Amazon Web Services has run out of servers. Or at least the special type of server it uses to power the new C3 instance type. C3 instances are “compute optimised” thanks to the presence of an Ivy Bridge Intel Xeon running at 2.8 GHz, along with a solid state disk. Launched at AWS's desert talkfest AWS re:invent back in November …
And in other Amazon news...
"Disney has decided to pull access to several purchased Christmas videos from Amazon during the holiday season, as the movie studio wants its TV-channel to have the content exclusively. Affected customers have seen their videos disappear from their online libraries, showing once again that not everything you buy is actually yours to keep."
Ahh DRM, is there no end to the misery it can cause?
Re: And in other Amazon news...
I don't like DRM either but to be fair this may have been in error:
>> Amazon blamed the removal on "a temporary issue with some of our catalog data" which it says has been fixed, adding that "customers should never lose access to their Amazon Instant Video purchases." It says the database error was unrelated to Disney's request.
One customer told the blog Boing Boing that the company gave him a different reason: "Amazon has explained to me that Disney can pull their content at any time and 'at this time they've pulled that show for exclusivity on their own channel.'" <<
Queue the lawyers; people paid for it and now being denied access to it all saw Disney can make some advertising dollars.
This is why content owners should not be allowed own broadcasting companies; it hurts competition.
Being paid for something that gets taken away...
You might get sued by Sony, that's their thing!
Just like banking, isn't it?
Content owners who own broadcast companies are just like the banks that do both traditional commercial/ consumer banking and investment banking, i.e. place bets, and expect bailouts when their bets fail in a big way. What we are seeing here in the nutcase USofA cable TV market are owners of cable channels pushing the content that they own to the exclusion of others and to be boringly boringly repetitive, showing the same films over and over. Worse yet, sometimes same fare is playing at the same time on two different channels, owned by the same content owner, of course. When one complains to the companies broadcasting the various cable channels, they shrug and say they can do nothing, because they only DELIVER the content. And the cable broadcasting companies have conveniently gerrymandered the country so that each one has a monopoly in a specific geographic area, town or city or whatever. Netflix and viewing TV shows without commercials (or fewer of them) never looked so good.
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