The record labels want online streaming to die. I've not followed the pricing too closely, but the cost per stream is something like 10x the price of a terrestrial radio station. That is why Pandora I believe was trying to purchase an FM station somewhere. The rates are lower if you have a terrestrial radio signal that then also streams IIRC.
This. It's been noted that desktop PC sales have been slipping yet component sales have been increasing. For instance we have a 3 year old AlthonIIx4 in the house that runs at 3ghz a core, has 12GB of Ram (Upgraded a year ago) and I wanted to run some newer games. So I bought a beefier PSU and a new Graphics card. Should last another 18 - 24 months before it will be time to buy a new machine. I know a lot of people doing the same.
Kids these days are getting tablets. Most adults are replacing their home desktop with laptops. I have to say that the desktop wasn't mine. It is my wife's and she bought it before we were together. I've not purchased a desktop in a decade.
People seem to miss that there are employees, in particular field service employees, at all the major vendors who earn a nice second pay check from 3 letter agencies and their employer is none the wiser.
My dad spent a 30 year career in the finance and accounting area of one of the big defense contractors. His areas dealt with a lot of high security clearance stuff and there were always FBI and spooks in their office. They knew they were there, but they had no idea who the spook or agent was. They paid the people a salary just like anyone else. Was it the computer geek? The Janitor? The Facilities guy? One of the engineers? An office cleft? Or the guy/gal standing next to them? They never knew.
There are contributors to open source projects who work for these agencies either directly or as assets paid or otherwise.
It's more like 8M by the time you figure in law enforcement at all levels. And then there is the fact that there are over 100M households with firearms in the United States.
I have a 3 year old desktop, quad core 3Ghz machine with 12GB of ram, but the video card was too weak to run the modern games. Well the new R7 series actually uses less power than the one in there. So for $100 for a R7 250 I find the old machine keeps going. Granted it as PCIE 2.1 where the newer ones are 3.0, but I plan on getting a new computer in 2015. Considering it's $20 to go see a movie at the theater I'll get my $100 out of it in the next year to 18 months.
I have to speak up here on the agriculture thing. I own about 500 acres of row crops raising wheat, soybeans, and rice primarily. Every now and then there is 20 acres of corn on one field. At any rate I monitor global agriculture trends pretty closes. For instance the growing seasons in S. America are the single biggest factor these days on what the price of Soybeans will be come harvest time in the US.
I'm not sure where this 1.2% GDP comes from exactly. Because right now food and food stuffs are one of our largest exports. Now I do believe that we don't have nearly as many people involved in that sector because we are highly mechanized. The framer who rents my 500 acres farms 4500 acres with himself, his father, an uncle, and two hired hands. I imagine the Chinese use quite a bit more labor and as a result has a larger percentage of GDP involved in that sector than we do. Now we are approaching a crisis in farming because the average age of a farmer, at least a couple years ago, was something like 58 years old. Young people have not replaced the aging workforce.
However take a look at this: http://www.pecad.fas.usda.gov/ogamaps/Default.aspx?cmdty=Corn&attribute=Production
When it comes to global trade, it's an extremely powerful weapon, especially against China. One of China's main imports is food other than rice. Even in the world, while we don't have the dominance we once did, if the US withheld it's grains from the global markets just watch as the prices jump and parts of the world literally erupt into flames.
Just had this debate with a current project with some wanting to use a NoSQL solution for the whole thing. Problem is most of the data is relational and I stuck my foot down and said we're using PostgreSQL for anything that needs to be retained. That mean users accounts & transaction records, and really all the data is relational.
Now there are other elements, like the chat system and distributing JSON strings to large numbers of persistent clients that seem a perfect fit for a NoSQL database. Since the JSON strings are basically information caches from the backend database to be widely distributed so what if the NoSQL db crashes. Spin up a new instance and reload the data from the main DB and start distributing again. Chat messages only need to persist for a few minutes at most. So honestly a crash or glitch and frankly very little of value would be lost.
Which is about to reach $30M in crowd funding...although hurry as the ability to get life time insurance for your ships will be ending next week. Then LTI will only be on the grey market...
