E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales
- give it to a friend to read, get it back
Funny, my paper books never worked that way...
E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales
When this occurred I went from buying multiple books a month to torrenting them - I haven't bought anything other than a Sci-Fi subscription to a magazine in MONTHS as a result of this bullshit. When they bring back $9.99 pricing I'll start buying, until then - fuck 'em. I can't resell, trade, or give away an e-book like I can paper. I no longer want paper books in my home either - I have too many as it is! grrrr!
Plenty of books on Amazon still have reasonable prices. Just apply these two rules when looking at books:
-Don't buy if price is > $9.99
-Don't buy if price is > cheapest new paper version.
The publishers and authors who abide by those rules are still getting my money, and the ones who don't aren't... but that's no reason to pirate it. If you're not willing to pony up the cash for a book, then don't buy it, and don't steal it. Just do without.
Retargeting Ads Stalk You For Weeks After You Shop
I once bought an out-of-contract LG phone, whose screen broke a week after purchase. No, I didn't drop it. Neither AT&T nor LG would repair/replace it, so I went online and searched around and found that this model phone (the Neon) had a notoriously fragile screen, and that no one was able to get repairs for it, so I ended up chucking my useless $80 hunk of plastic in the trash.
After this twenty minutes of googling, I was plagued by LG Neon ads for weeks. Every third or fourth website I visited had an ad trying to sell me the very phone that broke on me. It made me more and more angry every time I saw it. Without the constant reminder of my wasted money, I may have eventually forgotten about it, but now I will never, ever purchase anything by LG again, and I tell people who are looking for a new phone to get something - anything - else.
Authors Guild Silent Over iBooks Text-To-Speech
Yeah, the new rule is pretty limited.
If you can get the ebook legally from Amazon, B&N, and iBooks, but only iBooks has TTS enabled, but you only have a Kindle, then breaking the DRM would technically be illegal, even though the only TTS-enabled copy won't run on your device.
Authors Guild Silent Over iBooks Text-To-Speech
I'd think it's because Apple is a scarier target. They were able to bully Amazon, but Apple has a top-notch legal team and a demonstrated disinclination to budge when pressures like this are applied.
How the Internet Is Changing Language
What parent fails to mention is that since Japanese verbs are so regular, the language is incredibly resistant to forming new verbs at all. Instead, they borrow the noun and add the verb for "to do" on the end. The fact that "guguru" made it to verb status is due to both luck (it ends in an u) and the sheer force of Google's influence.
Now, my Japanese is far too rusty to figure this one out, but which form would you use to get the meaning "Here, let me Google that for you..." gugusaserareru?
Touchscreens Open To Smudge Attacks
Just a bit of empirical data here: On an iPhone 4 with the oleophobic coating, I traced an android-style unlock pattern with my thumb, and an oil trail was visible on the screen that showed me exactly the pattern I traced.
This makes sense, since oleophobic coatings do not prevent your fingers from secreting oils, nor from depositing those oils on nice glass surfaces. They only make it easier to wipe the oil away. It looks like this study took into account that smudges may be obscured due to phones generally living in pants pockets. I duplicated that part of the experiment as well, and the smudges were still clearly visible after a trip into and out of my pocket, so it's obviously not that much better at repelling oil.
Randomizing the points does sound like it would be a better lock system. You'd memorize a PIN, and have to trace from one number to the next, but the numbers would be in difference places each time. That would make it difficult to guess from either smudges or by glancing at someone entering the password (on the iPhone's lock screen, you can make a good guess at the PIN even if the person is holding the phone so you can't see the screen, just by watching their thumb.)
NSA and the National Cryptologic Museum
Do any of the museums let you play with the enigma?
They do let you play with one of the Enigmas at Ft. Meade, and even have a pad of notepaper next to write down your plaintext and encoded messages.
What they don't let you play with is the limited run Japanese enigma machine, with kana printed on the keys. Apparently the Germans made a couple for the Japanese, but it didn't really catch on and they were never really used.
