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Comment: Re:All about the contract. (Score 1) 157

by dontbemad (#48979171) Attached to: Major Record Labels Keep 73% of Spotify Payouts
But they have done something to earn it. They provide artists with a lot of up-front capital, and in exchange, indenture them into a life of servitude.

I'm not at all saying that it is ethical, but it certainly has been proven to be a good business model. You may not like what the record industries do (who does?), but to say that they haven't done anything to earn the money is kind of naive. They function very similarly to a bank. If you don't like how they operate, go elsewhere. But the matter of fact is that a large number of artists continue to flock to these labels because of the perceived stability and name recognition.

Comment: This Again (Score 4, Insightful) 556

It really is tiring to see such incendiary articles posted to slashdot. I mean, whether religious or non, is anyone here hoping to have an intelligent or civil debate on the subject? Aren't you just allowing the editors to prove how well they are doing to their Dice overlords by pointing to a piece such as this and saying "look, 600 comments! think of all the ad-revenue this article must have generated!"

If you want to be religious and non-scientific, do that. Likewise, if you choose to be scientific and non-religious, do that as well. One can also be both or neither, and those are both valid options for how one should live his life, too. However, it serves no purpose but to further degrade the quality of this site when we engage in such a meaningless flame-war, especially when it is generated by such blatant pandering.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 4, Insightful) 167

by dontbemad (#48417753) Attached to: Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe
Once again, missing the point. In my (small) shop, by using azure (which has worked well for us), we avoid having to use money to hire admins to maintain any sort of in house servers we might have. We can then put that money towards more developers (or better salaries for us current devs), as well as paying for training, nicer dev machines, etc. At the same time, if we do have a problem with any sort of hosted service through azure, support is literally a phone call away, and I can't remember the last time a resolution didn't happen within a couple hours.

Sure, cloud computing has its short-comings. But it has also allowed a litany of small companies who simply can't afford to own their own infrastructure to do business.

Comment: Re:Brilliant! (Score 4, Insightful) 150

by dontbemad (#48196245) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand
I'm fairly certain that in the layman's mind, that same "durability and communication" that the brand name Nokia implies conjures images of the old Nokia brick phones. While those certainly were durable and useful, they are also very archaic. Nokia might represent good, durable technology, but that is meaningless when the general public perceives it as "old". In an age where 2 years between new phones begins to sound like an eternity, a phone manufacturer would probably do well not to let the public still think of its main product as a monochrome, extremely basic cellphone from the early 2000s.

Comment: Re:Sheesh, what's the problem? (Score 4, Insightful) 367

Aren't the PETA folks big environmentalists too?

In a word, no. PETA doesn't concern itself with topics of sustainability and preservation of the planet. It prides itself on a hyper-sensationalized message about how humans are evil and can literally do no right to animals.

It really is unfortunate. Where there is room for a decent, effective animal rights group to help solve problems of animal abuse and cruel treatment, PETA has decided to completely occupy the space with its lunatic and extreme ideals, berating or silencing anyone that dares oppose their just and righteous mission.

Comment: Very Cool (Score 1) 203

by dontbemad (#48079261) Attached to: A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month
Despite the prevalent cynicism in the comments, I am simply floored by how cool this thing is. Sure, it may not be a perfect airplane or a perfect car (or a perfect flying car, for that matter), but this is an awesome proof-of-concept. Watching a vehicle travel down the road, pull over to unfurl its wings, and then accelerate down a straight, open lane only to lift off the ground... well, I just think that's downright neat.

Comment: Re:The traditional response (Score 1) 277

by dontbemad (#47973831) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

What is to be lamented is how the 'free press' can be rounded up like a lot of sheep.

Wise words. It is frightening how the common man's only source of information about one or many topics can be so easily twisted to fit an agenda. And then when those same words are reversed, they continue to believe them as if gospel truth.

Comment: The traditional response (Score 5, Insightful) 277

by dontbemad (#47973201) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6
This seems to be a typical sort of response from a media that tends to bias Apple products. I make no criticism of Apple with that remark, only those responsible for reviewing their products fairly. I get the feeling that a huge number of these reviewers, rather that being classical "tech lovers" if you will, are more prone to have a brand or ecosystem identity that drives their judgement about a given product or product family.

This kind of trend is fairly common across all major phone manufacturers, across both iOS and Android, and also across Apple and Google themselves. It is why I rarely take a phone review seriously, be it for a phone that I actually am interested in or one that I'm not. Having information about specs and hardware is a good place to start when deciding between two pieces of technology, but past that, a huge amount of one's enjoyment of a device can come from external factors, such as previous brand investment, ecosystem size and saturation, and even things as "trivial" as what one's friends are using.

I try not to be terribly upset when I see Apple product reviewers exhibiting these signs of bias, since a large number of Android (and perhaps even some windows phone?) reviewers do the same things. I read and watch these reviews as I would watch news about politics: with a boulder sized grain of salt. While some truth may be found somewhere in the reviewer's statements, they still can and do fall prey to human shortcomings that affects us all.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.