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Comment Forward to the past (Score 1) 250

'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.
/late to the part I know
//at least no one has to read my rants
///and *stay* off my lawn.

Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Oracle to buy Sun

Mr. Fahrenheit writes: From Sun's own website:
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.
Data Storage

Submission + - Amazing Memory Density Achieved at ASU (wired.com)

Mr. Fahrenheit writes: Wired is reporting that Arizona State researchers "have developed a low-cost, low-power computer memory that could put terabyte-sized thumb drives in consumers' pockets within a few years." "The new memory technology — programmable metallization cell (PMC) — comes as current storage technologies are starting to reach their physical limits." PMC involves the on-demand creation of copper nano-wire bridges and probably a couple of small-animal sacrifices to make the magic work.

Submission + - Microsoft Claims Linux Infringes Patents

Mr. Fahrenheit writes: According to a story from CNN Money "Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe."

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.

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker