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National Academies Release Over 4,000 Free Science Books

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the price-is-right dept.

Books 119

Shipud writes "The National Academies Press are offering all their books for free in PDF format. These are all the publications of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council. Lots of great stuff there, and now for free."

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Anonymous Coward releases massive turd (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338016)

damn, my asshole hurts. Care for a frosty piss?

Do they have the truth about electricity? (0, Offtopic)

mat catastrophe (105256) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338030)

Electricity. You can't explain that. http://i.imgur.com/4hfC6.jpg [imgur.com]

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (1)

glodime (1015179) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338162)

That was published in a real book?

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (1)

CyberDragon777 (1573387) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338258)

The publisher's page: http://www.bjupress.com/about/look-inside-science-4.php [bjupress.com]

You can view some sample pages.
And cry.

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338320)

That seriously HAS to be a parody of religious beliefs! There is no way the author is serious about the stuff that he wrote.

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (2, Insightful)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338354)

We're talking about people who believe that some long-dead bastard child of a divine being is going to be waiting after death to bring them to eternal happy land in the sky. Some of them gather each week so a guy in a robe can magic crackers in to the flesh of this guy so they can eat it.

With that foundation I'm more surprised that people are as sane and competent as they appear to be.

No parody needed... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338878)

Read something very similar from a local (Bosnian) version of a religious "textbook".

Only this one was about plants (as in trees) being food-factories.
The fun part: science has no fucking clue how do "the juices" get pumped from the ground, up through the trunk and into the branches and fruit.
"There are several theories, but none of them have been able to provide the answer." [google.com]

That particular one is from a Muslim "textbook". Others are not much different. It's a built-in defect.

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (1)

uncqual (836337) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338356)

It seems rather ridiculous, but for balance one should also read the publisher's explanation of this page here [bjupress.com] .

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (2)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338440)

For balance it's better to read a bit more of the book. Why would a serious science book attempt to ascribe a reason to the moon's creation, let alone claim that it was created by God so that we would have light?

It's a pretty amusing attempt to shoe-horn Jesus in to science by over-playing gaps in our knowledge, and in places being downright dishonest. All standard stuff from the playbook of the liars for Jesus.

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (2)

glodime (1015179) | more than 3 years ago | (#36340474)

I read the explanation page of the author and then reread the page posted to imgur.com. I have to say that it is a piss poor attempt to make the original publication sound reasonable after having been called out for trying teaching absolute non-sense to 4th graders. The explanation page is thoughtful. If only as much thought went into the publication of the supposed textbook on basic science.

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (2, Informative)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338310)

Unfortunately, yes:

http://www.bjupress.com/about/electricity-is-a-mystery.php [bjupress.com]

Oddly enough combining Christianity with science resulted in a science book that'll leave kids thinking that Jesus is busy each night towing the Moon in to the sky so we'll have a nice bit of light.

They have a point in that we may not have full explanations, and have to infer the existence of something from its effects rather than direct observation, but in the context of this book it's pretty clear they're a bunch of religious nutters looking to indoctrinate rather than educate.

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (1)

katyngate (1800438) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338806)

Is there anything exactly wrong in the posted jpg?

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (1)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338942)

Yes. The reference to Psalms is a bit odd, although not unexpected given the context. Even accepting that this book is intended for kids it's still amazingly over simplified. Electricity in this book could easily be the force from the Star Trek universe. Reading this one would think that electricity's magically appearing in bulbs without anyone knowing anything about its origin.

Contrary to what the book says, we know far more than how to bring electricity forth. I'm not sure if they're serious there or if it's just sloppy writing.

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36339028)

...Electricity in this book could easily be the force from the Star Trek universe....

fail.

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (1)

DavoMan (759653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36341110)

...Electricity in this book could easily be the force from the Star Trek universe....

Gold.

Aah ah ah aaah ahhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36341560)

True

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (2)

pnot (96038) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339208)

Even accepting that this book is intended for kids it's still amazingly over simplified.

You're too kind. It's plain wrong, as is their CYA explanation on their website. They point out that we can't see electricity (true) and infer that therefore nobody can understand electricity (false). I mean, "We cannot even say where electricity comes from. Some scientists think that the sun may be the source of most electricity. Others think that the movement of the earth produces some of it." There's no way to recontextualize that to make it anything other than just plain wrong. As you say, it's basically The Force, or Magic in any crappy fantasy novel (*good* fantasy novels tend to have a more coherent model for any magic than the one these guys put forward for electricity).

Re:Do they have the truth about electricity? (1)

vrmlguy (120854) | more than 3 years ago | (#36340260)

On a related note, are any of these books suitable for teaching science to high school students?

Are any of these actually useful? (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338036)

Eg, looking for a math book and all I see is shit like "Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty"

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (-1, Troll)

arikol (728226) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338050)

ohhh, poor baby. So they don't have "The Idiots Guide to Mathematics" for you?

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (4, Funny)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338062)

ohhh, poor baby. So they don't have "The Idiots Guide to Mathematics" for you?

Looks like the idiot's guide to not being a douche wasn't available either. :-\

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338158)

Looks like the idiot's guide to not being a douche wasn't available either. :-\

Nor was the idiot's guide to being original.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338204)

Looks like the idiot's guide to not being a douche wasn't available either. :-\

Nor was the idiot's guide to being original.

Nor was the idiot's guide to being original.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338578)

Looks like the idiot's guide to not being a douche wasn't available either. :-\

Nor was the idiot's guide to being original.

Nor was the idiot's guide to being original.

Nor was the idiot's guide to being original.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338260)

Nor was the idiot's guide to irony.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#36341578)

There is such a thing?

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

arikol (728226) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338170)

Nope, I looked.

But seriously, 4000 books on science, most on an advanced level, and this guy whines because he couldn't get his coursebook in basic math. That's called whining.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338238)

Have you actually looked through the catalog? There really are few, if any, books on advanced math or science. They are primarily policy recommendations.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

arikol (728226) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339004)

yes I have looked, but not through the math book selection, not my field.

