Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?
As a consultant in the UK I once worked for a council, programming out of a small caravan.
It was cold, wet, and to add to the eeriness one of the guys there kept a collection of jars of pickled eggs on his table.
Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?
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...
Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed
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.
Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents
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!
UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line
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.
The Best Video Games On Awful Systems
How can this blog post be posted on Slashdot?
A listing of 5 games with a couple of sentences each, without screenshots....next!
BP Buys "Oil Spill" Search Term
According to The Onion BP hasn't just caused an oil spill...
An Early Look At Civilization V
If you can't get civ to play on your laptop, check out civ on the iphone, it is pretty good - and will leave you with even less spare time ;)
SCO Terminates Darl McBride
"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.
Universal "Death Stench" Repels Bugs of All Types
Isn't it cute to note that so many /. geeks are now also apparently insect experts
Linux Kernel 2.6.31 Released
Lots and lots of driver work. Over 70% of all of the 2.6.30 to
2.6.31 patch is under drivers/, and there's another 6%+ in firmware/ and
sound/. That's not entirely unusual, but it does seem to be growing. My
rough rule of thumb used to be "50% drivers, 50% everything else", but
that's clearly not true any more (and hasn't been for a while - we've been
60%+ since after 2.6.27
I personally think this is a real pity. So much time is being spent on getting drivers implemented that new features and other kinds enhancements are being pushed back.
Drug Vending Machines
It's a clever idea, but what is making sure they take the drugs?
Who is making sure of that with the current setup?
Nokia Launches Pay-By-Phone Service
Where is the need for a mobile phone? Why can't this be done with just a credit card and an RFID chip instead like the Barclaycard OnePulse. Investing in infrastructure for this kind of card would make a hell of a lot of more sense to me.
The Myth of the Isolated Kernel Hacker
Should probably be a negative number of some magnitude. ...Last: SCO -31%
The Myth of the Isolated Kernel Hacker
At least attempt to format the list, mate:
1. Red Hat: 12.3%
2. IBM: 7.6%
3. Novell: 7.6%
4. Intel: 5.3%
5. Independent consultant: 2.5%
6. Oracle: 2.4%
7. Linux Foundation: 1.6%
8. SGI 1.6%
9. Parallels 1.3%
10. Renesas Technology: 1.3%
11. Academia: 1.2%
12. Fujitsu: 1.1%
13. MontaVista: 1.1%
14. MIPS Technologies: 1.1%
15. Analog Devices: 1.0%
16. HP: 1.0%
A Push To End the Online Gambling Ban
as long as you can find someone willing to take the opposite side.
To quote a friend with a Ph.D in statistics - "Gambling is for the mathematically challenged".
Sun In Talks To Be Acquired By IBM
Interesting move as I thought IBMs long term strategy was to move away from the hardware market altogether. I wonder what their intentions are with Suns hardware divisions.
Flower Robots For Your Home
With such thick stems it looks like robot is more inspired by anime tentacle rape than actual organic flowers!