ISPs in same business as Netflix/Hulu

IT World – “Netflix isn’t swamping the Internet; ISPs are overstating their congestion problems“:

It’s not compensating for Netflix that is taking up most of the carriers’ R&D and network-upgrade work.

It’s the effort to upgrade the nets to support their own streaming-media services, which not only compete with Netflix, but also come supported by internal business cases that have to show how quickly each new major upgrade will pay for itself through new services or the ability to support more subscribers.

Related data points – Comcast’s xfinity service and the Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal.

Open Goldberg Variations

A Kickstarter project to make a public domain music engraving with musescore:

We are creating a new score and studio recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and we’re placing them in the public domain* for everyone to own and use without limitations on licensing.

Bach wrote his seminal work over 270 years ago, yet public domain scores and recordings are hard or impossible to find. Until now!

This project will start by creating a new engraving of the Goldberg Variations using the MuseScore notation software. The edition will be subject to scholarly review, and when it is finished, it will be available to everyone to own and use without limitations.

Then we’re working with pianist Kimiko Ishizaka to create a professional studio recording of the Goldbergs. This recording will also be made available to everyone to own and use without limitations.