Bio not provided
What would be interesting is how the share of the revenues per artist a record label pays the artists has changed over the years, especially compared to the changing cost structures of labels. Digital downloads and streaming bring less revenues than CD and especially Singles sales, but they're also basically free to manufacture and distribute.
Not saying that the difference there would change anything, but it'd be interesting additional information. In the future, I can see the major record labels increasingly be pushed out by newer, more automated, more nimble record labels that help do a lot of work the labels do without doing everything while leaving the major labels handling big artists that can profitably profit from the expensive manual work a label puts in on their behalf.
3 months ago on On the fight for fair fees in digital streaming
@Nevin Dan How is finding a model for high-quality, subscription-based journalism to work profitably not fixing a problem? It's fixing the problem of independent media, which is one of the pillars of Democracy.
Oh, right, you just wanted to rant, providing not a single argument (not even a bad one). Sorry, didn't get that.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Shock! Uber scores victory against DC lawmakers by…actually negotiating with DC lawmakers
@JohnSungKim Github raised $100m from Andreessen-Horovitz.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The Series A crunch is hitting now. Have we even noticed?
@Kyotzeta Please, feel free to use it. :)
7 months ago on Google’s Ingress is more than a game, its a potential data exploitation disaster
@Elthar You felt a disturbance in the force, I feel you haven't used Maps yet and don't know Streetview. They're pretty damn accurate. Also, if the US military trusted Russian maps for invasion plans to Russia, it would be pretty damn stupid.
@fdelane82 The data economy itself is quite frightening (I wouldn't characterize it as terrifying). All this data provides a lot of potential for misuse. And if there's one thing history has shown, it's that if there's something that can be misused, it will be misused. I'm still looking forward to the game and I'm sure I'll play it. Privacy be damned, this looks like a fun game!
@dannyroa Did you *read* the article?
@RayCromwell Do I understand correctly that every analysis you don't agree with is clickbait? Laughable.
@sarahcuda I read through a lot of the feedback and I think the people criticizing the font size as too small are using an iPad. I haven't got my iPad with me, so I can't tell you if there's a huge difference there.
Perhaps it's also a bug and I just don't realize it: The letters in the article text are about twice the height of the letters in the comments. (The line altogether is probably three times as high.)
On the iPhone, the font is a bit taller than I'm accustomed to, but quite OK.
7 months ago on Welcome to the new, more reader and device aware PandoDaily!
Wow, where does this trend of huge font sizes come from?! The font in this article is as big as a headline is on other sites! I can't focus on reading anything here. If the idea was to promote long-form journalism - I can say for sure that with font this huge, I can't imagine reading even a paragraph. (I, sadly, didn't read any article today. I try to. I try hard.)
@Parkite Took me a while to get. Nice one! :D
7 months, 2 weeks ago on If you care about the tech industry, vote for Obama
Also: Most people don't have the email overload problem and don't get dozens or hundreds of emails per day.
8 months ago on On Monday I thought email was dead. On Monday I was an idiot
@srcasm Why would that be crazy? Everybody who doesn't block a certain sender that uses a proper emailing service sees the email, whereas with social stuff, the chance the a person sees the thing shared is low. Now think how low the chance is that they convert on something shared on a social channel.
Social works because of scale, with things where not receiving something doesn't really matter. For everything else, email still rules.
I guess we all think email is dead because we hate it so much. The thing is: There's no replacement, and there's a need for getting things in your face.
Also, with great email searching tools like Gmail, it's kind of the eternal archive for .. everything.
@Vodkaman @Thetruthhurtstoo You're right about the splitting up. I think they would really have done better. Funny what happens when you look at things in hindsight.
