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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

0123456 Re:Try Kickstarting A Novel (215 comments)

Unless you're picked as the new Anointed One by Big Puiblisher, you also have to do your own marketing; the only 'marketing' they'll give most writers is putting your book on a book store shelf, if you're lucky enough to get a print run and they don't go straight to ebooks. And few people look for a publisher's logo on a book before they buy it.

Some genres have almost entirely gone self-published these days. Romance used to be one of the few genres where publishers actually had a valuable brand, but today many of the top romance writers appear to be skipping publishers entirely and releasing books themselves now they see how much more money they can make without a publisher to take most of it.

about a week ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

0123456 Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

And what happens to those 'thousand small businesses' when the subsidies go away and the subsidized company moves on to some other state that offers them a better deal?

about a week ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

0123456 Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

I've seen it in the UK. The first time appeared to be a couple of Americans in a rental car going one way around the roundabout while about twenty other cars were trying to go the opposite direction.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

0123456 Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

Right. So we'll have people driving along the highway in their self-driving cars, and then suddenly the car will see something it can't handle and... stop in the middle of the highway, where you'll then have to put down your smartphone and figure out where you are and what's going on and drive through it. All before someone slams into the back of you, or the other dozen 'self-driving' cars now stopped in the road.

That'll work.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

0123456 Re:I dont know why this is a bad thing (194 comments)

No, we're just sick of the hype that 'OMG! Self-driving cars will be here tomorrow! Google cars have driven themselves a billion miles without a crash!'

But, yes, they do need to be at 'an insanely advanced stage' before they're ready for use. Automated cruise control is likely to be available in the mass market within ten years, but it's a huge step from there to a car that can drive from A to B through town without human intervention, and anyone who says 'oh, if the car doesn't know what to do, it will just hand control back to the driver' is a moron.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

0123456 Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

Spoken like someone who's never used one.

One of my girlfriend's friends had a Windows Phone. As soon as the contract was up, she replaced it with Android.

I've never seen another one out in the wild, so I'm guessing that's why no-one else has never used one.

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

0123456 Re:above, below, and at the same level. ZFS is eve (366 comments)

The cost of this approach has always been performance.

Uh, no.

Sure, in the specific case you cite, that's correct, because grep can easily count the number of lines it outputs. In the general case, however, you'll find a pipe is probably faster, because the two processes can run on different cores.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

0123456 Re:The future of space travel could be decided her (123 comments)

Uh, yeah.

So, now:

1. You need to redesign it to not need a fairing to protect it during launch.
2. Provide an abort motor which can launch it at several gs away from the exploding booster.
3. Build wings strong enough that they won't be torn off when you're boosting away from an exploding booster at Max Q, said booster probably no longer pointing 'into the wind'.
4. Design your launch trajectory so you can now turn around and return to a runway somewhere.

Which will be simple, right?

Hint: you might want to look at the excitement the X-20 guys went through trying to make it abortable.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

0123456 Re:Can someone explain to me (123 comments)

We could learn how to play nice with this very comfortable spaceship that just popped up out of nowhere.

Says some hippy who has no clue about the real world.

Yeah, maybe we could all go and live in little hippy communes after 99% of the population magically vanish, but, in the real world, we have to get off this rock before some wacko starts spreading the new geneticlaly-engineered super-plague they knocked together in their garage. We'll be lucky if we have decades, let alone centuries.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

0123456 Re:The future of space travel could be decided her (123 comments)

It's everything the Shuttle should have been (second time's a charm).

Completely unable to perform a launch escape, you mean? The shuttle did that, already.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

0123456 Re:Decisions, Decisions... (123 comments)

Nope. NASA are building The Precious, sorry, SLS, and no-one else will ever have the money to use it. Heck, NASA probably won't ever have the money to use it, since there are no funded missions that need it.

As I understand it, the Dragon will continue to fly on Falcon 9, and Boeing's Powerpoint Spaceship can theoretically fly on Atlas, Delta or Falcon... if it's ever built.

about two weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

0123456 Re:SSDs will outpace platter drives (296 comments)

And at current flash prices, your 20TB SSD would only cost $10,000.

To be fair, that's less than we were paying for 128MB RAM drives in the 90s.

about two weeks ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

0123456 Re:Helium? (296 comments)

Uh, no. Helium is one of the most common byproducts of nuclear decay. We just call it 'alpha particles'.

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

0123456 Re:So it's not the bike lanes. (213 comments)

Except it could have been done for less than the cost of adding the bike lanes, if the city actually cared about traffic congestion.

about two weeks ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

0123456 Re:wow (185 comments)

While not always bug-free, automotive embedded software is a hell of a lot better than desktop or phone shit.

You've never read the third-party analysis of Toyota's ECU software, have you?

The exciting part about driverless cars comes when a bug is found. Suddenly you have millions of cars to upgrade, and would be liable for every death the bug causes until they're upgraded.

about two weeks ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

0123456 Re:Pointing out driver error (185 comments)

Yeah, that document is scary. It implies that the accelerator control task could crash, and the rest of the software wouldn't even notice. If the throttle is open at the time... oops.

about two weeks ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

0123456 Re:Fail *safe* (185 comments)

You'll be awaken by the car beeping to tell you that it has stoped to avoid something in front, and by the horn of other driver, angry that you've stopped in the middle of nowhere.

Or by the car behind smashing into you, because they weren't looking where they were going, and your car is stopped on the highway.

about two weeks ago
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After Weeks of Delay, SpaceX Falcon Launches Communications Satellite Payload

0123456 Re:Hooray for Space-X (32 comments)

The rigtht way to do capitalism, as opposed to the way it's generally practiced in the US, with the cart in front of the horse.

That's 'cause Musk isn't an MBA.

Some days, I honestly think the MBA must have been a Soviet plot to destroy the West.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

0123456 Re:I see two possible scenarios: (818 comments)

No. At some point the airlines will start charging the idiots for the cost of diverting the flight (I'd guess it's at least $100,000 by the time you include the costs of moving other passengers to other flights after they're delayed), and then the idiots will stop being idiots.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

0123456 Dimwits (222 comments)

Actually seem to think they can stop technology that anyone can build in their garage.

Next they'll be trying to claim that I can't use my flying car as a taxi.

about two weeks ago

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