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Chip and PIN has not been popular in the U.S., the former because the retailers didn't want to spend the money on new terminals and the latter because it's an extra step in the process (although debit card users have to enter a PIN today), but that's all changing because after the security breaches at Target, Home Depot and other retailers, the credit card companies have told the retailers they have to change their terminals by some upcoming date (I think it's this year)...
You've got it exactly right.   That's the key issue.   Except when there is substantial differentiation in a new model, people are not going to run out to buy it each year or even every other year when you have to pay regular prices.   Even subsidized, I'm shocked at the number of people who update every two years (or even every year).     I'm typing this on a late 2008 MacBook Pro that still works perfectly.  It's only seeming limitation is that it's not powerful/fast...
 (Again, I'm not a copyright lawyer, but I have designed software that details and clears rights, so I have just enough knowledge to be dangerous.) I don't think anyone is getting paid yet for pre-1972 digital performance rights under state law as all the cases are in the process of being appealed.     And yes, if the claimants win, and the writer and performer are the same, they would receive both publishing and performing fees, but note that only some performers own...
If you're talking only about "hits" and hits as songs that made the charts, you're not talking about that many songs:   between 1955 and 1999 only 23,144 songs made the Billboard Pop charts, although that doesn't include album tracks that weren't singles and didn't make the charts, "turntable hits", or songs that made the R&B/Soul, Country or Jazz charts that didn't make the Pop charts.    If we prorate that for 1955-1972, it's probably under 8000 songs.  If you take those...
While it might be good for a few things, this seeming desire to manipulate virtual objects with finger motions in the air seems absurd. Try holding your arm up in the air for extended periods of time while moving your fingers - it's actually stressful. Furthermore, accuracy has to be quite poor. Windows laptops that also happen to have a touch screen tend to drive me nuts - if I'm pointing at something on the screen to make a point to someone else, the screen thinks...
These suits are ridiculous.  Streets and buildings?    How about the very first edition of "Castle Wolfenstein" in the early 1980s on an Apple ][?    Horizontal navigation?   I was responsible for publishing a dinosaur game that had horizontal navigation on an Apple ][ also in the early 1980s.   As far as I'm concerned, concepts such as rooms, streets, horizontal navigation and geometric views of objects are all "obvious" and shouldn't be patentable, although the methods...
Most of that is total b.s.   We hear the same tired, racist, false stories every year.   Did King cheat on this wife?  Sure.   But he was not Caligula.   http://www.snopes.com/history/american/mlking.asp
They do and I think that's quite awful.   The current movie Selma couldn't use any of King's actual speeches because the family apparently sold the rights to Steven Spielberg for another film.    I would have thought that anything spoken in a public forum by a public person in which press was present would have entered the public domain.   But regardless of what Apple does on their home page, I think this day does little to remember King properly.   What I did notice is...
That happened to me once as well, but I managed to pry it off.   A forum for shoplifting huh?   Guess we shouldn't be surprised by anything anymore.   But assuming that Americans participated in that site, it just proves that we're just as amoral as anyone else.   (The late Abbie Hoffman (of Chicago 10 fame) once wrote a book called "Steal This Book".    It was featured in the window of the bookstore "Shakespeare & Co.".    I saw a guy pass by the window, see the book,...
Just in China?   Believe me, there's plenty of theft of all kinds in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Why do you think practically every single product in a clothing or electronics store in the U.S. has security tags on it and frequently a security guard at the door as well?   Every single retailer builds "shrinkage" into the budget and only a small part of that is for damaged product - it's mostly about theft.  When I was a kid, there were no security tags and no one guarding the...
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