^^^ This. If nothing else, it drives the ill-read crazy.
Mockingbird by Walter Tevis.
Mod Fritz up!
'Albums' as such came about WAY long ago when the standard audio medium was a 78 rpm record. Generally speaking, it was one song-per side, so one disk = 2 songs. So to compile say, 10 or 12 songs by any artist, or maybe put a whole symphony into a single package, multiple disks were put into a bound book of record sleeves (literally, an 'album' of records). When technology changed and brought about 33-1/3 LPs (Long Play, for the kids out there) the same number of tracks could be put onto a single disk; when CDs came along, they just copied the current de facto standard. The idea that you have to continue to somehow package 'albums' within the context of digital distribution is absurd. Sure, bundle tracks that form parts of a coherent whole, or can be mashed-up to, say, feature all recorded versions of a song over the years, but stop forcing artists to come up with filler, and let them do their thing instead.
Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt."
As an aside, Oracle also has OCFS2 which is intended for clustering. Still needs some work, but is really pretty robust.
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Everyone get out your tinfoil hats and panic, looks like the Microsoft/Novell deal really was a cabal-in-the-making... The article is long on background explanation but pretty short on actual details, no doubt we'll see a slew of these articles Real Soon."