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Musicians Want Money for Nothing

posted Saturday Sep 19, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Musicians Want Money for Nothing

There is a term in music called "public performance fee." That is the money that artists make when their music is played for a live audience. Advocacy groups, like RIAA, believe that there are several types of "public performances" that aren't currently being bought. The most prominent of these is the preview on iTunes.

The Wii Fit is so Last MacWorld, Taizo Is In

posted Sunday Sep 13, 2009 by Jon Wurm

The Wii Fit is so Last MacWorld, Taizo Is In

The days of fitness gurus and cardio DVDs with people in them may very well be numbered. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and General Robotics have developed Taizo, a small humanoid robot with 26 joints that closely resembles Frosty the Snowman wearing a space suit. Taizo's purpose is to help elderly Japanese with rehabilitation efforts by taking them through calisthenics routines.

It is capable of performing 30 different moves and can keep the workout going for up to 2 hours on one charge. Taizo is made of fiberglass reinforced plastic and recognizes simple voice commands and can even link to computers with WiFi or Bluetooth (that's awesome)!

Day of the Programmer

posted Sunday Sep 13, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Day of the Programmer

Russia's president Dimitry Medvedev has officially made September 13th a new professional holiday, "Day of the Programmer." It has actually been celebrated unofficially around the world for a long time on the 256th day of the year,

The number 256 is chosen because it is the number of integers that can be expressed using a single eight-byte, and also is the maximum degree of 2, which is less than 365.

I am an aspiring programmer myself as most of us are at PLuGHiTz Live! so we can certainly appreciate this and look forward to one day officially celebrating it here in mother U.S.A. It's good to see Russia leading the way again.

Do you think professional holidays are appropriate? Will more soon follow?

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