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  • What is Apple releasing on Tuesday?
    a big deal Amazon just launched their Unboxed video download service yesterday and nobody cared It doesn t solve any of the problems people have with the existing services Why will Apple s product be different The AirPort Express Apple s wireless routers don t get much attention because they re insanely expensive Why would I buy a 54G router for 130 200 when I can get the latest crappy Linksysnetgeardlinkbelkin rebate special for 30 and replace it with a better model for less when it dies in 6 months But the little Apple router the AirPort Express has a neat little feature AirTunes wireless music transmission You can play music from iTunes over the wireless network and the AirPort Express will receive the signal and play it out to a stereo This way you can have your computer at the other end of the house while listening to its music on the living room stereo The record industry almost flipped out but Apple calmed them down by encrypting the transmission That way users couldn t capture the nicely uncompressed version of their copy protected iTunes Music Store purchases and save them as DRM free files I think I see where this is going A few companies recently released short range wireless HDMI transmitters HDMI is a standard for carrying full resolution digital HD video and analog I think audio but with encryption to please the MPAA and allow the output of digital video There s a reason why regular DVD players never output digital video and it s not technical Apple has encryption in place that allows protected audio and video files to play on any Mac or Windows computer and any iPod The protection is good enough to satisfy the publishers Connect the dots laaa laaa la la

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/197 (2016-04-30)
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  • Bush Responds to IAU Meeting
    questions about the size of the planet about its irregular orbit about the importance of Pluto to the wider war on terror These are all issues we ve discussed broadly and fully within my administration And tonight I want to share those discussions with you First some ask why Pluto is different from other remote balls of ice orbitting the sun What about Ceres What about Charon or Xena I ve got no problem with any of these I think it would be kind of cool to have a planet named Xena What s important to me is that they must not take Pluto away This is not amnesty for Pluto Pluto is a valuable ally in the war on terror Some ask how urgent this danger is to America and the world The danger is already significant and it only grows worse with time Yesterday we had nine planets Now we have eight What if we only had seven tomorrow What if we had no planets Where would we live Maybe on the moon like martians Does it make any sense to wait until they take away more of our planets We ll fight the IAU on Pluto so we don t have to fight them on Earth We have detailed and reliable intelligence that the IAU has been gathering data on Jupiter Mars and other potential planetary targets If they re not terrorists I want to know why do they care so much about planets Why don t they get real jobs and stop questioning things like good Americans The only way I know of to protect the identity of Pluto from activist astronomers is through a Constitutional amendment That s why I want to propose tonight a new amendment to define the Solar System as a union

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/196 (2016-04-30)
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  • How not to launch a Web 2.0 site
    ensure that your site is absolutely useless unless I ve registered a user account That way your community is naturally elite because 95 of your site s visitors won t bother to register or return then require email validation You don t want to grow too quickly Limit yourself to the capacity of your outgoing mailserver and omit users who have aggressive spam filters By the time the remaining users receive your confirmation email their excitement and interest in your site has probably waned This should prevent them from contributing to your site so you ll save on hosting and administration costs Depend completely on user generated content But don t start with a lot of content of your own Tons of people want to visit your website and do all of the work so you can make money Just put up an empty phpBB forum that proclaims itself as The leading discussion community on Topic and content will flood in Get an unintelligible URL It s important that your URL cannot be understood or remembered If it s easy to remember correctly by most people after hearing it spoken once over the phone you ll get far too many non geeks trying to use your site These are usually the same people stupid enough to click on ads Do you really want these people wasting your bandwidth to amuse their simple minds Clone another popular site Don t flush valuable time and money down the toilet to think of a new idea There aren t any truly original ideas anyway Just do what someone else is doing especially if they ve recently been popular in the news You know what we really need Something like Digg for technology related news stories Or a social networking site Focus primarily on

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/195 (2016-04-30)
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  • New Study Finds Internet Not a Minivan Either
    weeks is investigating whether the internet is an SUV This series of studies has raised serious doubts about whether the internet is even road worthy If not it may be unsafe for it to travel on the information superhighway My suspicion Focht added is that the Internet is a tandem bicycle A senior Republican who wished to remain brainless commented As you know many conservative congressmen are huge supporters of

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/194 (2016-04-30)
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  • The future of music
    to accurately suggest songs you might like based on what you ve been listening to the most what your friends listen to and what people who share your musical tastes also like There are some programs like this now but advances in social networking over the next several years should help MusicBuddy to determine what someone who replays The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Phantom of the Opera and Rock Around the Clock might like current programs would assume you like all country songs musicals and oldies With a large enough database and enough processing power to sift through it MusicBuddy would have no need for categories When this shift happens current advertising and producing models would also become obsolete Artists could still be promoted by the huge labels but the majority of song sales would be from friends wanting to share their new finds with other friends or from people who are willing to take suggestions from MusicBuddy If the suggestions are good then more people would be willing to use it which gives a larger database to pull from which makes the suggestions even more accurate etc Each song gets by on its own merits so filler songs for CDs will be less necessary I don t expect physical CDs to disappear entirely but they won t be the primary method of music distribution So now that artists are essentially advertised by MusicBuddy and competing programs and the cost to produce the music is virtually nothing you no longer have to hire 20 people to make your song s background sound like a 20 piece band the current record labels lose their bargaining power They currently can threaten artists with virtual obscurity if the artists don t give them a large portion of the fees but MusicBuddy

