Unlike Anything They Have Ever Seen Before

Listen: There is no debate on this. It’s pork roll. Taylor is a brand, much like Case, and they are the two major pork roll producers. Calling pork roll “Taylor ham” is akin to calling all tissues “Kleenex.” It’s simply not correct. The end. And for those of you on the wrong side of the data-driven map (see attached), I feel sorry for you. I do empathize; after all, you were brought up this way. But it’s time to change.

Especially after what you’re about to read.

Sit down. This is going to shatter north Jersey. I almost feel bad about this.

Here we go.

When those of you living in north Jersey order a “Taylor ham, egg and cheese,” chances are the “Taylor ham” you’re eating is …

Case pork roll.

From diners to delis, supermarket shelves to WaWa, if it’s pork roll and it doesn’t say “Taylor,” it’s almost certainly Case.

DC Jumbo Slice Rivalry. Quaint in context of the far-superior Philly and Jersey boardwalk jumbo slices.

“1 Yan
2 Tan
3 Tethera
4 Pethera
5 Pimp
6 Sethera
7 Lethera
8 Hovera
9 Covera
10 Dik
11 Yan-a-dik
12 Tan-a-dik
13 Tethera-dik
14 Pethera-dik
15 Bumfit
16 Yan-a-bumfit
17 Tan-a-bumfit
18 Tethera-bumfit
19 Pethera-bumfit
20 Figgot”
— The numbering system long used to count sheep in Lincolnshire. There are many comparable systems from other parts of northern England and Scotland. (via ayjay)


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Amazon’s Incomplete Arguments

Amazon’s case against Hachette is well-considered but its economic arguments are incomplete. (I’m not going to touch its bizarre misreading of Orwell.)

I love saving money, but I can’t jump on board the “lower prices are better for everyone” argument without thinking about a number of points.

Comparison effects. Lower priced goods will tend to sell more when they are next to more expensive goods. A $10 book may sell 1.75 as many copies as a $15 book when they are both in the same storefront, but what would the sales be if all books were $10? Or if all books were $15? It may be a good strategy to price an individual book at $10 but it does not follow that Hachette would be better off it it priced all its books at $10.

Think of it this way: a reader is looking to buy two books, and more often than not chooses the cheaper ones. So cheaper books will tend to outsell the more expensive books, and bring in more revenue. But it doesn’t necessarily follow that the reader is buying more books in total. It just shows that people take account of price. Lowering the price of all books may not therefore not increase sales, and could lower overall revenue.

Amazon’s price elasticity argument only works if the total sales of all books (or at least, all Hachette books) increase when they are all uniformly priced lower. It doesn’t work if the reason cheaper books sell more is because readers are buying the cheaper books instead of more expensive ones. Amazon may have history on its side—total sales of all books increased with the introduction of the paperback—but I’d need to see actual data.

(Also, dropping a price from $15 to $10 would increase sales because people like bargains, but increased sales after a price drop are not permanent.)

What’s the actual profit-maximizing price? Price elasticity is a real phenomenon but it’s not that case that you can just keep lowering prices to increase sales and revenue. You don’t sell an infinite number of books at a price point of zero. $10 might be a better price point than $15, but how does it compare to $8? To $12? If anything, Hachette ought to be able to experiment with a wide variety of different price points.

Effect on print sales. Amazon argues that its preferred pricing model leads to higher revenue for publishers and authors, but it does not take into account the possible effect on print sales (information which Amazon does have). If higher ebook sales reduce print sales, Amazon’s argument from the self-intrest of publishers and authors might be false.

It might be short-sighted to worry about cannibalizing print sales with ebook sales. This opens up a publisher to competition from those who do not have that worry. Already, many digital-only authors have been successful with very low prices. But it would also be a mistake to analogize print to CDs or DVDs. Print will be with us for a long time, and most data show that ebook sales have leveled off. They are not replacing print sales. So protecting print is not as short-sighted as, say, the music industry was when initially failing to embrace digital distribution.

Amazon doesn’t need to make money on books, but Hachette does. Amazon is still thought of foremost as a bookseller but most of its revenue is from non-media sales. Amazon can afford to lose money or break even on media sales if doing so increases its sales of other goods or keeps customers tied to the Amazon/Kindle/Fire ecosystem. Publishers would not benefit if their sole product becomes somebody else’s loss-leader. (This, incidentally, is what I think that publishers and authors and not Amazon ought to be in charge of setting the price for their works. For digital goods, the agency model is superior in nearly every respect to the wholesale/retail model. It is bizarre to me that so many people think otherwise—do they really think it would be better for software developers if Apple and Google set the price of the apps on their app stores?)

