reversible physicist writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued spoon-bender Uri Geller for using "baseless copyright claims" to silence critics who question his paranormal powers. Brian Sapient posted on YouTube a 14-minute excerpt from the 1993 PBS NOVA program "Secrets of the Psychics," in which magician James Randi says Geller's spoon-bending feats were simple tricks. YouTube took down the video after Geller complained — his lawyers claim that 10 seconds of the video are owned by Geller. A shorter excerpt is still up on YouTube.
The choice of which high-definition disc format to use was "kind of made for us, so everything we are replicating right now is in the HD DVD format," said Robby D, a director at popular adult film maker Digital Playground Inc. "As far as I understand, Sony has said to the replicators that if you replicate adult, you'll lose your license."
Many believe that Sony's Betamax video tape format, while technologically superior to VHS, died because the adult movie industry was barred from using Betamax, noted Jake Richter, an analyst at Jon Peddie Research. "Is Sony doomed to repeat one of the mistakes of the past? It seems like that may be the case," he wrote in a report."
For a variety of reasons related to consumer demand, social dynamics, regulatory conditions, and product development priorities, mobile media is developing far faster outside of North America. Consumers, for their part, seem to be unaware of the faster and more advanced mobile media services available in other countries. As a consequence, they respond with amazement to products and services that have become commonplace in Japan, South Korea and many parts of Europe. The limited North American understanding of the fascinating developments in mobile media available overseas means, in turn, that companies are not being pressed by consumers to expand the pace and nature of product innovation.
It is easy to understand the enthusiasm for iPhone. One wonders what the reaction would be like if young consumers really knew what they were missing.