☞ Keys To Growth

  • This is an interesting and useful article by a musician (from OK Go) whose work rose to great success through "viral" word-of-mouth video (the one with the people on running machines) but who now can't succeed with the same approach becuase their dinosaur record label EMI insists on "monetising video streams" and thus prevents them letting fans embed their new videos on fan web sites. The failure of the music industry illustrated in cameo. Why would we want to let people who think like this shape our legislative future around the internet and copyright?
  • This is an interesting and promising (and open source) approach to data storage that could be built-in to consumer and SOHO devices to give them automatic data integrity by collaborating with other devices over the home or office LAN. It's still very raw as a technology but I'll be giving it a try at home this month.
  • I've always treated Myhrvold's company with the greatest scepticism (I call them "Intellectual Vultures") and this report is extremely believable. It fits in with the use of patents - especially software patents - by companies like IBM, who hide their patent shake-downs behind confidentiality, out-of-court settlement and fine language about their community credentials.
  • It's now Lent, and regardless of religious orientation I know many of us have the habit of reading a book for spiritual nourishment. This book by Marcus Borg casts a new light on the life and teaching of the apostle Paul and I would very much recommend it as a Lent book if you've moved on from evangelical christianity. If you read it and would like to discuss it maybe we can start a Buzz discussion? (This is the Amazon UK link)
Comments:

About the 'WhoseTube?' piece, I can't help but wonder why some bands still think they need record companies. Making a record now costs 1/20 of what it used to, so is making videos and places to host them on the web. Online stores such as CDBaby provide a simple way to post and sell songs. I wonder how much money this band would've made by itself on the strength of those millions of views if they were selling downloads of their record directly to the public. The industry needs to adapt. So do bands.

Posted by Rafael on February 22, 2010 at 03:20 AM PST #

Rafael, yes making a recording is a lot cheaper and easier now, ... getting onto radio play lists is not.

That is not to defend them, but to note that there are still some things that they can do for you that would be outrageously expensive to do yourself.

alan.

Posted by Alan Hargreaves on February 22, 2010 at 05:55 PM PST #

Tahoe-lafs:

completely unusable on Solaris 10; not even capable of building/bootstrapping itself without further engineering effort (which is something I'm not willing to do just for a curiosity); assumes Linux-only environment (can't find sqlite.h because it's looking for it in the wrong place); assumes epoll.h; GCC code won't compile with Sun Studio.

In other words, it's BUSTED.

Posted by UX-admin on February 23, 2010 at 01:03 AM PST #

So no-one from the OpenSolaris community has bothered to port it and you blame the original developers? Nice. No wonder OpenSolaris is seen as diseased when its fanboys make comments like this.

Posted by The Contrarian on February 23, 2010 at 01:12 AM PST #

You could say many things about me, but one thing you definitely could not say is that I'm an OpenSolaris "fanboy", because I AM the person that cried "death to OpenSolaris (the distribution)".

Also, where exactly do you see OpenSolaris mentioned in my original comment? Nowhere, because I explicitly wrote "Solaris 10".

And yes, Tahoe-lafs is BUSTED, and I AM SICK AND TIRED OF GENERATION Y PRODUCING HALF COOKED "WORKS FOR ME" GARBAGE. I'm tired of it; I won't stand for it; and I'm gonna bust these people which HAVE NO CONCEPT OF PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

What, I'm supposed to invest \*MY\* time because someone else DOESN'T CARE to release QUALITY SOFTWARE? Like hell I will!!!

All and any such "me toos" are gonna get busted, BY ME, until they fix their BUSTED, HALF-COOKED JUNK.

Posted by UX-admin on February 23, 2010 at 03:31 AM PST #

Like anyone cares about the distinction, rage-boy. Face it, if you want the cool juice from Linux and the real free software world you are going to have to pull your finger out and do some work instead of whining about how your ancient, dying approach is the Only True Way Of Quality.

Posted by The Contrarian on February 23, 2010 at 03:36 AM PST #

Who says I want anything from GNU/Linux?

Another "me too", full of assumptions. You can go join your pals, you'll fit right in.

Posted by UX-admin on February 23, 2010 at 10:38 PM PST #

Alan,

Wrt to radio time, many people (and some countries) consider buying your way into a radio's play list a crime. If not, one could argue that shows that do sell their play lists are not really worth listening.

Another thing that requires money is touring. But there have been several attempts at different funding models for that (a few years ago, a band called 'The Hiwatts' was funded by a US chocolate drink company; 'Fugazi' did that for years with their own money).

But anyway, IMO the model needs to evolve and seek new alternatives. If record companies need to shrink to fit, so do bands.

Cheers

Posted by Rafael on February 24, 2010 at 02:31 AM PST #

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