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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

JenovaSynthesis Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (639 comments)

Same here. I refuse to run the botched abortion known as Windows 8.

about two weeks ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

JenovaSynthesis Re: So it's a library except digital with monthly (250 comments)

Your response makes absolutely no sense. This is not about the quality of books, but rather distribution channels. Authors have noticed that their sales were being cannibalized by the KU reads. Which translates into less money. And if their a midlist author, like 99.9% are, then this hurts them even more so there's no incentive to allow their works to be put onto KU. Even if Amazon makes it a condition to receiving 70% royalties, which they would be stupid to do, it still would not be an incentive to do it because all you'd be doing is forcing authors to take a smaller pay cut because they did not take a huge pay cut.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

JenovaSynthesis Re:Freedom (250 comments)

Amazon is NOT a monopoly. A monopoly is when one company, or a small group of companies, control the supply of a product/service/etc. in a way that harms the consumer. Amazon does not control any supply and it is not harming the US consumers. First and foremost, in the grand scheme of things Amazon controls only a small segment of retail itself. In 2013 US retail spending was $5.4 Trillion. US E-Commerce sales totaled $263 Billion. So even if Amazon was the sole eCommerce site used by everyone in the US that would still amount to only 5.8% of all US retail.

The true monopolists in the book industry are the publishers. Let's examine the Amazon/Hachette spat in detail a little. Amazon wanted more freedom to price eBooks cheaper and Hachette objected. That's the core of the argument right there. Now let's take a look at some of Amazon's behavior during this spat:

1) They stopped taking pre-orders for Hachette books. Since Amazon no longer had a sales agreement with Hachette, it would seem logical that they would not want to take pre-orders and then be unable to fulfill them since its stock of these titles would be at Hachette's discretion and not at a mutually agreed upon level.

2) Amazon stopped stocking Hachette titles as much. So? Where is it written that a retail store must carry the products of a vendor with whom it has disagreements? Other retailers reported upswings in purchasing of Hachette titles during the negotiations with Amazon (it took 6 months). People were still able to get the titles.

3) They stopped discounting Hachette titles. Discounts has been Amazon's thing, it's why most of us shop there when we don't need the item right away. But let's really examine this one because it is the pièce de résistance. What Hachette was complaining about was that Amazon was selling Hachette's books at the price Hachette set for them. Keep that in mind, because Hachette wanted Amazon to sell eBooks at the price Hachette set. Translation: Hachette wanted Amazon to sell eBooks more expensive than they had to be (something Hachette, five other publishers, and Apple got nailed by the Department of Justice and several State Attorneys General for) in order to subsidize their print sales which is what Hachette is trying so hard to protect because the barriers of entry to the eBook market are substantially lower.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

JenovaSynthesis Re:So it's a library except digital with monthly f (250 comments)

According the the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/technology/amazon-offers-all-you-can-eat-books-authors-turn-up-noses.html), authors who make their works available via Kindle Unlimited are experiencing income drops some in excess of 75%. So unless Amazon changes the model, authors' income is threatened and KU is doomed to fail. The exodus has already started and Amazon really has nothing more to entice authors to allow their works to be distributed through it.

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

JenovaSynthesis Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

If that were possible, Fox "News" would have ceased to exist long ago.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

JenovaSynthesis Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Yeah, because who needs clean air, fresh water, safe food, safe working conditions, fair pay and other such "Big Government" regulations?

about 4 months ago
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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

JenovaSynthesis Re:Turn it around: (130 comments)

Free speech guarantees you the right to say it free from consequences. It says nothing about a guaranteed venue or audience. And any college would have a legitimate interest in blocking that material over their e-mail system on a mass scale. It's happened before:

"An estimated 3000 [Michigan State University] students protesting the ban on alcohol at Munn Field tailgate parties resulted in police firing tear gas at the crowd. The gathering was planned in advance by an email spread through the student body email system asking students to gather and protest the ban. The university police informed students, via the school newspaper, that anyone getting on Munn Field would be arrested for trespassing. One student crossed the fence and was arrested by campus police. Shortly thereafter, 30-40 students crossed the fence and when the remaining students saw the police unable to arrest everyone, approximately 1,500 students poured over the fence on Munn field. The students played football, frisbee and played in the rain and mud. The police then tear gassed the students, who then left and went to the University President's (M. Peter McPherson) house. When the students learned the President was not available, they then went to Grand River Ave, and a small riot ensued."

