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+ - Custom written music for robot guitarist and drummer

Submitted by millwall
millwall (622730) writes "Squarepusher, a popular electronic musician out of the UK, has composed a piece called “Sad Robot Goes Funny” in collaboration with Japan’s party robot band, Z-Machines. The band boasts a 78-fingered guitarist rocking out with 12 picks and a dreadlocked 22-armed robot drummer. The guitar-bot can do things that would be anatomically impossible for humans. It’s fast, precise, and — with fingers working independently of one another — effortlessly lays down four guitar parts on just two guitars. The project is reviewed by SingularityHUB"

Comment: Re:Useless without context (Score 1) 244

by millwall (#45593327) Attached to: Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

As a hobby I write some music which I publish independently on Spotify and some other platforms such as iTunes.

I use a service called and apart from their charges I have no middle hands whatsoever.

My songs seem to average nearly 4 times as much revenue as Anssi Kela's. I get around $0.008 per Spotify stream (slightly different payments apply depending on in which country a Spotify user plays a song). Here are some stats for one of my songs:

Month Streams Total
Aug 2013 670 $5.41
Jul 2013 616 $4.92
Jun 2013 561 $4.51
May 2013 608 $4.38
Apr 2013 825 $6.16
Mar 2013 1,333 $9.46
Feb 2013 990 $7.46
Jan 2013 1,123 $8.51

My take on the process is that I see Spotify as a way for me to make music publicly available on the same terms as the major publishers. As an independent musician this is a god send.

As for compensation, in the digital era where no one (this includes publishers and independent musicians) can expect big money per song sale or stream, I think what I earn from streams is very reasonable. It should be noted of course that the revenue for the example listed above are peanuts, but should I now publish as song which will become a hit, I have a viable method of reaching my audience and still earn some money from what is essentially just marketing of my music.


Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu? 631

Posted by Soulskill
from the too-many-people-running-visigoth-linux dept.
jammag writes "'When the history of free software is written, I am increasingly convinced that this last year will be noted as the start of the decline of Ubuntu,' opines Linux pundit Bruce Byfield. After great initial success, Ubuntu and Canonical began to isolate themselves from the mainstream of the free software community. Canonical, he says, has tried to control the open source community, and the company has floundered in many of its initiatives. Really, the mighty Ubuntu, in decline?"

Comment: Guesswork (Score 0) 642

by millwall (#38998463) Attached to: Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents

Let's just say that Microsoft didn't do anything from scratch. While I did not dive deep into the file system drivers, I suspect that Microsoft looked very hard at some of the principles that worked years ago in both ZFS and then Btrfs and got the "inspiration" to develop something very similar.

So why didn't you?

Because you can't?

So you're just guessing? Impressive!


+ - Facebook user data published on thepiratebay->

Submitted by millwall
millwall (622730) writes "The BBC reports that personal details of 100m Facebook users have been collected and published on the net by a security consultant. The list, which is being shared on thepiratebay as a torrent, contains the URL of every searchable Facebook user's profile, their name and unique ID. In a statement, Facebook said that the information in the list was already freely available online. "People who use Facebook own their information and have the right to share only what they want, with whom they want, and when they want," the statement read."
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King's Quest Fan Project The Silver Lining Is Back 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the every-cloud-has-something-something dept.
LoTonah writes "After eight years of development and a Cease & Desist from Vivendi, King's Quest fan project The Silver Lining is back in action. From the website: 'We are extremely happy to announce that our project, The Silver Lining, will definitely see the light of day! In a wonderful turn of events, Activision reached out to the Phoenix Online team a few months ago with a desire to revisit their decision regarding The Silver Lining. After negotiations, the C&D has been officially rescinded, and Phoenix Online has been granted a non-commercial license to release The Silver Lining! Our team is ecstatic about this, and as hard as we've worked for eight years, it's the tireless belief and support of you, our fans, that has made this possible.' The first episode of the project is due to be released on July 10."

Comment: 70% drivers! (Score 3, Interesting) 374

by millwall (#29377363) Attached to: Linux Kernel 2.6.31 Released

Lots and lots of driver work. Over 70% of all of the 2.6.30 to 2.6.31 patch is under drivers/, and there's another 6%+ in firmware/ and sound/. That's not entirely unusual, but it does seem to be growing. My rough rule of thumb used to be "50% drivers, 50% everything else", but that's clearly not true any more (and hasn't been for a while - we've been 60%+ since after 2.6.27

I personally think this is a real pity. So much time is being spent on getting drivers implemented that new features and other kinds enhancements are being pushed back.

One picture is worth 128K words.