There are quite useful books there in the multiple fields in which I have an interest, including research methodology, research ethics, cognitive neuroscience, and more.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36339384)

So let me get this straight: you chastise a poster, claiming that such literary gems:

"Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood:Paths Toward Excellence and Equity"
"Reengineering the Survey of Income and Program Participation"
"Struck by Lightning: The Curious World of Probabilities"
"Strengthening the Linkages Between the Sciences and the Mathematical Sciences"

are "advanced" books on par with the texts of Walter Rudin, John Milnor, Georges de Rham, Shiing-Shen Chern, and many others, and then, when you get called out, you claim that you're actually ignorant of what constitutes "advanced" mathematics, as it's not your field.

How about you fucking keep your comments to yourself the next time you don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

arikol (728226) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339570)

ooooh... you know how profanity. Wow. Impressive.
No, mathematics is not my field, I'm limited at statistics and research methodology. Not very cool, sorry. But let us examine this a little.

the original post is:
"re any of these actually useful? (Score:1)
by larry bagina (561269) Alter Relationship on Saturday June 04, @20:54 (#36338036) Journal
Eg, looking for a math book and all I see is shit like "Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty""

See that?
"re any of this useful" (well, yes, actually. To quite many people)
"looking for a math book (unspecified) and all I see is SHIT like "example of a book""

Next time, read the original comment before leaking your profanity into the comments. The whiner who just got access to 4000 science books is ungrateful because he could not find a book that he likes in a specific field of a specific complexity at the moment the system goes live. After browsing through (and possibly even managing to type in the search box) he judges what he finds as shit just because the book he found is not in his own field.

That IS moronic. And he probably does require a dummy's guide. Possibly a Dummy's guide to searching websites, coupled with a Dummy's guide to not being a whining little bitch.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

arikol (728226) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339578)

And I do know that the books I found in my own fields are relatively advanced (useful, in any case) and in some cases showing some bleeding edge work which is what is and will be useful to industry in the coming years.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

jdpars (1480913) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338076)

I think the point here is that most of these books don't matter to the general public, even slashdot visitors. While one or two of us may like each of these books, honestly, with that selection, there's no point posting that here.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

arikol (728226) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338206)

I dunno. I checked it out and there are many books within my fields there. There are books on computer development, interface development, interface analysis, science methods, aeronautics, etc, as well as general books on methodology.

Quite a few developers here on /., and quite a few scientists.

While you are absolutely right that this news may not be exciting to the general public, it seems perfect for a sizable part of slashdot readers.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

Neil_Brown (1568845) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338288)

I took a quick look, and saw several that appealed to me - indeed, appealed enough to convince me that it was worth registering.

Heck, if even one person reads something which they would not otherwise have read, I'd consider this a success.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

CompZombie (2232936) | more than 3 years ago | (#36340264)

I consider it a success because its harder to find up to date material freely available for expert-level subject matter. This is going to be a huge help to alot of people, I think. There's plenty of material on entry level science, math, etc. Good that you can can continue your self-education with more advanced material.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338360)

Colossus to Guardian
2x1=2
3x1=3
4x1=4
5x1=5
6x1=6
7x1=7
8x1=8
9x1=9
10x1=10
1x2=2
2x2=4
3x2=6
4x2=8
5x2=10
6x2=12
7x2=14
8x2=16
9x2=18
10x2=20

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

pieisgood (841871) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338108)

There are repositories of math books on the net you can download. They have every level of math. From beginners algebra and calc all the way to differential geometry and graduate analysis texts. But are you really prepared to read something like Rudin on your own?

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (2)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338166)

Agreed. It looks like these are all (or at least mostly) "think-tanky" fluff works for PHB and 'policy-makers'. Calling them "science books" seems to be overly generous.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (2)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339264)

Look at the NRC animal nutrition series. Very useful and definitely not for PHbs. I will be downloading "Nutrient Requirements of Horses".

I don't think there is a volume on nutrient requirements of policy-makers, though. They just get whatever is in the public trough.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (3, Interesting)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338230)

Keep in mind that the NRC is charged with doing research for congress; hence, most of what they put out is related to policy issues that were being debated at the time when the study was made. That being said, you can get some insight into how congressmen might be thinking about our nation's policy issues by reading NRC reports.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (2)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339594)

> Implying congressmen are capable of thinking

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

DavoMan (759653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36341126)

yeah exactly. the idea here isn't that we go 'yay we've got a whole lot of science books for free'... the idea here is that we go 'yay' because we can see the ins & outs of how science has been performed when influencing government decisions.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

hoytak (1148181) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338254)

That's cause it's in the general "math, chemistry, and science" category which is full of books that apply to all three. You have to go to the specific categories to get the good stuff.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

hoytak (1148181) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338256)

Err, make that "math, chemistry, and physics", which is even more broad.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (2)

hoytak (1148181) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338274)

Err, make that "less broad." I really shouldn't have had that last coffee; it just makes my submit button spontaneously pressable.

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338774)

Err, make that "less broad."

Considering that the original complaint was about "Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty", I think you mean "fewer broads".

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

formfeed (703859) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338384)

Eg, looking for a math book and all I see is shit like "Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty"

Does this have any numbers on how many /.ers sitting in mom's basement are male?

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

DamonHD (794830) | more than 3 years ago | (#36340986)

Whose mom, and how big is that basement?

Rgds

Damon

Re:Are any of these actually useful? (1)

ivi (126837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36340998)

Sure one on Chem Lab safety & another on how to use & care for lab animals (& I've only been looking for 9 min's...)

Not exactly "free". (4, Informative)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338082)

This isn't "Free as in Freedom" it's "Free as in Promotional".

