the whole business and continue to operate it, even though it's losing money, Pebble goes out of business and it's customers and debt holders suffer. If you can sell of just the good bits without the obligation to continue running the failing as before, the customers suffer but the debt holders get some relief. Which approach is better?

Comment No Fitbit then (Score 1, Troll) 183

Legalities aside, if this is how Fitbit treats existing customers now during an acquisition, I have no faith they'll do any better on their other products whenever they can get out of it.

I've seen some Garmin products at the store - probably I'll get one of those instead. At least they have a reputation for long-term support of their products.

Comment Re:127 Mill Maintenance robot vs 4 Billion AF1 (Score 2) 37

Well, it's actually $3.75 billion. And it's not one, but two aircraft, so that's 1.875 billion apiece. That's to ensure the executive branch can function in a military crisis while one of the planes is being service.

Deduct 375 million apiece for the airframe, and we're talking 1.5 billion dollars in customization for each aircraft, including aerial refueling capabilities, which on a two-off job is a craft job; no economies of scale. Add defense and countermeasure capabilities that Air Force is extremely close-lipped about. Is there a actual escape pod on Air Force One like in the movie? Well probably not, but I'm sure the idea was at least contemplated. However it's pretty certain that if someone locks onto AF1 with a targeting radar the aircraft will have options that a stock 747-8 doesn't.

Next outfit each one so it can function as a replacement for the West Wing and the Situation Room for up to two months -- that's a deducible requirement based on the known fact that the aircraft stores 2000 meals for 100 people. That means three-of-a-kind electronics and communications systems (one for each airframe and one for the actual White House).

Is 3.75 billion too much for that? Probably. But it's hard to think of any weapon development program since WW2 that is less extravagant.

By that standard 127 million for an orbital repair robot is an almost inconceivable bargain, even if you factor in a 5x cost overrun.

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