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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

+ - Snocap Acquired By Secret Child Of Napster

Submitted by Mass Defect
Mass Defect (666) writes "Snocap, the company created by Shawn Fanning and a few ex-napster engineers has been acquired by imeem, a company set up by some less famous ex-Napster engineers. Snocap had been struggling and began looking for a buyer since last fall when it laid off 60% of its staff, Shawn had already left to found Rupture and also brought a number of close friends with him. Meanwhile imeem had become popular with a site which in essence was 'youtube for music' and had been using their audio fingerprinting and music database to act as a filter to determine who should get paid when users uploaded their favourite artists. Snocap also provided the official music store application for myspace, given myspace's history of censoring links to imeem on their site, and the forthcoming launch of myspace's music site which will directly compete with imeem I expect myspace to terminate this deal in the near future.

I always knew there was more to Napster than Shawn and the kitty logo, and now we're seeing imeem as a true sucessor to the Napster lineage. Imeem is far more faithful to the original Napster experience than the music site created by Roxio and branded Napster 2.0."
The Internet

+ - Are Men More Stupid Than Women? 1

Submitted by
mikkl666
mikkl666 writes "The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) published their annual report for 2007 with a more or less surprising insight: 'Males complainants lost more money than females (ratio of $1.67 to every $1.00 lost per female). This may be a function of both online purchasing differences by gender and the type of fraudulent schemes by which the individuals were victimized.' But obviously it is not only the porn which lets the men grab their credit cards, they are also more likely to fall for questionable investment offers. See the complete study (PDF) for a detailed analysis. Keep in mind, however, that only the known internet frauds are listed. It cannot be said for sure how many people are simply to ashamed of their own stupidity to report their damage to the authorities."
Music

+ - Record Labels Change Minds About Sharing MP3s 1

Submitted by
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."

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