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Amazon To Offer Kindle ebooks Via Public Libraries

Inner_Child Re:What about 1984? (126 comments)

And there are scripts (and calibre plugins) to do that as well. So it's no different than before.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Offer Kindle ebooks Via Public Libraries

Inner_Child Re:Mr Cynic here (126 comments)

So, libraries having limited resources will buy titles in one maybe two formats. And considering the popularity of ereaders, I'm guessing that Kindle versions of titles will be purchased with the books on tape version - no expensive printed books. Which means, if I want to read some of those titles, I'll have to buy a Kindle. It's not like they'll buy Kindles for patrons use and if they do, they'll have to be kept on the premises.

So, this is just a way for Amazon to sell more Kindles.

None of you thought they were doing this for the public good, did you?

Except that isn't what's happening. That one copy (or two, or however many for popular novels) the library buys will, as I understand it, be available in any format, but only one of them checked out at a time, of course. If the book's in, you can choose your format and go. There's no "I'll have to buy a kindle" or "I'll have to buy X e-reader".

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Offer Kindle ebooks Via Public Libraries

Inner_Child Re:What about 1984? (126 comments)

On another note: would you rather they didn't expire so you can pay exorbitant late fees?

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon To Offer Kindle ebooks Via Public Libraries

Inner_Child Re:What about 1984? (126 comments)

Considering it's just Overdrive, which has been around for a while now, yes, libraries have set lending periods. Mine is a choice of 7, 14, or 21 days. Yes, they do automatically get "deleted" (actually they just stop working, at least for ePub titles), but you can re-borrow them if you'd like. The bigger issue is with publishers imposing artificial scarcity on digital titles, forcing libraries to purchase a new copy after it's been borrowed a certain number of times (in order to maintain the same revenue stream they have with dead-tree books, which actually degrade).

more than 2 years ago
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Turnitin's Different Messages To Students, Teachers

Inner_Child Re:I like your style! (306 comments)

Here's the thing, she isn't real. This is a common BS comment, I'm really disappointed that no one recognized this for what it was, since it had no bearing on the article whatsoever. See here for more examples of this idiocy that people are, for some reason, taking as fact just because it says "From the article".

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Responds To DoJ Lawsuit

Inner_Child Re:Text of AT&T response (140 comments)

Were illegally spying on all those Americans??? Surprise, they still do, except now it's legal!

Yes, were illegally spying. Sure, they're still doing it, but if it's no longer illegal, the past tense is accurate since now it's not illegal.

more than 2 years ago
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Hurricane Irene Prompts Unprecedented Evacuation of NYC

Inner_Child Re:But they don't have cars. (395 comments)

I'm still scared-- stockpiling on water and going to bunker down in my basement, as the projected path of the 'cane brings the eye with a near-direct hit over my residence. Just gotta tough it out and hope they can restore power in a reasonable period of time and damage to life and proprety is minimal.

I know what you mean; I'm in the same boat. I plan to stay safe in the basement until the worst of this storm is over. Of course it's not likely to help much, since I'm in Iowa. Still, better safe than sorry, right?

Seriously though, I don't mean to make light of your predicament, and here's hoping the thing dissipates at least some before pounding the city.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Kernel 3.1 RC 2 Released

Inner_Child Re:version inflation (209 comments)

I think what he said was that if he ever went to 3.0, it would mean he had gone insane and rewritten the entire thing in Visual Basic.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Free Software Ready For E-publishing?

Inner_Child Re:Easy solution (221 comments)

I specifically didn't mention the Kindle. Mobi is atrocious, and Amazon cares more about the bottom line than presenting an acceptable reading experience. You're right, not everyone uses the same algorithms to determine hyphenation and line-breaking, but in my experience, ePub and the readers that use ePub (at least the Nook - I really can't speak for others such as the Kobo or iRiver readers, not having used them) do a better job than the atrocity in that article. Of course, none of it matters if the publishers don't bother putting a little bit of care into their e-books. I may have come on a little strong, but I believe e-readers are not all as bad as you and the article you linked are making them out to be. http://www.the-digital-reader.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/nook.jpg is at least an improvement on the look of the Kindle's page, however I agree, it's not perfect.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Free Software Ready For E-publishing?

Inner_Child Re:Easy solution (221 comments)

Congratulations, you've just earned the "I don't know what I'm talking about!" achievement! All modern e-readers, when using their proper formats (generally ePub for pretty much anything worth using) handle line-breaking and hyphenation just fine, and unless you're reading from some badly OCRed plaintext copy, will look as good as the paper version. PDF is a bad format for e-readers, and you're a bad person for suggesting it.

more than 2 years ago
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The Loudness Wars May Be Ending

Inner_Child Re:Would a standard for loudness help? (294 comments)

Thank you for the clarification. I can see a "new loudness" button emerging, and as someone else said, portable players can do this automatically, it seems. It makes more sense to do the compression on the fly without damaging the original track than it does to master it in a way that makes one's ears bleed, so here's hoping the loudness war truly is over.

about 3 years ago
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The Loudness Wars May Be Ending

Inner_Child Re:Would a standard for loudness help? (294 comments)

I don't see why this could not also be applied to music. Just have a setting on the player to turn on the compression (or even better - adjust how much compression to use).

Correct me if I'm mistaken, but hasn't this been around for quite some time: the "Loudness" or "Loudness compensation" button on stereos/equalizers/amps from the 70s and 80s? Perhaps it's a concept whose time has come around again.

about 3 years ago
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Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

Inner_Child Re:Heresy (689 comments)

(and I missed the "in Australia)

Mr. Carrey? Is that you?

about 3 years ago
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Google eBooks-Integrated E-reader Out On Sunday

Inner_Child Re:No Thank You (56 comments)

Funny, I've been using Linux to check out e-books from my local library for several months, at least. And B&N's DRM is just as easily defeatable as the ADEPT scheme. Please don't bother posting ignorant comments unless you've bothered to do a rudimentary search first. Hell, the page where you get the info for removing B&N DRM? It's the same as for removing ADEPT! Not to mention there are plugins for Calibre that make it a simple matter of dragging and dropping the DRMed files into Calibre, and getting wonderful DRM-free files out the other side, nicely organized, too.

about 3 years ago
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Voicemail Hack Scandal Leads To Closure of UK Tabloid

Inner_Child Re:Can we close Fox News yet? (268 comments)

Of course not! Due process is a laugh, the court of public opinion is the only thing that matters anymore.

And for the life of me, even I can't tell if that's supposed to be sarcastic or not. Makes me a sad monkey.

about 3 years ago
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2nd Edition of Learn Python the Hard Way Released

Inner_Child Re:What format is the PDF in? Kindle? (167 comments)

You can always grab the ePub for that same $1 and use Calibre to convert it to a format the Kindle can use. I just bought it myself, looks great on my Nook.

more than 3 years ago

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3D Realms Shutting Its Doors... Forever

Inner_Child Inner_Child writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Inner_Child (946194) writes "According to Kotaku, 3D Realms is shutting down. The Texas developers, notorious for Duke Nukem Forever's presence on year-end vaporware lists, is still in talks with Take Two to publish Duke Nukem Forever, however the agreement does not include funding to finish the game. On the 3d Realms forums, Joe Siegler stated: "It's not a marketing thing. It's true. I have nothing further to say at this time." Is it finally time to officially write off Duke Nukem Forever?"

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