I don't find all that much music on YouTube - just the occasional thing that's used as a soundtrack or something and I think "oh hey, that's pretty cool" - but when stuff's recommended to me by a friend or a review site I read, the first thing I do is head over to YouTube and have a listen. If it's not on YouTube, chances are fairly high that's about as far as my search goes and I'm certainly not going to buy any of their music.
(The exception is if they have a Bandcamp and I'm linked that, 'cos Bandcamp is awesome, and I'd love to see more bands using it.)
There was a similar case in the UK a few years back over whether a Jaffa Cake (a British snack consisting of a sponge layer, an orange flavouring, and a chocolate coating) is, in fact, a cake or a biscuit. This is due to some subtlety of VAT rules wherein a chocolate-covered cake is a foodstuff and thus does not pay VAT, but a chocolate-covered biscuit is ruled a luxury item and does.
It was successfully argued that it is, in fact, a cake, and thus VAT exempt, on grounds including a) a biscuit goes soft when it gets stale, while a cake goes hard: a Jaffa Cake goes hard, and is thus a cake; b) the presentation of a 12" Jaffa Cake in court (I can't find any sources for whether the judge sampled it, or merely observed); and c) a number of other vastly less interesting details.
Personally, I don't expect to receive fame or fortune from my open source coding, and it's certainly not the reason behind it. I'm aware that it's good experience, will likely look good on job applications, etc, but I code because I enjoy it and because it solves my problems, and I release my code on the off-chance it might solve someone else's. To some extent my contributions to other projects are also a way of giving back to the community that's built the enormous amount of free software I use on a regular basis.
Clearly I'm being exploited when I contribute to established open source projects, but what if I open source my own work? Am I therefore exploiting myself? Should I pay myself a salary? Anybody know what a reasonable, non-exploitative rate for a low-experience software engineer with inconsistent hours is, so I can start paying myself?
Humans are capable of regulating their own temperature; a slice of bacon isn't. Were the internal temperature of a human to hit 75C or whatever, you'd be very dead. You only need a fairly low internal temperature rise to hit hyperthermia (not to be confused with a fever, which is the body raising its own internal temperature to fight infection) - I believe it's only about 40C that's considered a medical emergency for hyperthermia.
And as someone else mentioned, the boiling point of the water in you would be higher than 100C because you're a solution, not pure water, but by that point you'd be much too dead to worry about it.
Other major Android manufacturers have made steps in the right direction, announcing unlockable bootloaders on future phones, but this is certainly the best manufacturer initiative I've seen. As a happy CyanogenMod user, I can only hope more manufacturers put this sort of effort into consumer choice and making available the full capabilities of the OS.
Android applications have to declare what access permissions they have on installation, so any app wanting to do this on Android will state that it can use the camera and microphone. If it's not obvious why it wants access to those, don't install it.
The Daily Mail is good for a laugh, just as long as you don't think about how many people take it seriously.
My favourite line of the article was this:
"Nine out of the first ten websites which pop up on Google’s search engine are run by pirates who have downloaded Adele’s output and offer it online far more cheaply than official copyrighted sites and High Street retailers."
Out of curiosity, I searched for "adele" to see what would come up. Here are the top ten hits, in order:
1. Official website.
2. News results.
3. Video results.
4. Wikipedia page.
5. MySpace page.
6. Image results.
7. Facebook page.
8. Last.fm page.
9. Some lyrics site's page.
PIRATES AND THIEVES THE LOT OF THEM
I should point out that this guy has been writing a column on bad statistics on the BBC News website for months, and is also the author of a rather good book on bad stats called The Tiger that Isn't. He's not citing people responding incorrectly as *the* cause of bad stats, merely one of the many many factors covered in his regular column.
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