String Quartets On the Web?
If you happen to live near a public university with a good music school, you should be able to at least listen to the music at the library, even if you can't check anything out. You won't be able to rip it, though, since it's likely they'll put it in a player behind the desk and direct you to a listening station. /worked at the music library in college
Stieg Larsson Is First Author To Sell 1M E-Books
What's more impressive is that many people were happy to stump up $10 for a 100k text file.
How is that more impressive than the amount of people who coughed up $25 for a block of sliced wood pulp?
I always figured people were paying for a good story, regardless of the material upon which it's printed or displayed.
Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom
There are little Bluetooth GPS receivers you can get, that pair with software on your laptop/netbook. 3G isn't really necessary if you have a good Map/POI database loaded on the computer. My mom had a setup like this 6 or so years ago, when standalone TomTom-type devices were new and expensive.
However, the difficulty of mounting a netbook on your dash is probably the #1 reason why this didn't catch on. You may have a navigation device, but you still need someone riding shotgun to use the device while you drive.
How IT Pros Can Avoid Legal Trouble
Your job is to keep his copy of Microsoft Office working, not to tell him that he should switch to OpenOffice.
In my limited workplace experience, if you answer "Fix my software" with "Use this other software instead," you will either be ignored or fired. (I found myself ignored, but instilled with a profound desire to not attempt to be helpful again.)
iPhone 4 Reception Recall Ruckus Roundup
If the iPhone 4 is seeing such huge problems why is there a 3-week backlog for new orders?
I've wondered that myself.
After all, if you're getting dropped calls with your new shiny iPhone 4 that you didn't with your old phone, why haven't you returned it?
I have an iPhone 4 myself, and I've talked to 3 other iPhone 4 owners I've happened to meet. None of us have actually had any reception problems. Two of us can reproduce the error, but only when actually trying to - normal usage does not produce it.
If I did have a problem, I would have returned it and gone back to my trusty 3G. However, no problems, no returns.
The only irritating thing about the phone is that every idiot on the street who sees me pull out my phone asks about the reception.
Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?
Is that not the case in the US?
It is in many states, but you could easily pass on the expensive insurance that covers every ding on your car and downgrade to the minimum liability insurance required by the state.
Blizzard To Require Real First and Last Names For Official Forums
If there are no girls on the internet now, there won't be any ever once this goes into effect.
There's no quicker way to be harassed, stalked, and otherwise massively annoyed by EVERYONE than to reveal that you are in possession of TWO X chromosomes, instead of the internet norm XY configuration.
And the absolute last thing I want is random assholes that I've pissed off on my server to Google my name, of which the first result is the staff listing on my current employer's website, and then start sending nasty emails to my boss.
iPhone 3G vs. Solar Death Ray
Keep in mind who you're dealing with here: guys who build heat rays in their backyards for fun.
To them, setting things on fire is fun. Making things explode is AWESOME.
Video Games Linked To Reckless Driving
Try driving an SUV while listening to the Halo soundtrack. THAT'S dangerous.
iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Wreaking Havoc On Apple Store
Yes, but the /. article is a timely reminder. "Oh, it's TODAY." *click click*
At least that was the case for me. Apple was suppose to send me a reminder email this morning, but I guess they're holding those until their servers stop melting.
Arrr ye a pirate, matey?
I watch Dr. Who in a Piraty manner because the episodes they show on BBC America are always two weeks behind the ones showing in Britain.
The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse
Tolkein said that his hobbits "like to have books filled with things they already know, set out fair and square with no contradictions," and I imagine that humans are not far different, scientist or otherwise.
It takes a rare soul indeed to see a contradiction in a beloved text, be it the Bible or a Physics text, and explore that contradiction, throwing away long-held assumptions, in order to find a deeper truth. The only difference is that in science, such explorations are sometimes rewarded with praise and sometimes with ridicule, whereas in religion they are rewarded with a cup of hemlock, burning at a stake, or a crazy old lady telling you she'll pray for your soul.
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