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Lightweight C++ Library For SVG On Windows?

PinkPanther Re:Inkscape? (130 comments)

This AskSlashdot was about "SVG C++ code for Windows". What is it you claim I missed?

more than 5 years ago
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Lightweight C++ Library For SVG On Windows?

PinkPanther Inkscape? (130 comments)

I haven't looked at the code, but is there something that you can leverage from Inkscape?

more than 5 years ago
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Don't Panic, It's Towel Day!

PinkPanther Re:There are ~1,308,361 American dead... (164 comments)

Have you submitted the article outlining the importance/significance of the day?

And though it's Memorial Day in one part of the world, this site is a part of the WORLD WIDE web.

I don't think that your post is a Troll, but please recognize that there is more than one thing going on around the universe today.

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Is Apache Or GPL Better For Open-Source Business?

PinkPanther Re:Who's business? (370 comments)

I wouldn't call it a "disaster", but it certainly becomes difficult to compete with the rights holders (if they are a single entity).

You have identified the major points though:

  • GPL allows me to leverage the "free" model by getting my software into the hands of potential customers, letting them experiment or do initial implementations
  • GPL stops competitors from taking my product and using it to directly compete with me, at least initially

The GPL does not preclude the open source community from forking and out innovating me. But any innovation done has to be done in the clear, assuming those changes are beyond "customizations" for a single customer.

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Evidence please? (458 comments)

First, I don't download music that I haven't purchased.

Second, this is not about me. Not sure why you feel there is a need to divert away from the points being made in an argument and instead attack the messenger.

This is about economics, plain and simple. Price of a widget tends to the natural cost of producing a single unit of that widget. In the case of digital content, the cost of reproduction is ZERO.

If someone decides to focus on a model that can easily be circumvented, then they have made a TERRIBLE business choice. Throwing technology and legislation in trying to support this particular TERRIBLE business model has shown time and again that these are wasted resources.

Now, as for your disdain of the term "civil disobedience"...murder and theft are NOT "civil". For you to align copyright infringement with them shows that you are not being earnest nor open minded with respect to this topic.

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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Evidence please? (458 comments)

Get this into your head: intellectual property is tradeable, and ought to remain so for otherwise artists, designers, and scientists would not be able to sell the results of their (very much appreciated) labors

You delude yourself, or have let the "IP" people do your thinking.

Why can an artist not make money without reverting to "IP laws"? Or designers? Or scientists (in fact, I know a LOT of scientists that make money without use of copyright, trademark, patents, etc...).

You have fallen for the broken-business-model trap. Simply because organizations have set themselves up on shaky business models and have succeeded with those using INEFFICIENT mechanisms, doesn't mean that society should continue to support that system. The general consumer base is now starting to understand just how inefficient the system is, just how badly the PUBLIC's rights are being trampled, and how advancements of the arts and science are being BLOCKED by these legacy organizations.

Civil disobedience is a signal of broken laws and traditions. "Digital Piracy" (sic) is simply a form of civil disobedience.

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:TPB is like a drug dealer (458 comments)

Terrible analogy.

TPB is not like a drug dealer. It is more like a street corner where the dealers have decided to set up shop. Or maybe better would be TPB is the yellow pages, where dealers decide to advertise. Or maybe...oh, never mind.

TPB does not "have illegal stuff", it simply points to places where you can download torrents from (note: you do not download torrents from TPB). The fact that a large proportion of those torrents are infringing on organizations' copyrights is not something that TPB has any control over.

Could TPB do things to remove "illegal" torrents from their listings? Possibly, but that is putting an onus on TPB that, IMO, they should not be required to do.

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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Evidence please? (458 comments)

Bandwidth? I am quite certain that there are places on the interwebs that would be more than happy to host the downloads of artists...heck there might even be a business model in there somewhere....

THERE IS NO NEW ECONOMY. This is BASIC ECONOMICS: the cost of producing a copy of a digital item is ZERO, and basic economics says that the price of that item will tend to zero. Why in the world would anyone want to pay more than a token amount for something that costs NOTHING to make?

This is not about an "entitlement" on downloads. This is about the reality of the digital world.

And no one is telling artists they cannot make a living. The reality of the economics indicate that artists should not be relying on making profits off something that costs nothing to make and can be easily reproduced by anyone. Instead, focus on things that CANNOT be reproduced, and let the digital wares be your advertising for that SCARCE resource.

In what other profession does someone work for free and then look to make money by "selling" things that cost nothing and takes no effort? Stupid approach to business, so adapt. Otherwise you are fighting your fanbase, fighting technology, and fighting BASIC ECONOMICS.

Digital technologies have changed the world of recorded entertainment. Digital technologies offer HUGE efficiencies (equipment, production, storage, distribution). Yet the recording industries have not adjusted their business models to reflect those efficiencies. They have (or could) lowered their costs yet won't change their infrastructures such that those savings are passed to consumers.

Consumers recognize they are being fleeced, and the market is naturally circumventing the MASSIVELY INEFFICIENT processes of the 1950s.