FTFA:

Printed books will continue to be available for purchase through the NAP website and traditional channels. The free PDFs are available exclusively from the NAP’s website, http://www.nap.edu/ [nap.edu] , and remain subject to copyright laws. PDF versions exist for the vast majority of NAP books. Exceptions include some books that were published before the advent of PDFs; books from the Joseph Henry Press imprint; and in cases where contractually prohibited, such as reference books in the Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals series.

So, you can download them to your computer, but you can't (legally) make a copy for your friend... This isn't the free as in "land of the free" that I grew up learning about... seems like a trap to me. "How did you know that without ever buying our book or downloading our PDF? You must be a sea faring rapist and murderous theif!"

Let me know when it's released under a CC license, then I'll think about downloading it.

Re:Not exactly "free". (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338132)

Did you type that comment from a Lemote Yeeloong? If not, your BIOS is in shackles and you should be looked down upon the same way you look down upon others for downloading this material.

Re:Not exactly "free". (0)

Smidge207 (1278042) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338134)

Rob Malda is a 26-year old white male with a stocky build and a beard. His head is shaved. He responded to my ad to be interviewed for this article wearing only leather pants, leather boots and a leather vest. I could see that both of his nipples were pierced with large-gauge silver rings.

Questioner: I hope you won't be offended if I ask you to prove to me that you're a nullo. Just so that our readers will know that this isn't a fake.

Rob: Sure, no problem. (stands and unbuckles pants and drops them to his ankles, revealing a smooth, shaven crotch with only a thin scar to show where his genitals once were).

Q: Thank you. That's a remarkable sight.

(laughs and pulls pants back up). Most people think so.

Q: What made you decide to become a nullo?

(pauses). Well, it really wasn't entirely my decision.

Q: Excuse me?

The idea wasn't mine. It was my lover's idea.

Q: Please explain what you mean.

Okay, it's a long story. You have to understand my relationship with Michael before you'll know what happened.

Q: We have plenty of time. Please go on.

Both of us were into the leather lifestyle when we met through a personal ad. Michael's ad was very specific: he was looking for someone to completely dominate and modify to his pleasure. In other word, a slave.

The ad intrigued me. I had been in a number of B&D scenes and also some S&M, but I found them unsatisfying because they were all temporary. After the fun was over, everybody went on with life as usual.

I was looking for a complete life change. I wanted to meet someone who would be part of my life forever. Someone who would control me and change me at his whim.

Q: In other words, you're a true masochist.

Oh yes, no doubt about that. I've always been totally passive in my sexual relationships.

Anyway, we met and there was instant chemistry. Michael is a few years older than me and very good looking. Our personalities meshed totally. He's very dominant.

I went back to his place after drinks and had the best sex of my life. That's when I knew I was going to be with Michael for a long, long time.

Q: What sort of things did you two do?

It was very heavy right away. He restrained me and whipped me for quite awhile. He put clamps on my nipples and a ball gag in my mouth. And he hung a ball bag on my sack with some very heavy weights. That bag really bounced around when Michael fucked me from behind.

Q: Ouch.

(laughs) Yeah, no kidding. At first I didn't think I could take the pain, but Michael worked me through it and after awhile I was flying. I was sorry when it was over.

Michael enjoyed it as much as I did. Afterwards he talked about what kind of a commitment I'd have to make if I wanted to stay with him.

Q: What did he say exactly?

Well, besides agreeing to be his slave in every way, I'd have to be ready to be modified. To have my body modified.

Q: Did he explain what he meant by that?

Not specifically, but I got the general idea. I guessed that something like castration might be part of it.

Q: How did that make you feel?

(laughs) I think it would make any guy a little hesitant.

Q: But it didn't stop you from agreeing to Michael's terms?

No it didn't. I was totally hooked on this man. I knew that I was willing to pay any price to be with him.

Anyway, a few days later I moved in with Michael. He gave me the rules right away: I'd have to be naked at all times while we were indoors, except for a leather dog collar that I could never take off. I had to keep my head shaved. And I had to wear a butt plug except when I needed to take a shit or when we were having sex.

I had to sleep on the floor next to his bed. I ate all my food on the floor, too.

The next day he took me to a piercing parlor where he had my nipples done, and a Prince Albert put into the head of my cock.

Q: Heavy stuff.

Yeah, and it got heavier. He used me as a toilet, pissing in my mouth. I had to lick his asshole clean after he took a shit, too. It was all part of a process to break down any sense of individuality I had. After awhile, I wouldn't hesitate to do anything he asked.

Q: Did the sex get rougher?

Oh God, yeah. He started fisting me every time we had sex. But he really started concentrating on my cock and balls, working them over for hours at a time.

He put pins into the head of my cock and into my sack. He attached clothespins up and down my cock and around my sack. The pain was pretty bad. He had to gag me to keep me from screaming.

Q: When did the idea of nullification come up?

Well, it wasn't nullification at first. He started talking about how I needed to make a greater commitment to him, to do something to show that I was dedicated to him for life.

When I asked him what he meant, he said that he wanted to take my balls.

Q: How did you respond?

Not very well at first. I told him that I liked being a man and didn't want to become a eunuch. But he kept at me, and wore me down. He reminded me that I agreed to be modified according to his wishes, and this is what he wanted for me. Anything less would show that I wasn't really committed to the relationship. And besides, I was a total bottom and didn't really need my balls.

It took about a week before I agreed to be castrated. But I wasn't happy about it, believe me.

Q: How did he castrate you?

Michael had a friend who was into the eunuch scene. One night he came over with his bag of toys, and Michael told me that this was it. I was gonna lose my nuts then and there.

Q: Did you think of resisting?

I did for a minute, but deep down I knew there was no way. I just didn't want to lose Michael. I'd rather lose my balls.

Michael's friend restrained me on the living room floor while Michael videotaped us. He used an elastrator to put a band around my sack.

Q: That must have really hurt.

Hell yeah. It's liked getting kicked in the balls over and over again. I screamed for him to cut the band off, but he just kept on going, putting more bands on me. I had four bands around my sack when he finished.

