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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

rasmusbr Apple's new streaming service? (306 comments)

The only way to make something unpiratable is to have it be a continuous interaction between a client and a server where you control the server.

I guess this music "format" is essentially going to be Apple's answer to Pandora, Spotify, et al.


Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

rasmusbr (159 comments)

$6,000 to join $3,000 pa and they only have a .info domain? Nothing says "exclusive" and "accomplished" like a .info domain...

I can't think of a single TLD other than .com for Facebook that I've ever heard of anyone using, and yet 1.3 billion people still manage to find the website every damn day.

With a list as long as my arm of things to tease and nitpick this site over, this ain't one of them. Let's not act like morons and pretend every search engine suddenly disappeared.

TLDs stopped meaning anything more than a bullshit marketing ploy when we found a "need" for more than com/net/org.

As long as URL:s are visible to viewers .com and .org will remain as status markers. The fact that these people couldn't afford to acquire the .com is evidence that there isn't a lot of financial muscle behind the project.

Another piece of evidence is that the site is now down. I'm going to go ahead and guess that they are on this plan: with "unlimited bandwidth" for $29 a month, laws of physics be damned.


New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

rasmusbr Re:Africa (310 comments)

Most of the anticipated growth is in Africa, where population is projected to quadruple from around 1 billion today to 4 billion by the end of the century.

You mean, the continent that can barely feed itself and is the source of deadly plagues (Ebola, etc.) is somehow going to support four times it's current population? I'd like to see how that is feasible...

Artificial fertilizer, tractors, better crop varieties. Maybe some GMO.

Africa is huge and has a lot of good soil waiting to be turned into efficient industrial farms. What it lacks is peaces, stability and institutions. But they're working on it.

It is sometimes said that Africa would eventually end up feeding the world, but if these new figures turn out to be true then it will perhaps merely end up feeding itself.


New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

rasmusbr Re:Provided (310 comments)

Yeah, those plagues in the middle ages sure prevented Europe from becoming densely populated...


FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

rasmusbr Re:well, duh? (318 comments)

in urban europe 24mbps is considered subpar; what you yanks have, is frightenly slow.

24 Mb/s is pretty good for most any everyday household use, assuming it has consistently low latency and no packet loss.

The real question you should ask your ISP is: what's the network like when the weekend Netflix streaming surges kick in? Or: is my friday night deathmatch going to lag terribly? Of course if you ask that of their sales people you'll get blank stares and answers along the lines of "Netflix and games work great".

2 days ago

Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

rasmusbr Re:Oregon... (190 comments)

Hmm, I don't know.

Suppose you build a tube (radius = 100 m) out of concrete where the water is 200 m deep. If I'm not mistaken you could then store up to this much energy in watt-hours. That's not a lot in the big scheme of things. To store one terrawatt-hour you would need a tube that's 2.5 km in radius, or lots and lots of smaller tubes.

Unless I messed up my high school level physics calculation there.

2 days ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

rasmusbr Re:Why math? (949 comments)

I could understand (from radical fundamentalist point of view) other bans, but why math? Even Koran (I think?) has writings on commerce (math), tithe (math) and so on.

Some possible explanations in order of highest likelihood:

The media got it wrong and they're not banning math.

The media got it wrong and they're only banning math for girls.

The great leader... or.. uh.. caliph? Well, the guy in charge doesn't like math.

It's not possible for practical reasons. Maybe the math teachers have all fled the country or something.

2 days ago

A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

rasmusbr Re:Cheap and available (110 comments)

I think these planes have used up their allowed number of pressurization cycles anyway, before they are converted.

At some point in the future someone will probably make good money converting old airliners into drones, which will make them cheaper to fly and solve the problem of pilots dying if the airframe gives in during flight.

2 days ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

rasmusbr Re:Why does business exist? (321 comments)

In highly competitive markets the competition will eventually force you to use every tax avoidance trick that your competitors use in order for you to stay in business, unless the corporate tax rate is something negligible.

One solution would be to not have a corporate tax and instead try to go after the owners themselves with capital gains taxes and inheritance taxes and what not.

3 days ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

rasmusbr Re:Ads (327 comments)

Sorry, that should obviously be revenue and not turnover. Swedish financial lingo is easy to mistranslate.

Would have been funny though...

4 days ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

rasmusbr Re:Ads (327 comments)

Mojang had 1.5 billion SEK in cash at the end of 2013, or about 220M USD at 2013 exchange rates. Their turnower for 2013 was 2 billion SEK or about 300 million USD.


4 days ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

rasmusbr Re:Ads (327 comments)

Yeah, but how long can they keep growing? How long can they even sustain the revenue that they have now?

Game purchases are one-time payments. I'm not going to buy a second copy of Minecraft for PC, nor am I buying a second copy of Pocked Edition and I'm not in the market for console games.

