DirecTV Drops Viacom Channels
While a la carte would be nice, a lot of the channels bundled together would fail to grab enough viewers to make them economically feasible. You know that very few people will actually watch all 26 of those channels that Viacom has. Instead they'll opt to watch a two or three. Remove the bundling and all of the sudden the provider doesn't make enough money to keep airing all of those channels. A few might still make it, but a large portion of those channels would just cease to exist. When you lose channels, you lose variety and eventually you end up paying the same amount of money or more for a small subset of the channels you can get now with bundling.
Apple Fires Back At DoJ Over eBook Price Fixing
Apple Fires Back At DoJ Over eBook Price Fixing
Yes, because you know that those books available on Project Gutenberg were never sold, no one tried to buy one and it was only when they were available online for free that people tried to read them.
New Interface Could Wire Prosthetics Directly Into Amputees' Nervous Systems
They aren't by chance starting a company called Sarif are they?
Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside
Would a warp drive have the same affects on time for the observer as normal high speed travel would?
Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack
That's only if you choose to use the physical monitoring device. The amazon gift cards are for only using the Chrome browser extension.
Selling Used MP3s Found Legal In America
The computer didn't underline it red so it must be right!
The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers
This has little to do with offering better service and more to do with offering a product that is universally wanted. AT&T is typically regarded as the worst of the wireless carriers (in the US), but they still have the iPhone and have had it far longer than anyone else. Apple knows that people want the iPhone and can charge whatever they want for it and since the carriers know that people want the iPhone, they'll risk lower profit margins (per device) in the hopes of higher sales and hopefully come out ahead.
Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors
I've seen a couple of products at different stores that have the original UPC covered up with a store specific UPC that displays no useful information when you scan it with a phone. The product might be available online elsewhere, but it makes it really annoying to look up with your phone.
Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years
How dare you read TFA and talk sense...you should be banned.
Xbox 720 Might Reject Used Games
How would piracy work for XBOX games? Computers and their OS's are fairly malleable, you can either modify the system to ignore bad keys or modify the game to not need a key. But with XBOX being a fairly closed computer system, how would one bypass something like a CD Key that requires online validation (that would probably them by tied to your account),especially when you have no access to the game files? I'm sure it's possible, but what would be required to bypass such a system and could the average person who just wanted to play their friends game be able to do it?
Alternatively this could just lead to a more Steam like system and games would be attached to your account and allow you to download on any device and play as long as you were logged in. I wouldn't mind that as long as they had sales on games like steam does and an offline mode.
Apple Nets 350K Textbook Downloads In 3 Days
That's fine if you just want to learn University Physics on your own, but in college the professor will usually assign homework from problems in the book, which a comparable book won't have.
Also, for K-12, although the thought of being able to buy books for $15 sounds great I think the start-up/maint costs will be too much. Hardware will increase every year, and hardware requirements for software will increase to match that. You end up with 4-5 year lifespan before you have to buy new iPads because the old ones aren't compatible with new textbooks/educational software. Plus you add in the IT related costs of having to maintain a fleet of iPads along with replacements for breakage/insurance premiums. Most schools use books for many years before they replace them with newer editions.
I'm not trying to down play the how awesome it would be to go digital with textbooks, I just think with the resiliency of books and the cost of hardware this is not going to be the revolution apple thinks its going to be, right now anyway. (But then again, maybe I'm wrong)
VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years
I want to know how this is going to effect KVM switches. Do they support HDCP and will they increase in cost if they are required to for this? I haven't done any research on the topic so I really have no idea.
Post-9/11 DOJ Tech Project Dying After 10 Years?
that the government spending $356 million on a failed project doesn't sound like that much money anymore?
New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals
New Mexico was where LightSquared was testing their LTE system...
Forget Space Beer, Order Meteorite Wine Instead
I think I'll pass....we all know what happened to Cave Johnson.
Spotted Horses May Have Roamed Europe 25,000 Years Ago
I agree, I've seen the Geico commercials and cavemen enjoy many of the same activities that we do.
Quadruped CHEETAH Robot To Outrun Any Human
Sure it will:
Law 1: A robot must protect its own existence.
Law 2: A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Law 3: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm long as it does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Or did I get those flipped around? Either way, I think this will lead to a wonderful Robot Cheetah, Human relationship.
Stanford To Charge Reconnect Fee For DMCA Notices
Chico State has required that students pay a reconnect fee for about a year and a half now. If you want you can still come into the library and use one of the public computers, but if not you have to pay some 25 dollars to reconnect. It makes sense considering that if a campus computer continues to share copyrighted material, the school gets in trouble for it. The only reason schools do this is to cover their back. I personally don't want student fees to be raised because they have to pay the riaa or mpaa for lawsuits made against the for sharing copyrighted materials...
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