* Posts by Elliot

3 posts • joined 14 Apr 2009

Sir Alan Sugar hails £30m 'equitable' Viglen win

Elliot
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Whilst we're at it...

As someone who currently works in the forward-thinking public sector, I'm just hoping there's someone out there who can provide us with some kind of telephone that's also able to handle emails. Preferably in some kind of futuristic silver plastic casing.

Now wouldn't *that* be something..?

Old school music sales fell 8% last year

Elliot

As usual, the truth is harder to spot

There's a lot to this, most of it complex and accountancy-based and thus v. dull.

However: remember that the major music companies used to own and operate physical distribution arms - warehouses, vans, cars, salesforces on the road with flipbooks of new releases etc etc. They've pretty much all outsourced / scaled down etc.

What people conveniently ignore is that the cost of delivering the digital music is much, much lower. Whilst total revenue falls, profitability should rise with more digital product. Just to look at total sales is misleading. Those companies that are announcing less profits (nb "less profits" not "major losses") are the ones that are failing to adequately rationalise their operations - most of them still have not a clue on how best to deliver music digitally.

To continually blame piracy is just plain wrong. At best it's a failure to adequately service a demand that is clearly massive; at worst, it's like watching the Titanic being steered by a drunk chimpanzee.

Profs: Facebook, Twitter users are lazy, thick, amoral

Elliot
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Meh

So, the net finding is that people who do less socialising get better grades...? Well, that *is* groundbreaking news.

Studies like this are fatally flawed by assuming the connection is "social networks first, then people become slack" rather than "slack people have more time for social networking".

I heard there's also a study about the geographical location of bear poop turning out to be mainly in forested areas...?

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