Archive for October, 2015
they won on a technicality.
A federal judge has ruled that Jay Z and his producer, Timbaland, will not face a copyright infringement claim over the hit single “Big Pimpin’,” ending a complex eight-year lawsuit that involved the sampling of a decades-old Egyptian song.
A week into a trial in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Judge Christina A. Snyder announced on Wednesday that the plaintiff in the case, Osama Ahmed Fahmy — whose uncle, Baligh Hamdi, composed the original song, “Khosara Khosara” — did not have standing to pursue his infringement claim.
I had a very interesting time last night, and I’m going to talk about it in a lot more detail during the next post. But I have a fucked up story that I need to print out first, and it concerns everyone’s favorite fraud, Anita Sarkeesian. During the #BIGMILO stream last night, it came out that Ms. Sarkeesian has a convicted pedophile as a moderator on her Twitch channel. Yes, this is reality. We have loads of screens and archives, so buckle up.
First, let’s let Encyclopedia Dramatica give you a little background on this sick bastard…
Valis77 (aka ValisHD) — IRL name Promise Delon Redmond as he’s known to terrified children across the state of Kansas due to being a registered sex offender — is among the legion of sexual deviants clogging the Tubes. Even moderating known SJW toilet Anita Sarkeesian’s Twitch channel. Fancying himself an e-celebrity, Valis delights his thousands of subscribers with his poorly-made Let’s Play videos.
Being of simple Midwestern stock, Valis is easily amused, therefore rather than being satisfied with quality content leading to a modest upload count, he sees the upload count as an end unto itself. With that in mind, our hero gleefully inflates his own upload count with horrendous side productions, thinly veiled as contextually relevant by the appending “Let’s” to the beginning of the title, seemingly almost as an afterthought.
They also have some photos, including his police record:
You may ask yourself, as I did, “What on earth is Anita doing having a convicted pedo as a Twitch moderator?” I know these people are sanctimonious and brazen with most of their lies and bullshit, but this is not a good look to most normal people. Then I think about the SJWs recent move to normalize pedophilia and it all starts to make sense. These sick fucks just do not care anymore. They’re going to do what they can to make this sort of depravity accepted by the mainstream. Still, you would think that advertisers and sponsors would shy away from backing people who knowingly put pedos into positions of power. What about the gaming press? Or the gaming industry, for that matter?
Stocking anything from shirts to face masks, 24-7 convenience stores have become an indispensable part of Japanese daily life, with the sector now worth more than Sri Lanka’s economy. Their secret? Constant renewal.
A staggering 1.5 billion people pass through “konbini” stores—a Japanese abbreviation of the English word convenience—every month, with some 55,000 outlets throughout the country, including more than 7,000 in Tokyo alone.
Competition is fierce, with two of its biggest players, FamilyMart and Uny Group, announcing days ago a merger to battle market leader 7-Eleven for a bigger slice of an industry that marketing newspaper Nikkei MJ values at some 10 trillion yen ($84 billion).
That is comfortably more than the economic output of some entire nations, including Sri Lanka, Belarus and Azerbaijan.
“In our 40 years of experience, we understand that our purpose must be to offer something new all the time,” explains Minoru Matsumoto, a spokesman for 7-Eleven, Japan’s largest chain with 18,000 stores.
“Every time we extend what’s on offer, we are creating new customers rather than taking away customers from somewhere else.”
Despite being so ubiquitous, the sector has yet to show any sign of reaching saturation point, with the number of shops—which are run on a franchise system—rising five percent from the previous year in 2014.
According to the Japan Franchise Association (JFA), the average Japanese person visits a konbini store 11 times a month and the average outlet serves around 1,000 customers a day.
While such stores are common across Asia, experts say the key to their success in Japan is their finely tuned supply chains that can monitor stock down to a single toothbrush, allowing them to sell an unparalleled array of goods.
As well as the usual drinks and snacks, visitors in konbini are confronted with a smorgasbord of useful items such as hygiene products, batteries, umbrellas, face masks, memory cards and phone chargers.
Complex logistics software keeps track of things like demographics, weather and the school holidays to predict what each store will need more of at a given times.
“If there’s a school feast day in the vicinity of a konbini… we will know we need to have more onigiri (stuffed rice balls),” said Matsumoto.
And in a work-oriented culture like Japan, where employees spend some of the longest hours in the world in the office, they also offer a home away from home.
Konbinis act as a sort of 24-hour administration centre, where customers can obtain official certificates, photocopy and fax documents, pay bills, withdraw cash and book tickets.
You can get your mail and internet delivery items sent to the store—and even buy a fresh shirt in the event of any unsightly workplace accidents.
Konbini stores continually adapt “to catch new customers, like the growing number of working mothers and old people,” said Tomomi Nagai, a senior analyst for Toray Corporate Business Research.
In a recent report, she estimated 70 percent of items they offer are renewed or repackaged each year.
Smaller mom and pop stores have been struggling to survive in the face of such flexibility, and even the big corporate giants are having to adapt.
Chains like McDonalds and Starbucks have found themselves having to review their own menus and prices to retain customers, after some konbini stores began offering fries and coffee.
“We apply a strategy of domination,” said Matsumoto. “Even if we have a 7-Eleven on a crossroad, a second is entirely justified as we might be missing out on customers on the other side of the road.”
At the same time, the konbini chains themselves are all in fierce competition with each other.
“We felt it necessary to create a larger distribution group to stay in the competition,” FamilyMart and Uny group said in a statement announcing their merger plans Thursday.
One of the secrets behind konbinis’ success is the way the stores are restocked—a streamlined, round-the-clock effort.
Most shops have no backroom storage. Instead, computers keep a track of every item sold, allowing logistic centers to dispatch exactly the right number of replacements.
A delivery truck might bring something as precise as a single toothbrush or pack of toilet roll.
This hyper-efficient system allows store owners to squeeze in more items, cut down on the need for staff and means they can fit into a larger number of smaller, cheaper properties.
© 2015 AFP