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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Enry Re:from the what-until-they-get-a-load-of-this dep (236 comments)

In traditional book publishing, the author gets about 5% of the list. The publisher sells the book to a retailer for 50% of the list price and the author typically get about 10% of what the publisher sells it for. At least that's what it was in my case. So getting 70% on a self-published book isn't a bad deal. Though editors are still important.

4 hours ago
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Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

Enry Chromebook tablets? (33 comments)

What are those? I know about chromebooks and I know about Android tablets.

8 hours ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Enry I got a call (237 comments)

All the trademarks. Middle of the day, thick Indian accent, said he was from Microsoft support, said there was a problem.

He really was. He was calling me about a ticket I had opened with Azure support. Go figure.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Enry Re:Why I got a Pebble (229 comments)

At the time I was in a support role for the client. That buzz could be my wife calling (which I could ignore), could be server a up and died and needed my attention.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Enry Re:Why I got a Pebble (229 comments)

My android (now) does that as well, but I can still leave the phone in my pocket.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Enry Why I got a Pebble (229 comments)

I don't like my phone making noises and I generally wore headphones. Which left me with leaving the phone in my pocket and either putting it on vibrate and have phantom buzzes or put it on completely silent and miss texts/appointments. Got a pebble maybe 9 months ago and it's been great. As long as I'm in bluetooth range I'll get notified for SMS/Google Chat message, some Facebook updates, calendar events, and incoming phone calls. All of that is customizable and while a few apps allow you to send canned responses I don't use that currently - I just want to know something happened.

Best part is when you're in a meeting and your phone buzzes, you can just check your wrist to see what it was which is far more discrete than pulling out your phone, unlocking it, and then finding the right app.

4 days ago
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Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

Enry Re:3-digit /. UID? (82 comments)

Space War

5 days ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Enry Re:Quoted from TFA (200 comments)

Wish I had mod points.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Enry Ecch (259 comments)

It's pretty bad out there for organization and storage. I tried using just flat directories by date as others mentioned but then it became difficult to find things when you didn't know when the event happened. Then I went with Gallery, but it got comment spammed. Then I went with Gallery 2, but that POS is a total disaster, enough that the entire project seems to be shut down.

I'm using smugmug now. Easy to upload and download, they have a fairly open API for writing your own interface, and you can easily change protection on items you upload so they're public, private, or public if you know the URL. Costs a bit of money but integrates with my EyeFi cards nicely so I don't have to worry about uploading photos at the end of the day.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Enry Re:practical-based certs hold their value (317 comments)

It should - when I took my RHCE training/test the instructor went around the room trying to gauge people's expertise with Linux. When he came to me and I was done rattling off what I had been doing he looked at me and said "how about we switch places?". We got along great during that week.

about two weeks ago
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3D Printer?

Enry Got one, works great (173 comments)

The local makerspace had a deal where you'd be there for the day building a Printrbot Metal from the kit with a few people from their staff assisting since the directions that come with it are garbage. When I left I had a fully working and calibrated printer. Since I assembled it myself I know what to look for when there's problems. Hook up a RPi to control it and hook up a webcam and I can send prints from anywhere and watch it run. For Halloween I made a bunch of translucent skulls that I put blinking LEDs in. Made for a great effect.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Enry On a per-mile basis, probably (176 comments)

But from a raw amount, the price of gas dropped since fewer people were driving to work, and fewer goods were being shipped, so I'd have to guess that the total number of miles driven during that time dropped as well. The per-mile amount of pollutants that went out may have been higher, but the total amount that went out may have been far less than a few years before.

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

Enry Re:XBMC Finally? (140 comments)

I don't care if a low profile PC is faster. I can do BluRay 1080P playback without a problem on the Pi for a $35 investment. It doesn't download torrents or play live TV, but I either don't want it to do that or have other ways of doing it. I don't see XBMC as the sole entertainment source, just to play back movies and TV shows.

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

Enry Re:XBMC Finally? (140 comments)

XBMC was the killer app for this device. I've got two of them in my house for less than I paid for a single x86 XBMC system I was using. Other than that, they're effectively throwaway systems you can use in place of using virtual machines. Want to test out SAMBA as a domain controller? Slap it on, fire it up, and take it for a spin. Don't like it? Your other systems haven't been touched and you can just wipe the Pi and start over.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Spam Nation

Enry Re:bogus pharmaceuticals/unauthorized pharmaceutic (82 comments)

The FDA has rather strict quality control standards so my guess is these pharmacies have not gone through the process to be fully licensed. And another thing:

But worse than that, he believes that the single biggest reason neither the FDA nor the pharmaceutical industry has put much effort into testing, is that they are worried that such tests may show that the drugs being sold by many so-called rogue pharmacies are by and large chemically indistinguishable from those sold by approved pharmacies.

Yes...after the quality control of toys, toothpaste, dog food, and drywall from China, we're sure we can trust their quality with our pharmaceuticals.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Enry Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (699 comments)

France had a population of only 40 million at the time, so I think it would be rather difficult to have that many casualties.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Enry Re:Effort dilution (254 comments)

The freedom to fork is like the freedom of speech. You have it, and you can use it, but there may be consequences when you do so there may be times when it's advisable to not do so.

about two weeks ago
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Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR

Enry Re:Bitcoin Creation (76 comments)

It comes from nowhere. The time it takes or energy invested in searching is as irrelevant as the effort needed to mine gold or the cloth and ink needed to print bills.

about three weeks ago
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Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR

Enry Re:Hmm (76 comments)

That doesn't change the fact that bitcoins come from nowhere.

There's rules that govern how USD are created. Just because you don't like them doesn't mean they're not being followed.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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Let kids do 3D design with BlocksCAD

Enry Enry writes  |  about 3 months ago

Enry (630) writes "To make good shapes you can send to a 3D printer, you need to either know how to draw or how to code. BlocksCAD takes a different route and uses an interface similar to MIT's Scratch which makes it easy for kids or adults with no prior CAD experience to start designing. The end product will be released under an open source license and will run from within a browser, making it easy for anyone to start designing (a standalone desktop app is a stretch goal)."
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Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle.""

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Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 13 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

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