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/191 (2016-04-30)
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  • Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD: Nobody cares
    the geek world we had DVD R and DVD R Nobody wants to invest in equipment and media for the format that eventually loses so the mass market just sits back and waits until there s a clear winner then buys that one Or they ll buy one without realizing that there s a format war then angrily tell all of their friends when their chosen format loses and they can t buy its media anymore Unless there s a clear loser from the beginning like Sony s UMD or the Sega Saturn format wars dramatically slow adoption of new technologies They can only be resolved when consumers are highly motivated to adopt the new technology such as the DVD R vs DVD R battle If the motivation for adoption is already low a format war will eliminate any chances of either format s widespread adoption That s one of the many reasons why you ve probably never heard of SACD by Sony or DVD Audio by everyone else In case you re not one of the 12 people who have read my site since 2004 here s a summary of why SACD and DVD Audio both lost and didn t stand a chance of success even in the absence of a format war Not enough consumer dissatisfaction with the established technology CDs Few new capabilities or features i e track skipping instead of rewinding No physical advantages same size similar playback duration Awful device support no portables no car players no computer playback Providing only a quality advantage that can t be detected on most people s equipment or by most people s senses Uh oh I don t think the heads of Sony and Toshiba read my article Cassettes were quickly replaced by CDs primarily because people hated rewinding CDs were also lighter cooler looking and better sounding and enabled many more playback options such as random mode and many disc players Being better sounding alone wouldn t have been enough even though it was a big jump in sound quality that was obvious even on low end equipment We transitioned from VHS tapes to DVDs more quickly than any other format change in history because people still hated rewinding especially after being spoiled by CDs Menus were also cool because they gave a pretty interface to a major underlying feature change secondary video and audio streams that let publishers include commentary alternate languages subtitles and extra scenes And people could play the same discs in their computers which laptop users greatly appreciate on long flights or in boring hotel rooms Video quality also improved dramatically enough to be obvious on almost any TV See a pattern In both transitions most people even gave up cheap easy recordability and repurchased their entire media libraries People are willing to give up features when the advantages are compelling enough But with Blu Ray or HD DVD the disadvantages are far greater than the advantages You need to buy an expensive

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/193 (2016-04-30)
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  • Broadcast Indecency
    election year attention broadcasting indecency has been given and by the fanatical religious right s efforts to advance it s cultural agenda by mobalizing its supporters to raise a stink over things that nobody really cares about Additionally I m annoyed by higher fines and anybody who uses the term family hour Howard Stern said something disgusting Really Well maybe you shouldn t have your children listen to Howard Stern According to the FCC I can file an indecency complaint online Now I just need to find something indecent to complain about As it turns out Bush inadvertantly said something rather naughty when he didn t think there was a microphone on And now this filth is being broadcast all over the country I would like to complain Unfortunately I don t have a TV However I m sure some of you do So could somebody with a television flip on the news and give me a time and a station where this particular soundbite is played Double credit if it s from Fox News I m sure it will be beeped over but everybody knows what word was disguised I would also encourage any of you to join me

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/192 (2016-04-30)
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  • Winamp 5.23
    a while back I was wondering how long it would take them to make it suck It appears that they have started Here s a nice bit from the EULA about the eMusic icon IMPORTANT NOTE IF YOU OPT TO INSTALL THE EMUSIC PROMOTIONAL ICON YOU CONSENT TO THE DOWNLOAD AND INSTALLATION OF ONE OR MORE ICONS ON YOUR COMPUTER S DESKTOP THAT LINK TO INFORMATION ABOUT THE ICONS SOFTWARE OR EMUSIC SERVICE AND OR A REGISTRATION PAGE FOR EMUSIC S INTERNET BASED MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION BASED SERVICE AND OR OTHERWISE PROVIDE PERIODIC REMINDERS TO YOU IN THE FORM OF POP UP NOTICES ON YOUR COMPUTER S DESKTOP The EULA is also 5213 words long or 10 single spaced pages This does not include the privacy policy and other documents included by reference The Choose Install Location is fairly standard but Space required 23 4MB is a sad change from the elegant little application Winamp used to be I do not remember different user setting for different Windows users which appears to be a new feature I won t use it but I could see how it could be useful particularly as it appears to allow different portable device settings The registration page fortunately has both Yes send me Winamp announcements Recommended and Yes allow anonymous usage statistics unchecked by default It also has a Do not ask again until next install option The actual program does not seem to have changed much The Media Library has become increasingly difficult In addition to the Play and Enqueue options there is a MusicMagic Mix button It allows me to make instant mixes of compatible tracks from my entire library I worried that this font cannot contain my excitement at this new feature Now to update the ratings Ease of Use I have

    Original URL path: http://articles.marco.org/190 (2016-04-30)
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