Comments for The Passive Voice https://www.thepassivevoice.com A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Pub and Traditional Publishing Fri, 03 Jul 2020 03:37:30 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Simon & Schuster’s Mary Trump Book Temporarily Blocked by Restraining Order by Harald Johnson https://www.thepassivevoice.com/simon-schusters-mary-trump-book-temporarily-blocked-by-restraining-order/#comment-452549 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 03:37:30 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124479#comment-452549 In reply to CE Petit.

Excellent reply. Thank you.

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Comment on Simon & Schuster’s Mary Trump Book Temporarily Blocked by Restraining Order by CE Petit https://www.thepassivevoice.com/simon-schusters-mary-trump-book-temporarily-blocked-by-restraining-order/#comment-452548 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 02:49:08 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124479#comment-452548 In reply to PG.

Not even close, I’m afraid. One need not go as far as Jarndice v. Jarndice (Bleak House, the only Dickens I can stand and the only one in which deus ex machina is reasonably well-founded). Let’s just consider an ex-Playboy Bunny marrying a Texas oil billionaire in his 80s, a jealous “stepson” fifteen years his “stepmother”‘s senior (along with other relatives who belonged as extras on Dallas), and ponder bankruptcy court jurisdiction versus the judicially created “probate exception” to federal jurisdiction just for the fun of it. Marshall v. Marshall, 547 U.S. 293 (2006). Then there’s the Jackie Kennedy Onassis fiasco. And…

Never mind. Maybe the rich are different: They have no sense of when to quit.

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Comment on Simon & Schuster’s Mary Trump Book Temporarily Blocked by Restraining Order by CE Petit https://www.thepassivevoice.com/simon-schusters-mary-trump-book-temporarily-blocked-by-restraining-order/#comment-452547 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 02:39:39 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124479#comment-452547 In reply to Harald Johnson.

Yes, judicial opinions are public domain. You’ve just stuck your nose into a battle regarding PG’s former employer… and bad-faith litigation tactics combined with misuse of intellectual property rights all around…

If you want a slightly-off-point-but-illuminating look at the nearly two century old government edicts doctrine, you can do much worse than the two months old opinion in Georgia v. PublicResource.org, No. 18-1150 (U.S. 28 Apr 2020), in which the Supreme Court lays out the history of demanding that definitive statements of the law, such as judicial opinions, are not eligible for copyright. “The whole work done by the judges constitutes the authentic exposition and interpretation of the law, which, binding every citizen, is free for publication to all.” Banks v. Manchester, 128 U.S. 244, 253 (1888) (cited in PublicResource.org and citing cases back to the 1830s). The rationale is that since judicial statements are on behalf of the public at least as much as on behalf of any party, the public owns those statements.

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Comment on Simon & Schuster’s Mary Trump Book Temporarily Blocked by Restraining Order by Harald Johnson https://www.thepassivevoice.com/simon-schusters-mary-trump-book-temporarily-blocked-by-restraining-order/#comment-452546 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:57:38 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124479#comment-452546 In reply to Harald Johnson.

The more I think about this… are court rulings (including Appelate Division) in the public domain? Can they be re-published by anyone?

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Comment on Simon & Schuster’s Mary Trump Book Temporarily Blocked by Restraining Order by PG https://www.thepassivevoice.com/simon-schusters-mary-trump-book-temporarily-blocked-by-restraining-order/#comment-452545 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 22:15:47 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124479#comment-452545 In reply to CE Petit.

Thanks for posting the opinion, CE.

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Comment on Amazon’s Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas by Felix.J.Torres https://www.thepassivevoice.com/amazons-revolutionary-retail-strategy-recycling-old-ideas/#comment-452544 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 21:36:54 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124746#comment-452544 In reply to TonyT.

All of which only apply to the website, not the other 90% of the company.

How much of that affects these?
https://www.visualcapitalist.com/jeff-bezos-empire-chart/

For that matter, who does any of those better?

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Comment on Simon & Schuster’s Mary Trump Book Temporarily Blocked by Restraining Order by Elliot01 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/simon-schusters-mary-trump-book-temporarily-blocked-by-restraining-order/#comment-452543 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 21:10:40 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124479#comment-452543 In reply to ABEhrhardt.

PhD in what? Lots of people with PhDs easily dump the honorific they spent time earning.

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Comment on Amazon’s Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas by Elliot01 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/amazons-revolutionary-retail-strategy-recycling-old-ideas/#comment-452542 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 21:07:24 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124746#comment-452542 In reply to Felix.J.Torres.

It’s an old fashioned conglomerate that uses retail to churn out steady free cash flow as venture capital for new investments.

And for years, people continued to say Amazon wasn’t making a profit.

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Comment on Amazon’s Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas by TonyT https://www.thepassivevoice.com/amazons-revolutionary-retail-strategy-recycling-old-ideas/#comment-452541 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:57:51 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124746#comment-452541 Well, the OP is right about two things:
1. Serendipity is infrequent on Amazon, just like the rest of e-commerce. To put it another way, algorithms are great at interpolation, but very bad at extrapolation.
2. Amazon’s search sucks. There’s no parametric search (if you want to see good examples of useful parametric search, try out Digikey, Mouser, or Newegg). Of course, given the jumble of products they sell, the numbers of third party sellers, and lack of standards (heck, even in retail stores, size 9 varies brand to brand), it’s a very hard problem to fix. (IIRC, Amazon is trying a bit on clothing with feedback on “how well does this fit?”).
3. One thing not mentioned – Amazon’s smashing of sometimes unrelated products (and reviews) together in one listing (with “options”) can cause major headaches.

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Comment on Amazon’s Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas by Felix.J.Torres https://www.thepassivevoice.com/amazons-revolutionary-retail-strategy-recycling-old-ideas/#comment-452540 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 19:22:10 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=124746#comment-452540 You’d think after twenty-five years, people would have finally caught on: Amazon isn’t a retailer with delusions of grandeur.” It’s an old fashioned conglomerate that uses retail to churn out steady free cash flow as venture capital for new investments.

Sure, as the lockdowns just proved, when the going gets tough, the tough go stopping. Retail, done right, is recession proof. As long as your inventory is big enough you will always have something people will need. Today it might be clothes or books or cat food. Tomorrow it might be a new TV or gaming console. People will always need stuff and as long as your inventory is broad enough and managed well enough, you’ll have the right “stuff” to sell…
…and keep the money rolling in.

And that’s as far as the OP goes.
But it’s not where Amazon goes: the money that rolls in quickly rolls out to be converted into warehouses, trucks and airplanes, robots, and new businesses that have nothing to do with retail except they too offer up stuff people will gladly pay for. AWS is well known by now…as a computing hosting service. But like Amazon as a whole, AWS is also more than meets the eye. It brings in money like crazy but that money also rolls out to build even newer, bolder, more profitable businesses.

Like SATELLITE GROUND STATION services, their latest new business:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/from-the-cloud-to-space-aws-launches-aerospace-and-satellite-business-unit/

“Amazon has already established a foothold in the sector and counts entities like NASA, Lockheed Martin, and Geollect, which provides geospatial maritime intelligence, among its customers. On Tuesday, it announced Capella Space, which provides on-demand Earth observation data via satellite-based radar, is running its entire IT infrastructure on AWS.

Two years ago, AWS launched Ground Station, a fully-managed service that provides satellite owners and operators global access to their space workloads. The service is used by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), among other customers. ”

And, of course, Amazon is looking at building it’s own internet satellite constellation that will need its own ground stations. Project Kuiper. Which to succeed wil need reusable, Amazon owned rockets. Rather like the ones from Bezos owned but still independent (for now) Blue Origin.

I wonder how the OP author is going to reconcile all this when he still hasn’t realized Alexa is a voice data collection system for AWS voice services. Recycling new ideas? Or looking ahead to the coming age of private space stations, lunar outposts, and asteroid mining. There’s gold in that vacuum. 😉
(Literally, btw.)

Like the blind men and the elephant, pundits judge Amazon by whatever part they recognize, more or less. And if it doesn’t quite fit, it’s “because Amazon is weird” not because they’re only touching part of the beast.

Which is fine for Bezos because the longer it takes for his foes to catch on, the longer it’ll take to catch up, if ever.

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