Apple and MS have been at a patent truce for more than a decade, since the late 1990's. And continue to offer each other a very broad cross patent license agreement.
Remember the jog dial control on the iPod. Turns out MS held the patent on it. And it was covered under their cross patent licenses agreement.
MS offered the truce because they desperately needed Apple to avoid DOJ break up. But over the past decade it's proven to be useful for both sides. Largely the two companies don't directly compete with each other. Apple is a consumer electronics company. Microsoft is an enterprise software provider. There isn't a lot of overlap. At least not as much as people on
And strangely enough, the both need each other at this point to stem Google.
This. I went to law school, but am one of those has a JD but never sat for the Bar. Instead I was part of a start up we eventually sold. Frankly I made more money that I would have becoming an attorney. Plus my wife is an attorney. So having two in the house would probably be a disaster...
At any rate, I've started working for another start up. They got their first large customer wanting a Value Added Resellers contract to bundle our software with theirs. The VAR agreement I supplied was 47 pages. And the founders of the company about went googlie eyed when I presented it to them. I had enough contracts experience that I knew what to look over plus the wife read through it to make sure there was nothing I missed before handing it off to outside counsel to review.
What makes you think overseas is safe? Because once it's outside the United States it's then legally fair game for the NSA and CIA to tap because spying on foreign assets is supposed to be their jobs.
After all who are they buying vendor support services from? How many of the leading tech support agents from companies like Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, also draw a nice second pay check from the 3-letter agencies to install special devices/software/updates for said agency against a particular target. Even the local tech support guys can be bought or blackmailed. And if it's in a foreign country, that's within the CIA's mandate. Again, that's their job.
The US intelligence agencies run a fleet of international cable tapping submarines. If your traffic travels across an ocean, any ocean, or major body of water with ocean access it's tapped. How many "weather" satellites also contain communications intercept gear?
So you think your safe not hosting in the United States? Well think again.
At my last company we developed an online ordering system for restaurants in the mid 2000's and deployed on FreeBSD over Linux using Pair Networks as our server & colo provider. When younger developers who only knew of Linux asked why my response was, "I don't want to waist time with the systems end of things. BSD will sit there and do it's job." Granted a lot of the backend was also written in Perl.
Once the software was written there wasn't a lot of maintenance, especially once we replaced MySQL with PostgreSQL. We'd have to power down one of the cluster to replace a harddrive, or rather Pair handled that, now and then. Maybe have a hardware failure, but we didn't have any problems stemming from the server OS in six years of operation.
Compare that to the point of sale we wrote which was powered on Linux. There was a number of times that changes to the Linux kernel borked something. Unfortunately touchscreen support & BSD was sorely lacking at the time. It got to the point where I considered hiring someone to write a driver.
Fact is just about everything you use today contains parts of FreeBSD. TCP/IP Networking stack. Well Microsoft adopted that from FreeBSD back in the 1990's. There are more parts of Linux that came from the BSD's. Oh and let's not forget the most popular Unix Desktop OS MacOS X & iOS. Oh and now the PS4.
So yeah, FreeBSD is this obscure thing nobody knows about, but pieces of it are everywhere these days.
Did you pay for the physical lines in order to get your power to their system? Or did they provide those lines and hook up?
This carbs is bad for you stuff is pure bullshit. Eating more calories than you burn in the problem. Compare my diet living in the US vs when I lived in Germany. I ate like shit over here and over there. In Germany I tended to eat a lot of carbs. Hell there were 3 bakeries on my way from work to home. My breakfast and often lunch were usually some kind of bread product. I ate a lot of carbs. I ate the same fast food over there as over here including Pizza Hut, McDonalds, as well as local places. Granted they generally had smaller portions, but at the end of the day I lost 30lbs while living in Germany because I walked 5+ miles a day on average.
I tried to keep that habit when I moved back to the US. I don't drink as much soda these days and walk about two miles a day plus play hockey. I've gained back about 10 of those pounds in the past decade.
But this carbs thing being so bad for you, I call bullshit.