And don't pull the "only conservatives are restricted" card because it is easily annihilated.

about 5 months ago
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US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

JenovaSynthesis Re:For a First Step (143 comments)

They're big business because there is no incentive to use anything else.

about 7 months ago
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US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

JenovaSynthesis Re:For a First Step (143 comments)

True considering we practice selective capitalism in this country.

about 7 months ago
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US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

JenovaSynthesis For a First Step (143 comments)

How about banning the pesticide that's killing them off?

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

JenovaSynthesis Re:Amazon provides a service (218 comments)

True. But Amazon cannot blackmail the publisher using its marketing clout either. It would be like Microsoft making it so Windows will not run a certain company's software.

about 8 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

JenovaSynthesis Re:I'm Still Rooting for AMD (345 comments)

No, it does not count. Itanium's target market changed and they did not switch to AMD. If you want to use the "kicked the ass of" phrasing, Itanium got its ass kicked by Xeon\ because that is what the high-end servers, like the ones SGi produces now, are using that require strong number crunching if they are still using chips in the Intel/AMD ecosystem.

about 8 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

JenovaSynthesis Re:I'm Still Rooting for AMD (345 comments)

How could AMD64 "kick IA64's ass" when they were never in competition with each other? IA64 refers to Itanium which was never released for consumer markets but rather for high-end servers. It was to compete against Sun's SPARC, DEC's Alpha, and the SGi MIPS chips.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

JenovaSynthesis Re:3.2 B (198 comments)

Amen! I finally had a chance to listen to music using Beats. To be fair I gave it a minute or two of listening and came to the conclusion the Sennheiser headphones I bought from Best Buy were much better and 75% cheaper.

about 9 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

JenovaSynthesis Re:Personal Beliefs vs Discriminatory Actions (824 comments)

This isn't a "political blacklist". He's not being "blacklisted" first and foremost. He is being asked to resign.

Second, it's not an issue of politics. It's an issue of humanity. But unfortunately some people having equality has become a political issue and it really shows just how sick the US really is.

about 10 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

JenovaSynthesis Re:Personal Beliefs vs Discriminatory Actions (824 comments)

You mean it was disclosed because it was mandatory? If you want to play that card, the Prop 8 people were threatening businesses with boycotts well before that.

Those donations should be public. Unless one lacks the courage of ones convictions.

about 10 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

JenovaSynthesis Personal Beliefs vs Discriminatory Actions (824 comments)

Brendan Eich is NOT being asked to step down because of "personal beliefs" so let's drop that BS right now. He crossed the line by donating money to actively strip away rights of individuals which is a whole different ball game. But it comes down to this even though most people won't admit it... It's still socially acceptable to be homophobic. If he had given money to the KKK or something this would not be an issue. But because it is still ok to bash gays and make/keep them second class citizens it's still a "debate"

about 9 months ago
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YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

JenovaSynthesis Google Rolls Over Everytime (268 comments)

This is why I tell clients not to use them. Because it takes some bogus copyright claim and Google rolls over and plays dead because they do not want to actually invest time and money into a system and training that actually works to weed out these abusive claims.

about a year ago

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Demonoid Shut Down Again

JenovaSynthesis JenovaSynthesis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cedon (528503) writes "Not satisfied with Demonoid's blocking of all Canadian traffic has gone after the hosting service of Demonoid. The servers went down yesterday but are back up with the message 'The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.'"
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Demonoid Back Up But Blocking Canadians

JenovaSynthesis JenovaSynthesis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cedon (528503) writes "Looks like the Canadian Recording Industry rumors were true in regards to Demonoid's shut down. The site is back up, confirming they have been threatened by CRIA and as a result are now blocking access to the site from Canadian IPs. Their latest news item states:

We received a letter from a lawyer represeting the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and we need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience.
Looks like Canadian users will have to start using international proxy servers."

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