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Comment: Re:Are they really being hosed? (Score 1) 244

by Chuckles08 (#45597625) Attached to: Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

There isn't a demand for a million musicians, a million basketball players, or a million writers. There's a demand for millions of shelf stockers, but there's 10's of millions of people who are capable of doing the job.

I wonder how much of that is true. It seems to me that there is plenty of demand -but- getting exposure is another story. It's similar to writing apps. Tons of developers write apps but only a few make it big. Some of that, of course, is due to those apps being really good. But it's also because large companies can get their brand out there and sell it. Notice how the app stores feature big brands like Disney. A better solution to music and almost every other industry would be adjusting the business environment to promote discoverability by "buyers". Social media helps with this, but we need more creative ways to find good new music, books, apps, etc.

+ - FreedomPop Launches Open Wi-Fi, Challenging ISPs->

Submitted by Chuckles08
Chuckles08 (1277062) writes "Forbes has a story about how FreedomPop is trying to disrupt the public Wifi business. From the article: "Getting hosed by your Internet service provider may seem as inevitable as death and taxes, but a new startup aims to change that. Startup FreedomPop, which is backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, DCM and Mangrove Capital, provides cheaper Internet access and the ability for people to share access with others on its network.""
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Comment: Keep 'em but make them better! (Score 1) 267

by Chuckles08 (#41883159) Attached to: Is It Time To Commit To Ongoing Payphone Availability?
What about keeping them but enhancing their usability? For instance, combine them with other forms of information services - city info, etc. Or perhaps some corporate partnerships like movie rentals. The phone part would be separate to keep that available if someone else was searching for the latest Star Wars flick...

+ - The Encyclopedia of Life passes the 1 million page mark->

Submitted by Chuckles08
Chuckles08 (1277062) writes "The Encyclopedia of Life project (http://eol.org/), an online resource aggregating information about all life on Earth, now has over 1 million taxon pages with content. All content is licensed under a Creative Commons license and includes text, over 1.5 million images, video, and sounds. It's an amazing resource for educators since the information is curated and rated. EOL also develops tools to make the content even more accessible, like the field guide tool (http://fieldguides.eol.org) that lets you build a customized online (and printable) field guide about any group of species or higher taxa."
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Comment: Re:Citable (Score 1) 373

by Chuckles08 (#39354461) Attached to: After 244 Years, the End For the Dead Tree Encyclopedia Britannica

This is mainly due to the fact that there is no "stable" Wikipedia -- things change so quickly that citing Wikipedia makes it very difficult for anyone to actually look up whatever you were citing. If there were "snapshots" that were widely distributed, say at the end of each year, one could simply cite those snapshots.

There is actually, an effort to change some of this. The Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), which imports Wikipedia articles about species, has a process underway where curators will be able to edit a Wikipedia article, mark it as "curated", and then have that expertly reviewed article available for reference. Think of it sort of as an EOL branded version of the article, lending more weight to its accuracy. The main article can still continue to be edited and changed.

Comment: Hydroponics (Score 1) 379

by Chuckles08 (#39044827) Attached to: Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
One simple way to use less water in agriculture is to employ hydroponics. These systems can use up to 90% less water than traditional farming. Another point is that the development of better (cheaper/more efficient led lighting) is beginning to tip the balance in terms of economics since produce can now be grown indoors 24/7.

+ - What's an Effective and Inexpensive Way to Monitor 3

Submitted by Chuckles08
Chuckles08 (1277062) writes "I'm about to complete a purchase of an electric scooter that is worth over $5k. Since I'll be parking it on a college campus, it will be vulnerable to theft. I'd like to install some kind of tracking device on it but the solutions I've seen so far seem quite expensive. Are there any reasonably priced and effective solutions out there? Ideally, I'd like to be informed by text message if my scooter moves without my knowing. I'd like to then track the scooter's movements."

Comment: Re:Facebook karma (Score 2) 286

by Chuckles08 (#37527962) Attached to: Spotify Defends Facebook Sign-Up Requirement
I agree... Facebook with the whole "follow your life" path that they seem to be taking are alarming many users who already have some concern about privacy but are on Facebook because everyone else is. I've switched to Google+ because of the way Facebook, and now its partners, are pushing people around.

Comment: Re:I think this Earth is pretty darn super. (Score 1) 208

by Chuckles08 (#37380322) Attached to: 50 New Exoplanets Found, Billions More Await
No, no! [glances nervously towards the heavens...] It's not super! It's disgusting. A wasteland really. Move along now... Nothing to see... [further reflection...] Hey, wait a minute! Maybe our greedy oil-fueled societies are, in fact, a master plan by informed politicians - who are protecting us via a "nothing to support life here" policy...

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