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March 8, 2009

Corporate Ipsum

Filed under: Business — stephane @ 10:44 pm

If you happen to have a mac (which I suppose would mean it’s new since it doesn’t last long ;-)), and you like me are both fascinated, amused, and revolted by the emptyness of business-speak that some high-ranked individuals with absolutely no insights feel like gratifying us while sharing their vision and analysis… then you may have just have the ultimate guilt with Corporate Ipsum.

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February 28, 2009

Feeling like using a Music API to operate a nuclear facility ?

Filed under: Business,General,Software — stephane @ 4:04 pm

In the wonderful word of legal issues, Yahoo! Music API license terms fortunately cover this eventuality.

(iii) use the Yahoo! Music APIs to operate nuclear facilities, life support, or other mission critical application where human life or property may be at stake. You understand that the Yahoo! Music APIs are not designed for such purposes and that their failure in such cases could lead to death, personal injury, or severe property or environmental damage for which Yahoo! is not responsible;

November 22, 2008

Scott Adams/Dilbert always amazes me

Filed under: Business,Software — stephane @ 3:36 am

I was sent this masterpiece Dilbert cartoon (from Nov. 9) which is a nice companion unit to my previous post.

I’m impressed by Scott Adams ability to make those stories day after day yet always representing perfectly situation that people have been confronted too.

April 5, 2008

A bank note worth $US0.00001

Filed under: Business,Software,Zimbabwe — stephane @ 10:44 pm

In May 2003, I was in Zimbawe for a couple of days. In 2 days the black market rate for $1US went from 1,200ZW to 1,600ZW.
In September 2007, official rate was US$1 for ZW$30,000 while black market was around ZW$600,000
On April 4, 2008, Zimbawe issued a new ZW$50,000,000 note worth approximately US$1 in the black market.

I kept as a souvenir a ZW$500 note from 2003. So now it’s worth $US0.00001

And this is with the US dollar worth not much. (0.637€)

September 8, 2007

Real movies available on Joost

Filed under: Business,General,Joost — stephane @ 10:43 pm

It has been a while since I did not post anything barely useful for the rest of the humanity (mm..) , but …for those who are following the online video ecosystem (and thus what’s happening at Joost somehow), they should be pretty happy to note that a range of movies (real movies) from Paramount Pictures are now available.

Movies are limited for now to Paramount France (in French), Paramount Germany (in German), Paramount Spain (in Spanish) and Paramount UK and Paramount US (in english of course). They do have some movies in common but some are pretty exclusive to the country mentioned.

In France you can find movies such as: Presidio (Sean Connery, Meg Ryan), Liaison Fatale (Michael Douglas, Glenn Close), Zoolander (Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson), L’enfant sacré du Tibet (Eddie Murphy), Simetierre (from a Stephen King novel), 100 dollars pour un shérif (John Wayne), …

In the UK: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn), Hunt for Red October (Sean Connery, from Tom Clancy’s novel), Patriot Games (Harrison Ford, from Tom Clancy’s novel), Fatal Attraction (Michael Douglas,Glenn Close), Escape from Alcatraz (Clint Eastwood), Intersection (Richard Gere, Sharon Stone), Congo (Dylan Walsh of Nip-Tuck fame), …

I’m not aware of such movies available legally in any other video online system, so it’s really nice to have it and I look forward to have the collection growing up. I’ll follow with interest what the usage pattern will be on those.

I understand the frustration of users facing georights issues and not being able to watch it in their own but sadly it is the consequences of something that happen before companies started to think more in a global way. Most of the times production companies have negotiated rights long ago and were sold exclusively to some distribution companies in some specific markets. Typically, sometimes the production companies don’t have the rights to do anything with their own content in those markets and when the business is evolving they find themselves in an incredibly annoying position. This is clearly something that is evolving but the backlog is of course there and is difficult to clear.

Stay tuned for some other form of content coming up real soon.

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