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      D1P 2017 Charity Campaign for The Life You Can Save: $1,515 (as of April 7, 2017)   12/12/2016

      I've decided to extend our charity campaign for The Life You Can Save organizations for the entirety of 2017 so feel free to contribute at any time!  Periodically through the year, I'll have game giveaways for those who have donated to the campaign as a "thank you" for supporting this worthy endeavor!
    • Jason

      Update on the single-device/browser login restriction issue some people are having.   04/04/2017

      4/7/2017 update: Now people who've been affected by this are saying that it went away on its own after about a week. So I dunno, if this would really hugely inconvenience you try to not log in on additional devices/browsers until the 4.2 update that's supposed to hopefully resolve this for good.   original announcement: For a long time now, D1P has been limited to three logins at a time; logging in on a fourth device or browser would log you out everywhere else. Unfortunately, multiple people have been reporting that they've started experiencing being limited to ONE login at a time.   The good news is, Invision Power Services (the company that makes our forum software) is aware of the issue and will be addressing it in version 4.2 of the software, which is the next big update. The bad news is, they announced about a month ago (the beginning of March 2017) that the update will be coming out in "mid 2017", so we probably have at least another couple of months to go before this is resolved.   In the meantime, I apologize to those affected for the inconvenience, and would suggest to everyone else to not log in to additional devices until this is resolved if this is something you don't want to have to have to deal with. I'm still not 100% sure on why it's not affecting everyone and why it didn't hit everyone affected at the same time, but the timing of when the reports of this started here mostly lines up with when I've seen reports of other sites having this issue starting, and I suspect that the problem is trickling in because of people happening to hit a fourth login that logs them out everywhere else, and then proceeding to be limited to one login at a time after that.
    • SFLUFAN

      D1Pcast Episode 26: The Retro Show   04/19/2017

      It's time to have that talk with your kids. No not THAT talk, the talk about retro games and how much better things were back in our days! We have @Reputator join us and talk a bit about the Scorpio and some retro PC cards. [email protected] us about console retro gaming and how he just got his Super Mario USA. While @Jason tells us about the day his parents threw out all his retro consoles. A sad day for any gamer. So listen and give us your feed back about your retro gaming experience!    

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  1. Purchasing recorded music wasn't always the business model for musicians anyway. Technology changes and the way people consume entertainment does as well. Musicians need to focus on the areas of the business they can exert more control over.
  2. Can you answer the question? How does one company own all wireless spectrum if there is no regulation?
  3. So, if we are talking about scenario in which there are no regulations of spectrum, what is stopping another company from utilizing unused space? The thing allowing the theoretical in which a single company owns ALL wireless spectrum is the permission and protection of the government.
  4. There are tons of reasons a business wouldn't want all customers in a market. In fact, every business chooses to target some customers over other customers. As an example, the major wireless companies don't like dealing with low income customers. It's already a big reason why they sell excess bandwidth to the MVNOs currently.
  5. Why do spectrum owners currently sell excess bandwidth to MVNOs? Why would that stop being the case in a theoretical situation in which one company owned all currently available wireless spectrum?
  6. Companies already exist that buy bandwidth on major networks and sell cheaper service than the companies they buy bandwidth from. MVNOs. Yes. Standard saw its market share in the U.S. drop from the mid 90% range to the mid 60% range by the time of the breakup. It's market share in production is the gulf coast and west was far lower, places where some of the major production gains were occurring.
  7. Albums have close to zero value today, streaming royalties simply reflect that. Being a musician is about creating art and selling things besides recorded music. Recorded music is simply an advertisement for whatever other things you sell (live performance, merchandise, endorsements).
  8. How will the bigger competitor that dives into your niche drive you out? A worse product/price/service? When the competition is defeated and prices increase, why wouldn't another firm come in and try and get some of that pie? On the topic of grocery stores...In the Texas suburb where I live there are seven different general grocery stores represented. HEB, Kroger, Randall's, Sprouts, Aldi, Foodtown, Target and Walmart, in addition to three ethnic grocery stores (an Indian, Hispanic, and Mediterranean). They all compete in the grocery space, but they have their different models. Sprouts and HEB have a lot of higher end specialty products, while Kroger/Wal-Mart/Target are pretty middle of the road, and Foodtown and Aldi focus solely on the low budget customers with mostly store brand options. Walmart has more money than any of them, has the strongest market position with the suppliers, and price matches everybody, yet those other grocers do well by focusing on different things than Walmart.
  9. You find a niche because you want to exploit a place in the market that the entrenched firm doesn't for one reason or another. You can create very profitable businesses doing just that, and the existence of millions of online retailers that specialize proves that their is room for Amazon and lots of others. In my line of business specifically, all of our new theaters will be drive ins moving forward. Trying to compete with the major players in the cinema business directly is incredibly expensive and risky relative to building indirect competitions locations like our drive ins.
  10. That applies to anything. The point is that I don't have to. I can pay septic solutions for products and because I did, utilize their expertise. I don't have to google search a bunch of things, or watch a million YouTube video and hope I can figure it out. Septic Solutions provides goods AND service, some Amazon doesn't attempt. If Septic Solutions just sold parts they would have a hard time competition with Amazon that sells all the same parts.
  11. Specialize. Amazon is a retailer that sells everything, yet I don't buy everything from Amazon. I just bought supplies for my septic system from Septic Solutions, because they had good enough prices and really helpful guides and customer service. Amazon has all the same parts and better prices on some, yet their customer service professional can't walk me through how to install an aerator in a single chamber septic tank.
  12. And THAT is actually how most monopolies are created in our modern economy. With the permission and protection of a government (local, state, and/or federal).
  13. That generalization is not based on anything. As with nearly everything in the economy, there is some optimization point in between one vendor and an infinite number of vendors. Too many options is inefficient as is too few.
  14. You don't need to break up a monopoly (which almost never actually exist outside of governments granting them) to create downward pressure on prices and upward pressure on quality. When a single vendor for something exists, there will always be people who want a piece of that pie.