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Evidence please? (458 comments)

You are buying the CD because you want to support the artist. You are specifically putting money into an INEFFICIENT SYSTEM because you want to support the artist.

Why not simply PayPal the artist HALF of that money and download their music from TPB (or wherever) for free? That approach rewards the artist MANY TIMES MORE than the brain-dead system you are supporting.

See where I'm getting at?

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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Evidence please? (458 comments)

No citation needed. Anything between the artist (producer) and their fans (consumers) is a middleman. Any improvement in a system's efficiency specifically squeezes out middlemen.

I'm not saying that artists can or should directly interact with fans (there are many artists who simply can't), but the middleman environment changes significantly when the distribution of plastic discs is eliminated from the process.

Are you trying to indicate that the companies whose primary purpose is the distribution and sales of CDs are not powerful?

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Flawed premise (458 comments)

Ah. But in order to be a fan in the first place, you have to know the band exists.

You've just set yourself up for a Catch-22 argument.

But there are a couple of things you need to take into account:

  • currently the market atmosphere is pitted against the indie artists because "free music" is assumed to be "violating copyright"
  • currently the general audience allows Big Media to dictate what they will listen to
  • social media tools are just now becoming "mainstream"; the general population is just starting to get a handle on facebook, twitter, personal blogs
  • "success" doesn't need to mean "triple platinum" (i.e. sales of plastic discs) or multi-millions of $$ in profits
  • radio?

Success for most artists means being able to "earn a living" doing their art. It does not (necessarily) mean multiple houses on 4 different continents. When you think of a band becoming successful, don't think of bands that Big Media push...that's a formula that most artists, even "commercial artists", fail (possibly after 15 minutes of "success").

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Flawed premise (458 comments)

Fans are freely allowed to share the music of any artist who allows it and can do so without the fear of retribution.

Then you haven't been paying attention. There are tons of stories of people having posts pulled, accounts disabled/deleted, etc. because of perceived copyright issues.

Many ISPs and platform providers would rather work against their own customers than face the possibility of working against RIAA lawyers. They won't take the time to determine who the real copyright holders are, much less expensive (and immediate) to just cut the account.

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Evidence please? (458 comments)

One thing that is hard to come around is the fact that the music biz is profit driven. If there really was a vivid indipendent scene that was growing up by the means of filesharing, we would have seen attempts to control it a long time ago.

Sorry, but I believe your interpretation of events is myopic.

There have been attempts to make a vivid (and profitable) scene driven by file sharing. However, there are very powerful business (and political) forces that essentially get squeezed out of the scene once the artist is directly doing business with fans. They are the inefficiencies in the existing music models, and therefore they cannot allow "the new model" to take hold.

Reality is this: digital music costs NOTHING to copy and distribute. Therefore the price of a digital copy will eventually be zero. Laws and technology is being thrown at the situation trying to keep the genie in the bottle. But consumers now understand the cost of the goods they are buying.

So the music industry needs to find ways to leverage the benefits of FREE advertising being done by their fans who share music with their friends. Take that savings (the $$ artists would otherwise have to spend on advertising) and capitalize on it.

Opportunity is there. Someone is going to eventually seize it.

more than 5 years ago
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Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

PinkPanther Re:Flawed premise (458 comments)

But the article focuses on "illegal file sharing". What the author completely misses is that the "recording industry" is not allowing the true power and freeness of digital music distribution/sharing. Any analysis today must take into account that most activity (especially TPB-type activity) is specifically "in violation of the copyright holders' (*IAA) desires".

So yes, the current activity is not conducive to indie labels specifically because the recording industry makes it clear that "P2P is piracy". People don't share music links in blogs/myspace/facebook/etc... because "it is wrong". Some copyright holders find themselves getting into trouble by sharing their content (e.g. YouTube taking down stuff that an artist themself put up).

The power of P2P is not in having "pirates" share music. It is allowing fans to freely share and promote artists. This is not something that can be done today without fear of retribution from an industry that doesn't care about facts or truths.

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Tim Bray On the Future of the Web

PinkPanther Re:not worth your time. (46 comments)

What is said (or not said) that you think this 1/2 hr video is unworthy of a watch? I think much of what Tim says is quite relevant. For people who fail to think of the larger picture w.r.t. large scale web app development, his insight is quite apropos.

more than 5 years ago
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Tim Bray On the Future of the Web

PinkPanther Re:Where'd you get lost Tim? (46 comments)

You COMPLETELY missed what he said. He specifically said that "no one is asking for RIA...except for vendors and developers".

I actually take very few exceptions to what Tim has to say in that video. I believe he is bang on w.r.t. multi-core, REST, (lack of) RIA, the strength of HTTP and the lack of evidence supporting a need for push-based applications (i.e. the argument that poll-based doesn't scale is completely invalidated by the fact that it does as RSS, twitter, email and a host of other very large scale apps are poll-based).

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Sun In Talks To Be Acquired By IBM

PinkPanther Re:Open Sourcing at Sun (526 comments)

You don't buy a company because of its products. You buy it for its innovation on top of those products, or for its customer base/brand, or for its finances, or for its resources (real estate, other assets, human capital).

more than 5 years ago

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