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+ - Discovery of Half A Million Asteroids in Video->

Submitted by illectro
illectro (697914) writes "This amazing video takes the last 30 years of asteroid discoveries and compresses it into just over 3 minutes, watch in fascination as astronomers discover that the solar system is a lot less empty than they originally thought. It's pretty cool to see how planetary alignment is a hugely important factor in discovering asteroids, before the arrival of digital imaging large numbers of asteroids were discovered when looking for moons around outer planets. If an asteroid is arriving from a direction close to the sun this video makes it clear that we'd have a hard time discovering it until it's passed the Earth, or worse, catastrophicly blindsides us."
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Comment: Re:Eve is unique, in more way than one (Score 2, Interesting) 270

by illectro (#32277968) Attached to: What Game Devs Should Learn From <em>EVE</em>

Eve is not a hard game at all, Go is a hard game, Chess is a hard game, Eve is a broad game with a lot of things you can choose to learn. The process to build a tech 3 cruiser and subsystems is pretty complex, but buying and flying one doesn't need you to know about that.

I play Eve with my 5 year old daughter (when she's been good of course) and she's quite capable of building a ship and taking it out to run missions, she'll tell you all about her Omen or Punisher and how the colour of the laser affects range and damage. She was even involved in a carrier kill recently, getting a grand total of 5hp damage before her frigate was demolished by smartbombs.

Anyway your characterisation of ' Widespread Protests is so ridiculously wide of the mark that it demands correction, the CSM process includes a method to protest the vote, you simply select the 'abstain' option, and in CSM4 less than 3% of votes registered this option. Turnout is low, sure, but that's more an indication of the indifference by many players, or a general acceptance that the people that do get elected generally are quite committed and don't do a bad job. Even Larkonis Trassler who was kicked off the council for insider trading had been relatively effective at raising issues.

I was also a candidate for CSM this year, wish this story had hit Slashdot yesterday so I could have trying to court the slashdot readers voted.

Comment: Re:EvE Online? (Score 1) 480

by illectro (#31232002) Attached to: Why Are There No Popular <em>Ultima Online</em>-Like MMOs?
You're so wide of the mark, sure you start out with few skills, but real world skills make a huge difference. There's a great video showing a couple of 2 day old characters flying into 0.0 and PVP'ing in rifters successfully - real world skills and teamwork make a huge difference. I have 30million SP, but I'm not a great solo PVP legend, I do occasionally get on a few killmails as part of fleet actions with a team of people that know what they're dong, and there it's T1 battleships, which I've been able to fly since 3 months after I started. Sure I can fly all sorts of fancy t2 ships - Heavy Interdictors, Recons, Logistics, but I don't generally bother because there are usually better pilots filling those niche roles.

My kids got interested, and since I had some use for a spare character they both got low level pilots who *love* flying around with me in frigates and blowing things up, they don't have SP or real world skills but they get excited and have a whole lot of fun.

Comment: There's already a US version - imeem (Score 1) 216

by illectro (#28703907) Attached to: Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify
imeem has been doing something similar for a long time - supposedly it was started by some ex-napster people and has basicly turned into napster in a browser, where people can share any music by uploading it to the site, and anyone can listen to it. Advertising is all over the plance and is used to pay the labels/artist/lawyers.

Comment: Someone should do this for imeem.com (Score 2, Interesting) 116

by illectro (#27679919) Attached to: Analyzing YouTube's Audio Fingerprinter

imeem have been doing this for the last few years, and they don't use audible magic, they used the Snocap fingerprint system which apparently was good enough for them to buy Snocap. Their business model has always been built around using the content identification system to make sure the right people get paid for audio played on the site.

imeem is primarily used by people uploading and sharing audio, so using an audio fingerprinting system seems more appropriate than youtube relying on an audio fingerprinter for video content.

