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Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

Chuckles08 Re:Are they really being hosed? (244 comments)

There isn't a demand for a million musicians, a million basketball players, or a million writers. There's a demand for millions of shelf stockers, but there's 10's of millions of people who are capable of doing the job.

I wonder how much of that is true. It seems to me that there is plenty of demand -but- getting exposure is another story. It's similar to writing apps. Tons of developers write apps but only a few make it big. Some of that, of course, is due to those apps being really good. But it's also because large companies can get their brand out there and sell it. Notice how the app stores feature big brands like Disney. A better solution to music and almost every other industry would be adjusting the business environment to promote discoverability by "buyers". Social media helps with this, but we need more creative ways to find good new music, books, apps, etc.

about 8 months ago
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LG Announces Mass Production of Flexible OLED Phone Displays

Chuckles08 Make a full page display already (123 comments)

When will someone take this technology and make us a full page (8 1/5 x 11 inch) tablet? This seems like an obvious thing to do with a display tech that is lighter, flexible, and strong. I want something to read pdf files without having to find a magnifying glass.

about 10 months ago
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Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing

Chuckles08 Re:Not only in Europe (623 comments)

Ha, good one. But it would be interesting to look at relative increases in insurance to see if flood insurance in NY, for example, has increased proportionately than, say, fire insurance.

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Time To Commit To Ongoing Payphone Availability?

Chuckles08 Keep 'em but make them better! (267 comments)

What about keeping them but enhancing their usability? For instance, combine them with other forms of information services - city info, etc. Or perhaps some corporate partnerships like movie rentals. The phone part would be separate to keep that available if someone else was searching for the latest Star Wars flick...

about a year and a half ago
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Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues

Chuckles08 Just Opt Out (181 comments)

Just opt out people. As has been pointed out before, if enough people would just elect to bypass this mess, then the machines would be gone.

more than 2 years ago
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Introducing SlashBI

Chuckles08 Re:SlashBI (339 comments)

Well, then you might as well go all the way: News for SlashBiCurious nerds. Stuff that lathers.

about 2 years ago
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After 244 Years, the End For the Dead Tree Encyclopedia Britannica

Chuckles08 Re:Citable (373 comments)

This is mainly due to the fact that there is no "stable" Wikipedia -- things change so quickly that citing Wikipedia makes it very difficult for anyone to actually look up whatever you were citing. If there were "snapshots" that were widely distributed, say at the end of each year, one could simply cite those snapshots.

There is actually, an effort to change some of this. The Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), which imports Wikipedia articles about species, has a process underway where curators will be able to edit a Wikipedia article, mark it as "curated", and then have that expertly reviewed article available for reference. Think of it sort of as an EOL branded version of the article, lending more weight to its accuracy. The main article can still continue to be edited and changed.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?

Chuckles08 Hydroponics (379 comments)

One simple way to use less water in agriculture is to employ hydroponics. These systems can use up to 90% less water than traditional farming. Another point is that the development of better (cheaper/more efficient led lighting) is beginning to tip the balance in terms of economics since produce can now be grown indoors 24/7.

more than 2 years ago
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What's an Effective and Inexpensive Way to Monitor

Chuckles08 AskSlashdot (3 comments)

This was intended to be a submission under Ask Slashdot.

more than 2 years ago
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Spotify Defends Facebook Sign-Up Requirement

Chuckles08 Re:Facebook karma (286 comments)

I agree... Facebook with the whole "follow your life" path that they seem to be taking are alarming many users who already have some concern about privacy but are on Facebook because everyone else is. I've switched to Google+ because of the way Facebook, and now its partners, are pushing people around.

more than 2 years ago
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50 New Exoplanets Found, Billions More Await

Chuckles08 Re:I think this Earth is pretty darn super. (208 comments)

No, no! [glances nervously towards the heavens...] It's not super! It's disgusting. A wasteland really. Move along now... Nothing to see... [further reflection...] Hey, wait a minute! Maybe our greedy oil-fueled societies are, in fact, a master plan by informed politicians - who are protecting us via a "nothing to support life here" policy...

more than 2 years ago
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Polymer Gel Shows Promise For Smaller, Cheaper Batteries

Chuckles08 Re:Do Slashdot readers buy electric cars? (108 comments)

I'm still waiting for an acceptable electric car option, but in the meantime, I've order a CurrenMotor C124 electric scooter for my commute. I'll be posting about my experiences on visforvoltage.org when I get it (hopefully about 7 weeks).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Classroom Eco-Projects Suited To Alaska?

