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Amazon's eBook Math

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Maybe the author needs to get out more (297 comments)

No dude, your books are not so incredible that people will buy them no matter what the price. There may be a few people who are like that, but most aren't. Price matters in entertainment.

Per hour, books are pretty cheap. The idea that I'm going to devote, what, 10 (randomly chosen) hours of my life to something I'm not going to pay some premium for quality is crazy.

Premiums differ. Hell, descriptions of quality differ.

yesterday
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Amazon's eBook Math

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Disengenous (297 comments)

. With the ebook you get a ... license to read the book but only in the format you purchased your license for.

This applies equally to physical books.

With a real book, you own a copy. Full stop. You can resell it. You can loan it. You cannot make more copies (except under fair use)... maybe an archival/backup (Check your local laws). But it's your property.

Copyright covers the rights to reproduce a work. Not to control what happens once a work has been (legally) reproduced and sold.

With digital copies, some asshole convinced some judge that to be used it has to be copied from memory to RAM, so digital works come wrapped in a license that allows just that.

Mandatory disclaimer: IANAL

yesterday
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Amazon's eBook Math

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Disengenous (297 comments)

Do you have a good source for obscure plumbing adapters? The best I've seen have been crazy expensive off amazon.

Also, looking for obscure plastic adapters to run small (3/16-5/16) hoses for projects.

yesterday
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Comcast Confessions

Actually, I do RTFA Re:This Post May Not Be Popular... (231 comments)

the Internet needs to be seen in the same light as universal healthcare

It is. Did I mention I live in America?

2 days ago
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Comcast Confessions

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Get smart ... (231 comments)

You know what these people are going to do, right? For cancellation, you gotta have a brick wall they can't navigate around.

That's just a ton of excuses. If you really want to have fun:

Them: "WHY DO YOU WANT TO CANCEL?"

You: The Martians will kill my parents if I don't

Them: "We will give you 3 months free service just to keep you as a customer."

You: Good lord, they're already dead. The Martians are resurrecting them just to kill them.

Them: "Are you dissatisfied with our service?"

You: MOTHERFUCKING MARTIANS MAN!

Or you could refuse to discuss it and just cancel the fucking account. It's been a while since I cancelled Comcast. They were dicks, but they can really only keep you on the phone if you let them.

2 days ago
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Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

Actually, I do RTFA Re:For widely used open source, great. I'll use it (61 comments)

I think it's probably a good idea to do this to your code even if you don't play on widely distributing it. It can help identify errors in your coding style/skillset. And you know what they say about a stitch in time...

2 days ago
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Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Made by humans for humans. (61 comments)

Why are the tools being run remotely, as opposed to, for instance, being all nicely packaged into an image I can download and boot from locally. I understand the benefits of keeping statistics as code improves, etc. but it seems that a "paranoid developer" mode would fit nicely with the mission of improving code security. Esp. since those developers tend to do a lot more NIH of basic parts.

Additionally, and more relevantly, some of my work is done on a laptop as I move around, and being able to do some Q/A work when away from the Internet would be useful.

2 days ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

Neither of those are fact.

You mean, I did not bother to provide evidence for either one of those in this case. But you didn't provide contrarian evidence either. What I said was, this case has a correct answer. Unlike your example of education, internet service has objective measures of success - uptime, bandwidth, latency, peering. All the upstream connections were provided by members of the duopoly, so those features are identical. But the last mile would have been cheaper, according to all the research provided..

Of course, you're a savvy voter who makes good choices. You would never be convinced to vote against your own interests. You would not dismiss out of hand government services, when the private sector could supply those same services and turn a profit. No, not you.

As for anti-union ranting, it's true that unions impose higher costs. But that doesn't really impact anything. If I'm paying less money, why do I care that the money I do pay goes to a random union employee instead of a shareholder. Hell, I'd rather the money went to an employee.

That's a government-run utility. Nobody cared because they didn't have to. I can't vote them out, they can't get fired, and I can't get service from anyone else.

As opposed to private utilities like Comcast that care? And why can't you vote them out? At least you have some choice there. I pity the person at the mercy of monopolistic private utilites.

everyone is assuming that the voters were coerced

Everyone is assumng teh voters were tricked. Because there is a right answer. And they did not arrive at it.

Here's a point I haven't seen anyone raise. When your ISP is managed by the same government that manages the police department, where do you think your right to privacy winds up? In the hands of someone who likely belongs to the same union that the police clerical staff belong to, and are probably on the same bowling team. And their paychecks come from the same mayor's office.

