Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by David at 2007-02-26 13:37
This article suggests that having wireless available causes people to use the Internet more
I suspect the opposite - people who use the Internet a lot are more likely to invest in wireless.
Just what I thought when I saw that article...
The second illustration ("Wi-Fi Explained") is almost good enough to make into a T-shirt.
"Caution! You are at risk from radioactive street lamps!"
The Mysterons are back! And this time they're on drugs!
Posted by ats at 2007-02-26 01:33
This has been fairly well reported in the mainstream media by now, but it's still quite interesting to read.
Essentially: Joyce Hatto was a well-regarded minor British pianist of the late 60s, famous mostly for having done the only recordings of a couple of 20th-century pieces.
A couple of years ago, her husband's record label started releasing new recordings by her. Recordings that covered a vast spectrum of styles and composers, and were very positively received by the music press.
The claim was that she'd suddenly become incredibly productive over the last couple of years (while fighting terminal cancer).
Then, a few weeks ago, someone spotted that if you ripped some of the Hatto CDs, systems like Musicbrainz would identify some of the tracks as performances by other artists.
And the whole mess started to unravel. The entire recent catalogue appears to be ripped off from other artists.
This site gives a pretty decent overview of the ongoing investigation into what precisely has been copied from where.
Her husband's motivations remain unclear, though. Turning a fast buck? (The label's called "Concert Artist", which people are now shortening to "Con Artist"...)
The upside of this, though, is that it's going to bring an awful lot of publicity to the (generally decent but poorly-known) artists who CA copied.