* Posts by KenJ

9 posts • joined 15 Mar 2013

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare


Re: Killed photo's app on HighSierra

My understanding is that the performance impact from forcing a context switch is highly dependent on the model cpu involved. Newer cpus (whatever that means) see less of an impact. Will be interesting to see a comprehensive analysis.

The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues


This would be as compared to, oh I don't know, a company like Google?

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower


Author missed the primary reason Microsoft wanted a flat interface for Windows - it's failed "one Windows - All Devices" strategy.

Smartphones of the time could not drive an Aero like 3D interface, so the desktop/laptop interface was dumbed down to match what the Windows Phone could do.

MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech



I guess that means I have to give up my carefully curated collection of music obtained at no great expense from AllofMP3 then.

So. Farewell then Betamax. We always liked you better than VHS anyway


Re: Can we finally settle this?

I'm thinking that's more of a good story than fact. There's really no reason to do format conversion on the satellite. IIRC the payloads are kept as simple as possible to keep the reliability up. Not like you can call Radio Rentals when it goes bad.

Telly bigwigs try to close down Aereo streaming service - again


"Commercial TV stations earn most of the money from advertising."

The problem is that in the US, commercial OTA broadcasters make a significant amount of revenue from mandatory payments by cable TV systems. If the OTA stations allow Aereo to exist, the exclusivity value they can extract from the cable companies drops and they receive less revenue in that channel. Worst case, the cable companies adopt the same scheme and don't pay local stations anything.

Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio


Re: @ jai - Apple screws Musicians -- Shocker!!

US terrestrial radio stations pay what are known as mechanicals, which are payments to the song composer(s)/publisher. They also pay license fees the major recording societies (ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC) which in turn are distributed to the artist. Unlike the UK, they do not pay the studio any payment for the recording as it has long been agreed that the studios gain far more in record sales from the promotion of the song on the radio. As terrestial radio becomes less and less important in record promotion, this may change.


Re: @ jai - Apple screws Musicians -- Shocker!!

Not true. They pay both the performer and the composer, just not the studio.

Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging


Its even better for Adobe than is first seen. Boxed software sold through distributors / retailers nets Adobe someone where between 35-40% of the retail price. By going online download only, Adobe captures all the product revenue and avoids manufacturing and inventory expense. Not so clear what the benefits for the consumer is.


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