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E-Book Sales Have Tripled In the Last Year

Kehvarl Re:PRS-650 (204 comments)

I can't speak to the PRS 650 model directly, but I do have its immediate predecessor the PRS 600. The touch is absolutely fantastic, the built-in dictionary has been useful more than once, and the ability to highlight sections or take notes has been handy. The 650 is supposed to have an even more responsive touch, so it should be even nicer.

I have seen the 650 screen, and it's noticeably better contrast than my 600, without the shiny coating that the 600 needed for it's resistive touch screen.

Adding files is pretty easy, you can use the sony software, the free Calibre software (which can also convert ebooks between various formats if needed) or the 600 (and presumably 650) will show up as a mass storage device, and you can just drop ebook files into the "Documents" directory on the device itself. Additionally you can use a Sony memory stick, or an SD card for more storage and books.

Hope this helps!

more than 3 years ago

Student Sues FBI For Planting GPS Tracker

Kehvarl Re:Alternatives, anyone? (586 comments)

An "acceptable" level of invasion of privacy, as you put it, would be to get an appropriate warrant before installing this equipment. That both serves to show that the FBI or other organizations are not just randomly tracking people in the hopes of finding something worth "investigating", but also provides them a defense against law suits like this one; eg: "The GPS device was installed in accordance with this warrant, and in relation to this investigation, and the suit has no standing."

more than 3 years ago

The True Cost of Publishing On the Amazon Kindle

Kehvarl Re:I 3 my kindle (236 comments)

While the original poster may have been, and probably was, referring to pirated content you don't have to be breaking copyright laws to say "Screw paying for anything." Depending on your particular tastes there might be a wide array of legitimately free content available from a variety of publishers or from Project Gutenberg.

more than 3 years ago

The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does Wonders

Kehvarl Re:Compiling the kernel (603 comments)

You won't benefit from --mph=88 unless you add 'fluxcapacitor' and 'plutonium' or 'mrfusion' to your USE in make.conf

more than 3 years ago

How Star Wars Trumped Star Trek For Scientific Accuracy

Kehvarl Re:Greedo shooting first is far more hated ... (495 comments)

Greedo missing from 3 feet away, stormtroopers unable to hit anything, and Obi-wan's comment "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise," can all be explained away by another of Kenobi's comments: "...clumsy or random as a blaster."

From all this, I can only conclude that "blasters" have an intentionally random directional shift applied each time the weapon is fired. Such randomness would mean that they constitute a galaxy-spanning game of Russian roulette, and would also make them ideal terror weapons.

This feature can be used to explain the Stormtrooper precision based on the standardization of their equipment. If all Imperial blasters have an identical random-deflection-generator installed and seeded with the same value, then shots taken at the same time would have identical deflection and all strike the same area, despite having completely unpredictable accuracy.

about 4 years ago

New Wii Menu Update Targets Homebrew Again

Kehvarl Re:As a Wii Owner (258 comments)

I think Nintendo support is rather hit-and-miss. I've actually had good luck with them on 2 separate issues. First one of my Wiimotes died; Nintendo sent me a shipping label, then UPS lost it so Nintendo sent me a replacement mote. The other issue was when I started getting "cannot read disc" errors after playing a gamecube game. Again with the free shipping and a fast turnaround. No big hassle or anything. On the other hand I've had 2 friends with Wii issues who couldn't get good support for love or money.

more than 4 years ago

Arizona Backs Off Its Speed Camera Program

Kehvarl Re:Huh? (513 comments)

Actually we do have such signs posted along the I-17. I do admit, however, that I've never seen a keep-right sign on the 10 or any of the loops. I think I might have seen them on the 60, but I'm rarely on that stretch of road, so I can't confirm that.

more than 4 years ago

"Wet" Asteroids Could Supply Space Gas Stations

Kehvarl Re:asteroid mining a la slashdot (163 comments)

Another alternative is to use a nuclear reactor for your power, then you approach the asteroid, gather water (use a permanent installation with a solar-powered centrifuge and oven to extract the water from the icy regolith), superheat that water with your reactor, and expel it into space in exchange for velocity.
Or you can use that same permanent installation to split the hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis, use the hydrogen in the same scenario as above, or in an ion engine, and add the oxygen to your environmental supplies.

more than 4 years ago

PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

Kehvarl Re:I dont see the problem here (941 comments)

I cant wait until they can scan foetal DNA to find out if its going to be a paedophile or terrorist.

Are those the only two options? If so, will I be allowed to chose which one my unborn child will become?

more than 3 years ago

Robotics Prof Fears Rise of Military Robots

Kehvarl Re:If You Watch the Whole Video (258 comments)

It's even worse than you think: these are robots, and the number is in binary! The robots see a need for no more than 32 humans worldwide, 31 if they index from 1.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Build a Smarter Rat

Kehvarl Re:Spooky (302 comments)

The other poster was attempting to clarify that "Over The Counter" simply means "you can get it without a prescription". You're stating that where you live you must speak with a pharmacy technician to acquire aspirin. This doesn't make it "OTC" since it's "OTC" even if it's on the shelf. The fact that you need to ask at the counter is unrelated to the classification as a non-prescription medication.

