Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 13 August 2001
Note: the comments below are the unabridged
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From: Anders Crofoot For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Knowstuff Charging $3.00 too download an article has its problems as you mentioned. What you didn't point out what they also plan to charge $1.00 to run a search. Why would anyone pay to run a search which may or may not turn up anything of use? If you have to front up with a buck even before you know if anything of use will come of it, I don't think it will generate much revenue From: Ian For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Google cache, copyright issues I enjoyed Stephen King's audio only series "Blood and Smoke" so much that I was thrilled when audible.com sent me targetted email telling me that his new work, "LT's Theory of Pets" was available. However, they didn't have rights to sell it to a customer in New Zealand, so they wouldn't. I could hear the first six minutes of it as a teaser demo, and it sounded like a fine story. The issue of sending someone a targetted email based on their previous purchase behaviour but then telling them they can't buy the product after all is another thing altogether, of course. Anyhow, I took a key phrase from those first six minutes of the story and typed it into the Google engine. Sure enough, a copy of the text, presumably transcribed by somebody, came up, but the page was a 404 - either removed voluntarily or by the copyright police. The whole text was available in the Google cache. It's an interesting story, perhaps not his very finest work, but good enough. Try searching for 'What would I want with a rugmonkey' From: Dominic For : Right Of Reply (for publication) Subj: the internet vs humans my first reaction is that stuff want to test the users. after that reaction, are stuff managment in touch with the state of the net? there is plenty of money to be made on the net, but a new business mindset is required in order to find this money. and different business practices. for stuff's owners: i'm happy to pay 1 cent for a search. if i can get your content elsewhere - heard of teleport pro? (net's equivalent of a two vcrs for copying video tapes) - why will i pay when i go to a privately run site that has archives of your old stories. ps, I discovered this site 2 weeks ago, and it was hard to find. it has been running for 4 months. they just copied all your stories, using a combination of view source (in the browser) and teleport pro - to grab the images. i understand stuff's position and wishes; I think they should expose themselves to the internet a bit more. From: Nigel McNaughton For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Stuff.co.nz tv listings I noticed you didn't mention another thing that appears to have changed recently Stuff.co.nz no longer lists TV1&2 on thier TV listings page. They now just link back to the respective websites. Unfortunately for me TV2's website doesn't work for me, so I have to use stuff's competitor nzoom. so one less reason to even visit stuff.co.nz in the first place From: Martin Wehipeihana For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: GetStuffed.co.nz I'm guessing that INL are not making any money from their on line ventures. Most of the advertising on their site is for their own products/services so they are probably not generating a lot of revenue. Add to that the new propertystuff.co.nz web site (which they will need to pay for) and maybe they are feeling the financial pinch? Aardvark Comments: Hey, I've been in the online news publishing business for a lot longer than anyone else in NZ and have (on occasion) even been known to turn a small profit from my ventures. My services are always for hire if other news publishers want a hand ;-)Now Have Your Say
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