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Comment: Re: I am amazed (Score 1) 206

by AvitarX (#49783083) Attached to: A Text Message Can Crash An iPhone and Force It To Reboot

Wouldn't a message in all Chinese trigger this?

Or if it has to do with splitting a multi byte character.,all Chinese and an odd number of Latin thrown in (I see snippits of Latin characters on weibo all of the time ).

If the error is not likely to happen, there's more too it than being explained.

Comment: Re: OK, we've seen this before (Score 1) 379

by AvitarX (#49758959) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

It's actually why they codified it. They found it was a technique effectove teachers taught, and how people do it in their head.

I personally think it gets too much focus, it doesn't work for everyone, and different tricks work for different people, but I assume most people that struggle woth getting it are not "math people". I also don't think teaching math people techniques to everyone is necessarily going to work.

Comment: Re: Someone is doing something really wrong (Score 1) 167

by AvitarX (#49695895) Attached to: How Spotify Can Become Profitable

Certainly Spotify has less staff per a station, but someone needs to keep the equipment running, ans I suspect more than one person is involved in programming their literally infinite stations, trying to keep the radio features, and the new music discovery better than that of Pandora, Google, and Beats. The app needs to be maintained and kept better than the others too. I could be wrong though, Wikipaedia says 1500 employees.

They are not one radio station, but infinite radio stations, and they need to negotiate for their music, in multiple jurisdictions.

The real problem they will have though, is that unlike radio, the [Spotify] stations are good enough that they replace owning a collection. Streaming services aren't a substitute for radio, they're a substitute for a music collection, and it's a business model that's having trouble taking off. Early systems were too restricted (both by technology of the time, and contracts) with too limited a selection, then came services that really work, but they provided it all for essentially free (less ads than real life radio). The internet streaming can't extract enough money to keep the labels happy, while simultaneously cutting into their sales. I don't know what the solution is, because people are going to be hard pressed to buy a track at a time when they had access to almost everything.

Nobody will pay Spotify to play this or that single, because Spotify won't generate sales for them.

I know I'm done buying CDs and tracks (I do pay for Google's service though), if they kill streaming, I'll be a pirate.

Comment: Re: It not very hard (Score 1) 167

by AvitarX (#49673567) Attached to: How Spotify Can Become Profitable

And playlists. My friend was using YouTube playlists when she hosted parties before Spotify was a thing.

I think if Spotify wants to succeed they need to find a way to entice more subscriptions, which unfortunately means lamer service.

Maybe an ad free version that works like the free one without ads (still not mobile playlists or caching ). I don't know.,I paid for the full service until it looked like they'd never support Chromecast and moved to Google play. After some time using it, I find google play better at recommending too now.,so I win. Better recommendations (in I feel lucky radio, the brows able ones suck), better interface (I think Spotify has a library style feature now too though),a nd side load what's missing.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"