So in actuality we're dealing with 3 different ways to acquire medication:
Over-the-counter on-the-shelf: These are over the counter medications that are just sitting on the shelf for you to pick up and purchase

Over-the-counter regulated: These are medications that you can get without a prescription, but for which you will have to inquire at a pharmacy counter.

Prescription: You need a prescription, and you need to inquire at the pharmacy counter.

Annoying, isn't it?

more than 4 years ago

Google Offering Print Versions of Online Books

Kehvarl Re:print? (147 comments)

Unless things have changed in the past five years, that's not entirely accurate. What actually happened was: for mass market paperback books (the most common type), we'd strip the covers in the store, sort the covers by publishing house (to mail back once we had enough to be worth the time), then the employees would typically pick through the coverless books and take a couple for personal enjoyment, then the rest went out with the trash.

The same process was applied to magazines, except that was happening a lot more frequently (we'd get a shipment of magazines at least once or twice a week).

With hardcover and trade paper books, the unbought stock was mailed back to the publisher, or swapped between stores depending on quantity, age, and need.

At the location where I worked there was only one dumpster, and absolutely no recycling went on aside from the store employees picking through the piles and taking what they wanted before the remainder was thrown out.

Of course, if you ever special order anything then someone from corporate would decide there was a market for it and restock the store once you bought your copy; this frequently meant that after I would special order some title for myself, we would have 2 or 3 sit on the shelves for months before we had to strip-cover and discard them. Print-on-demand would have been very nice for those sorts of purchase.

about 5 years ago

Police Swarm Bungie Office Over Halo Replica Rifle

Kehvarl Re:Ah, paranoia (746 comments)

Likewise. I don't own a gun, but that's not because I oppose gun ownership, it's because I haven't taken the time to first become competent with a gun and demonstrate my competence (in the form of taking the requisite gun-safety courses and obtaining a concealed-carry permit). Until such a time as I do that, I won't own a gun because I won't have demonstrated to myself the discipline needed to own that particular tool. I don't think every person needs a gun, but I also don't feel the least bit unsafe knowing that my neighbors are gun-owners and regulars at the range.

about 5 years ago

Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

Kehvarl Re:Dang! Things were just getting fun (756 comments)

I agree that one of the multitude of breeder reactor options (FBR, IFR, etc) seems to be a more effective way to go. I was attempting to point out that modern civilian reactors (light water pressurized reactors) are not the type that are run to produce weapon-grade plutonium or uranium. One of the reasons we have so much "waste" material out of them is due to that consideration, actually. The biggest issue with the waste fuel is that it would need to be reprocessed to be any use at all, either as fuel or for weapons; whereas the output from most breeders can be immediately reinserted into the reactor and "burned" to produce more energy.

more than 5 years ago

Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

Kehvarl Re:Dang! Things were just getting fun (756 comments)

Actually, the reason nuclear power isn't "clean" at the moment is because all the commercial power-producing reactors have been built with the overriding purpose of -not- producing anything like weapon-grade plutonium.
The biggest objection to breeder reactors is that they produce or "breed" fissionable material under normal operating conditions. Ideally in a breeder reactor this material would then be used as fuel to produce more energy and less highly-radioactive waste, but objectors like to note that it could be extracted and used in weapons instead.

more than 5 years ago

New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

Kehvarl Re:Pictures versus digital photos... (345 comments)

I think the point being made is: the photographs were created with the intention of being as faithful to the original paintings as possible without adding any new creative input. Doing that in photography is hard work, an incredible amount of time and expertise goes into the setup for the picture.

In the US, such a faithful duplication of a work that is in the public domain is also considered part of the public domain. The point isn't that the duplication was necessarily easy to perform, but that the duplication was performed with the minimum possible amount of new creative input so as to remain as faithful to the original as the duplicator could manage. This doesn't mean that any image that incorporates source material from the public domain is automatically impossible to copyright, but it does mean that in order to copyright it the new work would have to be something other than a maximally-faithful reproduction of the original.

You're right, the creation of the copies likely involved a significant expenditure of time and effort and requires a great deal of skill. However, in the US, the amount of effort required to do something has never been part of the test for whether a work can be copyrighted.

The fact that the portraits are in the UK, and the work was done by a UK photographer at the behest of a UK organization means that, in the UK, those works may be considered copyrighted. However the contention thus far has been: in the US they're not considered copyrighted.

more than 5 years ago

ACLU Sues DHS Over Unlawful Searches and Detention

Kehvarl Re:Why, oh why. [OT] (460 comments)

Wake me when the National Rifle Association stops defending handgun ownership. (Handguns are not rifles.)

It's nit-picky to be sure, but all modern handguns that I'm aware of are rifles (rifled barrel) as opposed to smooth-bores (no rifling). That said, the usage of "rifle" in common speech has come to mean "long barreled firearm intended to be fired from the shoulder".

more than 5 years ago

Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

Kehvarl Re:The marijuana crowd is retarded (709 comments)

you've successfully counterpointed my argument in an unbiased and technically correct way.

Sorry, I must be new here. :)

Joking aside, I had noticed that the other responses to your argument basically break down to "people are too lazy to grow their own, of course they'll pay for it." Which really didn't answer your main point, or make a lot of sense when you compare the opportunity costs once illegality is no longer an issue.

more than 5 years ago


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