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Comment: Re:Free software, free music, and creation as serv (Score 1) 249

by witekr (#32163576) Attached to: Nintendo To Take On Piracy In 3-D
What about independent electronic musicians like myself, who want to produce refined albums and be able to sell them, either as a cd or as an online digital download. Would selling a zip of FLAC or MP3 files on my website for a nice low price even work out these days or in the future? If someone could easily throw those on a torrent site, would people still buy them enough to generate some kind of living? I doubt it, as I've talked to some fantastic independent musicians who've made wonderful albums but have struggled making any more than just some extra pocket change on places like CDBaby. If all musicians are supposed to play live to make a living in the future, it reduces the chance of artists making any career in producing/selling independent electronic music albums. Just wanted to share that viewpoint!

Comment: Re:This is good news for web developers. (Score 1) 409

by witekr (#27755849) Attached to: IE8 Released As Critical Update For XP
Indeed, this news is joy for any webdesigner. I stopped testing against IE6 a little while ago and I'm glad to see it go. IE7 still has many of its rendering issues, but IE8 is a truly solid, solid browser. The first browser from Microsoft I could call a quality product. They even made it possible to debug IE7 bugs with compatibility mode and the developer tools in IE8. Great work Microsoft - killing IE6 in a single shot. Keep doing stuff like this M$, and you may just earn back some credibility :)

Comment: Re:Smart enough... (Score 1) 515

by witekr (#27681053) Attached to: "Good Enough" Computers Are the Future

I'm not sure about it being as easy. I recently decided to try Ubuntu as a home theater pc system. After about 3 days of searching through forums and talking on IRC, modifying config files, running console commands, and editing settings that should be defaults, I finally managed to get it to play surround sound properly and play video. Average Joe probably wouldn't have gotten to this point, but OK if it worked after that, I'd be happy. Unfortunately the various video player applications I tried randomly quit to desktop every once in a while, and this happened often enough that I was fed up after a couple of weeks.

Formatted, installed Windows XP, and an hour later the system was ready and worked perfectly.

Don't get me wrong, I love Linux and feel somewhat crippled when I don't have the command prompt & various tools, but it's far from being a solid, easy to use OS for home purposes at this point. Not to mention the lack of all the simple 'home' applications that Windows has - I know that's not the fault of the OS, but still is a problem.

Anyways, if Ubuntu is supposed to be so easy for home use, why should it take even a geek like me hours, days, to get it working for home theater use? Why aren't there better defaults set? Why do you have to go into the console to edit some simple settings or do a surround sound test?

Comment: Re:Alternative? (Score 1) 219

by witekr (#27539197) Attached to: EFF Lawyer Calls YouTube ContentID Worse Than DMCA
Yep :(

Apparently a webcam recording of improv on that theme, in a YouTube video with a couple hundred views threatens their company somehow. I'd send them a counter notice, but apparently I'd be "subject to liability" and "under penalty of perjury" if I was wrong ( http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=59826 ), so I gave up. I imagine most people in my situation would do the same instead of dealing with the hassle and risk, and thus we can arrive almost at a form of odd.. censorship ?
Privacy

70% of P2P Users Would Stop if Warned by ISP 318

Posted by Zonk
from the oh-hai-there dept.
Umpire writes "As the UK considers a three strikes policy to fight copyright infringement, a new survey reports that 70% of UK broadband users would stop using P2P if they received a warning from their ISP. 'Wiggin commissioned the 2008 Digital Entertainment Survey, which found that 70 percent of all people polled said they would stop illegally sharing files if their ISP notified them in some way that it had detected the practice. When broken down by age group, an unexpected trend emerges: teenagers are generally more likely to change their behavior than older Internet users.'"
PC Games (Games)

+ - Bioshock Preview With Ken Levine->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There is a hands-on preview of Bioshock on Gamers With Jobs based on a visit Julian Murdoch paid to Irrational Games. He spent hours with the game and Ken Levine, coming out with some insights into more than just the usual preview stuff.

The point of BioShock, the raison d'etre, is really the story, and the messages and intellectual content that Levine tries to deliver as a payload. "Look at Lord of the Rings," he challenges. "Why is Lord of the Rings more interesting than random RPG story number 507? They're exactly the same thing. They have orcs and goblins and demons and trolls. But Lord of the Rings is a meditation on power. And it's really interesting because of that. It's what gives it it's heart." And with undenied hubris, Levine's trying to do the same thing with BioShock, while still delivering a game 16-year-old cheese eating high school students will want to play. "We have these philosophical notions, but you've got to deliver. You gotta bring home the monsters. You gotta bring home the superpowers." In short, he's become a commercial realist.
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