For Republicans, opposition to intellectual property laws is starting to look like a political winner, and that should terrify Hollywood as it misreads where the pop-culture power base now lies.
"IMPORTANT NOTE: If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple."
Suppose you write a book using iBooks author, then some media company wants to make a film/tv series/play/radio program based on it. Paying you a fee for permission to use your “Work”.
Better hope that Apple (a) is willing to spend time negotiating, instead of just telling you they are too busy and (b) doesn’t want too big a share, because in the “separate agreement” that you would need with them, there’s nothing limiting their cut to 30%.
You may have seen this figure reported, “when all mobile users who either owned a smartphone or intended to purchase one were asked about what kinds of devices they want to buy next, 44 percent also said that they were considering Windows Phone 7 devices” - for example PaidContent.
I have not seen the data for this figure, But the same research produced the following chart.
- None of the figures in the above chart reach 44%. I therefore doubt the 44% figure in the quote. My best bet is that it was calculated, ignoring the “Don’t Knows”. Allowing for them, possibly closer to 30% of total people really claim to be considering Windows Phone 7.
- Notice how T-Mobile users are much, much keener on Windows Phone 7 other users. This is probably connected with T-Mobile’s inability to sell iPhone for many years. I think a lot of T-Mobile customers are Apple refuseniks. Some will also be annoyed by Android. People who don’t like either of the top two players are genuinely the best bet for Microsoft
- People have probably made up their minds between iOS and Android, because there’s been a huge amount of coverage of this rivalry. But they don’t want to seem like fanboys. So I think they are claiming to consider another phone, that they have heard of but which doesn’t attract the same vitriol, to appear open-minded. When they buy, they will pick iOS or Android as they always intended.
In summary, I think the 44 percent figure is inflated for several reasons. I expect few people will genuinely consider Windows Phone 7, except those annoyed by iOS and Android.
- Pete xD
This chart, from Pingdom, reportedly shows that IIS is failing. Not really. In fact it shows that Open Source is Winning.
Sun, once “the dot in dot com”, has fallen to about zero. Open Source Apache and nginx (popular with startups, including my company) are the only ones rising.
The reasons are clear - low cost to serve and reduced risks. There’s no licence fee and you know the technology will continue as long as you need. I would never have risked choosing a newcomer like nginx if it had been a proprietary technology, from e.g. Microsoft, because we would have been stuffed if they end-of-lifed it.