I was rolling around on the floor screaming, while Michael just videotaped me. Eventually, my sack got numb and the pain subsided. I looked between my legs and could see my sack was a dark purple. I knew my balls were dying inside.

Michael and his friend left the room and turned out the light. I lay there for hours, crying because I was turning into a eunuch and there wasn't anything I could do about it.

Q: What happened then?

Eventually I fell asleep from exhaustion. Then the light switched on and I could see Michael's friend kneeling between my legs, touching my sack. I heard him tell Michael that my balls were dead.

Q: How did Michael react?

Very pleased. He bent down and felt around my sack. He said that it felt cold.

Michael's friend told me that I needed to keep the bands on. He said that eventually my balls and sack would dry up and fall off. I just nodded. What else could I do at that point?

Q: Did it happen just like Michael's friend said?

Yeah, a week or so later my package just fell off. Michael put it in a jar of alcohol to preserve it. It's on the table next to his bed.

Q: How did things go after that?

Michael was really loving to me. He kept saying how proud he was of me, how grateful that I had made the commitment to him. He even let me sleep in his bed.

Q: What about the sex?

We waited awhile after my castration, and then took it easy until I was completely healed. At first I was able to get hard, but as the weeks went by my erections began to disappear.

That pleased Michael. He liked fucking me and feeling my limp cock. It made his dominance over me even greater.

Q: When did he start talking about making you a nullo?

A couple of months after he took my nuts. Our sex had gotten to be just as rough as before the castration. He really got off on torturing my cock. Then he started saying stuff like, "Why do you even need this anymore?"

That freaked me out. I always thought that he might someday take my balls, but I never imagined that he'd go all the way. I told him that I wanted to keep my dick.

Q: How did he react to that?

At first he didn't say much. But he kept pushing. Michael said I would look so nice being smooth between my legs. He said my dick was small and never got hard anymore, so what was the point of having it.

But I still resisted. I wanted to keep my cock. I felt like I wouldn't be a man anymore without it.

Q: So how did he get you to agree?

He didn't. He took it against my will.

Q: How did that happen?

We were having sex in the basement, and I was tied up and bent over this wooden bench as he fucked me. Then I heard the doorbell ring. Michael answered it, and he brought this guy into the room.

At first I couldn't see anything because of the way I was tied. But then I felt these hands lift me up and put me on my back. And I could see it was Michael's friend, the guy who took my nuts.

Q: How did you react?

I started screaming and crying, but the guy just gagged me. The two of them dragged me to the other side of the room where they tied me spread eagled on the floor.

Michael's friend snaked a catheter up my dick, and gave me a shot to numb my crotch. I was grateful for that, at least. I remember how bad it hurt to lose my balls.

Q: What was Michael doing at this time?

He was kneeling next to me talking quietly. He said I'd be happy that they were doing this. That it would make our relationship better. That kind of calmed me down. I thought, "Well, maybe it won't be so bad."

Q: How long did the penectomy take?

It took awhile. Some of the penis is inside the body, so he had to dig inside to get all of it. There was a lot of stitching up and stuff. He put my cock in the same jar with my balls. You can even see the Prince Albert sticking out of the head.

Then they made me a new pisshole. It's between my asshole and where my sack used to be. So now I have to squat to piss.

Q: What has life been like since you were nullified?

After I got over the surgery and my anger, things got better. When I healed up, I began to like my smooth look. Michael brought friends over and they all admired it, saying how pretty I looked. It made me feel good that Michael was proud of me.

Q: Do you have any sexual feeling anymore?

Yes, my prostate still responds when Michael fucks me or uses the buttplug. And my nipples are quite sensitive. If Michael plays with them while fucking me, I have a kind of orgasm. It's hard to describe, but it's definitely an orgasm.

Sometimes Michael says he's gonna have my prostate and nipples removed, but he's just kidding around. He's happy with what he's done to me.

Q: So are you glad Michael had you nullified?

Well, I wouldn't say I'm glad. If I could, I'd like to have my cock and balls back. But I know that I'm a nullo forever. So I'm making the best of it.

Michael and I are very happy. I know that he'll take care of me and we'll be together always. I guess losing my manhood was worth it to make that happen for us.
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Comment: I was gay in high-school and was castrated... (Score -1)
by Smidge207 on Wednesday May 11, @12:19PM (#36096054) Attached to: Do Geeks Make Better Adults?

Michael Malak ( is a 26-year old white male with a stocky build and a beard. His head is shaved. He responded to my ad to be interviewed for this article wearing only leather pants, leather boots and a leather vest. I could see that both of his nipples were pierced with large-gauge silver rings.

Questioner: I hope you won't be offended if I ask you to prove to me that you're a nullo. Just so that our readers will know that this isn't a fake.

Mike: Sure. (stands and unbuckles pants and drops them to his ankles, revealing a smooth, shaven crotch with only a thin scar to show where his genitals once were).

Q: Thank you. That's a remarkable sight.

(laughs and pulls pants back up). Most people think so.

Q: What made you decide to become a nullo?

(pauses). Well, it really wasn't entirely my decision.

Q: Excuse me?

The idea wasn't mine. It was my lover's idea.

Q: Please explain what you mean.

Okay, it's a long story. You have to understand my relationship with Michael before you'll know what happened.

Q: We have plenty of time. Please go on.

Both of us were into the leather lifestyle when we met through a personal ad. Michael's ad was very specific: he was looking for someone to completely dominate and modify to his pleasure. In other word, a slave.

The ad intrigued me. I had been in a number of B&D scenes and also some S&M, but I found them unsatisfying because they were all temporary. After the fun was over, everybody went on with life as usual.

I was looking for a complete life change. I wanted to meet someone who would be part of my life forever. Someone who would control me and change me at his whim.

Q: In other words, you're a true masochist.