8 months ago on Why the fall of 2012 will determine Microsoft’s fate
@Waqas100 Where exactly did I write that Windows 7 was unsuccessful? That's not the point, as was it not the point with Nokia when they created pretty nice phones devices. The problem is that they're missing out on the next wave in computing. If they miss out on tablets, they won't go bankrupt, they won't lose all their market share to Apple. But they won't be able to create integrated solutions in that area. So people will buy their iPad and more and more (like we saw in the previous 10 years) they will switch to Mac computers and laptops. And other alternatives, hopefully. (An Apple monoculture would be even worse than a Microsoft one.)
The thing with Skype is: Yes, it is successful. Also, it doesn't make a lot of money. (Still it's a good sign that they bought it. Hopefully they won't mess it up now.)
The thing with Bing is: Microsoft loses a few billion each year on that. Billions. Each year. Incredibly, the losses are increasingly!
Windows Phone is great (never claimed otherwise), but the app problem is a serious problem. As long as Microsoft won't get more users, they won't get more apps. But increasingly, people are basing their purchasing decisions based on the fact whether there are apps available on an OS.
Microsoft is doing great. At no point am I refuting that point. The point I'm making is that Microsoft is reaching it's zenith with Windows and is doing bad with the new things that should guarantee their growth for the next decade.
Actually, you are making my point, you just reach a different, very short-term conclusion. One that reminds me of people apologizing for Nokia and RIM.
@jmakabandit That's why I said that hard core gamers aren't the majority, by far. And everybody else doesn't give a shit. And those that don't give a shit are 95% of the market. They are at least 80% of the money to be made. Who do you think game companies will optimize their products for? 20% or 80%? ;-)And if you think Next was a bad system and want to lecture me now about how it was crappy to develop: Apple has improved. Like Microsoft has. I know that Microsoft systems are easier to develop with. But Linux is even easier, which hasn't changed a lot in terms of enterprise support.
I'm not a hater. I actually hope that Microsoft succeeds. It's just that I don't see the situation as fluffy. Microsoft once thought they had the browser market all locked up. They were once winning in the smartphone market.
@Vodkaman Nobody says Microsoft will be doomed immediately. But once people use Microsoft only because they *have* to rather than because they *want* to, they are doomed, long term.
Yes, there's lots of enterprise software that is and will for the foreseeable future run on Windows devices only. The thing is: The foreseeable future will end at some point. People and organizations will slowly start to move away from that.
As for gaming: Steam being on Mac is very relevant. Most gamers aren't hardcore gamers that build their own hardware, so for 95%, Mac is more than enough. Linux is an unknown variable in all that. I stopped giving Linux my yearly one-month trial (where I switched *everything* over to force myself to get used to it) last year and I'm not looking back. (Since I started doing that yearly spring trial about 10 years ago, I haven't seen significant progress. Every single time I spent at least half a day getting my secondary display to work. Every single time, using a laptop was even more painful than a PC. Every single time, I felt like I was getting eye cancer from the incredibly crappy user interface design.)
@bseddon If Microsoft does well, we're all winners. Competition in the mobile space is direly needed and Windows 8 is Microsoft's path to relevancy in the mobile space.
@JanVanRiebeeck Seriously? Microsoft doesn't want to dominate something that would benefit them dominating?
The world has changed since Windows ME and Vista. Mac is growing ever stronger. Smartphones are bigger than ever. Microsoft has no foothold in the exploding tablet area. The more tablets people buy (~66m in 2011, probably more than laptops sold 2012) which run a non-Microsoft OS, the more they'll be inclined to switch their main OS to something their tablet works with seamlessly (iPad/iOS --> Mac OS).
On the short term, Microsoft will do great. Even on the long term, Microsoft will not simply go bankrupt. But they'll lose influence. And once they lost their influence on the tech market, they'll lose growth areas, because they can't influence the market anymore. Once you can't influence the market anymore, the only thing you can do is follow the market.
RIM also had a strong foothold in the enterprise market. Nokia hat a strong foothold in the European market. Microsoft's foothold is stronger and will last longer, but not forever. If they can't get their operating system to be good enough so people use it by choice again, they are fucked - in the long term.