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+ - SPAM: MP3 Downloads How It All Came About 1

Submitted by sukdev2667
sukdev2667 (3639019) writes "When MP3s first appeared in the music marketplace, the majority of people had little use for them. Back then the players weren’t popular as they had only a small data storage capacity and short battery lives. Despite this general unpopularity, some insightful computer users glimpsed the potential of these devices, noticing that though the files were far smaller than uncompressed .wav files, there was no difference in the all-important sound quality. Soon people in the know began converting their CD collections into MP3s. This allowed users gain fast access to a personal music library that could be stored on a personal computer, and helped them to create unique play lists incorporating their favourite tracks from a variety of albums. Talk about giving music a new lease of life! But it was only a matter of time before someone made the connection, literally, to a friend’s computer, and realised that these MP3 files could be shared. Pretty soon increasing numbers of people were doing the same thing, and a host of file sharing networks sprang up, with students availing of their universities’ high-speed Internet connections to share their files quickly. After a short time large numbers of files had become generally available, meaning that any track you wanted could probably be found without too much trouble. This new trend caused a great deal of alarm at record companies, as it posed an enormous threat to the music sales that were their lifeblood. But while these companies rushed into action by filing legal proceedings against the sharing networks and their users, others saw an opportunity too powerful to resist. Seeing a great future in online music distribution, these companies established their own download sites, where people could access music for a fee. These sites proliferated, allowing people to download MP3s by their favourite artists at a price comparable to that of a more traditional CD. The flexibility of the system was an intrinsic part of its success, as it allowed people to customize their music choices by downloading a whole album, or just some select tracks. These days, as MP3 players gain the recognition they deserve, more and more people are purchasing music online. If you are a novice MP3 enthusiast, however, you should bear in mind that certain online stores do not support certain music players – music, for example, downloaded from iTunes may not be compatible with your Creative Zen player, while Napster’s music won’t play on an iPod. Avoid this frustration by always reading the small print before you download. Happy listening!"
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+ - Should the unlicensed be allowed to 'drive' an autonomous car? Share your ideas->

Submitted by Hallie Siegel
Hallie Siegel (2973169) writes "How comfortable are you in putting unlicensed persons as the only passengers of autonomous cars? Would you feel comfortable letting your eight year old daughter ride an autonomous car alone to get to school? How about those who are legally blind? Let us know what you think in this opinion poll from the Open Roboethics Initiative."
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Comment: Re:We are not anywhere near running out of address (Score 2) 306

by Kurast (#46824239) Attached to: ARIN Is Down To the Last<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/8 of IPv4 Addresses

Because there is a very high one-time-only cost involved in switching to ipv6, compared to a small running continuous cost of continuing in ipv4, and for now, it is advantageous to become in ipv4. No one wants to be the one to switch first.

Just think of all sort of problems large ISPs will have to deal in terms of support if they switch to ipv6, in terms of phone service, visits, substitution of cable modems, support for old machines running none/bogus ipv6 implementation.

Just think of all the programs coded years ago, with ipv4 hardwired in (I know 4to6, but your client does not).

Not easy as flick a switch.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.

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