Oh yes, no doubt about that. I've always been totally passive in my sexual relationships.

Anyway, we met and there was instant chemistry. Michael is a few years older than me and very good looking. Our personalities meshed totally. He's very dominant.

I went back to his place after drinks and had the best sex of my life. That's when I knew I was going to be with Michael for a long, long time.

Q: What sort of things did you two do?

It was very heavy right away. He restrained me and whipped me for quite awhile. He put clamps on my nipples and a ball gag in my mouth. And he hung a ball bag on my sack with some very heavy weights. That bag really bounced around when Michael fucked me from behind.

Q: Ouch.

(laughs) Yeah, no kidding. At first I didn't think I could take the pain, but Michael worked me through it and after awhile I was flying. I was sorry when it was over.

Michael enjoyed it as much as I did. Afterwards he talked about what kind of a commitment I'd have to make if I wanted to stay with him.

Q: What did he say exactly?

Well, besides agreeing to be his slave in every way, I'd have to be ready to be modified. To have my body modified.

Q: Did he explain what he meant by that?

Not specifically, but I got the general idea. I guessed that something like castration might be part of it.

Q: How did that make you feel?

(laughs) I think it would make any guy a little hesitant.

Q: But it didn't stop you from agreeing to Michael's terms?

No it didn't. I was totally hooked on this man. I knew that I was willing to pay any price to be with him.

Anyway, a few days later I moved in with Michael. He gave me the rules right away: I'd have to be naked at all times while we were indoors, except for a leather dog collar that I could never take off. I had to keep my head shaved. And I had to wear a butt plug except when I needed to take a shit or when we were having sex.

I had to sleep on the floor next to his bed. I ate all my food on the floor, too.

The next day he took me to a piercing parlor where he had my nipples done, and a Prince Albert put into the head of my cock.

Q: Heavy stuff.

Yeah, and it got heavier. He used me as a toilet, pissing in my mouth. I had to lick his asshole clean after he took a shit, too. It was all part of a process to break down any sense of individuality I had. After awhile, I wouldn't hesitate to do anything he asked.

Q: Did the sex get rougher?

Oh God, yeah. He started fisting me every time we had sex. But he really started concentrating on my cock and balls, working them over for hours at a time.

He put pins into the head of my cock and into my sack. He attached clothespins up and down my cock and around my sack. The pain was pretty bad. He had to gag me to keep me from screaming.

Q: When did the idea of nullification come up?

Well, it wasn't nullification at first. He started talking about how I needed to make a greater commitment to him, to do something to show that I was dedicated to him for life.

When I asked him what he meant, he said that he wanted to take my balls.

Q: How did you respond?

Not very well at first. I told him that I liked being a man and didn't want to become a eunuch. But he kept at me, and wore me down. He reminded me that I agreed to be modified according to his wishes, and this is what he wanted for me. Anything less would show that I wasn't really committed to the relationship. And besides, I was a total bottom and didn't really need my balls.

It took about a week before I agreed to be castrated. But I wasn't happy about it, believe me.

Q: How did he castrate you?

Michael had a friend who was into the eunuch scene. One night he came over with his bag of toys, and Michael told me that this was it. I was gonna lose my nuts then and there.

Q: Did you think of resisting?

I did for a minute, but deep down I knew there was no way. I just didn't want to lose Michael. I'd rather lose my balls.

Michael's friend restrained me on the living room floor while Michael videotaped us. He used an elastrator to put a band around my sack.

Q: That must have really hurt.

Hell yeah. It's liked getting kicked in the balls over and over again. I screamed for him to cut the band off, but he just kept on going, putting more bands on me. I had four bands around my sack when he finished.

I was rolling around on the floor screaming, while Michael just videotaped me. Eventually, my sack got numb and the pain subsided. I looked between my legs and could see my sack was a dark purple. I knew my balls were dying inside.

Michael and his friend left the room and turned out the light. I lay there for hours, crying because I was turning into a eunuch and there wasn't anything I could do about it.

Q: What happened then?

Eventually I fell asleep from exhaustion. Then the light switched on and I could see Michael's friend kneeling between my legs, touching my sack. I heard him tell Michael that my balls were dead.

Q: How did Michael react?

Very pleased. He bent down and felt around my sack. He said that it felt cold.

Michael's friend told me that I needed to keep the bands on. He said that eventually my balls and sack would dry up and fall off. I just nodded. What else could I do at that point?

Q: Did it happen just like Michael's friend said?

Yeah, a week or so later my package just fell off. Michael put it in a jar of alcohol to preserve it. It's on the table next to his bed.

Q: How did things go after that?

Michael was really loving to me. He kept saying how proud he was of me, how grateful that I had made the commitment to him. He even let me sleep in his bed.

Q: What about the sex?

We waited awhile after my castration, and then took it easy until I was completely healed. At first I was able to get hard, but as the weeks went by my erections began to disappear.

That pleased Michael. He liked fucking me and feeling my limp cock. It made his dominance over me even greater.

Q: When did he start talking about making you a nullo?

A couple of months after he took my nuts. Our sex had gotten to be just as rough as before the castration. He really got off on torturing my cock. Then he started saying stuff like, "Why do you even need this anymore?"

That freaked me out. I always thought that he might someday take my balls, but I never imagined that he'd go all the way. I told him that I wanted to keep my dick.

Q: How did he react to that?

At first he didn't say much. But he kept pushing. Michael said I would look so nice being smooth between my legs. He said my dick was small and never got hard anymore, so what was the point of having it.

But I still resisted. I wanted to keep my cock. I felt like I wouldn't be a man anymore without it.

Q: So how did he get you to agree?

He didn't. He took it against my will.

Q: How did that happen?

We were having sex in the basement, and I was tied up and bent over this wooden bench as he fucked me. Then I heard the doorbell ring. Michael answered it, and he brought this guy into the room.

