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Gol-Gol-Gol Gooaaaalll! Univision's Soccer Win: Spanish-Language Network's Announcers Lure Fans From ESPN [Washington Post]
More people -- both Spanish- and English-speaking -- are watching World Cup matches on Univision than on ESPN and ESPN2...A co-author of that article, Frank Ahrens, also put out a tech article today. However, this one has some highly dubious assumptions embedded in it:
'Ranger' Vs. the Movie Pirates: Software Is Studios' Latest Weapon in A Growing Battle [Washington Post]
Hollywood watched in horror as Napster corroded the music industry -- last year, worldwide revenue from CD sales dropped 7 percent as billions of songs were legally and illegally downloaded from the Internet. The movie studios -- led by their lobbying group, the Motion Picture Association of America -- is determined not to let that happen to them.Note the tying of a 7 percent drop in sales to the exchanging of songs with no actual data to establish the connection.
Gosh, to me it seems more likely that the longstanding overpricing of CDs might have something to with it. And the record industry's continued mewling that its own manufacturing and marketing costs are the reason CDs cost so much is just so much crap.
Exhibit A: The Harry Potter movie soundtrack CD costs $13.49 at Amazon. The Harry Potter widescreen movie DVD, with two discs (with many times more bits on each), more complex (and prettier) packaging, and numerous custom-programmed interactive scenes costs $15.99. The marketing budget for the DVD is presumably higher, too. Does anybody believe Warner Brothers is selling the DVD at a loss?
So why is it that the comparatively new process of making DVDs has already gone up the efficiency curve to the point where prices are coming down all over creation (even going below $15 for some) while the CD (which has been around for many years) is still hanging around in the $15+ range? Hey, that's easy: price-fixing.
Mass-market CDs should cost at most $10. (Limited-run CDs are a different matter). I believe the primary reason worldwide CD sales dropped 7 percent is the simple principle of supply and demand: fewer people consider a simple 45-75 minutes of audio to be worth so much money, especially when there's so much more they could get for almost the same amount of money.
Segway gets okay for sidewalks [MSNBC]
Up until recently, all but three states barred motorized vehicles from sidewalks. Now the path is clearer. Twenty-four states ... have enacted Segway's proposals into law with surprising speed over the past six months. Legislation in four more states is awaiting governors' signatures.Hmm. I guess I fall on the side of giving it a shot and withdrawing approval if it starts to cause trouble. I think that's better than not allowing it to be tried.
Another interesting technology I just read about:
The Next Lightbulb [Forbes]
What's producing the light is not a conventional flashlight bulb but a tiny chip inside a white light-emitting diode (LED) that's just as bright but consumes half as much power and lasts years longer.Light bulbs do waste a lot of energy (as heat). It would be great if we had bright cold light sources. 5 comment(s)
I wouldn't expect Segways to cause any more problems on sidewalks than motorized wheelchairs do, and no one argues that those should be driven only in the street.
How fast do they get? I think the worry is about crowds of marauding 12mph Segways. I don't think wheelchairs go that fast.
Have you seen the LED Museum? a true labor of love!
Thanks, Anita! It's nice to see some pictures. The Turtlelite II looks interesting (though pricy) as a household flashlight.
Most of my friends and I all have tiny LEDs on our keychains and have found them to be indespensible and surprisingly bright. One of my housemates recently got a maglite-style LED flashlight with five LEDs and no reflector. It works quite well. The biggest impact LEDs have had around here though is in traffic lights.Add a comment...
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