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Amazon's eBook Math

KingOfBLASH Re:I like it. (258 comments)

I'd settle for textbooks available in ebook form on a common platform like kindle, as well as pricing them below $50.

13 hours ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

KingOfBLASH Re:Who cares? (230 comments)

YES!

There is no right to a game designed the way you would want to design it. Your right is to vote with your wallets. If the second companies instituted DRM everyone stopped buying their products, then companies would not see DRM as a valid business model.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

KingOfBLASH Re:5 options (112 comments)

Option 6: Slag the tablet. Data destruction assured

3 days ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

KingOfBLASH Re:Even better, reflect true cost of cell phones (77 comments)

But there's opportunity cost to committing for another 2 years.

And are you seriously telling me if she gets an iphone 64 GB 5S it's the same price as if she gets the $20 special?

5 days ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

KingOfBLASH Re:Great. A new excuse for providers to raise pric (77 comments)

Not true. When I go to the US (or travel) I buy a prepaid sim card for local calls.

Verizon is able to sell you a sim card for your iphone if you have a 5 or later. If you have a 4S, you are right, but it's been some years since that was state of the art.

It's cheaper for cell phone manufacturers to make 1 chip for all the bands, then have to retool for each different cell provider

5 days ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

KingOfBLASH Re:Great. A new excuse for providers to raise pric (77 comments)

Phones like the iPhone have the ability to use most american, european, asian, and FAIK african cell phone bands, for years now. Most high end android phones have similar abilities (and some allow multiple sims).

My iphone has never been unable to communicate on a region's network, and I travel a lot, My (unlocked) iphone has worked on all four continents mentioned. Quite a few places in America, most countries in europe west of Czech (and who'd want to go east of there), South East Asia, and Morocco (OK, not all of Africa).

Of course, maybe el cheapo brand cell phones might differ, but if you are paying $20 for a cell, who cares if you can unlock it and use it again?

5 days ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

KingOfBLASH Even better, reflect true cost of cell phones (77 comments)

True story:

My sisters's iphone screen broke. I asked her what she was doing with it, she said "Nothing, Apple wanted $100 to fix the screen but I just signed on for another contract with Verizon and got a free iphone."

This is how a lot of people think, and they're too naïve (or dumb) to realize the truth (no comment on sis). Her iphone is worth several hundred dollars, and if the phone is fixed for $100 she still comes out ahead. Verizon, meanwhile, will charge her more per month and actually, she's losing money on the deal.

5 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

KingOfBLASH Re:I'm doing my best to keep them afloat (168 comments)

I second that. I'm at 300+ books (although I have a tendency to buy professional reference materials that are $50+)

Kindle is awesome. Easy access to English language books (I live abroad, try finding the latest anything in Vietnam), it's searchable (great for reference books), and I own two kindles so I can keep an entire kindle of reference books in my desk without a huge footprint.

about a week ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

KingOfBLASH Re:One trillion becquerels (190 comments)

Not as bad as one million trillion microbecquerels.

Oh, wait....

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

KingOfBLASH Re:Customer service? (889 comments)

That's brilliant. Sir, I tip my hat to you.

about a week ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

KingOfBLASH Re:World War Z (167 comments)

The nice thing about ebola is it's not airborne, you need to actually touch someone's fluids to get ebola. So, it's completely avoidable, as opposed to airborne pathogens.

about a week ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

KingOfBLASH Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (154 comments)

These are quite small! You could easily jump off it I think.

What I'm waiting for is a BIG room like treadmill. Something you REALLY could move on as if you were in space

about two weeks ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

KingOfBLASH Re: There is only one "Solar system" (81 comments)

I come into the comments looking for someone modded up for actually explaining things, and THIS is the only thing modded +5?!?!?!?!?!?!?

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

KingOfBLASH Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

I share your hope but not your optimism. Disappearing over the Ukrainian/Russian border would be a remarkable coincidence. Then again, a remarkable coincidence started WWI, so...

Well it is also a remarkable coincidence this happens to Malaysia air -- who lost another Boeing 777 in March.

It's entirely possible the reason both flights are lost is the same. But, all is speculation until we hear more news

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

KingOfBLASH Re:Subscription Everything (87 comments)

For me, the intriguing thing is how often do I relisten to music?

There are some classic albums (e.g. Nirvana) that I literally have been listening to for decades.

But I think for the bulk of the music I buy, there is a window (depending on the album) of 1 - 6 months that I play it regularly.

Therefore, streaming services might be a better deal...

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

KingOfBLASH Re:Subscription Everything (87 comments)

How often do you reread books? Or listen to music over again? Or watch the same movie.

Fact is, an all you can eat plan is alluring because there's a lot of stuff we buy, use once, and can't do anything with. Sure, back in the day you could sell your used book to a book store, or swap them, but DRM is stopping that. It makes sense that people would prefer an all you can eat plan -- then the DRM becomes irrelevant, because you really don't own the content.

Of course some things you'd still rather own -- e.g. furniture. But I for one (who spend upwards of $100 a month on books) would welcome with open arms the chance to spend $10 for all the books I can read this month.

about two weeks ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

KingOfBLASH Who wants to bet... (151 comments)

...this thread erupts with first posts?

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

KingOfBLASH Re:Outfit (590 comments)

You're right. If we're really out to help women identify like all the people making excuses say, we should clad the new Thor in a burka, to make sure we're not objectifying her.

Personally, I don't understand why if they are looking for female charachters, why not dip into greek mythology? Artemis the huntress, for instance.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

KingOfBLASH Re:Tales of Asgard... (590 comments)

In related news, Odin will become a transgender drag queen with a flair for theatrics. Loki, however, will remain low-key.

Hats off to you sir, for the reference to American Gods, the best work of Neil Gaiman.

about two weeks ago

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Free GMail Invites

KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  more than 9 years ago

When I read slashdot, I will often see signatures with a line that reads "For a free GMail invite, do $silly_or_annoying_task." Since I have 5 available GMail invites, and no one I know seems to want them, I have decided to pose my own challenge to people looking for a gmail invite:

My username for GMail is the nick name for a charachter, Vautrin, from one of Honore de Balzac's books. If you know the nickname, and email it@gmail.com, and you're right, I'll send you a free gmail invite to your email address. This is a first come first serve basis, good luck!

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