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  • Are We Heading Towards Cyprus or Socialism?

    5 avr. 2013, 18h25m par Milkshake8

    What will happen the next time the largest banks in America gamble their way into chaos? Will taxpayers bail them out again or will the "StakeHolders" be forced to make up the losses?

    You put your money in a bank and you're a stakeholder. The Cyprus crisis demonstrates that top European officials are more than willing to snatch a percentage of investor deposits, even when those deposits are supposedly insured. Yes, the U.S. is not CYPRUS. But, we can't dismiss the possibility that, should Wall Street take down the economy again (a near certainty), the idea of making all depositors take a haircut is not out of the question.

    Imagine the following scenario: Wall Street banks find another wildly profitable, yet dangerous casino game (like high frequency trading or gambling on high risk credit derivatives using depositor money or money laundering or loan sharking or foreclosing on homeowners who are up-to-date on their payments -- wait they're doing all that already!) Before anyone notices…
  • Last.fm Will Turn Down The Volume On Global Radio Services In January, Take Others…

    15 déc. 2012, 20h40m par Milkshake8

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    Last.fm, an early mover in the streaming music business, is scaling back some of its operations, and putting others behind a paywall, in a bid to cut costs and make more money out of its existing business, the company has announced.

    Come January 15, the streaming radio company, bought by CBS for $280 million in 2007, is going to be putting its Desktop radio service in the UK, U.S. and Germany behind a subscription paywall, as it is already in Canada, AustraliA, New Zealand, Ireland and Brazil. The subscription service currently costs £3 per month in the UK and also lets users stream on Last.fm’s mobile app. The mobile apps, meanwhile, today got a refresh: a new iOS app called “Scrobbler for iOS”, which brings to the iPhone Last.fm’s scrobbling functionality — matching up your listening behavior with your itunes music collection to suggest music interesting to you.

  • Post-Rock Woes

    17 août 2006, 21h50m par darkside783111

    I'm just plain disappointed that I haven't been able to pull any great bands higher on my last.fm playlist. Does anyone else have this problem? It's things like this that make me wonder if my last.fm playlist is a good representation of my musical taste. It's not that it matters THAT MUCH, but for some reason I feel the need to complain.

    Now granted it is true that my playlist would show how much I listen to, and thus my playlist tells me I don't listen to bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Russian Circles often enough.However, I do listen to enough to ask why there isn't a single band in my top 20. How can you expect to get bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor up higher in your last.fm playlist when you have to deal with grand 30 min. masterpieces such as Providence. The realization that last.fm lends itself out to mainstream music more is a fairly disturbing thought.

    I do enjoy that bands such as Mogwai and Bell Orchestre are easier to pull up in my playlist. …