add tags of their friends in photos: something that'sndone more than 100 million times a day
And about 99 million of them are people tagging their "friends" names to "other" things like the back end of a horse for example.
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Is that the place you go to get a dent removed from you auto fender? or The Body Shop, the store that sells stinky stuff?
The Body Shop has a trademark that applies to stores selling stinky stuff (no bodies), but not to the generic term used by places that fix car bodies (www.arborbodyshop.com for example).
Here in Toronto I could see the suckers lined up across the street from my office. They stood outside the store for hours to buy their new toy. It didn't even sell out, I could have walked over after work and bought one if I wanted. Even if it did sell out, big deal wait a couple of days till they get more.
If you fall for the media hype and line up you ARE a sucker!
No kidding. Who is going to opt-in to be tracked and pillaged?
The only way their model works is to track everyone while pretending to offer some opt-out system that...
a. doesn't work.
b. is stored in a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory behind a door that said "Beware of the tiger"
c. if you figure out how to opt-out, will opt you in again the first time you miss a hidden check box
"Also, if Microsoft's "exorbitant licensing fees" have a "highly detrimental anticompetitive effect" on the market, as Barnes & Noble asserts, why are HTC and Amazon – which, as reported in their filing, have licensing agreements with Microsoft – doing so well in their respective smartphone and e-reader markets?"
You already answered your own question.
"These types of disputes tend to be settled in corporate conference rooms, with chunks of change changing hands."
The first few get it cheap, then they use the list of people who paid as proof that their claim must be good so you better pay too.
"The US Government said that it was up to the private sector to develop technologies that make online identities secure and easy to use, safeguard transactions, and protect anonymity"
So they are in effect going to put out a saucer of milk, and check in the morning to see if the elves have put together a system for them.
I don't think anyone expects the same "entity" to perform all roles. If you can't sell a patent outright you could still licence it non-exclusively. Right now an individual inventor has little choice but to sell a patent.
In days gone by you patented a complete product, now you patent little bits of it, how the bits connect, and the method of pushing the on button. You can't build something like a cell phone without licensing patents from others. So you have already removed all of the individual inventors and small startups as the big companies have all bought up big pools of patents and setup cross licence deals (including large numbers of crap patents) so that any innovative / upstart / disruptive new player is excluded.
They want news!
Earth quake? Na, they just had one someplace not long ago, and there have been lots of them anyway, boaring.
Tsunami? Didn't we just beat that one to death? Only 20k dead Zzzzzzz
Reactor melt down? This is only the third problem that people know about, and the last one was a big deal... lets big this up, it's real NEWS. It will sell lots of ads, it could be the best thing since the TEA PARTY!
It's one thing to look at the stuff you posted on FB and use if for stuff you don't want.
The real problem is that they take the stuff from your store points card, online tracking cookies, and data from all kinds of other sources and cross reference it.
Data that you provided to allow someone to provide a service is being used for something else without your ok. Your data is treated as a product that is owned by someone else.
"We believe consumers will be more prepared to make purchases on .XXX sites, safe in the knowledge their payments will be secure"
Don't forget that he will be running the only payment system allowed, and will be taking a cut from every sale (just to make sure it's safe or course) and if you have both .com and .xxx you have use his payment system for both.
He must have made a deal with Apple, he gets a cut of all the porn, Apple gets a cut of everything else.
Kids today have missed the whole experience of buying an album and finding it has two good tracks and a bunch of fluff.
Or buying The greatest "Hits" volume 1, 2 and 3 to get all 5 of the bands actual hits and 3 copies of all their fluff.
The poor kids don't know what they are missing.
"the average family sized fridge and freezer uses 240v AC just for the compressor to pump the gas around now and then, replace that as standard on all these with a simple and cheap 12v 2amp compressor"
You think you can get a fridge to run on 24 watts? Are you going to wrap it in 3' of fiberglass and only open it once a week?
Charge an old car battery with an old car alternator? Have you ever tried that? I rigged up an alternator to a bike and I can tell you that just to light up one headlight (55 W) you have to peddle like hell. you can just about forget human power for anything that draws more then a simple radio or flashlight. What next? Run your oven with a hampster wheel?
You are comparing apples and oranges.
If you walk in HMV and take a $20 DVD, HMV is out "REAL" money. The money they paid for the DVD (the studio don't really care as they got their money), something like $12, so they will have to sell two more discs to make up that loss. There is also $8 in "maybe" money that they might have got if they were able to sell the DVD, but it's only maybe as they might have had to return it on stock balance or bargain bin it if no one bought it.
If you download the same movie from some torrent site there is no "REAL" money. No one has less money then they had before you downloaded the movie (unlike HMV in the example above). There is only "maybe" money. If you couldn't download it maybe you would buy a copy, or rent it, or watch it on pay TV... But maybe you would not watch it at all, or as others have said maybe you like it so much after downloading it that you will buy a copy where you would not have before seeing it.
HMV know the number of items that walk, and they know number they sell, and what they pay for them in real money. They CAN calculate how much they need to charge, and how much to spend on cameras and sensor tags and such.
You can't calculate maybe money*.
How much extra are you going to charge because maybe someone didn't buy it? Who is going to charge extra? The studio? HMV? Both?
If you charge more will the people who actually buy keep buying the same number of items (pay you more in total) or just spend the same and buy fewer items? Or buy less, or nothing and spend their money on beer? (the amount of money people have is fixed)
*The studios guess. They pull a number out of their ass (a big one) then multiply it by another number they pull out of their ass because the first number was probably too low, then multiply it by the SRP and say they lost $6 bizzillion and it's a loss of 214,341 jobs and funds terrorists, and other bad stuff...
If a program is available in one Country (East Enders and Dr. Who are on CBC in Canada for example) will the BBC block them for users in that Country? If they also include stuff that's only available on cable TV (that I can't even get) then this could end up as a chocolate tea pot.
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