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Comment: Re:Yep, how the music industry was killed... (Score 1) 191

by Casualposter (#47494527) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

It takes time and effort to create a novel - even a crappy one. One of the authors that I read frequently puts out about two novels per year and spends 40-50 hours per week writing. It takes me a weekend to read her novel. Even if a musician gets $0.05/track, they get something and they can play a concert and sell t-shirts, or fan club memberships, etc. What can an author do? They don't do public performances, or have fan clubs, or sell T-shirts.

There was never much money in creative writing, and the subscription service isn't going to put food on the table for authors. So I guess you give away your first few novels and hope you can raise enough to eat via Patreon.

Sounds really bleak.

Comment: Re:Dilbert words: Can anything be as demoralizing? (Score 3, Insightful) 382

by Casualposter (#47474549) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Oh what utter rubbish! Management is mostly irrelevant - especially the over paid CEO types who can't seem to figure out what the company does - but they can sure "manage" it. Good, driven, visionary management can keep a company healthy and profitable for centuries, but most of these managers are about as useful as pot holes. What they are really good at is convincing themselves and their cronies on the board of directors that they deserve more pay, more bonuses, because well, they are paid millions so they must be worth millions more! In reality, the average manager is not any smarter than the guy running the project and certainly not better at predicting where the market it is headed, or what the economy is going to do, or what the sales for next quarter will be. AS for the higher level concerns . . . what higher level concerns? A business has all the same issues as a family - income, taxes, the crazy dude next door with the chainsaw and the lawyer...which church to go to for the tax breaks and legal loop holes. Please don't put any faith in management - they either understand the company because they've worked there (and can do an adequate job of keeping the place running) or they are just some rich dude in a suit with less clue about how to run a company than a chimpanzee has of running a zoo.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 300

by Casualposter (#47456979) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

I worked for a giant company that merged with another giant company. A merger of companies who could not compete in the market, so they merged thinking that this would be better. The division employing me was spun off into it's own mutlibillion dollar company. After consultation with the geniuses at Arthur Anderson (remember them from the Enron disaster?), they made some pretty shitty moves mostly to reduce work force, and not hire anyone else. Everyone in the work force saw this as the slow death of the company and prepared to leave. The shell of that company was purchased by a competitor a few years ago and they are in the process of winding that old business down - closing sites, etc.

Comment: Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (Score 4, Informative) 300

by Casualposter (#47456939) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

"Irrelevant. Companies don't keep employees because they are affordable, but because they are profitable. If an employee is not adding net value, it is better for both Microsoft and the overall economy for that person to be employed elsewhere."

Not quite true. Profitable companies reduce work force to compensate the CEO and the company elite, while spinning the upcoming company death spiral as good for the stock price because costs are reduced. Reducing the work force won't improve moral, change the culture, create new products, or improve the long term prospects of the company. Anyone in the workforce who can leave will leave. What it will do is boost the stock price long enough for the current company elite to sell their stock at inflated prices and justify the ginormous bonuses they will get right before the plunge into financial crises - at which time they will pull the golden parachute and land in some other cash rich company.

Comment: Re:Did you bother to read the story? (Score 2) 59

by Casualposter (#47340139) Attached to: 2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

Well, then perhaps the advertisers in their magazines should be aware that they are stealing from or attempting to steal from 2600 magazine. Sure it is a hacker magazine, but if they will steal from hackers, they will surely rip off the automotive enthusiasts.

2600 should file claims immediately both civil and criminal. Keeping about $100,000 is enough to get big agencies interested and it is certainly not legal to spin off the "bad" parts to a "bankrupt" entity merely to avoid paying the bills.

Should be fun to watch.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 691

by Casualposter (#32665094) Attached to: Louisiana Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

The goal of the Navy is to NOT have a sub lost due to a nuclear accident.

The goal of the OIL company is to make as much money as possible while pushing as much of the cost and risk to other people.

This spill is a consequence of corporate valuation in monetary units as the sole reason for corporate existence.

Comment: Re:Word Permutations (Score 1) 158

by Casualposter (#32631988) Attached to: German Publishers Want Monopoly On Sentences

Ah, yes! Everyone uses language. Copyright language. NOW, everyone uses YOUR copyrighted language. SO! PROFITS RAIN DOWN FROM THE SKY! Well, that is exactly how the drug addled minds behind these schemes think. SO the next best thing is to TAX everyone for using language.

Well, we know where all of the communists and socialists are. This is nothing more than redistribution of wealth!

