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Top Authors Make eBook Deal, Bypassing Publishers

Calithulu Re:nice to see greed is rampant.... (297 comments)

Most authors have websites, email addresses, or other methods of contact. Write to them and let them know. If they can do something about it, your message might convince them to do so.

more than 4 years ago
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Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

Calithulu Re:Yet another reason... (457 comments)

Ah, you've been to L.A./Orange County too! Everything you've said applies to the coastal regions of Southern California and the worst part of it is that there is effectively a continuous city from LA down to Camp Pendleton but no effective mass transit for the entire region. It takes 3 hours or more to go 20 miles since busses are about the best bet. The rail system out here costs so much you're better off getting a cheap sub-compact.

more than 4 years ago
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California Moves To Block Texas' Textbook Changes

Calithulu Re:seriously (857 comments)

Not to quibble, but the leading cause of fewer births to teenage mothers is birth control (i.e. condoms, the pill, Nuva rings, etc), not abortions. Just to save time, not allowing the fetus to implant into a uterine wall is not an abortion, it is preventing the fetus from implanting. Calling it an abortion is disingenuous at best as an abortion requires removing an already implanted fetus from the uterine lining.

Further, you seem to be under the impression that Canadian citizens don't have firearms. Nothing could be further from the truth, though they certainly do not have as many as the US they aren't exactly slouches either. Hell, Sweden, den of Socialism that it is, comes in third on the guns per capita ratio.

more than 4 years ago
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California Moves To Block Texas' Textbook Changes

Calithulu Re:Fight them (857 comments)

California does make their own text books, but the curriculum is usually so specific other states don't enact it. This is why Texas school books are so important nation wide (otherwise California would probably have a more prominent role is the nation's text books), and why the rewriting of several historical events is so disheartening. However, given that California generally doesn't use the school books from Texas I think this whole thing is largely symbolic at best.

Of course, anyone wanting to do business in California has to conform to California law (which are usually the most draconian in the nation, but that is just my opinion). I think this is what you're referring to, though from any logical interpretation nothing is being "dictated" to any other state as doing business in California is entirely voluntary. As only nut jobs in either State are discussing secession so I'm not sure what you're alluding to in "also secede".

more than 4 years ago
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The Telcos' Secret Anti-Net Neutrality Strategy

Calithulu Re:A La Carte (457 comments)

That would likely be suicidal for an ISP, as has pay-per-byte access (except for the most contained of transfer mechanisms like cellular data). But, that said, is it really acceptable to tell a network owner what they have to do their network? AT&T has every right to conduct business like that if they so desire to.

They would have every right to do so if they hadn't been taking government handouts (i.e. my tax money and yours) and been given special dispensation for years. No, for doing that they will have to play by the rules that are put in place for the public benefit, and that includes net neutrality. If AT&T desires to do business as if they had never taken the money or preferential treatment there will have to be some compensation to the citizenry that has paid for it. Privatizing the gains derided from public money is not acceptable.

more than 4 years ago
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Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies

Calithulu Re:Shining Example (389 comments)

Ok, disregard my request for sources earlier. I'd just like to list the methodology used:

1. Public Elementary and Secondary School Revenue per $1,000 personal Income 2. Percent of Public Elementary and Secondary School Current Expenditures used for Instruction 3. Percent of Population Graduated from High School 4. Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools 5. Percent of Public School 4th Graders Proficient or Better in Reading 6. Percent of Public School 8th Graders Proficient or Better in Reading 7. Percent of Public School 4th Graders Proficient or Better in Writing 8. Percent of Public School 8th Graders Proficient or Better in Writing 9. Percent of Public School 4th Graders Proficient or Better in Math 10. Percent of Public School 8th Graders Proficient or Better in Math 11. Average Teacher Salary as a Percent of Average Annual Pay of All Workers 12. Average Daily Attendance as a Percent of Fall Enrollment in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 13. Percent of School-Age Population in Public Schools 14. High School Drop Out Rate 15. Special Education Pupil-Teacher Ratio 16. Percent of Public Elementary and Secondary School Staff Who are School District Administrators 17. Average Class Size in Public Elementary Schools 18. Average Class Size in Public Secondary Schools 19. Median Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Primary Schools 20. Median Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Middle Schools 21. Median Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public High Schools

While I agree that these do show some level of the state of education in these states, it really doesn't demonstrate any IQ score. Most of it seems to be based on class sizes and student to teach ratios. Really, all I'd use from this study (which is never actually linked) is points 4 through 10.

more than 4 years ago
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Stand and Deliver Teacher Jaime Escalante Dies

Calithulu Re:Shining Example (389 comments)

I suggest you check (or at least list) your sources. There has been a long running internet hoax regarding this exact topic.

The best source I have makes a good faith attempt to estimate average IQs by state from SAT and ACT scores. However, as you can imagine that isn't exactly definitive. It also lists the methodology for how the results were arrived at.

The original numbers, made by someone trying to claim that states that vote for one political party over another are smarter (in this case liberals though I've heard of conservative claims as well), has been debunked repeatedly. Frankly, it is a sad state of affairs when people have to make up lies in order to further their political or ideological viewpoint.

