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Comment: Re:Artists paid 16 times as much for Spotify than (Score 2) 303

by DrStrangluv (#49113699) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

Now you pay Spotify $10/month for unlimited access to the entire album. To the entirety of the artist's catalogue. To the entirety of all the included artists' catalogues.

This is obviously and trivially less money than any one of those artists would make previously from you if you liked their music.

What makes you so sure there's less money here?

I remember that we used to pay about $10 per album (with the exception of certain top 40 new releases that cost twice as much that I never bought), and I used to buy about 1 album per month. If everyone who did that switched to Spotify for the entirety of their music consumption, that's exactly the same revenue going into the system as before.

It's even better now. Under the old system, if you liked an artists music you bought it once, and that was the end of the transaction. Especially for new artists with only one or two albums, that's tough. Who goes out and buys an artists' entire back catalog, anyway? Under the new system, if you like the artists music they can keep getting paid as long as you keep listening to it.

Comment: Opening sourcing IE... (Score 1) 165

by DrStrangluv (#48866259) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?
Opening sourcing IE would just perpetuate it, and I'm not sure I want that to happen. I would, however, like to see them use a public issue tracker (and I'm not talking about Connect here) that allows the part of the public that cares to help drive feature prioritization and bug fixes.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

by DrStrangluv (#48794727) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw
To be fair, the phone/tablet markets are very different from the desktop/laptop markets.

Phones are typically replaced after a two-year contract, after which they *might* live for another year on a secondary market. People seem to be stretching their tablet purchases a little further: as long as four years, with again potentially one additional year in the secondary market, though data on this is still in it's infancy. However, that still puts 5 years as the longest life for a tablet, that may be sold as much as a year after the OS release. The result is that I'd really like to see us hold handset makers to a 3 year support life for phones and 5 for tablets, and hold the OS maker (Google/Apple/MS) held to a six year cycle.

Desktops and laptops (and servers), on the other hand, have traditionally been much more likely to be hoarded by consumers for as long as they can make the device go. I've seen desktops pushing the 11 year mark, running an OS that was already 4 years old when the desktop was new. That makes Windows XP's 13-year supported life seem downright short. I like what linux is doing right with with LTS support releases vs standard releases of various distros. That allows them to move the product forward more rapidly, but still provide stability and support for those who need it. However, even those LTS support windows are often laughably short.

Comment: Wouldn't change anything in IT (Score 1) 545

by DrStrangluv (#48534875) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Only workers earning an annual income of under $23,660 qualify for mandatory overtime. Many millions of Americans are currently exempt from the overtime rules — teachers, federal employees, doctors, computer professionals, etc.

So let's say they "fix" the computer professionals exemption. If that happens, it defaults back tot he $23,660 rule. How many IT pros do you know that make $23,600 or less?

Comment: Re:Minor revision? (Score 1) 187

by DrStrangluv (#48533899) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

It's kinda late now, but MS finally figured out that the major version should update when the runtime changes.

To date there have been 3 versions of the runtime:


The 3.0 and 3.5 series were really about changes to the C# language and then adding all the linq stuff. All this new stuff, including the current 4.5.x version (which should have been named more like 4.1.x ) is still using the 4.0 series, or third generation, of the runtime.

Comment: I'll take a guess (Score 1) 204

Is it Untangle?

Their update for the v10.2 release changed the OpenVPN configuration (the tunnel interface can now be NAT'd -- and is by default, even if it wasn't before), leaving some of us frustrated trying to find what wasn't working. If that's so, you have three options: adjust your network settings to account for NAT, disable NAT on the tunnel interface, or (recommended) switch to the IPSec VPN option. IPSec just works better anyway. I know my users have been a lot happier, and I've preferred not needing to distribute a client at all for most users.

Comment: Re:Any kind of Internet ads are bad (Score 1) 187

I used to believe this, and then came Stack Overflow. One day I was reading an answer on SO, and it hit me: compare Stack Overflow, which is fully ad supported, with it's arch rival Experts Exchange, which though it has ads, is mainly subscription supported. Which would you rather use?

Comment: Mixed Research with Application (Score 1) 373

by DrStrangluv (#44511331) Attached to: Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

I saw these two excerpts:

> "Research found that normal **office computers**, not running data-centric applications, access just 9.58GB of unique data per day

and this:

> cease production of 7200 RPM **laptop drives** at the end of 2013, and just make models running at 5400 RPM

So let's take research on one market segment (office computers) and apply it to a completely different market segment (consumer laptops). I'm sure that'll work out just fine.

Comment: Won't Work (Score 1) 177

by DrStrangluv (#44172907) Attached to: MagicPlay: the Open Source AirPlay

Even if they get this technically perfect, it can never work, because it will never be supported by Apple.

I can already use AirPlay mirror to transmit not only my iPad/iPhone or Mac screen, but through additional software I can also mirror my Windows or Linux Desktop and even an Android tablet or phone. Oh, and the receiver doesn't have to be an AppleTV. A Mac or PC can receive streams as well. You can even hack a Pi or XBMC to receive AirPlay, too. The only major missing device categories today are Windows RT and Blackberry 10... and if they know what's good for 'em, they'll open up API's to make this possible. Apple's AirPlay is already the lingua franca of wireless A/V, even more so than technologies like WiDi.

AirPlay today is already *everything* MagicPlay wants to be, with the exception that MagicPlay has virtually no chance of ever working on an iPad.

The only way this changes is if Apple decides to go legal on the third party tools making this possible... tools which currently have their blessing... a move which would make no sense, as the core technology is too easy to duplicate (as proven by this very story). Moreover, the move would make some new enemies in tech circles and especially in education (historically an Apple stronghold), because at that point there will be no hope for places like conference centers/auditoriums/classrooms to easily have a single generic point of contact for wireless display.

I will grant that if Apple does go for the legal option, MagicPlay could be well-positioned as a single alternative supported by all the competitors: Android, Windows (regular and extra-crispy metro), linux, etc

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