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  • Amanda Palmer Destroys/Saves Musicians; Chances Of 'Hitting It Big' As An Artist Remain Unchanged

    Zubin Madon ( profile ), 23 Sep, 2012 @ 02:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Missing the point. It was a bad business decision.

    The reason it was a bad business decision is not related to the value of anything exchanged materially, or any moral argument.

    It was a bad business decision precisely because it harmed her brand and reputation. Whether it "should have" harmed her brand is immaterial. Whether "the complainers" should have thought something different is immaterial. It happened, and she had to make a business decision.

  • Amanda Palmer Destroys/Saves Musicians; Chances Of 'Hitting It Big' As An Artist Remain Unchanged

    Zubin Madon ( profile ), 22 Sep, 2012 @ 02:28am

    Missing the point. It was a bad business decision.

    Tim, Mike, I love this blog, but you guys really buried the lede on this one! This topic is right up your alley.

    The real story in this is not about asking for volunteers for a for-profit venture. It's not about greed or generosity. It's not about morals per se. It's certainly not about "hitting it big".

    It's about business. Amanda Palmer made a bad business decision, and had to correct it before it was too late. Making 12x her goal, over $1M, all eyes were on her, and she acted like every professional musician's nightmare and that generated bad press. Sure, morally or legally she did nothing wrong. Maybe those musicians were overreacting, maybe not. That's not the point and blaming them isn't the point either.

    The point is that she harmed her personal brand and her musical reputation, at a time when many people were watching. Making good on this is a big step in salvaging that reputation and brand.

    This is the same reason even very small software companies donate time and money to open source initiatives. This is why extras get paid for appearing even in most non-union movies. It's not about morals, or greed, or generosity, or helping others hit it big. It's just good business.

  • Could You Save Software Patents With A Special Team Of 'Obviousness' Developers?

    Zubin Madon ( profile ), 05 Apr, 2010 @ 05:31pm

    Flawed but in the right direction.

    Since part of the patent deal is that you open up the knowledge, why not find a fair way to put the patent claims up for public comment for a period of time, so the open source community can judge obviousness/find prior art?

  • Copyright Used Against Censorship?

    Zubin Madon ( profile ), 04 Sep, 2009 @ 04:03pm


    This still does not seem in line with the intended purpose of copyright.

  • Actually, Now IRS Wants Congress To Repeal Tax On Work-Provided Mobile Phone

    Zubin Madon ( profile ), 17 Jun, 2009 @ 08:13pm

    "Of course, it's not clear why it was even explored late last week as a possibility if the administration is so against the idea."

    I would rather most government institutions evaluate ideas on their merits, rather then dismissing them based on a single belief. The investigation validates the dismissal.

  • Senators Sniff Around Exclusive Handset Deals

    Zubin Madon ( profile ), 16 Jun, 2009 @ 05:48pm

    "For instance, if exclusives are banned, would manufacturers be forced to build variants of a handset for any operator's network?"

    This is an extreme assumption. There is an obvious middle ground where exclusives are banned, and handset makers simply must choose which networks to build for without shopping their handsets around in search of exclusives.

  • One More Thing: Jobs Isn't Coming To Macworld

    Zubin Madon ( profile ), 17 Dec, 2008 @ 04:29pm

    The primary benefit of recent keynotes...

    The main benefit of recent keynotes may have indeed been a combination of the physical presence and online presence. Bloggers big and small attending the event have liveblogged the keynote, letting everyone worldwide see what Jobs was saying as he was saying it.

    Personal anecdotal evidence (from a few friends) suggests even people who are not that interested in tech news find this fun and even interesting, and read up on what goes on. I bet others found the same thing.

    I really wouldn't be surprised if these huge trade shows to continue to find a purpose, but it will be as part of something larger.

  • Yes, But Can The Computer Keep A Poker Face?

    Zubin Madon ( profile ), 24 Jul, 2007 @ 12:10am

    Not intuition, not a guess.

    Poker Theory says that with calculation one will be able to develop a mixed strategy that will be able to break even against any opponent in the long run.

    If the humans are unassisted, all it will take is raw computational power and sufficiently random number generation, and the computer can overpower any opponent.

    They may lose a hand from time to time, but as any poker player will tell you, everybody has their bad beats.