At first I couldn't see anything because of the way I was tied. But then I felt these hands lift me up and put me on my back. And I could see it was Michael's friend, the guy who took my nuts.

Q: How did you react?

I started screaming and crying, but the guy just gagged me. The two of them dragged me to the other side of the room where they tied me spread eagled on the floor.

Michael's friend snaked a catheter up my dick, and gave me a shot to numb my crotch. I was grateful for that, at least. I remember how bad it hurt to lose my balls.

Q: What was Michael doing at this time?

He was kneeling next to me talking quietly. He said I'd be happy that they were doing this. That it would make our relationship better. That kind of calmed me down. I thought, "Well, maybe it won't be so bad."

Q: How long did the penectomy take?

It took awhile. Some of the penis is inside the body, so he had to dig inside to get all of it. There was a lot of stitching up and stuff. He put my cock in the same jar with my balls. You can even see the Prince Albert sticking out of the head.

Then they made me a new pisshole. It's between my asshole and where my sack used to be. So now I have to squat to piss.

Q: What has life been like since you were nullified?

After I got over the surgery and my anger, things got better. When I healed up, I began to like my smooth look. Michael brought friends over and they all admired it, saying how pretty I looked. It made me feel good that Michael was proud of me.

Q: Do you have any sexual feeling anymore?

Yes, my prostate still responds when Michael fucks me or uses the buttplug. And my nipples are quite sensitive. If Michael plays with them while fucking me, I have a kind of orgasm. It's hard to describe, but it's definitely an orgasm.

Sometimes Michael says he's gonna have my prostate and nipples removed, but he's just kidding around. He's happy with what he's done to me.

Q: So are you glad Michael had you nullified?

Well, I wouldn't say I'm glad. If I could, I'd like to have my cock and balls back. But I know that I'm a nullo forever. So I'm making the best of it.

Michael and I are very happy. I know that he'll take care of me and we'll be together always. I guess losing my manhood was worth it to make that happen for us.
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Comment: Re:This is just stupid (Score -1)
by Smidge207 on Saturday May 07, @03:04PM (#36058234) Attached to: Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

Yeah.

I was sued in federal court for posting the photo of a man who had sued me for defamation. He sued me because I was causing negative publicity, but my statements were true/opinion and protected speech. I defended myself and prevailed.

I have also licensed photos I've taken of people for commercial use in advertisements. The law is not clear in all jurisdictions on the duty to obtain permission (CA and NY have statutes, some other states don't have a single case dealing with the issue). Also, permission is the duty of the publisher of an advertisement, not the photographer.

I photographed a parade many years ago, then a customer wanted to license a marching band photo for billboard use. The client correctly wanted a model release for a recognizable band member. I tracked down the school, then the student, got a release and paid the student. There would have been no way to get hundreds of releases when the parade occurred (and paid each person).

I just licensed a photo of an elementary school student for advertising use. I offered to get a model release, but the client was not interested. I am trying to locate the student anyway to pay her a modeling fee. The student is overseas in a developing country. I took the photo six years ago, but I know her first name, volunteered at her school, and donated a construction project. I can say from experience she will probably be happy the photo was used in this ad, and be thrilled to get paid. If I cancelled the deal out of concern she might object, she would probably be very disappointed and confused.

The above does not apply to "sensitive subjects" that the average person might be expected to object to being associated with (subjects like illness, teen pregnancy, abortion, smoking, criminal activity, etc).

As a footnote, my photo (when I was a child) was often used in advertisements. One had me appearing as a criminal. I was paid and liked seeing the ads.

That's my experience with this issue.

Re:Not exactly "free". (2)

BitterOak (537666) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338172)

So, you can download them to your computer, but you can't (legally) make a copy for your friend...

No, but you can point your friend to the website where he/she can download it, which is almost as good.

But I have to echo what a previous poster has said: most of these books look useless to ordinary people. They don't seem to be textbooks so much as policy recommendations. Has anyone found any useful books in this collection?

Re:Not exactly "free". (3, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338280)

At what point did knowing what recommendations are being made to congress become useless for the general public? Is the public supposed to just let the government do what it does, and never stop to take a look at what their congressmen are being told or what they are doing?

Re:Not exactly "free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338934)

I think it's obvious that he was just saying most of it is highly specific stuff that's way over the heads of regular people like him (and me). Not that they're useless to anyone.

Or were you just looking for a reason to preach to the choir?

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339910)

"At what point did knowing what recommendations are being made to congress become useless for the general public?"

Somewhere around the start. Since the general public has little or no real influence on the actions of congress but rather only influence how to spin their choices at election time there is no particular reason for the general public to pay any attention.

Re:Not exactly "free". (4, Insightful)

ChromeAeonium (1026952) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339080)

I did. Lost Crops of Africa vol 1-3 and Lost Crops of the Incas. Informative, although definitely a narrow topic. When you think science books you think more like textbooks with broad overviews and lots of information, which these certainty are not. If you're deep into a specific area, some of these will be useful. If you're just some normal person looking to learn more about something,well, these aren't exactly Light and Matter. I found a number of things on genetic engineering next to them, but skimming them, these are scientific, and they're books, but I wouldn't exactly call them science books, more like reports on the state of the science and policy ideas & suggestions than anything. I can see how these would be useless to the average reader.

Re:narrow topic (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339204)

(With light parody of one of the texts)
The Slashdot Community forgets its own arguments over time.

This is one particular publisher releasing its archive. It's Academia - the stuff that used to cost $200 per book, which made us all furious at the Book Scam. Now they have released every single one of their texts for download, and the whole point is that you can convert it to text from the PDF. Every one of these can become a podcast. If you and five buddies like it/them, you just have a LAN party and you each download your books.

All those Intro to X books are covered elsewhere. These are the specific topics that you have to read several of, and read between the lines, to really extract the useful parts. Ah yes, this is Slashdot, we champion the art of not reading long texts!