Wow, that is stupid. First, they would be in different unions. Second, there is no way that evidence gained like that could be used in trial. The consequences of misusing that data are so great it would never happen.

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Not Odd (540 comments)

Bluetooth keyboards have a lot of issues... Security is of course worse, possibly extremely bad if the implementation on the keyboard is flawed. EM interference means that it is less reliable (I find myself rebooting the keyboard fairly frequently.) But most important, when set to achieve low-latency, bluetooth gets pretty power-hungry.

Now, I wonder if any phone lets the USB port run in host mode? Anyone know which phones let you do that?

3 days ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

It's pretty insulting to the democratic process to accuse the winners of being "[expletive deleted] sheeple" when you don't agree with a result.

Why wouldn't I insult the democratic process? The only inherent value to it is that it tends to screw up slightly less, slightly slower, and slightly less impactfully other forms of government. It screws up plenty often. This is one such case.

For instance, democracies suck when voting on a question of fact. If something is better and cheaper when supplied by the government, why shouldn't the government supply it?

3 days ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Actually, I do RTFA Re:And this friends, is why buying a voice is wron (250 comments)

at the same time if you are cashing in more than you are contributing, so sorry, you don't get to vote yourself largesse either directly or indirectly.

How long do the bailouts for Wall St. prevent finance-employeed individuals from voting? How far down the corporate chain do you go before oil-company employees can vote? What about all the guys who only pay 15%...do they lose the vote... after all they benefit from subsidies on investing?

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Real life is complicated (507 comments)

Yeah, I'm going to ignore your anti-military trolling. Let's just leave it as we think each other are wrong. On the offchance you were not trolling, and were confused:

Look, you may not like people in the military (no clue why), but to say they deserve what they get is naive and stupid. Historically and currently, joining the military has been one of the most sure ways for intelligent, motivated people born into poor circumstances to raise themselves up the ladder of success.

Given the relative abundance of rich entrepreneurs vs rich veterans, I think a citation may be needed there.

That's a shitty comparison. Most entrepreneurs start off fairly wealthy, and only get moreso. Besides, I specifically called out people born into poor circumstances. So, I'd like a citation on poor people who use entrepreneurship to get rich; America has terrible class mobility.

Colin Powell was born in Harlem to two immigrants. Bill Gates was born to a partner in a white-shoe law firm and a board member of the United Way, IBM and others. Bill Gates got further; Colin Powell came farther.

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Real life is complicated (507 comments)

Some wars are good. Some wars are bad.

Soldiers dying (intelligent or not) is always sad.

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Real life is complicated (507 comments)

According to your philosophy, why would you feel sorry for factory workers, construction workers, or truck drivers? Shouldn't they have researched the rates of workman's comp claims, compared it to all their alternatives, decided what the risk level was likely to be and ensured that they were paid a risk premium as compensation based on their self-assessed danger quotient?

Look, you may not like people in the military (no clue why), but to say they deserve what they get is naive and stupid. Historically and currently, joining the military has been one of the most sure ways for intelligent, motivated people born into poor circumstances to raise themselves up the ladder of success.

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Taking responsibility? Ha! (507 comments)

Why did they "have" to start taking drugs in the first place? If you take drugs and get addicted, that's your responsibility. Not anyone else's.

Well, some of them were under 18 at the time. As a society, we've decided you cannot really be held responsible for many of your actions when under 18. So it certainly is difficult to condemn teenagers to a lifetime of addiction because you were too cheap and on too high a moral horse to help them out.

But beyond that, in many cases, such as with student loans, we hold that society has not just a right to protect you from others, but to help enable you to improve yourself. Certainly, that seems cheaper to society than trying to punish people in prison for something they may wish they could give up.

Lastly, while you may wish that everyone was solely responsible for their actions, and their actions solely affected them, neither is ever the case. It's a good bumper sticker philosophy, but it falls apart once you start asking questions.

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Real life is complicated (507 comments)

If you take drugs and get addicted, that's your responsibility. Not anyone else's.

Think so? I can introduce you to some former surgery patients and war veterans among others who were introduced to opiates to control pain by their physicians for very real pain problems and as a result were unable to avoid addiction

The ADA claims there are zero cases of that.

They do so by separating dependency with addiction, by specifying that addiction requires a pleasureable aspect. So. You can be dependent on insulin, but probably not addicted. Morphine could be either depending on your situation.

How much of that is linguistic bullshittery to avoid feeling bad for hooking people on pills, I do not know.