Chuckles08 Wintertime projects (157 comments)

My suggestion is a field trip to Costa Rica...:-)

more than 2 years ago
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E Ink Demos New Displays, Gadgets At IFA 2011

Chuckles08 Re:Letter sized... (221 comments)

No kidding... just make something with an 8.5x11" equivalent screen and I'll be there with my checkbook. I'm tired of waiting!

more than 2 years ago
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Editing Wikipedia Helps Professor Attain Tenure

Chuckles08 Changing Academia (139 comments)

This is good to hear. At the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), a website that is aggregating scientific information for all 1.9 million named species, curators are encouraged to edit Wikipedia content where it is appearing on a species page. One challenge, of course, is getting academics to devote valuable time to this type of service work. Institutional recognition for these contributions seems to be on the increase as alternative forms of academic contributions become more widespread. The education group for EOL (education.eol.org) is also encouraging instructors of biology related courses to use the EOL LifeDesk tool as a way for their students to make contributions to science through the writing of species accounts. The species accounts can be published to EOL. This exercise is both motivating and rewarding for students who have a chance to make a real contribution rather than writing a more typical term paper that will likely be thrown out when the course is complete.

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones

Chuckles08 Re:Nowai!! (220 comments)

As a Canadian citizen, I cry foul. A real Brazilian would have said "football", not "soccer". Now, if you don't mind, I have some skates to sharpen.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Online Science For 8th Grade Students?

Chuckles08 Encyclopedia of Life (225 comments)

The Learning and Education group for EOL is working on a set of tools and applications designed to make EOL more accessible and useful for education audiences. EOL itself is an amazing (and growing) international effort to bring together biodiversity information from around the world on one website, with a webpage for every described species on Earth. EOL is open and free with all content licensed under the Creative Commons. Check out http://educaiton.eol.org/ for more info on how students and teachers can use EOL... There is a "build your own fieldguide" tool that is just about ready for public release. Some sample guides are currently available to show you the idea.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Pays $200,000 To Save Fake Online Girlfriend

Chuckles08 Re:Can this be real? (464 comments)

No. It is "reel". As in fishing.

more than 3 years ago

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FreedomPop Launches Open Wi-Fi, Challenging ISPs

Chuckles08 Chuckles08 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chuckles08 (1277062) writes "Forbes has a story about how FreedomPop is trying to disrupt the public Wifi business. From the article: "Getting hosed by your Internet service provider may seem as inevitable as death and taxes, but a new startup aims to change that. Startup FreedomPop, which is backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, DCM and Mangrove Capital, provides cheaper Internet access and the ability for people to share access with others on its network.""
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The Encyclopedia of Life passes the 1 million page mark

Chuckles08 Chuckles08 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chuckles08 (1277062) writes "The Encyclopedia of Life project (http://eol.org/), an online resource aggregating information about all life on Earth, now has over 1 million taxon pages with content. All content is licensed under a Creative Commons license and includes text, over 1.5 million images, video, and sounds. It's an amazing resource for educators since the information is curated and rated. EOL also develops tools to make the content even more accessible, like the field guide tool (http://fieldguides.eol.org) that lets you build a customized online (and printable) field guide about any group of species or higher taxa."
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What's an Effective and Inexpensive Way to Monitor

Chuckles08 Chuckles08 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chuckles08 (1277062) writes "I'm about to complete a purchase of an electric scooter that is worth over $5k. Since I'll be parking it on a college campus, it will be vulnerable to theft. I'd like to install some kind of tracking device on it but the solutions I've seen so far seem quite expensive. Are there any reasonably priced and effective solutions out there? Ideally, I'd like to be informed by text message if my scooter moves without my knowing. I'd like to then track the scooter's movements."
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Updated Encyclopedia of Life

Chuckles08 Chuckles08 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chuckles08 (1277062) writes "A new version of the Encyclopedia of Life is now available (eol.org). Aside from a much better interface and a lot more content, EOL now features enhanced social networking features such as communities. Any registered user (free) can create collections of their favorite species and create communities around them. The Education Group also has a new Field Guide tool that lets you create a customized field guide based on EOL content."
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XMarks Requiring Access to "data on all websites"

Chuckles08 Chuckles08 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Chuckles08 (1277062) writes "Chrome popped up a notice today that the Xmarks extension requires access to "data on all websites and my browsing history". This seems new and a lot of people have been asking about it on XMarks website... with no reply as of yet."

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