Space

Astronomers Discover 33 Pairs of Waltzing Black Holes 101

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the teach-them-to-foxtrot dept.
Astronomers from UC Berkeley have identified 33 pairs of waltzing black holes, closing the gap somewhat between the observed population of super-massive black hole pairs and what had been predicted by theory. "Astronomical observations have shown that 1) nearly every galaxy has a central super-massive black hole (with a mass of a million to a billion times the mass of the Sun), and 2) galaxies commonly collide and merge to form new, more massive galaxies. As a consequence of these two observations, a merger between two galaxies should bring two super-massive black holes to the new, more massive galaxy formed from the merger. The two black holes gradually in-spiral toward the center of this galaxy, engaging in a gravitational tug-of-war with the surrounding stars. The result is a black hole dance, choreographed by Newton himself. Such a dance is expected to occur in our own Milky Way Galaxy in about 3 billion years, when it collides with the Andromeda Galaxy."

Comment: Re:Only the view of a theist. (Score 1) 845

by Casualposter (#30622612) Attached to: Ireland's Blasphemy Law Goes Into Effect

The argument used by christians who claim that life does not exist beyond the confines of earth are all derivatives of "It's not in the bible, so it must not exist." The vatican has often ruled on the validity of science via the interpretation of scripture. What this means is that someone takes the literal writings of the bible ands says: If these words are true, then what must also be true? So if the bible says that the earth was created but does not mention any other world, then no other worlds must have been created. Such interpretations have been demonstrated to be patently false as we have found other worlds in orbit around other suns, and we have shown that the earth is not the center of the universe, and we have shown that the sun does not go round the earth. Nevertheless, the interpretation of scripture as a means of determining the nature of the world continues.

Comment: Re:Only the view of a theist. (Score 1) 845

by Casualposter (#30622452) Attached to: Ireland's Blasphemy Law Goes Into Effect

The catholic church was given the power to write the laws of christianity by the Emperor Constantine at the first council of Niceae where the full count of bishops of the christian church were brought together by the power of the emperor and the decisions of the council were enforced by the power of the roman empire. While the churches of the christian religion all claim that their faith gives them the moral authority to interpret the scriptures, the legal authority to write the laws of the religion is derived from the ancient roman legal authority.

Comment: Re:Because obscurity... (Score 3, Insightful) 379

by Casualposter (#30610420) Attached to: TSA Subpoenas Bloggers Over New Security Directive

They are wasting our time and money on this obviously stupid stuff and because it is so stupid, they slap "super secret" on it. Just because something is "secret" does not mean that it is in the best interest of the public to not know about it. The real national security issue is that some jackass got on a plane with a bomb in Nigeria, and then made it through Amsterdam and all the way to Detroit before trying to blow up the plane. Making passengers sit still with their hands in the air for the last hour of a 12 hour flight doesn't address how the bomb got on the flight to Detroit in the first place. The TSA has a tough job: keep the bombs off the planes without making air travel so odious that it doesn't work. But when the TSA does something like this proposal - something so obviously not related to fixing the actual problem, they want it to be secret because everyone will think, and rightfully so, that Colonel Klink and Sergeant Shultz of Hogan's Heros are running airport security.

To me, this leak falls under the whistleblower laws. This type of stupidity is negligent.

But of course, the TSA thinks that all of its requirements and lists must be secret because the "Bad Guys" will get through much easier if things are known. But then, secret laws and secret rules with brutal enforcement are fundamentally unfair and ineffective. Far too easy to catch the ignorantly innocent rather than the nefarious. The TSA has a history or trying to hide their rules and go with arbitrary requirements, and by golly they don't want ANYONE to talk about it.

Comment: Re:Programming without music? Listen Up Cog (Score 4, Insightful) 1019

by Casualposter (#30413540) Attached to: Music While Programming?

Forget you. You are not valuable. You are an expense. You are a necessary evil that cuts into the profits. Why do you think the company stock goes up when a bunch of you are laid off? If you were valuable assets, then the company could borrow against your value like it can against inventory and accounts receivable. You could be sold or traded like inventory or the old company car.

Right now there are fifty guys in line for your job. Your manager can replace you with another monkey in clothing faster than you can say "But I like music." IT does not matter what your experience or your skills or education, you are a cog in a machine and when you squeak you get replaced with some less squeaky cog.

That's the nature of companies in our day in age.

Games

Over 160 Tutorial Videos Created For Unreal Dev Kit 48

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-it's-done dept.
As a follow-up to Epic Games' release of a free version of the Unreal Engine last month, the company has now posted over 160 video tutorials which demonstrate the various uses of the Unreal Development Kit. Roughly 20 hours of footage were created by technical education company 3D Buzz, with topics ranging from user interface to game physics to cinematics.
Games

Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-anger-your-base dept.
mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to boardgamegeek.com, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"

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