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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music' 340

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-luck-with-that dept.
Squiff writes U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, "interactive format for music," due to launch in "about 18 months." (A direct interview is available at Time, but paywalled.) Bono said the new tech "can't be pirated" and will re-imagine the role of album artwork. Marco Arment has some suitably skeptical commentary: "Full albums are as interesting to most people today as magazines. Single songs and single articles killed their respective larger containers. ... This alleged new format will cost a fortune to produce: people have to take the photos, design the interactions, build the animations, and make the deals with Apple. Bono’s talking point about helping smaller bands is ridiculous ... There's nothing Apple or Bono can do to make people care enough about glorified liner notes. People care about music and convenience, period. As for “music that can’t be pirated”, I ask again, what decade is this? That ship has not only sailed long ago, but has circled the world hundreds of times, sunk, been dragged up, turned into a tourist attraction, went out of business, and been gutted and retrofitted as a more profitable oil tanker."
Social Networks

Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join 175

Posted by samzenpus
from the paying-the-price dept.
MojoKid writes Facebook has become too crowded and too mundane. With around 1.3 billion Facebook users, it's understandable to be overwhelmed by everything and want to get away from it all. However, unlike Facebook which is looking to connect everyone to the internet, there is a new site called Netropolitan that focuses more on exclusivity and privacy. The site was founded by composer and former conductor of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra James Touchi-Peters who wanted to provide a social media site for affluent and accomplished individuals. People wishing to join need only pay a mere $9,000 to join. Of that amount, $6,000 is the initiation fee and the remaining $3,000 is for the annual membership fee which users will continue to pay. So what does the initiation and annual fee get you? For starters, Netropolitan will offer an ad-free experience and will not promote any kind of paid promotions to its members. However, it will allow the creation of groups by businesses in which members can advertise to each other under certain guidelines.

Comment: It's not the material, it's the tre (Score 1) 391

by bigsexyjoe (#47929941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

You shouldn't need a second bachelor's degree, because only the first four years should be challenging. By the end of college it's supposed to become easier. You learn how to learn. You should be able to learn more material at that level through self-study.

After four years, you should be ready for a Master's degree. In that program, they'll hold your hand a little less and the pace will be faster.

Getting a second bachelor's is like staying in high school to take extra electives. You should be past that level at that point.

Comment: Not a long term plan (Score 1) 270

by bigsexyjoe (#47927939) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

If you know COBOL and are going to retire in ten years, COBOL programming can be a good deal.

But if you are 22 it is not a good deal at all. The demand might be high relative to supply, but it is going to slowly shrink. Your better bet is to get experience in something that has a high demand, not because of a small supply of programmers. I'm pretty sure being an experienced Hadoop engineer, for example, will get you more money and the tail of that career is longer. When Hadoop goes out of fashion, the next thing will probably be an incremental change over Hadoop so it won't be too hard to learn. When you are sixty you can take care of legacy Hadoop systems and make good money.

But if you are 22, learning COBOL doesn't have a long pay off. You will make a good, but not great living. Like I said the demand will be low. Your COBOL experience will not put you into a good position to learn hot new things that are based on object oriented and functional programming. Furthermore, you won't have written anything cool and great, so it won't be a great path into management.

If you honestly can't get any job, maybe learning COBOL would be worth it. But I think there's a bigger payoff learning object-oriented JavaScript.

Comment: It is not stable (Score 4, Informative) 72

by bigsexyjoe (#47921073) Attached to: Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

It lasts for several hundred thousand years but the red giant is eventually absorbed into the neutron star which becomes a slightly larger neutron star or possibly a black hole.

So the red giant is just a big meal that takes a while to eat. But if you look around enough, you can find one in the middle of its course.

Comment: I wouldn't bother (Score 2) 391

by bigsexyjoe (#47920487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I wouldn't bother. Get your degree and get out as fast as possible. You don't really need school to learn liberal arts or tech. School will give you a big leg up, but remember you are mostly there to get the piece of paper. I imagine most people would learn a lot more in one year of self-directed study than they would while getting a four year degree.

So get your degree quickly. You should just pick one major. Try not to change it. If you want to spend more time in school, get a master's degree.

Comment: There are no guarantees (except student loan debt) (Score 1) 391

by bigsexyjoe (#47920451) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

There are no guarantees, so school doesn't guarantee you anything. School can be good, it can open up doors, or it could not. Maybe you can open doors without school.

I say if you want to go and study liberal arts, that's fine. If you want to go and study tech, that's fine. But if you don't want to do anything that involves a degree anyway, you shouldn't feel like you must do school.

You can learn in school, or you can learn things yourself. Life experience can be very valuable too. Teaching yourself how to learn without a teacher is also very valuable.

Comment: College is overblown (Score 1) 391

by bigsexyjoe (#47919467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Can you learn to code without a tech degree? Sure! Can you learn to write wonderful essays without a liberal arts degree? Sure! Will a tech degree help you get into tech? Absolutely!

There are plenty of good coders who have gotten degrees in things like economics or even design. You can certainly teach yourself to be a great coder and put up a Github account that will impress potential employers. Granted, this is a struggle if you didn't study CS or an aligned field in school, but it's doable. Furthermore, companies like Apple have plenty of need for non-technical workers.

On the other side, you don't really need a degree in liberal arts. This can also be self taught. You can read voraciously and teach yourself written expression by practicing on the Internet.

Of course, now we come to the cliche. What did Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg get their degrees in? Nothing.

Science

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk 905

Posted by Soulskill
from the need-a-way-to-cheat-death dept.
New submitter anlashok writes: Atheism and science face a real challenge: To frame an account of science, or nature, that leaves room for meaning. According to this article, atheists have pinned their flag to Mr. Spock's mast. But they need Captain Kirk. Quoting: "I'm pro-science, but I'm against what I'll call "Spock-ism," after the character from the TV show Star Trek. I reject the idea that science is logical, purely rational, that it is detached and value-free, and that it is, for all these reasons, morally superior. Spock-ism gives us a false picture of science. It gives us a false picture of humankind's situation. We are not disinterested knowers. The natural world is not a puzzle. ... The big challenge for atheism is not God; it is that of providing an alternative to Spock-ism. We need an account of our place in the world that leaves room for value."

Comment: I assume she's not qualified because she's a woman (Score -1, Troll) 75

by bigsexyjoe (#47831165) Attached to: White House Names Google's Megan Smith As CTO

I have no problem giving the job to the most qualified person, even if that person is a woman. But she's not the most qualified person! You know how I know? Because she's a woman! She is clearly an AFFIRMATIVE ACTION pick. She's no good. All she knows about is mechanical engineering (aside from her years of IT experience)! I'm so sick of all this AFFIRMATIVE ACTION! Again, I'd love to give the job to a qualified woman. But every woman who gets any job gets it because of AFFIRMATIVE ACTION!

Comment: Exactly (Score 1) 511

by bigsexyjoe (#47748521) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

As you said, they use Java.

You don't really have any citations for anything you said. But I doubt they did huge amounts of refactoring in three months and then stayed with their new solution even after they found out the language wasn't the problem.

"Over time, they wrote more and more parts in other languages, which is natural because they're big and they want each piece to be optimized."

Exactly. I didn't say Java was one language to rule over all. I said it has it's place and companies such as Twitter and Google agree.

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