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Comment Re:As someone who used to work at T-Mobile... (Score 1) 176

I have yet to see any presentation on a shortage of spectrum, so perhaps you're right in that respect. I would have to see the information for myself before I can believe or dis-believe there is a real shortage.

As far as the capital problem, perhaps DT needs to quit bleeding T-Mo dry? They can obviously make money, but how much of the money made is being siphoned off to DT? Leave T-Mo alone and let it "buy it's freedom" so to speak, And I think it's a BS move that all the spoils of this defunct buyout goes to DT, of course there will be non-monetary benefits and agreements too, but that will only go so far.

I say DT needs to spin T-Mo off to be their own company.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Copyright Ruling Worries Webcasters

mikesd81 writes: "The AP News reports that nternet music broadcasters worry that a new ruling could put many of them out of business by drastically increasing the royalty payments they have to make to record labels and artists. From the article: "The new rates, which are retroactive to last year, were decided on Friday by the Copyright Royalty Board, a panel of three copyright judges, and made public Tuesday on the board's Web site."

The ruling could have the greatest impact on startup companies that make their living from broadcasting music online and selling advertising to pay for it. For large radio companies like Clear Channel Communications and CBS, online broadcasting still makes up a relatively small portion of their overall business. Kurt Hanson, who founded an online radio company five years ago called AccuRadio, said his six-employee company managed to "eke out" a profit last year under the former rate structure that called for paying royalties of 12 percent of revenues to music publishers.

The new rates harge per song and per channel regardless of how much advertising money is being generated, would put Hanson's company out of business, he said, increasing his 2006 royalty bill from $48,000 to $600,000. Hanson testified at hearings of the copyright board on behalf of smaller webcasting companies. Jonathan Potter, the executive director of the Digital Media Association, a trade group that represents webcasters and digital music and movie companies including Yahoo Inc. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL, said his group was disappointed in the copyright board's decision, which he said would raise the royalties by 30 percent per year for four years.

On the other side, SoundExchange, a nonprofit organization that collects royalty payments from digital music broadcasters and distributes them to rights holders, called the ruling fair and said the fears of putting webcasters out of business were overblown. "They've been saying this since 2002, that they were going to go out of business," said Willem Dicke, a spokesman for SoundExchange. "Instead what's happened is the industry has growth tremendously." Under the new ruling, commercial webcasters will have to pay .08 cents per song for each song played last year, increasing to .11 cents per song in 2007, and rising to .19 cents in 2010. The rates can still be appealed, either to another hearing of the copyright board or to federal court. It's also possible that Congress could become involved, Hanson said. Both Clear Channel and CBS' radio unit, the No. 1 and No. 2 radio broadcasting companies in the country, declined to comment on the ruling."

Submission + - Sourceforge closed CompileFarm. Now what?

int32 writes: Anyone used sourceforge's CompileFarm? Well I did a lot. As of now, I've just found that its single distinguishing feature was abandoned some weeks ago: https://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=6 65363 . CompileFarm was the project where you could compile and test your application on a bunch of various architectures on different unices. Was really helpful for portability, especially for testing your code on both 32 and 64 bit platforms... well, no more. It sucks, but show must go on. Therefore, questions to the slashdot crowd: how do you test your C/C++ code for portability? Are there (free) alternatives to CompileFarm?
The Courts

Submission + - Supreme Court Refuses 200 Year Porn Sentence

Class Act Dynamo writes: "The United States Supreme Court today refused to hear the appeal of a high school teacher who was sentenced to over 200 years in prison for possessing thousands of child pornography images in Arizona. The justices declined without comment to hear the case. His attorneys argued that the sentence (10 years per image for the 20 images presumably leading to indictment) was disproportionate to the crime. I put this under Your Rights Online even though those rights really don't include possessing child pornography. However, what do Slashdotters think? Was the punishment appropriate for the crime? Think of the children!..but not in the way that this teacher apparently was."

Submission + - Documentary on DRM, Piracy, Released for Free

iSeal writes: The "On Piracy" documentary team have just released version 1.0 of their documentary, free for the download. In it, they interview figureheads of various agencies including the president of CRIA (Canadian RIAA), the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association (Canadian MPAA), as well as the head of Creative Commons Canada, Michael Geist, youths off the street, indy labels, band members, etc. Streaming downloads are up, and the DVD ISO is being legitimately distributed via bittorrent.
The Media

Submission + - The grave of Jesus (and his son) found

Firmafest writes: "Movie producer and director James Cameron is expected to hold a press conference Monday morning to announce that he has found the grave of Jesus Christ, as well as Judah, the son of Jesus. According to a blog on Time-blog.com the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity. The findings will be documented in a 90 minutes documentary to be shown on Discovery channel. The tomb was found 20 years ago, but hasn't been confirmed until now — or did they just wait for the right time before going public?"

Submission + - Skype revokes $14.95 offer early

An anonymous reader writes: Skype has been sending emails to current subscribers about it's $14.95 for a year of anytime calling offer, yet when a user tries to sign up, they get hit with an order screen for $29.95, with no alternative in sight. The company known for letting their users speak freely to each other is surprisingly hush about this bug/deception, and it's not making current users happy at all.

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