Alleged Agent: You are trying to frame me.
CIA Eliza: Don't you ever say Hello?
Alleged Agent: I have just been doing my job like any other businessman.
CIA Eliza: What does that suggest to you?
Alleged Agent: You must think I have broken the law.
CIA Eliza: We were discussing you, not me.
Alleged Agent: I only said my government will protest your treatment of me.
CIA Eliza: Why are you concerned about my treatment of you?
Alleged Agent: The State Department doesn't take kindly to this sort of thing.
CIA Eliza: What makes you think that?
Alleged Agent: You are a bastard and you know it.
CIA Eliza: Perhaps you would like to be a bastard and me know it?
How about replacing the whole car with a HD screen, then you can sit at home in your house and drive.
Hmm, hang on, maybe I missed a detail...
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 http://www.tunecore.com/ 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.
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!
Save 50% of the cost and make it a one way southbound line.
I don't know a single Londoner who voluntarily would want to travel to the grim north.
How can this blog post be posted on Slashdot?
A listing of 5 games with a couple of sentences each, without screenshots....next!
"The Company is also looking to raise additional funding and sell non-core assets"
Translation: The company is looking at further litigation, and selling off all software development divisions.
"Look! There! Evil!.. pure and simple, total evil from the Eighth Dimension!" -- Buckaroo Banzai