Social Networks

+ - Twitter Leads Social Networks In Downtime

Submitted by illectro
illectro (697914) writes "A study on site availability by monitoring service Pingdom shows that in 2008 Twitter greeted users with the 'Fail Whale' for more than 84 hours, almost twice as much as any other site. At the other end of the scale imeem and Xanga managed less than 4 hours of downtime for 99.95% uptime. Myspace, Facebook and Classmates.com were the only other sites studied which managed to stay up more than 99.9% of the time."

Comment: Casual Music Downloaders Stopped Using P2P (Score 1) 309

by illectro (#26685201) Attached to: Will the New RIAA Tactic Boost P2P File Sharing?
A bigger effect on the number of users downloading has been the emergence of imeem and Myspace Music which both provide instant on demand access to almost everything ever released. imeem isn't nearly as well known as myspace, but because it allows users to upload their favorite tunes to share it has a larger selection (imeem was founded by a load of ex-napster 1.0 engineers). So between them they've essentially removed a huge number of people who would go to P2P to just find one or two songs. There are a load of other less popular music sites (last.fm, pandora etc) but myspace and imeem are vastly more popular (and legal), so they're having the biggest effect.
Music

+ - Record Labels Change Minds About Sharing MP3s 1

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Mass Defect
Mass Defect writes "While the RIAA continues to sue people for p2p file sharing the record labels have made an about face and given their blessing to users sharing mp3's via the social networking site imeem.com. In May this year the site was being sued by Warner for running a site which allowed users to upload photos, videos and music to share on the site. However to everyone's amazement, instead of being sued out of existence, the site managed to convince the label that this free promotion was a good thing, and in July signed a deal with the label. Since then the site has added Sony, BMG, EMI and now the biggest fish of them all Universal. Imeem now has the royal flush of record labels supporting its media sharing service, each getting a cut of the advertising revenues generated by their catalogue. Finally someone has figured out a way to do 'youtube for mp3s' without getting lawsuited out of existence."
Social Networks

+ - imeem ('youtube for mp3s') Goes Legit->

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illectro
illectro writes "imeem.com has signed a deal with Universal music making it's 'youtube for mp3s' site completely street legal. This caps off an eventful year for the social site which has seen it sued by Warner Music before signing a deal with them, later followed by deals with Sony/BMG and EMI music and now Universal. This gives them legal access to all major label music and allows users of the site to freely upload and share music, with a cut of the advertising revenue going to the copyright holders."
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Music

+ - A New Era Of Ad Supported Music?

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youngsteve
youngsteve writes "With Amazon launching its DRM free music service and Virgin closing their service it would appear that selling music with limitations is becoming a losing proposition. However a number of companies have done the next logical thing and started giving away music supported by advertising revenues. imeem.com has been running a 'youtube for music' style site for the last couple of years and recently 'went legit' when they signed deals with Warner Brothers and Sony/BMG the music is high quality, on demand and user supplied which makes it feel a lot like the original Napster. Spiralfrog goes beyond browser based streaming and provides downloads of DRM protected windows media files (it's restricted to Internet Explorer users in North America) which allow you to load them onto some mp3 players but you're not allowed to burn them to CD. A third ad supported service — QTrax has yet to do much beyond press releases. So is there a market that will accept this restricted content because it's available for free, or is it a halfway step between p2p and paid downloads that has no place in the market."
Music

+ - Imeem Streams Free Music From Sony, BMG & Warn->

Submitted by
ethos
ethos writes "On the heels of amazon's new digital store and the demise of virgin's DRM laden effort comes the news that social media site imeem.com has inked a deal with Sony/BMG to allow the use of their music on imeem. Imeem has been running their 'youtube for everything' website for over a year and recently added Warner brothers music to their repetoire in addition to the usual list of indie labels that these internet ventures inevitably acquire. imeem differs from other online music sites because the tracks are uploaded by users and after upload imeem figures out which organizations own the copyright and whether they have allowed imeem to stream the music and in exchange the copyright holders get a cut of the advertising generated by the website. Because the music is uploaded by users the quality is variable, but it appears to be CD quality at best, unlike the typical low quality streams that some stream only sites used to offer, it certainly seems like an innovative approach, but there are still gaps in their selection as no deal has yet been made with the other major labels."
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