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Comment: Re:Record companies had their run (Score 1) 244

True, but I've never really had more than 3 to 4 stations that I liked to choose from, whether that was growing up in the 80s in the midwest, or in my 30s & 40s in SF. Now, it's really easy to wonder what a particular style of music sounds like, find it on youtube or something else, and check it out. My tastes in music have broadened tremendously over the last 10 or so years, and while I don't buy every album, I've went to concerts of bands that I would have never known that I liked before the internet.

Someday, someone will figure out how to make money by using the internet to reach the wider audience than CDs, tapes, or LPs ever could. Making $0.10 per person per year * a few billion people should be in the same ballpark as $10 per person per year * 10 million people.

Plus, when I was growing up in the 80s, I had hundreds of albums, but only paid for about 1/3 of them. 2/3 were copied from friends. So it's not like people have always payed for everything that they had access to.

Comment: Record companies had their run (Score 5, Insightful) 244

Their model for distributing music has only been around a little over 1/2 a century. New technology invalidated their business model. Guess what? That's how it's always worked. They can either adapt, or they can die.

So a few bands will make less because they won't have the album sales. Most musicians have traditionally made their money by playing live, and that's what'll happen. The difference now is, streaming services will help introduce people to new music, and some of those will go to their live shows. Some of those will buy the $30 t-shirt to further support the band. You might not have as many multi-millionaire musicians, but the internet should benefit the ones who never sold enough to make a profit on an album anyway.

Comment: Long notice (Score 1) 892

by glsunder (#44580469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

The last job that I quit, I gave 6 months notice so I could train the guy replacing me and they could find someone to do it. They ended up hiring 3 people to replace me (one admin with 2 helpers). Unfortunately, the guy who replaced me (I had no input on his hiring) never came in for any training, and fired the guy who I trained during that time a few weeks after I left. He then ripped out everything, spent 10x more than I did the whole time I worked there, couldn't get anything to work and got fired after a few months. The company rehired the guy I trained. I have no clue what happened after that.


Gartner Says 3D Printers Will Cost Less Than $2,000 By 2016 170

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-you-one dept.
colinneagle writes "Widespread adoption of 3D printing technology may not be that far away, according to a Gartner report predicting that enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for less than $2,000 by 2016. 3D printers are already in use among many businesses, from manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to consumers goods, and have generated a diverse set of use cases. As a result, the capabilities of the technology have evolved to meet customer needs, and will continue to develop to target those in additional markets, Gartner says."

Comment: Re:They are not even golf ball finder (Score 3, Insightful) 131

by glsunder (#43264179) Attached to: Man Accused of Selling Golf Ball Finders As Bomb Detectors

Our schools (and parents) do a crappy job of educating people on BS like this. Any _reasonable_ person would know it's a scam. But, I've met a lot of people who think dowsing works. Many believe in ghosts. If we started teaching kids about pseudoscience and the philosophy of science in grade school, there would be a much smaller market for snake oil salesmen.

Comment: Re:Used to never test (Score 1) 348

by glsunder (#42378833) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

Way back when I was a tech at a local computer shop, we'd see bad batches of drives. The one that stuck in my mind was 6GB IBM drives for a period of a few months. I think 1/3 of the drives were bad. We tested every system with a variety of tests including drive tests and even winbench, since it worked pretty well at catching flaky motherboards.

Comment: Re:I guess this is how x86 will continue (Score 2) 68

by glsunder (#42367023) Attached to: First Radeon HD 8000M GPU Benchmarked

The 486 was the first x86 cpu that was:
had cache (8KB)
had built in FPU (387)

Basically, they took concepts that were being done in risc processors and used them in the x86 world.

Following up... Pentium brought superscalar design, and IIRC, pipelined fpu. The Pentium MMX brought integer SIMD. The Pentium 2 brought Out of Order design.

Comment: Re:Even AMD thinks AMD CPUs suck (Score 1) 68

by glsunder (#42366995) Attached to: First Radeon HD 8000M GPU Benchmarked

It really depends on what you're doing and what you're spending. If your task can use all 8 cores of a piledriver cpu, it's very competitive. I have to wonder if a large part of amd's problem is intel is at 220nm, while amd is still stuck at 320nm. It would take an incredible design to be competitive.

Always draw your curves, then plot your reading.