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"I've never seen a number that reads 0 from that prediction"

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The reality of software patents, from a pseudonymous employee in Microsoft's future planning think-tank:

Right now anything you make violates someone's software patent. Nothing you do will not violate something someone holds. ... MS has a huge legal team that will do an evaluation before something is released to see what the predicted cost of infringement will be. I've never seen a number that reads 0 from that prediction, even for the smallest of features.

Made in China: Skill

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Part of a fascinating series on getting stuff manufactured in China. Much, much more is done by hand than you'd think; even tasks that could be handled by machines are cheaper with $1.80/hour workers.

Message in a Bottle: on the insanity and evil of of bottled water

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Great statistics (for the US):

  • $15 billion a year
  • 38 billion plastic bottles a year to landfill
  • 24% is packaged tap water

the business of Dubai: glitzy, impressive, and exploitative

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On the rim of the war zone, a new Mecca of conspicuous consumption and economic crime, under the iron rule of Sheikh al-Maktoum. Skyscrapers half a mile high, artificial archipelagoes, fantasy theme parks--and the indentured Asian labour force that sustains them.

Interesting and informative, especially compared to the kind of shallow "wow" travel-writing found elsewhere.

David Denby summarizes the current state of Hollywood

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Studios gamble on blockbusters for the advantage of other corporate divisions, while lower-budget films still do spectacularly well and get better critical response to boot; old business models are dying or dead, but the luxury cinema and distribution for portable screening are on the rise. Le Cinéma est mort, vive le cinéma!

Pepe's Paperie

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Nice write-up of Canberra's best shop for luxury stationery.

Fortune on the anime/manga industry

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The founder of ADV goes on at length about the importance of the fanbase, then comes out with this:

When ADV thought a Scooby Doo-esque series called Ghost Stories would be a dud, it issued a version with an intentionally inaccurate translation of the script--redubbing the characters to be more American (the leader now has attitude, and the boring sidekick was made into a born-again Christian)--knowing that would stir powerful passions. Authenticity being the Way of the Otaku, fans obliged by erupting in a furor.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.

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