Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Well duh! (Score 2) 77

by bjohnson (#46492187) Attached to: Why Are There More Old Songs On iTunes Than Old eBooks?

The music industry has a long and sordid history of ripping off the artists...in the main there's nothing to negotiate because the music publishers own the republishing rights.

Book publishers, contract to publish the book, in one format.

(The same negotiations often have to take place for paperback rights as well, so it's not like this is something new, and is, in the main simple boilerplate contracting with the author, author's agent, or estate) The renegotiations are hard because the publishers are greedy.

Of course all of your basic /. 'intellectual property is theft' technomarxists who never had to make their living off their own intellectual property couldn't be arsed to comprehend this...while musicians can sometimes eke out a living playing live (when they still own their own music, that is), there's not a lot of call for authors to read their books in front of adoring crowds night after night...

Comment: Re:Open source? (Score 0) 215

by bjohnson (#45825097) Attached to: The Startling Array of Hacking Tools In NSA's Armory

A truly random one-time pad longer than your cipher text is not crackable other than brute-force. Use a code along with the OTP and it's uncrackable (because the crackers won't recognize the plaintext when they do decipher it.) Of course you need to distribute copies of your codebook and OTP, which is why they developed ciphers in the first place...the only trick is to develop a code that parses to plain boring text. "Aunt Martha sends her love; she made a wonderful cherry pie for the church potluck last week, everyone was raving about it!"

Media (Apple)

The Beatles On iTunes 551

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the help-i-need-some-money dept.
Yesterday Apple put a big old teaser up on their homepage for an unknown announcement to occur today. Speculation ran rampant from the delayed iOS 4.2, to iTunes Streaming to a release of the Beatles catalog on the iTunes store. Well, it was the latter. They have 13 albums on the store now, and a $150 box set. So here's hoping that we get that iPad multitasking yet this November.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile in the U.S. (Score 2, Insightful) 163

by bjohnson (#33914132) Attached to: Switzerland's Mega Tunnel Sets Record

No, it's not very interesting because it simply isn't true. On the average government employees are better paid than the average american, but that's only because government jobs tend not to be minimum-wage McJobs.

When controlled by educational achievement, the exact opposite is true.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/09/public_employees_dont_make_mor.html

The average government employee with a bachelors degree makes 25% LESS than the average private industry employee with a bachelors degree.

Comment: Re:are you crazy? (Score 1) 268

by bjohnson (#26891941) Attached to: Jet Pack Runs For Hours On Water

Nope, such devices have been made by EV hobbyists. There's a guy in CA http://www.mrsharkey.com/pusher.pdf who made a EV out of a VW Rabbit, then made a hybrid by lopping off the front end of another Rabbit, and attached it via a rigid towbar to the back of the EV, along with the necessary control electonics for changing gears, etc.

"An open mind has but one disadvantage: it collects dirt." -- a saying at RPI

Working...