I'm not going to set my own behaviour up as an example here, which is something that I think invalidates the OP's point, at least partially, and certainly obscures it, but I have a couple of points:
- It is unreasonable on the whole to expect people to refrain from piracy when it's just so easy. It's kind of like putting candy in front of a child and not expecting him to eat it, compounded by the fact that there is at least the illusion of anonymity on the internet.
- It is unreasonable to expect artists to use the internet by themselves to distribute their content, although some do. Most of them are probably not that technically inclined. There needs to be someone there to take that pain away from them.
- It is just that people who create content get paid for doing so.
So it's really a market problem. We need a system that allows people to just download as easily as pirating, but allows the content creators to live off their creation. If the traditional content distributors (who are not the creators) cannot supply a service which does this, then I cannot see why they should be pitied.
I think something along the lines of Deezer et al is ok : a service that would allow you to consume music, no questions asked. The problem is that deezer is getting all its content from the distributors, so in effect there is a double middle man. But a subscription-based "deezer" which paid artists directly according to how much their tracks were listened to would work, IMHO. I believe such services already exist, in fact.
Also, you'd only need the big distributors to realize this, and build their own versions, and suddenly there's a proper market for tunes, films, etc. These new distributors would each have a catalogue of films and music on download, but they could also open the catalogue to cinemas, tv channels and so on. The only thing they couldn't do is restrict access, under pain of piracy.
I'm just hypothesising here, but as far as I can see the content distributors are being the artisans of their own downfall by not doing this themselves.
Thomas Macdonald, I live in France, but am British.
I have a MSc in CS, with a focus on Operations Research since 2010.
I am looking for a small company, preferably in the US, but Europe works too, and I'll do backend web development, and/or optimisation software.
I would love to have the opportunity to learn a new skill, like Node or Ruby, but perfecting a current one would be fine too.
I remember when I got to university (Nantes, France). On my very first day, another guy said to me: "By the way if you are shopping around an internet connection, go with Free, they rock!". No other user has ever said that to me about a telecoms company. Not once.
And they did rock. It cost 29.99€ per month for 2MB/s at the time (2003), which was 4 to 20 times the competition (my brother had a 128kb/s connection, I seem to recall - it took ages to download songs from napster. It kept on getting better, too. Within 6 months I had 8Mb/s, and a year after that 18, then 24.
The modem was huge, but it told the time in letters of green, and had its own IP adress. I lived in a tiny flat in the same building as my other brother, so we trailed a network cable across the corridor - enough bandwidth for both of us. We moved to a new flat, and they upgraded the modem, or Freebox (every modem in France is now called *box)
That was one of the most successful market disruptions I have had the opportunity to witness. I think M. Niel just did it again. He's turned the leaders of a market into followers, desperately copying his every move. Watch and you'll see. They already started, trying to undercut what they thought was Free's offer with Sosh (Orange) and Red (SFR). Too little, too late. I think the market will vote with it's wallet. Things should get interesting.
Official press releases from competitor Orange says (paraphrasing): "Dear customers, we will let Free celebrate their D-Day, but stay assured we will make sure to come back to you later."
All online & phone services for ending or transferring mobile contracts are of course overloaded and currently unavailable in France. FreeMobile's registration webpage (http://mobile.free.fr) has been unavailable for the past 5 hours. Figures fly on twitter, as apparently about 1.5 million people tried to access it this morning.
Streaming figures for the live keynote amount to 80Gb/seconds over 300 servers, Online.net representative @Online_fr said on twitter.
Apparently 600,000 people watched the keynote live, Online.net even claimed it's a world record. (Online.net = Iliad/Free subsidiary dedicated to hosting services)
You are indeed witnessing Market Disruption - that or a highly successful launch, maybe a bit too successful :)
The introduction of Free on the provider market was a huge disruption. We used to had crappy prices with crappy services before free came around. Actually the big one was France Télécome (Wanadoo/Orange) who is also one of the big one (or was?) in the mobile market.
My Christmas present from my wife was a presentation of screenshots of her programming tutorial. She's been learning python in secret, to show me that she wants exactly what the article advises: to understand what it is that I do for a living. I feel privileged to have married her.
So this software involves installing a plugin in the browser? In an age where users are being warned by the browser makers themselves to be careful about that sort of thing?
I can't see this ending well.
Hi there - it depends on who you're targeting. Our client-side focus is on native developers looking for high-performance in web applications e.g. medical visualization http://vimeo.com/31970502 - the benefits of web applications are great, but performance is the current limiting factor.
We are likely to build support for NaCl in the future.
On the server-side, there is no requirement for a client to install a plug-in - it's for high-performance on the server i.e. semantic analysis, compute bound problems etc
Last point - we also think a lot about hybrid models where performance can be accessed on both client and server. This is much longer term, but the design of Fabric allows for it.