The Solid Steel radio show started in 1988 on London’s pirate KISS FM radio station. Matt Black and Jonathan More, having started with separate shows, joined forces to present Solid Steel a few years before the station finally went legal. In the early 90’s they were joined on a regular basis by PC, shortly followed by Strictly Kev, for the two hour mix marathons. DK jumped on board in 1997, quickly rising to become producer and in 2000 the show enjoyed a spell on BBC London. In 2004 J Mountain joined the ranks and in 2009, we welcomed on board Boom Monk Ben, DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot and Ruckus Roboticus, who had already heavily contributed to the show and winning the ‘Guest mix of the Year’ competitions. The show continues airing a diverse selection of guest mixes alongside the regular team, along with the occasional special interview. Solid Steel has spread it’s wings and is broadcast in over 30 stations around the world and has reached over 3 million podcast downloads. You can catch up with all the latest shows, plus video mixes, photos and all the news at the Solid Steel website.
AT&T says that 7.6 million iPhones were activated last quarter, and 9.4 million smartphones overall were sold. Impressive numbers, but be careful.
As Eric Slivka of MacRumor notes, this doesn’t necessarily mean that 7.6 million of the 9.4 million smartphones sold were iPhones because “activated” can include older devices given away or sold through a third-party.
Still, AT&T says the “majority” of iPhone activations were of the iPhone 4S (which was new). And it’s probably safe to assume that overall, the vast majority of the activations were sales. If that is indeed the case, that means the iPhone outsold all Android phones combined on AT&T’s network.
AT&T does say that they set a sales record for Android devices (as they did with iPhone). But they only give the vague, Amazon-like: “more than twice as many Android smartphones were sold versus the fourth quarter a year ago”.
AT&T’s statement reads a lot like, “we love you too Android, we just love iPhone more”.
Leía esta entrevista con el director del Festival de Cine de Rotterdam -Rutger Wolfson- en la web del IFFR. Me ha gustado esto: ”About thirty percent of our funding comes from the state”. Me vienen a la cabeza varios países en los que eso es imposible y luego pasan cosas que a nadie le gustan.
Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman of Freakonomics discuss the claims that piracy leads to $250 billion a year in loses and 750,000 American jobs lost:
The good news is that the numbers are wrong — as this post by the Cato Institute’s Julian Sanchez explains. In 2010, the Government Accountability Office released a report noting that these figures “cannot be substantiated or traced back to an underlying data source or methodology,” which is polite government-speak for “these figures were made up out of thin air.”
So what’s the real number? At this point, we simply don’t know. And this leads us to a second problem: one which is not so much about data, as about actual economic effects. There are certainly a lot of people who download music and movies without paying. It’s clear that, at least in some cases, piracy substitutes for a legitimate transaction — for example, a person who would have bought the DVD of the new Kate Beckinsale vampire film (who is that, actually?) but instead downloads it for free on Bit Torrent. In other cases, the person pirating the movie or song would never have bought it. This is especially true if the consumer lives in a relatively poor country, like China, and is simply unable to afford to pay for the films and music he downloads.
Do we count this latter category of downloads as “lost sales”? Not if we’re honest.
Prejudice is just bigotry that arises from flawed ideology, right? Not so, say the authors of a new paper.
They contend prejudice stems from a deeper psychological need and it is associated with a particular way of thinking. People who aren’t comfortable with ambiguity and want to make quick and firm decisions are also prone to making generalizations about others. People who are prejudiced feel a much stronger need to make quick and firm judgments and decisions in order to reduce ambiguity.
And, they argue, it’s virtually impossible to change this basic way that people think
My first reflection about this is that it is exactly in this area I apply scenario thinking. Since I have also from practice noticed the difficulties in changing firmly held beliefs I work with groups to reframe issues - i e redraw mental models by integrating different perspective - in order to navigate pass these deeply rooted prejudices.