The bigger point is if the OTHER science publishers ALSO released their collections, you could get your favorite Intro to X books from the Houghton Mifflin branch of whoever owns it now. Then you have the best of all worlds.

Re:Not exactly "free". (3, Insightful)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339374)

I wouldn't exactly call them science books

They said "science books", not "popular science books".

Re:Not exactly "free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36341092)

They're public policy manuals. I've dug into the roughly 100 books on Astrophysics and Astronomy. There is very little information regarding either in any of this material. 3000 pages and nothing I'd call Astrophysical, or Astronomical, well other than the amount of money we spend on determining (of all things) how much money we should spend on things. No wonder the private sector is kicking Nasa's ass.

Re:Not exactly "free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338182)

It's licensed this way for understandable reasons. These people still have a business to run, regardless of profit status. Thanks for informing us that it's not PD or CC licensed, but I don't want to hear how ou hate commercial licensing so much that you won't even settle for a free book under one. That's plain ridiculous. Just link it to your friend, it's your upload bandwidth anyway.

Sheesh, it's this level of exclusivism that gives FOSS proponents a bad image.

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339918)

These aren't free books. I paid for them via tax dollars. I have every right to demand they be PD and the world would be a better place if everyone else did as well.

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338194)

+1 funny.

I've actually encountered people who think this way for real.

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338212)

"Boohoohoo, why don't people give me everything I want, right away, for free, in the format I demand, no strings attached!"

Have you ever heard that you're not supposed to look a gift horse in the mouth? If people give you free shit, you don't accuse them of being devious bastards laying a trap. You say "thanks" or "thanks, but no thanks".

Let me know when it's released under a CC license, then I'll think about downloading it.

I am sure they await your approval with bated breath.

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339276)

I assume that you are aware that all these books were produced at US Government expense?

Re:Not exactly "free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338220)

I'll wait til someone bundles them in a single 600MB or so torrent and get them that way. Their ideas of legal and information and downloads are simply irrelevant.

Re:Not exactly "free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338326)

Why wasn't this modded Funny?
Oh wait, freetards actually think this way, carry on...

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338536)

So, you can download them to your computer, but you can't (legally) make a copy for your friend...

Where did you get that idea? Ever heard of 'fair use'. Even if you decide that giving a copy to a friend would not fall under fair use then all hell breaks loose if you tell your friend to go download it from the same (free, openly available) site that you downloaded it from?

This isn't the free as in "land of the free" that I grew up learning about... seems like a trap to me. "How did you know that without ever buying our book or downloading our PDF? You must be a sea faring rapist and murderous theif!"

Who pooped on your doughnut today? What kind of trap can you make up over a freely downloadable, not DRM'd or locked PDF (other than it's a PDF, this being Slashdot and all).

You've been snorting too much of that Stalhlman stuff. Go buy an iPad for penance.

Re:Not exactly "free". (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338720)

Your computer hardware is tied up in a patent network you asshat. Let me know when you decide to stop using your proprietary hardware. Triple asshat.

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339238)

Their stern language is mostly Anti-Troll. It's about making sure that idiots don't doctor up copies that then somehow get viral exposure thus leaving them to counter 50 media calls about "why does your book say that?"

They encourage pointing friends to direct links. You can make download-link pointer pages. If your friend wants a hard copy, you "make it for him" as a service transaction. "I'll make you a copy from Kinkos for the price of the materials".

Gift horse's mouth (2)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339348)

So, you can download them to your computer, but you can't (legally) make a copy for your friend... This isn't the free as in "land of the free" that I grew up learning about... seems like a trap to me. "How did you know that without ever buying our book or downloading our PDF? You must be a sea faring rapist and murderous theif!"

More evidence for the theory that no good deed goes unpunished. The +5 informative is just sad.

Re:good deed (2)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339506)

You're on to something.

You can either browse them on the site by topic, or even play the fun lottery game I found called "guess the ID number". I'll get you guys started:
8 10 11 13 15 19 21 22 25 30 35 40 41 54 55 56 58 61 63 75 80 81 86 91 92 100 101.

They made the books absolutely as clean as they could, no DRM, it extracts to text for podcasting, and so on. However we have a surprising number of people in the thread under their logged in names saying "meh, it's not a torrent so I can't share it".

We have a variant of the True Scotsman fallacy going on here. This is literally a Million Dollar archive (assuming new horrid academic prices of some $250 average per book). But 30% of the thread comments are "why is this not a torrent?". And there's the secret. Lots of torrenters don't ever plan to exhaust the materials in their torrent. They just like having it like collecting mushrooms in a video game.

Re:good deed (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339652)

Unfortunately, I can see where a comment like "no torrent?!?" makes sense - someone appreciates that it is being shared, and would like to help take a small fraction of the load/cost away from the source, even if they never plan to use the materials themselves.

For example, I have no plan on upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04, but I torrented it to upload 20gb of each cd on the release day - I have the bandwidth/resources, and it was a way of giving back. Not planning on running Slackware again anytime soon, but I torrented it for a while too when 13.37 was released.

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339894)

Since I paid for these books via tax dollars, let me know when it is public domain and I'll think about downloading it.

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

ivi (126837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36341038)

So, nothing stops you from sending copies of LINKS to anyone you think might like to download some NAP books...

nor should you have any problems publishing web pages of just titles, links (to NAP's site, for each book) & maybe review comments on some or all of the listed books.

That's freedom enough for me!

Re:Not exactly "free". (1)

matunos (1587263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36341404)

So I guess you also don't read any commercial books, then?

does it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338086)

Yeah, but does it blend? ZING! Nailed that one, haha.. didn't see that one coming did you!!

Re:does it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338152)

ok, yeah that was pretty good. Bravo.

This gives more citations, - i.e. it's a win-win! (3, Interesting)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338130)

This gives more citations, - i.e. it's a win-win!

What do you cite if you're on a tight budget? The free stuff, not necessarily the most "relevant" stuff (said the cynic, in me, too); here, the relevant stuff may be cited in the free stuff, so why not, the logical chain is there.

Studies & Policy Recommendations (1)

Aero77 (1242364) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338168)

If you are doing 'research' that needs to reference previous public studies, this is great news. (If you are associated with a university or large institution you probably already had access it). This is not the place for discovering how something works (hint: try wikipedia), this is a place for discovering how we use something and what it means for the public.

A wonderful trough in which to wallow (1)

wb8wsf (106309) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338208)

Yes, these books are useful.

            Coming from academia there are some rather obscure subjects
there, but why not read about the handling and management of
chemicals? That which is not common is still useful. I daresay
that skipping over the more "odd" things is an inditement of the
educational system. Reading that which doesn't interest you at
first is a great way to learn new things, just as reading political
views you don't agree with might broaden your ideas.

        Me, I'm going back to trough now. I only have about 50 of
them,

Re:A wonderful trough in which to wallow (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#36340052)

Their server is decent too. Considering they survived a slashdotting without blinking, I'm already up to a gig with about 300 books.

In other news. 10,000 bibles were given away ... (1)

terbo (307578) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338216)

Keeping the opposition about 5,000 leaps of faith ahead.

--
New Expletive: IS

Torrent? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338226)

Please won't someone download all of these and post a torrent?

If your research is covered, this is very helpful. (2)

Penicillus (755795) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338290)

Very often, the books and papers from NAS, NAE, IOM and NRC provide excellent references by the best people in the country and are very good evaluations of current research, and how we got there. In my work in indoor air quality microbiology, I downloaded one of their books (a page at a time), and the references and reviews were exceptionally helpful in my keeping current and interpreting data. Making their work available for downloading in large units is awesome!

Finally, A Cure for Insomnia Found (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338294)

The titles alone put me to sleep in seconds. I can't help but wonder when various Bush appointees will classify the book titles as a federally controlled substance?

Mountains of Madness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338322)

Mountains of Madness: A Scientist's Odyssey in Antarctica
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=9848
has no obvious downlaod button
but neccessary url can be constructed

has some H.P.Lovecraft connections
that's as nerdy as it may get

Re:Mountains of Madness (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339296)

"*There are a small number of older reports that never had PDF files and therefore, those reports are not available for download. In addition, there are contractual requirements that preclude NAP from offering some PDF files for free. Those include ... books in the Joseph Henry Press imprint."

Your example is in the Joseph Henry imprint.

Re:Mountains of Madness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36341004)

i'm pretty sure, there where PDFs of that book
as i remember lauging at the possibility of buying the pdf chapter wise at horrendous prices

Cool! That saved me some money. (1)

formfeed (703859) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338442)

I immediately found a book for $99.95 and downloaded it. Saved almost $100!
I'll come back tomorrow and see if I can find five more for $99.95, so I can buy a new laptop.

- yep I learned logical reasoning from the music industry.

Are they under a CC license? (1)

Paul Fernhout (109597) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338504)

http://www.pdfernhout.net/open-letter-to-grantmakers-and-donors-on-copyright-policy.html [pdfernhout.net]
"An Open Letter to All Grantmakers and Donors On Copyright And Patent Policy In a Post-Scarcity Society ... Foundations, other grantmaking agencies handling public tax-exempt dollars, and charitable donors need to consider the implications for their grantmaking or donation policies if they use a now obsolete charitable model of subsidizing proprietary publishing and proprietary research. In order to improve the effectiveness and collaborativeness of the non-profit sector overall, it is suggested these grantmaking organizations and donors move to requiring grantees to make any resulting copyrighted digital materials freely available on the internet, including free licenses granting the right for others to make and redistribute new derivative works without further permission. It is also suggested patents resulting from charitably subsidized research research also be made freely available for general use. The alternative of allowing charitable dollars to result in proprietary copyrights and proprietary patents is corrupting the non-profit sector as it results in a conflict of interest between a non-profit's primary mission of helping humanity through freely sharing knowledge (made possible at little cost by the internet) and a desire to maximize short term revenues through charging licensing fees for access to patents and copyrights. In essence, with the change of publishing and communication economics made possible by the wide spread use of the internet, tax-exempt non-profits have become, perhaps unwittingly, caught up in a new form of "self-dealing", and it is up to donors and grantmakers (and eventually lawmakers) to prevent this by requiring free licensing of results as a condition of their grants and donations. "

Meh (1)

excelsior_gr (969383) | more than 3 years ago | (#36338648)

It requires a registered account to download the PDFs. And, to be honest, I wasn't much excited about the titles either. Are there any gems that are really worth making an account for?

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36338924)

Doesn't require an account. Simply put herp@derp.com and it gives you access to download.

Re:Meh (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339300)

> Are there any gems that are really worth making an account for?

Not for you.

Re:account (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#36339326)

I think I saw a "continue as guest" option but really, just sign up and get some street cred in the academic circles.

Re:Meh (1)

not-my-real-name (193518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36340182)

Actually, it doesn't. You can download as a guest. It will ask for your email and name, but as far as I can tell, it doesn't do anything to verify them.

Hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, but, .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36339750)

"Gender Inequalities in the Early Education of Environmental Policy - Summary of a Workshop in Provincetown."

Motion Mountain (1)

Ronin441 (89631) | more than 3 years ago | (#36340298)

Lots of these are quite specialised. For a broad intro to physics (up to general relativity and quantum theory), try Motion Mountain:

http://motionmountain.net/ [motionmountain.net]

NAP should use Bit Torrent to offer their books... (1)

ivi (126837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36341016)

- lower download data costs, &
- they'd have another form of feedback on how popular each title is
    (eg, by the # of [seeds &] peers each attracts, & for how long...)

(Of course, in time, they'll still need to be the main source... so, it could be a short-term savings.)

PS If they don't... perhaps people will soon start put together packages of NAP books, for BT distrib'n...?

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