Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

December 5, 2013 11:34 pm
WASHINGTON: Who knew? The arts bring big bucks to the economy | Celebrities | The Sun Herald

I’m a big believer in a balanced approach, this just goes to show you how you never know where positive impacts could come from.

10:02 pm
House of Representatives passes widely supported bill to fight patent trolls

From what I am reading this is an important first step.  Basically it makes it so that if you sue somebody for infringement, you better be damn sure you have a case.  However I do think that if we truly want to revive an environment where patents actually encourage innovation it requires an overall of how patents actually work.  Most, if not all, patent law was written years before the internet and other key aspects of the modern environment existed.  The 30 year time period and some types of innovations protected are no longer relevant.

November 18, 2013 7:57 am
Musicians, Should You EVER Pay-To-Play? | Music Think Tank (primary) RSS

mediaor:

Reposted from http://ift.tt/I0YsS6 on November 18, 2013 at 07:00AM

Payola, in one form or another, is as old as the music business:

Labels pay radio stations to broadcast their music, producers pay DJs to spin their records in the club, and promoters ask live bands to pay-to-play at…

This was a huge issue for my band in high school. This article seems more geared towards career musicians so it fails to mention how many events that use this model are primarily for kids. I still feel that was wrong for them to do and severely chilled who was able to play in bands. We encountered many venues with more experimental models where they would change what they paid you based on how many times you performed there (still giving them the filter function) or they would just pay you a small amount per ticket collected from your band. While it’s more important to not stifle creativity amongst teenagers, I see no reason these tactics wouldn’t work for adults as well.

October 21, 2013 9:41 pm February 28, 2013 6:42 pm
theatlantic:

Marissa Mayer’s Job Is to Be CEO—Not to Make Life Easier for Working Moms

Marissa Mayer is a CEO first and a woman second. Indeed, she is a role model for many precisely because she made it to the top job. And as a CEO, her first job is to save her company. If she fails in that, the employees she is insisting come in to the office will have no jobs to come in to.
Read more. [Image: AP]


I’m of two minds on this.  While we are certainly heading towards being able to telecommute as an industry standard, I feel like the circumstances of Yahoo justify Mayer’s decision.  Yahoo is in a rebuilding stage where constant collaboration and teamwork is necessary, you never know when inspiration might strike. If there’s one thing I like about going into the office rather than working from home, it’s that I find I am able to get my day-to-day work done sooner and have more opportunity to communicate new ideas to others.  Not to say you can’t be creative from home, but in Yahoo’s situation you need to be ready to communicate those ideas at any point.  Hopefully one day technology will allow for us to perform any job from anywhere without a loss in communication, but as for now struggling businesses need to fill in it’s gaps.

theatlantic:

Marissa Mayer’s Job Is to Be CEO—Not to Make Life Easier for Working Moms

Marissa Mayer is a CEO first and a woman second. Indeed, she is a role model for many precisely because she made it to the top job. And as a CEO, her first job is to save her company. If she fails in that, the employees she is insisting come in to the office will have no jobs to come in to.

Read more. [Image: AP]

I’m of two minds on this.  While we are certainly heading towards being able to telecommute as an industry standard, I feel like the circumstances of Yahoo justify Mayer’s decision.  Yahoo is in a rebuilding stage where constant collaboration and teamwork is necessary, you never know when inspiration might strike. If there’s one thing I like about going into the office rather than working from home, it’s that I find I am able to get my day-to-day work done sooner and have more opportunity to communicate new ideas to others.  Not to say you can’t be creative from home, but in Yahoo’s situation you need to be ready to communicate those ideas at any point.  Hopefully one day technology will allow for us to perform any job from anywhere without a loss in communication, but as for now struggling businesses need to fill in it’s gaps.

January 3, 2013 10:25 pm

humanscalecities:

Urban Prototyping is a global movement exploring how rapidly-prototyped design, art, and technology projects can improve cities. UP Festivals are being held around the world to inspire and showcase the next generation of creative projects that address local issues.

(Source: gaffta.org, via poptech)

July 5, 2012 10:54 pm
"Music exists in a sweet spot between commerce and culture, individual and collective effort, identity and industry, and digital and analog – it is the perfect art-form to create an infinite Internet controversy."

Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Music: The Internet’s Original Sin

One of the most thorough and all-encompassing articles I have read on the state of ethics in the modern music industry.