If you're interested, the US Census keeps records on education attainment level by ethnicity as well.

more than 4 years ago
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Fatty Foods May Cause Cocaine-Like Addiction

Calithulu Re:Funny... (507 comments)

Nice work on the weight loss! That can be a rough ride regardless of the diet. I have to say that stories similar to yours (i.e. "I lost it, then went back to a somewhat normal but disciplined diet and gained it back") convinced me that low-carb might not be the ideal for me. For that, the Calorie Counter app in the Android Marketplace has been invaluable. It ties in to www.fatsecret.com so you can look up calorie information from anywhere, be it the phone or via a web browser.

more than 4 years ago
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High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats

Calithulu Re:I have my own study (542 comments)

I have the same issue. Worse, when I started drinking sodas again, I drank the diet variety. I figured the awful taste would keep me from getting hooked. I was wrong and now I'm once more trying to break the habit of drinking soft drinks (regular or diet). This stuff truly is habit forming!

more than 4 years ago
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US Immigration Bill May Bring a National Biometric ID Card

Calithulu Re:Tracking of work? Nothing new (619 comments)

While I'm not a fan of Mrs. Palin, you appreciate that she did this when she was six years old (i.e. her legal guardians decided to do so for her), right? In addition to that, it was the closest hospital. The real story here is how cooperative the US and Canada were, even accepting each others' citizens for medical care with minimal paperwork. Of course, these days that spirit of brotherhood is missing.

more than 4 years ago
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Panel Warns NASA On Commercial Astronaut Transport

Calithulu Re:Stop with the Limbaugh bullshit already..... (319 comments)

He should apologize to Rush when Rush apologizes for stating that it sounded likely on-air while not actually knowing if there was any truth to it.

more than 4 years ago
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Alternative 2009 Copyright Expirations

Calithulu Re:What did you expect? (427 comments)

He was tried that way because the French refused to extradite him. He fled the country after his arrest to avoid prosecution. He has confessed to the crime, he acknowledges that he did it, but when it looked like his plea deal might not work out he fled to avoid the consequences of his actions.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Build a Quantum Propulsion Machine

Calithulu Re:Fourmilab (392 comments)

But, isn't the concept in the public domain now?

more than 4 years ago
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Respected Developers Begin Fleeing the App Store

Calithulu Re:That's not the biggest problem... (485 comments)

Slashdot has a story about Google removing it.

I just checked the market and I only see four results for a search on "tether", one of which actually does wifi tethering via Bluetooth allowing your phone to connect to your computer's network according to the write up... but not the other way around. Searching for "Wireless" was even less helpful.

more than 4 years ago
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Respected Developers Begin Fleeing the App Store

Calithulu Re:That's not the biggest problem... (485 comments)

Well, on the G1 at least, it is the only way to get wireless tethering working.

more than 4 years ago
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Comcast's New Throttling Plan Uses Trigger Conditions, Not Silent Blocking

Calithulu Re:Laws (698 comments)

Hey, your ideas and politics mirror my own. We should start our own party; the Conservationist party. What are we conserving? Democracy, Resources, and Common Sense.

Ah, wait, third parties don't work. Ah well, I hope it helps to know that you are not alone.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

Calithulu Re:It says: 256MB RAM... (744 comments)

Hmm. I use my netbook (travel, coffee shops, etc) and my Wii (great party games) all the time. Perhaps the "hype" isn't the problem, but that you are not part of the intended audience.

more than 4 years ago
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French Branch of Scientology Is Convicted of Fraud

Calithulu Re:I'm surprised nobody has said this yet, but.. (622 comments)

In all honesty, I would LOVE to have a good, thorough talk with a fully-believing, intelligent scientologist. No flaming, no yelling, hell, I won't even insult him or his beliefs. I would just like to see if I can understand WHY he follows that religion as opposed to others.

What are your crimes? Did you club a baby seal?

Yeah, that sounds odd but there is a fairly well documented instance where a celebrity Scientologist asked that of a critic whom, to be fair, was wearing a t-shirt that directly attacked their "religion". Most people would call him an idiot and move on, or just walk past, but they began insinuating that he was a criminal and had committed some truly heinous crimes.

I'm not saying you can't have the conversation you wish, but if some idiotic t-shirt can cause that response I can't imagine that there is much hope. Though it isn't something I've seen advertised, it appears that there is a trained response to critics where the practitioners accuse the critic of committing crimes as evidenced by their criticism of Scientology.

more than 4 years ago

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Why Google Chrome OS Faces an Uphill Battle

Calithulu Calithulu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Calithulu (1487963) writes "CNN.com is running an editorial on the challenges that Google's soon-to-be Chrome OS will face. With such witty excerpts as "...propeller heads or early adopters understood what Linux was about..." there is obvious bias to the article, but it raises some good points as well, such as "... While sales of netbooks have exploded, Linux's market share on these devices has dramatically declined..." and attributes this to a lack of Windows Software compatibility.

While the argument is old, this is a new venue to be making it in. Does the future of rich web applications supersede the habits of people willing to make the switch to a linux-based Chrome OS?"

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