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Comment: Pandora not the same as Spotify (Score 1) 303

by Skynyrd (#49113703) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

Pandora has a different model than Spotify, and comparing them is somewhat silly.

Pandora pays the standard rate, set by the government. It cannot play a specific song you request, or play an entire album. Much like traditional radio, you hear what "the DJ" decides to play. You can "choose a station" by selecting an artist or song, but you can't force it to play the song you want.

Spotify, on the other hand, deals directly with the artist, and pays more for allowing to play an album, or specific songs.

At at the end, it doesn't really matter how much they pay the label, because the artists doesn't get shit.
As a side note, the royalties, like in radio, are paid to the song writer, not the performer.

Comment: Problems? Yes. Nosedive? Not at all. (Score 1) 598

by Skynyrd (#48740067) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Apple has some software problems for sure; let's just start with iTunes. However, calling it a "nosedive" is simply lame. I feel he's just trying to gain some attention.

I am an OSX and iOS user. While I don't think either one is perfect, I have recent Windows and Android experience, and have no desire to use either on a regular basis. Problems? Yes. Nosedive? Not at all.

Comment: So simple (Score 1) 342

by Skynyrd (#48189259) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Don't buy ice at peak times.

For fuck's sake, Burning Man is about self reliance. Sp rather than be an adult, and deal with his ice chest in the early morning late at night, or some other time with low lines he wants to change the system to suit him.

He simply doesn't understand the event. And guys like him are part of the reason I no longer go.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 600

by Skynyrd (#47902149) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

"3) Many policemen would far prefer that their gun not be useable if someone takes it away from them."

That may be the case, but cops will be the last group to accept technology like this. It may be forced on them buy the department, but the men and women in uniforms, who are actually on the street do not want this tech.

Comment: Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 132

by Skynyrd (#47811571) Attached to: Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

I'm refinancing my house at the moment. Having my card stolen will raise all sorts of flags, and either about or delay the process.

My property won't be missing if I run up a massive credit card bill, but it would potentially cause me hours and hours of work, a bunch of money, and a shit-load of stress. I'd rather that the problem be fixed instead of ignoring it for another bunch of years.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas