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8 People Buy "I Am Rich" iPhone App For $1,000

tommertron Re:Reason why? (684 comments)

Sorry, I meant Brick and Mortar stores selling physical goods. To be honest, I've never actually tried this with software bought at stores.

more than 6 years ago



Google's Daycare Fiasco

tommertron tommertron writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tommertron writes "The NY Times is running an interesting article on Google's recent troubles with their daycare policy and pointing to it as another sign that the company is further swaying from its 'don't be evil' mantra. To reduce the long wait list for their lavish daycare program, Google increased the fees by 75%, making it around d 57,000 a year per child. According to the article, "Its teachers have to be the best. Its toys have to be the most advanced. If it costs a lot of money to provide the Greatest Day Care on Earth, well, that's life.""
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Pay $5 a Month for legal firesharing?

tommertron tommertron writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tommertron writes "According to the Toronto Star, The Songwriters Association of Canada has made a fairly innovative proposal to compensate artists and not punish their customers. They propose a voluntary payment of $5 a month on users' Internet bills which would then make it legal for them to download music on peer-to-peer services. According to former BTO singer Randy Bachman, "I wholeheartedly believe that this model for file-sharing should be embraced in all countries ... With dwindling record sales because of the thievery, this might be the new paradigm of income source for all songwriters.""
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tommertron tommertron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tommertron writes "I recently discovered the great, versatile, open source VLC Media Player and I've become a real convert. The fact that it can play almost any media file and has a ton of different options is a big draw. But I'd really like to have a way to organize and launch all of the videos that I have, and then launch in any program I want (preferably VLC). It would have to be able to watch certain folders for new movies, and be able to remember what I've seen and what I haven't so that I can remember to watch all the videos I've downloaded or created. Kind of like the way iTunes sorts music, but something that isn't such a memory hog and that can play more than one type of video format. A VLC plugin would be great, but I can't seem to find one. Any suggestions?"

tommertron tommertron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tommertron writes "Steve Jobs has posted what is ostensibly a response to Europe's wish to open up the iPod and iTunes Music store. Jobs argues that the technical limitations of licensing Fairplay to competitors make it impractical and almost impossible to implement in a secure way. He then puts pressures on the record companies themselves, saying that the answer is to allow music stores to sell unrestricted, DRM-free music on the Internet. He says that "this is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat," if only the music companies would allow it. It seems like this is a public calling out of the record companies. Will this result in a DRM-free year, as some have suggested for 2007?"

tommertron tommertron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tommertron writes "The Toronto Star has an article about Fox demanding that a Canadian independent theatre company shut down their production of "Swiss Family Guy Robinson", a retelling of the famous story featuring characters from Family Guy. The odd thing is that Fox was aware of and never shut down another recent and popular show called "MacHomer" merging the story of Macbeth with Simpsons characters. Usually on Slashdot, we see a lot of stories about corporations battling file-sharers, but this is also an interesting battleground in the intellectual property-rights arena."

tommertron tommertron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tommertron writes "The New York Times has an article about how the record labels, frustrated with slowing CD sales, have started pressuring new musicians they sign on to fork over a cut of their concert and tee-shirt revenues. This is of course, after the artists pay a cut of their revenue to their agents and Ticketmaster. Apparently suing dead old ladies isn't a big enough second source of revenue for the record labels anymore."



If anyone's reading this...

tommertron tommertron writes  |  more than 11 years ago Okay, so I made one post which got branded as flamebait, even though I honestly wasn't trying to flame bait, and now my default score is zero because of my bad karma! And I'm not getting modded up because no one's seeing my post!

Seriously, can anyone help me out on how to get out of this rut? I really want to contribute more to /.

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