I had a little amusing exchange over on Twitter about FPS on the new PS5 which then made me jump into refreshing my memory of why we have this ridiculous framerate of 29.97 fps which then made me find this rather good and entertaining video:
From Daring Fireballs John Gruber:
It’s the same reason why Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are overrun with state-backed troll accounts from Russia. Engagement leads to growth, growth is all that matters, and if the trolls and fake news are engaging, better not to look for them. The oft-quoted Upton Sinclair quote fits perfectly: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
While I totally love the idea of keeping the scammers busy using a chatbot, in the grand scheme of things this is just wasted energy.
We really need to start thinking about the energy use for these stupid things.
Kolumne Nullen und Einsen: I Can Has ?? – taz.de
Snake-arm robot to clean and inspect the cutting head of a tunnel boring machine
And, look, while all of this shakes out, musicians and labels continue to pursue a strategy that caters to building relations on all these services. Some of them have great success stories with YouTube, with SoundCloud, with Spotify.
But maybe that’s the point. It seems to be the businesses in between that are non-functioning – or (in the case of futuristic blockchain propositions) just not ready for primetime.
Musicians and labels keep doing the hard work of making the music and fighting to get it heard. Yet investment and attention pours into the middleware between us and listeners – and that middleware really isn’t working terribly well.
“Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone… What Apple risks here is its reputation as a hot company that can do no wrong. If it’s smart it will call the iPhone a ‘reference design’ and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else’s marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures… Otherwise I’d advise people to cover their eyes. You are not going to like what you’ll see.” – John C. Dvorak, Bloated Gas Bag, March 28, 2007
At the University of Washington, students are learning to navigate the hazards of our information-addled age—fact, falsehood, and the half-truths in between.
Heat problems and money aside, but I would love to have a DAW running on this hardware.