Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Dickie's Quickies

Is anyone surprised to learn that music executives are wondering why Apple isn't charging $2.50 for hot songs? At 99 cents, the songs are already over priced. Choice quote from the article:

Part of the mobile market's attraction comes in pricing. Consumers around the world have shown they will eagerly pay $2.50 or more for a ring tone, a mere snippet of a song that costs just 99 cents for the full version at iTunes. Labels see these consumers as receptive to variable prices for different songs.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is going to conduct seminars to discuss expanding random student drug testing in the nation's schools. According to this publication (pdf) from the Drug Policy Alliance and the ACLU, published in January 2004, random student drug testing doesn't work any more than the DARE programs work. Who knows when they will stop wasting our money on these programs. In the meantime kids, watch you privacy rights diminish as you learn to become submissive members of the state and don't be surprised if testing for cigarettes and alcohol are too far behind.

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