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4 posts • joined 4 Jan 2012

Kim Dotcom to hit the big screen

...zenpyramid...
Trollface

...may i say...

...that i will attempt to illegally download a copy of that the moment it's available. Awesome...

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Smart meter SSL screw-up exposes punters' TV habits

...zenpyramid...
Black Helicopters

...coral, one presumes...

...one wonders if it would be possible to install some form of 'scrambler' device between the meter and the fuse board. I'm guessing we're talking about some form of intelligent capacitor. My main concern would then be the efficiency of the system, as whatever% inefficiency would then manifest as whatever% increase in energy consumption. Oh yeah, and then there's inevitable delay between 'turn on' and 'power arrives', unless the 'scrambler' has some pretty hefty constant capacity in reserve, or a bloody great battery (same thing?). All of which are gonna do nothing to improve efficiency or lower build costs.

I suppose it might almost be easier to have your devices individually scrambled, to avoid having to juggle the current from the whole house. Just scramble the ones you feel sensitive about. Like the lights above your, um, aquarium, say... (*cough)

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SoundCloud gets US$50m for sonic growth

...zenpyramid...
Pint

....there's always p2p of course, that's as free as it gets, but you get absolutely bugger all feedback as an artist, obviously!

And as a business model, 'giving away' your back catalogue actually then becomes 'embedding it on your site' where you can get traffic, sell t-shirts and cd's and high bitrate copies, whatever you need to do to pay the rent, buy food, and all the non bling stuff most artists actually need. You wanna buy bling, go jump into bed with a major label, they always need fresh meat for the grinder.

And then there's the point about non content providers hosting lots of content that someone else has spent a lifetime slaving over, and generating revenue from hosting said content via web site traffic, who then turn around and have the audacity to charge £700 a year to rent out a few tens of gigs at most on a server somewhere to allow said artist to post said material on said non-content providers content providing website! Call me a cynic if you will, you wouldn't be the first, but i smell a big fat rat here.

Beer, 'cos it's more Old School than food...

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...zenpyramid...
Devil

'...damned cloud lords, raking it in...' ATD

...i know a renown yet struggling (for finance, not talent) artist musician who can't afford to pay the annual £700 required for him to give his considerable back catalogue away for free. Will the massive investment help him and other musicians in similar circumstances distribute their material by removing the financial firewall, and therefore by default favour us the consumer with a wider and more eclectic selection to chose from?

Or will we still be waiting for that concept to evolve above the parapet, whilst soundcloud execs gleefully embrace the old school music industry business model, and rush to 'invest' the money in many acres of personal meh?

Old school, mmmmm....

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