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Comment: Quality vs Quantity (Score 0) 617

by millst (#44860595) Attached to: How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business
If the Quantity goes up and the price goes down it de-values the quality. ie because Tim and Bob are churning out load of rubbish music in their garage and selling it cheap, it reduces the value of a well produced album. Because the barrier to distribution has been removed, Tim and Bob are on an equal footing to a quality album. If there was ever any doubt about the supply / demand issue its in Spotify. Spotify has ~20 million songs and ~6 million users.

Comment: Innocent until proven (Score 0) 604

by millst (#43505437) Attached to: Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt
Has it actually been proven they set the bombs? Have you actually seen any images of the suspects with guns or bombs? The scary thing for me that the president said the most important question for him was why these two did this. This implies they have been proven guilty. If you were in a foreign country and your image appeared on tv as the main suspect of an act of terror, would you hand yourself in of hide? There is something very dodgy going on here and that is plainly obvious without even needing to start looking up some of the crazy conspiracy theories.

Comment: Re: How can you tell North Korea was hacked? (Score -1, Flamebait) 212

by millst (#43366529) Attached to: North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous
How is that different to the US which invades any country with decent oil reserves. Spends billions and billions of dollars on military while many millions of its own people barely struggle to survive. The US is really not all that much different from North Korea. The only difference is that in the US people at least live under the perception they are free and in a democracy.

Comment: How to have a safe job (Score 1) 292

by millst (#43217905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To (or How NOT To) Train Your Job Replacement?
I wise programmer once told me... The person with the safest job in the world is the person who is always looking to do themselves out of a job. In other words... When you put the clients best interests at heart you are far more valuable to them than someone who holds onto things, hides things and makes it generally difficult because you want to protect your job. Perhaps they wouldn't be looking to replace you if you had actually gone to them with a proposal to hire a graduate to replace you. Companies tend to hold onto people that do that sort of thing and get rid of the ones that are in job protection mode. I have found this out several times now and am reaping the rewards because companies really value what you bring to them and offer to pay you significantly more. Now, every day I come to work the first thing I think of is, how can I do myself out of a job. How can we automate, make more efficient or reduce the costs of the activities I'm doing. Sometimes you get a look of shock when you submit a proposal that effectively eliminates your job. However, without fail I have been re-deployed to other, higher paying roles to do exactly the same thing over and over again.

Comment: Value of Life (Score 2) 379

by millst (#43010791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?
The question has to be, when does the value of your life (time) exceed the value of the time spent re-watching your life. If you spend 5 minutes watching 5 minutes of your life that you have already lived, then you have spent 10 minutes living 5 minutes of your life. This would seem like a bit of a waste of 5 minutes. Life is precious and there isn't much of it so don't waste it watching or doing things you have already done. There is no point in this at all.

Comment: Am I missing something? (Score 1, Insightful) 157

by millst (#42712211) Attached to: Jonathan Coulton Offers Some Gleeful Turnabout
Am I missing something. Jonathan Coulton didn't write the song either. Its a COVER of someone elses song. Perhaps I am missing something Nobody has to ask anybody for permission to do a cover of a song. You just record it and release it and then pay the royalties after the fact. Glee is not liable to pay Jonathan Coultan anything because he did not write the song. Even if he had written it, they don't have to ask his permission to cover it. As far as I know, re-arrangement is not recognised under copyright law and its only the original writers who will get any royalties. Its like copying someone else's painting, then complaining when someone takes a copy of your copy. It seems Jonathan Coulton is an idiot.

Comment: Simple and Practical (Score 1) 341

by millst (#42308565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?
Some simple and practical solutions. - Put your prices up by 20% then offer a 10% discount on all invoices if paid by the 20th of the month following invoice and a 20% discount if paid within 10 days. You will be amazed at how quickly corporates pay if they get a discount, they always prioritize invoices with an early payment discount. If not, then you get an extra 20% to pay for the time you waste chasing them up. - Sell the invoices to a debt collection company. Then you get the money up front and let them chase it up on your behalf. - Withhold the work or IP until payment is received on the oldest invoices.

+ - Behind the scenes of an inauguration.

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millst writes "The Presidential Inauguration presented some massive challenges for sound and video engineers who needed to provide audio and video feeds to the 2 million plus audience while fighting the laws of physics (light travels faster than sound). This video shot by John Huntington at a pre-inaugural show illustrates how slowly the sound travels through an audience."

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