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TV vs Netflix: TV just doesn’t get it

Just about a week ago, for instance, Time Warner hinted that it may start limiting the number of shows it makes available to Netflix altogether. It also hinted that it may increase the time it takes for a show to end up on Netflix after initially airing on TV.

Now, in yet another effort to quell the Netflix effect, Bloomberg recently reported that some TV networks are already cutting back on the number of aired commercials in an effort to keep viewers happy and off of their Netflix queue.

Netflix

Do you see what they did there? They completely ignored the reason that every subscriber of Netflix subscribed to Netflix for, and instead chose to pull a bait-and-switch on viewers while using it as an excuse to up the fees for commercials to advertisers. It would be an awesome business move were it not so shockingly stupid.

Note to TV studios: We don’t care if you remove ALL the commercials. That’s not why people cut the cord. They cut the cord because they’re tired of paying outrageously high monthly fees to the cable companies for channels they don’t even want. And they’re tired of being forced to spend time manipulating DVR schedules to record the few shows they actually want to watch so that they can watch them WHEN they want to watch them.

To combat Netflix (and other sites & services like it), the studios and distribution companies are withholding content for longer periods of time before letting Netflix distribute it to their customers. In some cases, they simply won’t let Netflix have certain content at all.

That’s brilliant. Look how great that worked for the music recording industry. Does the word Napster mean anything to these idiots?

Millions of dollars + 15 years = The same old foot-pain-inducing Lego bricks

Lego bricks

The toy company wants to find an alternative material for the 60 billion bricks it makes a year. But it’s not going to be easy. But it should be. Don’t you think?

Someone left a comment on the original article that sounded like a great idea. Collect all the plastic shit floating in the oceans and recycle it.

Anyway, it’s great that at least one company is spending the time and money to do a small part in improving the world.

Awesome computer wallpapers

InterfaceLIFT wallpapers

Whenever someone gets a look at my computer screen, the first question always seems to be “where did you get that wallpaper?”

Most of the desktop wallpapers I use are simple, colorful and stunningly beautiful. Of course that’s just my opinion. If you want to check them out, head over to InterfaceLIFT.

The site has been around for years, and has amassed a huge collection of beautiful wallpapers. The cool thing is, the site automatically detects the resolution of your computer screen and offers you the appropriate size wallpaper when you click the download button. Of course, you can also choose any size available from a drop-down menu.

Does the monkey own the copyright?

Monkey Selfie

I find this an interesting issue. A photographer hands the monkey a camera and the monkey takes a selfie. Three years later the photographer still can’t get the photos removed from websites because technically speaking, he doesn’t own the copyright to the photos. The monkey does.

Our legal system has gone batape-shit crazy. The entire article is an interesting look into our system of copyright ownership.