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Gartner forecasts phones overtaking PCs as most common web browsing device by 2013 -- Engadget:
and that by as soon as 2012, 20% of businesses will "own no IT assets" -- meaning that employees would be using their own personal computer, and that the businesses themselves would be relying on cloud-based services.
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CNET News: Music publishers: iTunes not paying fair share (via /.):
Songwriters, composers, and music publishers are making preparations to one day collect performance fees from Apple and other e-tailers for not just traditional music downloads but for downloads of films and TV shows as well. Those downloads contain music after all.

These groups even want compensation for iTunes' 30-second song samples.
Apple's iTunes provides an otherwise-unusable 30 second clip as a free advertisement to promote the sale of the song itself, and the songwriters want a cut of the advertisement?
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The Pirate Bay acquired for $7.8 million // News:
Global Gaming Factory X has acquired file-sharing site The Pirate Bay for SEK 60 million (USD 7.8 million).

Along with the purchase of file-sharing tech firm Peerialism, GGF intends to turn the website legitimate, offering compensation for copyright owners whose content is featured on the site.

"We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site," said Hans Pandeya, CEO of GGF

"The Pirate Bay is a site that is among the top 100 most visited internet sites in the world. However, in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary.

"Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File-sharers need faster downloads and better quality," he added.

Peerialism creates file-sharing technology, which GGF intends to incorporate into The Pirate Bay when the acquisition is completed in August.

"Peerialism has developed a new data distribution technology which now can be introduced on the best known file-sharing site, The Pirate Bay," offered Johan Ljungberg, CEO of Peerialism.

"Since the technology is compatible with the existing it will quickly allow for new values to be created for all key stakeholders and facilitate new business opportunities."

The four founders of The Pirate Bay - Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström - were found guilty of violating intellectual property rights earlier this year, each receiving a one year jail sentence and fines totalling USD 3,620,000.


Jul. 9th, 2008 06:15 pm
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Wired News - AP News:
Seeking to play down the effects of global warming, Vice President Dick Cheney's office pushed to delete from congressional testimony references about the consequences of climate change on public health, a former senior EPA official claimed Tuesday.

The official, Jason K. Burnett, said the White House was concerned that the proposed testimony last October by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might make it tougher to avoid regulating greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.
Honestly, I would not be surprised if Dick Cheney tore off his own rubbery face at a press conference, and revealed himself to be one of those lizard people from that TV science fiction series, "V."
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from a dan savage response:
As for feeling like a pedophile, HB, there's nothing pedo about a 19-year-old bi chick in Disney-princess underpants. A little girl in those panties is innocent and darling. A sexually active 19-year-old in those panties is ironic and daring. (A quick poll of straight men—or man, as the sample size was small—also revealed that 100 percent consider 19-year-old bisexual girls in Disney panties "sexy as fucking hell.") So when your boyfriend eats your pussy through a pair of your new Disney underpants—when he filters your vaginal secretions through an image of Jasmine or Ariel or Belle—he will not only be helping you assert your right to sexual fulfillment despite your mother's disapproval, HB, but helping you deconstruct a patriarchal hetero-normative discourse that reifies female purity and holds up female undergarments as moral status markers.
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Is there a job where I get paid to sit at home and play the game of my choice all day? Or is that just called "unemployment"?
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This is what happens when Warren Ellis offers stimulus: someone gets their photoshop on as a response.

Be sure to download the music at Katie's link. Save it. Play it during the primaries and presidential debates; it may keep a few of us from crying into our beer.


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