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E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

Brandee07 Re:ebooks = fail, "like a book" needed (437 comments)

- give it to a friend to read, get it back

Funny, my paper books never worked that way...

more than 3 years ago
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E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

Brandee07 Re:eBook pricing (437 comments)

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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.

more than 3 years ago
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Retargeting Ads Stalk You For Weeks After You Shop

Brandee07 LG phones do this (344 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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Authors Guild Silent Over iBooks Text-To-Speech

Brandee07 Re:Publishers Loves Their DRM (187 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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Authors Guild Silent Over iBooks Text-To-Speech

Brandee07 Re:Does Apple sell books? (187 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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How the Internet Is Changing Language

Brandee07 Re:To google.. (295 comments)

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?

about 4 years ago
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Touchscreens Open To Smudge Attacks

Brandee07 Re:Just randomize the keyboard every time (185 comments)

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.)

about 4 years ago
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NSA and the National Cryptologic Museum

Brandee07 Re:Ok, Enigma machine ... what else (122 comments)

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Japanese-enigma.jpg

about 4 years ago
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String Quartets On the Web?

Brandee07 Re:The only feasible explanation... (228 comments)

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

about 4 years ago
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Stieg Larsson Is First Author To Sell 1M E-Books

Brandee07 Re:"Men Who Hate Women" (122 comments)

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.

about 4 years ago
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Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

Brandee07 Re:Options for GPS and Mapping? (242 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago
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How IT Pros Can Avoid Legal Trouble

Brandee07 Re:Licensing (230 comments)

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.)

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 Reception Recall Ruckus Roundup

Brandee07 Re:It does "simply work" (479 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

Brandee07 Re:Car insurance? (637 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard To Require Real First and Last Names For Official Forums

Brandee07 There are no girls on the internet... (833 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 3G vs. Solar Death Ray

Brandee07 Re:Someone who knows more about the lithium batter (104 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Wreaking Havoc On Apple Store

Brandee07 Re:I Orders, and Why is This News? (285 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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Arrr ye a pirate, matey?

Brandee07 Re:Language Problems (572 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago
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The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse

Brandee07 Re:Define people (892 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

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Global Anomalies Linked to Large Hadron Collider

Brandee07 Brandee07 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Brandee07 (964634) writes "A rash of observed anomalies has rattled observers around the globe, as researchers feared that the bizarre behaviors could be linked to European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN)'s operation of the Large Hadron Collider. In response, containment teams employed by the SCP Foundation have been deployed worldwide, as part of a global effort to seek out, examine, and quarantine the unexplained phenomena.

CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer denied that the anomalous behaviors were linked to the operation of the LHC."

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Major Cellphone Makers Agree on Universal Charger

Brandee07 Brandee07 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Brandee07 (964634) writes "The GSM Association has agreed on a standard charger for future models of cellphones. FTA: "the GSMA's agreement, signed by Nokia, LG, AT&T, Vodafone, Motorola and others, has settled on the microUSB connector as the new standard." The author of the article seems to think that microUSB was a poor choice, but any standard is better than none."
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University of Maryland Leaks Student's SSNs

Brandee07 Brandee07 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Brandee07 (964634) writes "The University of Maryland College Park Department of Transportation has issued an alert that they published the social security numbers of all students registered for Fall classes (23,727 individuals) on the mailing labels for an information package about on-campus parking. The University is providing credit monitoring services for affected persons, but still waited 10 days to notify students, having discovered the mistake on the 8th, but waited until the 18th to send out emails and post a notification on their home page."
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Spirit Rover 4 Years Old

Brandee07 Brandee07 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Brandee07 (964634) writes "Designed for a 90 day mission, the Spirit Mars Rover is starting its 4th year of exploration. Opportunity will turn four on Jan 25. From the article: "We never thought we'd still be driving these robots all over Mars," said Mark Lemmon, a planetary scientist at Texas A&M University and member of the rover science team. "We joked about driving Opportunity into Victoria Crater, but now we're there, and we're looking at doing even more science. Each day they still work is an amazing one.""

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