# Thursday, January 21, 2010

Spotify

Like many of you out there, we’ve been perfectly happy with the free version of the service. Over the last few months though, Spotify has added lots of new features to the Premium offering. Having tried it out for a few weeks, we can say that it’s well worth the monthly £9.99 if you’re a music fan.

 [via Spotify Premium - Techworld.com]

Exactly and the rumour is that companies are struggling with the ad-model, revenue is spread to thin .. Google is sucking up most of the air with very little left for anyone else (a bad variant on the long-tail theory?) so the only way these services are going to survive is subscription. If you want it, pay for it.

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# Wednesday, December 09, 2009

being an icebox

I'm perfectly fine being anti-cool if it enables me to keep my family covered and develop software that tons of people use. [via Nick Bradbury]

LOL, I like anti-cool, I'm probably anti-cool in the not being cool way - but hey I know some really cool people :-D

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Journalism :-)

Journalism is apparently no longer a requirement [via The Black Screen Syndrome, or, Tech news in search of the apocalypse | Security News - Betanews]

Oh I havent had a good ramble rant for ages and ages and ages .. the above link points out the BBC's wonderful habit (it seems to me) of editing stories to cover up the total hash/downright misinformation of some of its journalism. Its a poor defence really isnt it - are we really meant to keep going back to articles to see what the latest 'truth' is? Not fair to bash the good old Beeb really, they are all the same. Tis my humble opinion that journalism hasnt changed much over the years but we can now see the BBC changing its articles as its view of the 'truth of the matter' changes - in bygone days, they broadcast a story and never the correction there would be. Just the same in the printed media. IMHO of course. Its the seeing the changes that is different, and its a good thing, though one wonders about the damage to the brand that all the revisions make. end of ramble.

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# Thursday, November 26, 2009
# Monday, November 23, 2009

3D Mandelbrot

What we have featured in this article is a potential 3D version of the same fractal. For the impatient, you can skip to the nice pics, but the below makes an interesting read (with a little math as well for the curious). [via Mandelbulb: The Unravelling of the Real 3D Mandelbrot Fractal]

Gorgeous.

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# Friday, November 20, 2009

Welcome back

To all my regular readers a fond hello again after a few months of not being bothered that this thing didnt work, even not noticed that this thing didnt work and so i have slipped out off the google number one spot. Now, test number 3 in a sequence of indeterminate number - will i make it back again?
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# Thursday, February 28, 2008

Daft question

Is public domain software open-source?. [via CNET News.com]

Absolutely not, public domain has no license. Open source is encumbered by a restrictive license. Period, end, move on.

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# Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Your moderne life belongs to?

Go read:

a google horror story: what happens when you are disappeared.  

Earlier this week, an acquaintance of mine found himself trapped in a Kafka-esque nightmare, a nightmare that should make all of us stop and think. ... [via apophenia]

It seems being connected still counts for so much but I wonder how many 'real' people are being bombed by this. How many people really are handing over their filofaxes for someone else to keep, or more importantly, filofaxes they care about.

 

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# Friday, February 01, 2008

Sky+ subscribers don't have to pay the license fee?

It has become apparent that if you only watch BBC content via the iPlayer then you do not need a TV license because said license is only required if you are watching programmes as they are broadcast. So, if you subscribe to Sky+ and watch BBC content from recordings (or just press pause for a few seconds <g>), then you don't need a license. Similarly, I suppose Freeview and Virgin Media et al systems that include the ability to record.

What I am not sure about is whether this watch as broadcast applies for other content providers - but, doesn't matter, there is the pause button.

Hmmmm, might be heading for ooops land this one.

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