Long-term revenue has to come from recurring payments (subscriptions), or maybe from selling Creeper plush toys and t-shirts as some have suggested.

4 days ago

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

rasmusbr Re:Ads (327 comments)

It's no secret that Mojang is developing a pay to play kind of add-on called Realms. The idea is that people who want to have a Minecraft server for themselves and their friends can pay Mojang to host the server and take care of the technical details.

There are probably somewhere between 10 and 100 million Minecraft players. Suppose that 1% will subscribe to Realms at $4.99 a month (currently €10). That would yield between 500k and 5M in monthly revenue, or about 6M to 60M in yearly revenue.

Minecraft would probably be worth a few hundred million dollars in a sane market.

4 days ago

The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

rasmusbr Re:Evolution is hard to stop (195 comments)

Selection does not necessarily select the strong and the intelligent, selection selects the ones that pass on their genes.

For example, there is still considerable selection pressure for any genetic expression that helps us produce plentiful sperm and ova. There is also strong selection pressure for having functioning penises, vaginas, uteruses. These pressures could ease in the future with sufficiently advanced medicine.

5 days ago

The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

rasmusbr Re:Evolution is hard to stop (195 comments)

Evolutionary selection pressures never stop. Even within a dominant species, if there is any level of genetic difference, there will be both genetic drift and evolution. Other species also apply selection pressures (think of evolving viruses, for instance).

Evolution never stops permanently at least.

It is conceivable that the selection pressure on humans could go away temporarily if we achieve something like perfect medicine, or a world where any person would be equally likely to have biological children and grandchildren. The effect of that would be to radically increase diversity among humans both in terms of genes and in terms of traits. This would then lay the groundwork for potentially rapid evolution once the selection pressure reappears due to some systemic failure, or catastrophe, or what have you. The diversity would give natural selection more options to select from.

about a week ago

SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

rasmusbr Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (210 comments)

All Imperial units are great for real world human-scale measurements. That's what they were designed for. Metric units are obviously much better for scientific use, but the units are mostly too big for day to day stuff.

The metric units were originally based on preexisting units units. If they hadn't been similar to the imperial units they would probably never have caught on.

One meter ~= one yard. One liter ~= 2 pints. One kilogram ~= 2 pounds. A decimeter happens by chance to be about the width of a hand and a centimeter about the width of a finger.

about a week ago

Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

rasmusbr Re:Double-edged sword (118 comments)


The intellectually hard work of software isn't the idea. It's almost entirely within the coding.

When it comes to really ground-breaking stuff it is often the idea, but in those cases the idea belongs (and usually comes from) a paper published in a math or computer science journal or a journal from an adjacent field. It would probably not be a good idea to allow people to patents mathematical truths.

about a week ago

Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

rasmusbr Re:Nature (113 comments)

Call me a cynic, but wouldn't nature of done this long ago as a primary source of energy for oceanic life? Take Hydrogen and combine with oxygen. Lots-o-energy with a simple path of ingestion. It's like, inhaling food!

First of all hydrogen production does not generate energy, it consumes energy.

Scientists are interested in hydrogen as an energy storage medium. It is unlikely that life forms would use hydrogen as an energy storage medium since hydrogen gas can practically only be stored inside a metal tank, or at least a tank lined with an internal layer of metal. Metal requires smelting which is highly incompatible with how life forms develop, so you're not going to find plants or animals with metal parts.

about a week ago

Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

rasmusbr Re:Deprecating the telephone system (162 comments)

They're probably hoping that we will finally start using video conversations. And we sort of are.

Once video is the norm they can go on to push for 4k video, then perhaps stereoscopic 4k. This is sure to keep the data flowing and your data plan costs growing or at least remaining stagnant.

The funny part is that video conversations were technically possible in the 1970's, but it didn't catch on for whatever reason. It only really caught on about 5 years ago. I can't think of a consumer product that has taken longer to gain traction.

about two weeks ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

rasmusbr Re:So what exactly is the market here. (730 comments)

I believe the pitch goes something like this: In a world populated by very lazy and impatient people, the Apple watch allows you to get much of the functionality of your phone without pulling your phone out of your pocket. It also has an Apple logo on it.

Right. So what was the market the various Android Wear smart watches were going for?

I imagine they went after the same market, minus the Apple logo.

about two weeks ago



SpaceX Posts Damaged Video Of Falcon 9 First Stage Splashdown

rasmusbr rasmusbr writes  |  about 5 months ago

rasmusbr (2186518) writes "SpaceX has posted video from a camera mounted on the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage as the rocket stage attempted a soft splashdown on the ocean surface on April 18, after launching a resupply mission to the International Space Station. The powered splashdown was a test of the Falcon 9 first stage's ability to decelerate and land after launch, a crucial step toward a reusable first stage.

The video bitstream is damaged and SpaceX has spent a week trying to repair it. They now turn to the public for help."

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