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February 08, 2013

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Sure, we could hand it over or sell it or something, but if we did that and someone ELSE figured out a way to make money, we’d look like the bunch of idiots we probably are.

Which I will NEVER understand. Jesus God, at least offer it back to the people who sold it to you. And give it half a freaking chance. We are panicking because nothing has arisen in the past decade to take the place of media that had centuries to establish their brands (and destroy them, too), but we can't give something a second to breathe and figure itself out?

I've been screaming about employee buyouts for newspapers for YEARS. When it's yours, nobody can take it from you.

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Same as it ever was. The biggest obstacle to innovation isn't taxes and gummint regyoulations, it's the fucking big fish in the pond trying to keep the little fish from competing. Atlas didn't shrug, he stomped on the competition with his ginormous foot.

Why do all you libruls hate the free market so much? Once you're a big enough player in a market or an industry, it's your sovereign right, so help you Ayn, to crush anything smacking of competition. If a new idea was really any good, it would have emerged in the first place to squash every other business case. Q to the E to the D, you moochers!

Keep it up, and just maybe all those newspapers will go Galt. Then where will you be? I'll tell you: Crying your days and nights away! "Why, oh why, didn't we appreciate what we had? Come back, Jennifer Rubin! We're soooo sorry." But it will be too late.

Happens all the time in science. Papers that get published tend to shore up the status quo (after all, if an article is truly groundbreaking it shows something that we know is impossible.) A recent Discovery mag article was quite interesting in studying the last few years where they thought they found the XMRV virus for Chronic Fatique Syndrome but later found that it was a contaminant. Article was really interesting in how people who made the discoveries were received.

I'm not familiar with Chicagocrime.org and Everyblock. But if I'm getting the idea right, this would be a goldmine for someone who is moving into the area and is worried that the house that looks good but doesn't know the safety of the areas in the city- or just wants to get a feel for the block they are thinking of buying on. There are usually stats for city-wide crime and education. But even a high crime city has some stable areas while even stable towns have their unsavory neighborhoods. Same goes for tourists to an area (the hotel will always tell you the area is safe).

Of course, seeing those micro-climates of the city could mean big headaches for realators trying to sell houses in unsavory areas and for city officials being confronted with evidence that a given area isn't safe.

Pretty much like the original electric car. Sometimes the big boys don't buy things to be profitable. They buy things to keep the paradigm from changing. Makes one wish that the railroad barons had had the foresight to buy up all the car companies and shut them down.

Since they own the patents, I expect that they'll be able to keep anyone from doing anything similar to EveryBlock. The Failing Media Paradigm is preserved.

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