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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 13 August 2001

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


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 ;-)

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