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Actually, I do RTFA Re:The only good thing (507 comments)

now that rich white people have drug problems (ie, "real" people), maybe we can muster up some sympathy for other addicted people now?

Sure we can. We can feel sympathy for all those who were addicted due to a doctor's incompetence in prescribing drugs (it's not their fault!) Or for those valiantly sacrificing their health to pay for the 47% moochers' share.

</I wish I was joking >

The fact is, cocaine and pain-killers have always been an upper-class drug; and the penalties and stigmas surrounding both reflect that.

The one surprising thing was the accusation of meth use; but I feel like that's likely purposeful conflation with other amphetamines by someone with a vested interest in exaggerating the problem.

4 days ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Actually, I do RTFA Re:~50% have no degree... (174 comments)

I'm at year 13, and I've learned those lessons you said earning your degree taught you.... but I (lucky for me) didn't need college to teach me humility and how to be receptive to learning

Yeah, I'm gonna say no. Humility, recognizing the depths of your ignorance, being open to new ideas, dealing with new people, being exposed to other things, etc. are all a continuum, not binary.

That said, you may be advanced for your age. But you seem to think that means you crossed the finish line early. What it means is, if you don't squander it, you can go much farther.

I wish you luck.

about a week ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Tool problems (368 comments)

Different tool chains are not used, because it is a client-server architecture, but because regularly one develops for different platforms using different technologies.

That's the idea I don't get. Why oh why do different platforms try to/actually encourage and enforce this? Cross-platform code is good. I suppose it behooves the dominant player (I suppose iOS) to not be compatible with, say, Windows Phone. But doesn't that mean Windows Phone should be made to be compatible with iOS?

about a week ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Who is stopping him? (368 comments)

Watch Google punt on the ADT bundle as soon as they take Android Studio out of beta.

I also expect to see the second coming of Jesus riding unicorns at that point. Beta is the new Gold Master

about a week ago

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Why would you teach your kid to brush his teeth - there's an app for that.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 3 months ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "

Have you ever tried to teach your kid the "Bass-Stillman" brushing technique — the technique that dental professionals would try to teach your child if they thought he could handle it?

That's the question asked by Brush Up, a new mobile game with a bluetooth-enabled toothbrush. They purport to be able to train your child to brush his own teeth. They seem to back it up, as they used NIH (National Institute of Health) money to run a year long study.

Interestingly, they hired a developmental psychologist, because apparently you brain handles brushing your teeth differently when you are younger.

Their website has some information, but they seem to have put a lot more effort into their Kickstarter page.

Would you trust your child to bring a tablet/phone into the bathroom as they brush? Do you think you can teach better than a game? Or will parents not ask themselves any of those questions, and just buy it to get their kid to brush his teeth without a fight?"

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Fluke Donates Real Multimeters to SparkFun as goodwill gesture

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 4 months ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "We recently heard about the confiscation of a delivery of multimeters to SparkFun for infringing on Fluke's trademark. One common thread in the discussions was the theme that Fluke should have let that shipment through ("lawyers" argued about the legal ramifications of it) as a goodwill gesture to SparkFun and the Maker community. Well, Fluke did one better. They announced they were sending more than $30k worth of official multimeters to SparkFun for them to do whatever they want with.

SparkFun is most likely going to give them away.

A great example of win-win-win?"

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Microsoft loses final appeal in EU Antitrust case.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "Being a convicted monopolist in Europe may be not as sweet a deal as in the United States. Microsoft has been forced to allow blanket licences to its server protocols[Free registration required]. Although they will still be raking in the money (at 10,000 euro upfront and 0.4% in royalties), it seems paltry compared to the almost 6% royalty rate they used to insist upon. And Microsoft has already paid 1 billion euros ( $1.43 billion US ) for the privledge of appealing to this stage, with a possibility that they will owe another 1.6 billion euros more.

Since they are having such a bad day, I thought I might as well advertise where you can purchase access to their proprietary code to make up for it. Curiously enough though, that site is down."
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Our ATM is broken, so you go to jail?

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 7 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "A short while ago, slashdot featured an article about possible criminal prosecution for people who took advantage of faulty slot machine software. At the time, many people drew an analogy to an ATM that dispensed too much money. Well, apparently, that too may result in criminal charges. Interestingly, although they suspect that someone may have tampered with the ATM, they are considering charging anyone who withdrew money from the ATM.

This also provides an interesting rejoinder to 'if they can build a secure ATM, why cannot Diebold build a secure electronic voting machine.'"

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