AllyGreen writes: Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto is stepping down from the head position, saying he wants to concentrate on smaller games with younger developers. Massive loss for Nintendo or a move in the right direction?
MiniDisc was pretty big in the uk for a while, I was just finishing high school when they were around and all my mates had them. They were viewed as quite cool, though that might've just been where I was from!
Barence writes: There's a huge disparity in the royalties paid to independent musicians by online stores such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, according to a musician writing for PC Pro. While artists can earn $7 for a five-track album sold on iTunes US, that same album only commands a royalty of $3.50 on Amazon — because of Amazon's rigid insistence on charging per track rather than by album. Royalties accrued for streaming sites, meanwhile, are tiny. Artists receive $0.01 for each track played on sites such as Rhapsody and Napster — not enough to buy a cup of coffee for hundreds of downloads. "There has to be a point at which we decide music is worth paying for, that it's worth supporting the music makers," argues artist Robin Vincent. "Pursuing the lowest price, the cheapest consumer experience, will not, I believe, help us in the future."
An anonymous reader writes: Lots of us have built our own computers, even on budgets. But ExtremeTech has a story about one of the cheapest builds I've seen: a Linux system for under $200. It's not really decked out (obviously), but it shows how you can make smart buying decisions even during tough economic times. What's the lowest-priced system you've ever built, and could you build one for less than $200? If so, how?