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Comment: MediaHookup.com (Score 1) 451

by Wordsmith (#31980278) Attached to: Best Alternatives To the Big Name Social Media?

I'm a big fan of MediaHookup.com, a Ning network for media folks and creative types to swap tips, job postings, etc. And it's not just because I run it.

Ok, yes, it is just because I run it.

But really, I think there's a lot of value in niche-topic social networks. Twitter and Facebook are all well and good for mass contact and general socialization. That need's fairly well-filled. Other networks that fill more specific needs -- either in terms of collaboration or in terms of narrow focus -- are more interesting to me these days. Of course, that can be done as a via subsets of the larger networks too. But it's nice not to have all your eggs in one basket.

Comment: Re:Embrace. (Score 1) 262

by Wordsmith (#26712577) Attached to: New Sidekick Will Run NetBSD, Not Windows CE

Who says that's "trouble?" That's exactly what those who release their code uder the BSD license choose to allow. The BSD code is wholly free. Its derivatives may or may not be. There's no stealing/pilfering going on -- those making the derivatives have permission to close off their versions of the work.

Comment: Re:yes, but (Score 1) 864

by Wordsmith (#26517465) Attached to: Windows 7's Media Hype Having the Opposite Effect As Vista's

That's a silly, silly bet. Wine has made amazing strides, in particular when it comes to certain popular applications, but it can only run so many apps, and most of them with some glitches or incompatibilities.

Windows 7 will run virtually everything that runs properly on Vista. Most Windows software ran on Vista on Day 1. And for what didn't, or for what didn't work properly - virtually any software that's still being maintained has been updated so that it will. Compatibility bugfixes to Vista helped some software that's not under continued development too.

Vista introduced certain incompatibilities, and I'm sure Windows 7 will too -- but there's just no way Wine can hope to run as much Windows software as -any- currentish version of Windows does.

Comment: Re:AP broke the newspaper industry (Score 1) 338

by Wordsmith (#26191825) Attached to: Are Newspapers Doomed?

Are you reading the Kent County Daily Times? I used to be the editor (mid-2006 to mid-2007). I know the paper is continuing to struggle and has cut back some under its new ownership. It needs more people like you.

To the GP - Yes, papers that deliver real news no one else is providing are more -valuable- to the reader, but they're also more expensive to produce. Staff costs money. That's why the people in the expensive suits are making what appear from the outside to be boneheaded decisions about what to cut. They've got two options: Lay out a lot of cash and produce a quality product, hoping the readers and advertisers will reward you for your efforts; or cut costs to slow the bleeding while getting pummeled by readers' and advertisers' shift away from print, a failing auto industry (among the biggest advertisers papers have ever had), and a general economic downturn. The dirty little secret is that in most instances, both business plans will fail.

Small community newspapers have a shot of surviving, but I fear not dailies like the Kent County Daily Times. There's just too much overhead involved in producing a daily paper. But well-done community weeklies have a shot. They're cheap to produce, can pack a lot of information into an issue, can deliver an explicitly local audience to their advertisers, and aren't as vulnerable to the Internet because immediacy was never their big selling point anyway. Twice-a-weekers like the Warwick Beacon also could do well (and John Howell, the owner/editor, is a smart enough business man to keep his papers afloat for some time, even in this climate).

Comment: Re:Media AI source code - All presidents do it... (Score 4, Insightful) 126

by Wordsmith (#26187809) Attached to: Watergate "Deep Throat" Mark Felt Dead At 95

I can't stand Bush and think his presidency has been among the most dangerous in modern history, but there's no credible evidence he "let" 9/11" happen. There's evidence he treated the threat too lightly, but no real reason to believe he had specific knowledge of what would happen and chose to look the other way. What not-so-credible evidence has been presented by conspiracy theorists has been debunked to high heaven.

Hate him on the indisputable merits. It's easier.

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Researchers Claim To Be Able To Determine Political Leaning By How Messy You Are 592

Posted by samzenpus
from the dirty-liberal dept.
According to a study to be published in The Journal of Political Psychology, you can tell someone's political affiliation by looking at the condition of their offices and bedrooms. Conservatives tend to be neat and liberals love a mess. Researchers found that the bedrooms and offices of liberals tend to be colorful and full of books about travel, ethnicity, feminism and music, along with music CDs covering folk, classic and modern rock, as well as art supplies, movie tickets and travel memorabilia. Their conservative contemporaries, on the other hand, tend to surround themselves with calendars, postage stamps, laundry baskets, irons and sewing materials. Their bedrooms and offices are well lit and decorated with sports paraphernalia and flags — especially American ones. Sam Gosling, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, says these room cues are "behavioral residue." The findings are just the latest in a series of recent attempts to unearth politics in personality, the brain and DNA. I, for one, support a woman's right to clean.
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The DRM Scorecard 543

Posted by samzenpus
from the guess-who's-ahead dept.
An anonymous reader writes "InfoWeek blogger Alex Wolfe put together a scorecard which makes the obvious but interesting point that, when you list every major DRM technology implemented to "protect" music and video, they've all been cracked. This includes Apple's FairPlay, Microsoft's Windows Media DRM, the old-style Content Scrambling System (CSS) used on early DVDs and the new AACS for high-definition DVDs. And of course there was the Sony Rootkit disaster of 2005. Can anyone think of a DRM technology which hasn't been cracked, and of course this begs the obvious question: Why doesn't the industry just give up and go DRM-free?"

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