DRM. The best thing for readers and publishers would be to get rid of DRM, since it benefits platform owners, not creators, and tends to create distribution and platform monopolies. Readers should be able to buy ebooks from a wide variety of sources and read them on any device. Hachette should be able to sell ebooks directly from its own website that readers can access on a Kindle, iPad, or Nook. Amazon’s DRM gives it a lock in its readers which in turn increases its leverage against the publishers. If Hachette doesn’t like Amazon’s policies it should be able to walk away and take its readers with it.

Incidentally, it would not violate the DMCA for Hachette to remove Amazon’s DRM from its own books or to authorize readers to do so, since anti-circumvention only applies to acts taken without the authoirty of the copyright owner. Amazon is not the copyright owner of Hachette’s books and DRM-protected works don’t get a new copyright. However, there may be some complications about the distribution of tools to allow this, and it’s probably just simpler for Hatchette to give readers who want to flee Amazon’s lock-in new DRM-free copies of their Hachette ebooks.

Interconnected vs. Non-Interconnected Text Messaging Applications: Yes, This Will Be Confusing

Unlike AT&T, I fully support the Commission’s action on text-to-911, but I think that Bob Quinn has a good point about the likely consumer confusion surrounding interconnected vs. non-interconnected texting apps. Due to the widespread use of phone numbers as IDs in non-interconnected apps, I think that some users might struggle to understand where they can text 911 and where they can’t.

I would bet that most people would think that non-interconnected services that allow you to send and receive text messages using your phone number as an ID count as “interconnected,” but they don’t. Phone numbers, like email addresses, are widely used as account names in third-party services that have no connection to the phone network. When you send a WhatsApp message to a “phone number,” even though WhatsApp has taken steps to make sure your phone number is really your phone number, you’re not using SMS or the phone network in any way. WhatsApp and similar services use phone numbers because it’s one less thing for people to keep track, because they’re all unique, and because it’s a handy way to bootstrap a contacts list, but a phone number in WhatsApp is no different than an IM username.

By contrast, something like Google Voice, which allows you to send and receive text messages to any number from third-party apps, web pages, etc, is an interconnected text messages application. On my iPhone I can send a text message from Google Voice to anywhere from my Google Voice number—I can even send SMS messages back and forth between Google Voice and the phone itself.

However, iMessage, an example Bob uses, is not an interconnected text app, as I see it. That’s because iMessage lets you send and receive iMessages with iMessage users, including using a phone number as an ID, but as a fallback, it is just an SMS app itself, using the phone’s native SMS capability. (The well-known problem where people stop using iMessage and stop getting messages of any kind from some people happens because other iOS devices sometimes don’t do the “fall back” step when they should. This is another problem with using phone numbers as IDs on private systems.) You cannot send an SMS from iMessage on an iPad or Mac. (Though, to make things more fun, iOS 8 and Yosemite further complicate this by allowing iPads and Macs to relay SMS messages to and from an iPhone over a local network. Yet it is still the iPhone that is doing the actual SMSing.) So iMessage either is a non-interconnected text messaging application or it simply is vanilla SMS—a third category is only necessary for applications that allow you to send SMS messages from something other than a phone, or by using something other’s than your phone’s native capacity. Even a third-party app that allows you to natively send and receive SMS messages is not an interconnected SMS app if all it is doing is providing an interface to your phone’s existing SMS capacity.

Many apps, such as Open Whisper Systems’ TextSecure, work like this. Android allows you to use a custom app as your phone’s SMS app, and it’s straightforward for an app to use SMS as a fallback while sending the messages it can through a private, non-interconnected network, as TextSecure does. Open Whisper similarly has apps that let you place and receive encrypted “phone calls” with your “phone number,” yet those apps are not interconnected VoIP, either. Again, they are simply using your phone number as a handy unique identifier.

What can be done about this? I really have no idea. I would prefer if apps just didn’t use phone numbers as IDs, so that it was easier for people to see the distinction between PSTN/phone/SMS messaging (universal, standard, perhaps slower to evolve) and private messaging systems. I think there is a place for both kinds of services. But that horse has bolted. The current received wisdom is that using existing identifiers on a new services (phone numbers, email addresses) is the simplest and best approach despite any confusion it might cause (and, in the case of phone numbers, the unpredictable ways different services handle it when users get a new phone and number, or try to use the service on multiple devices simultaneously).

Another approach might be to require that all messaging apps that are running on phones have the capacity to fall back to SMS, at least when people try to message 911. This might be possible under the FCC’s ancillary authority or some other theory though a statute might be clearer. But, this wouldn’t address what happens when people try to send such messages from tablets or other devices that lack in-built SMS functionality—should applications also have the ability to send and receive texts server-side the way that Google Voice (and a million “free texting” services) do?

One final problem relates to location. A network operator has a much surer idea of a user’s location on a wired or wireless network than an application, which generally can only try to guess based on some correlated information which may be inaccurate (e.g., IP address) or perhaps through some other means such as a phone’s built-in location services API. It is difficult to see how to push emergency functionality solely into applications without some means of applications receiving non-spoofable location information from the network.