It can be argued this is either totally wrong or perhaps, good for smaller shops. But, what Sony misses again and again is that perception is reality. The perception of Sony is that they like to go it on their own (Betamax, Memory Stick) and the rest be damned. This is a big historical load to haul around or hide and, adding this kind of program just increases the notion in peoples minds that Sony is a big stupid giant that ignores the market and ultimately does not provide the value (real or not) customers desire.
Sony makes good products that are at least as good as other companies and in some cases better. So why do they need to mess around with the customer so much? It only leads to lower profit and loss of business with little to gain for it except, perhaps, short term profit.
“U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the United States is likely to lose its dominant global position in the coming years, with economic and political power shifting to countries such as China and India.”
By 2025, according to the analysts who prepared the report, China and India will be leading economic players, with Turkey, Indonesia and Iran in the “up and coming” category. The economic model that has largely prevailed since World War II — western democratic capitalism — may no longer be favored. Instead, “state capitalism” such as that practiced in Russia and China could be ascendant.”
“Their idea is, in broad outline, straightforward. Dr. Crespi and Dr. Badcock propose that an evolutionary tug of war between genes from the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg can, in effect, tip brain development in one of two ways. A strong bias toward the father pushes a developing brain along the autistic spectrum, toward a fascination with objects, patterns, mechanical systems, at the expense of social development. A bias toward the mother moves the growing brain along what the researchers call the psychotic spectrum, toward hypersensitivity to mood, their own and others’. This, according to the theory, increases a child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later on, as well as mood problems like bipolar disorder and depression.”
This one toggles from a regular geographic map to proportional for electoral votes. Less red, as it actually is. You can see why OH, PA, CA, FL are important to win. More at http://kottke.org/plus/2008-election-maps/
“What message would an Obama victory send to the rest of the rest of the world?
America will reassert itself as the land of opportunity
The first message is that America, the beacon of hope, is back. The one country in the world that is carrying a universal message remains America.
There are other powers in our multi-polar world: China is important, Russia cannot be neglected. But neither of these countries carries a universal message. Only America does. China wants to be big and is going to be big, but it has rather selfish aims.
What makes a difference is that no one in the world dreams of becoming Chinese or becoming Russian. But millions of people in the world, even some Europeans, still dream of becoming American. And many more millions will dream of that if and when Obama is elected president of the United States, because America will reassert itself as the land of opportunity.”—
Dominique Moisi, one of Europe’s leading geo-strategic thinkers
“Just a few weeks ago Michael Barone, a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, warned in The Washington Times against “the liberal thugocracy,” arguing that today’s liberals seem to be taking “marching orders” from “college and university campuses.”
But a handful of new studies have found such worries to be overwrought. Three sets of researchers recently concluded that professors have virtually no impact on the political views and ideology of their students.”
“The canal still remains the most fuel-efficient way to ship goods between the East Coast and the upper Midwest. One gallon of diesel pulls one ton of cargo 59 miles by truck, 202 miles by train and 514 miles by canal barge, Ms. Mantello said. A single barge can carry 3,000 tons, enough to replace 100 trucks.”