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Amazon's eBook Math

McKing Re:Corporate lies! (306 comments)

Amazon works very well for self-published authors. A lot of them went the traditional route and went self-published and made a crap-ton more money as self-published as they ever did, plus they retain the ownership of their own works.

about a month ago

Amazon's eBook Math

McKing Re:Amazon is right (306 comments)

That's Amazon's whole point. They have the data that shows that $9.99 is pretty much the sweet spot for "major label" authors, and 5.99-7.99 for all other authors. Publishers would make a lot more money if they priced the ebook at $9.99, but they have to protect their print sales so they generally price the ebook at $14.99 so that the $12.99 paperback looks attractive.

The other forgotten point in this discussion is that traditional publishing houses "cannabalize" their back catalogs and stop printing older paperbacks when they go out of print in order to promote their newer authors and/or new "bestsellers". Ebooks never need to go out of print so it doesn't make sense to do that, but they do it anyway. They drop a book for a while, and then reprint it right when the royalty deals with the author expires, extending the deal and their "ownership" of the copyright. It's pretty shady stuff.

Read it from the indie author's view:

about a month ago

Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

McKing Re:"unrealistic expectations of the Air Force" ? (122 comments)

That's the whole point. Every last one of these officers got above 90%, but the ones who (for example) got a 95% were promoted faster than the ones who got 93%. Answering one question wrong became at least a roadblock if not a career-killer, so they cheated to get 100%.

It like those "customer satisfaction surveys" that a lot of industries rely on. If you answer them correctly and accurately ("well they did the job adequately, no complaints so I give them 4 stars"), you are actually hurting the business or the customer service rep or the salesman. Anything less than "5-stars" becomes failure.

about a month ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

McKing Re:Libertarian nirvana (534 comments)

But the logical extreme of modern-day Libertarianism is Anarchism. We've pretty much tried every "-ism" on the books, both political and economic "-isms", and it's pretty clear from history that any "-ism", taken to its logical extreme, is a pretty bad thing that eventually collapses under its own weight and inevitable human greed and corruption. The best systems in place so far, are combinations that balance individual liberties with societies needs.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

McKing Re:launchd (533 comments)

And both systemd and launchd are inferior versions of SMF from Solaris.

about 4 months ago

Facebook To Begin Deploying Btrfs

McKing Unfortunately, the GPL-compatible ZFS ship has sai (115 comments)

...and the ship's owner is named Larry Ellison. How do you expect him to be able to afford enough Ole Doc Washington's Patented Yacht Oil to win the America's Cup if he gives nice things away for free??

about 5 months ago

Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

McKing I just learned about San Antonio's existing dark f (172 comments)

...and now it makes a lot of sense for Google to come here. Please, please, please come to our town and take advantage of this existing dark fiber! In the press release they even have a blurb from our Mayor about making sure all elementary schools have gigabit connections within the next 6 years.

about 6 months ago

Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees

McKing Re:Move to Austin? (373 comments)

Have you been to Austin lately? It's a lot different now that it was just 10 years ago. The only housing available is farther and farther away from the city center, and North, Central, and South Austin are like 3 different cities now. IH 35 is a parking lot most days, and it takes just as long to get over to the alternate routes like Mopac as it does to just gut it out and wait through the I35 traffic. Building a major city along a single stretch of highway with no real plans for expansion other than north and south was not a great idea.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

McKing Re:Music and muzack... (328 comments)

Alternative suggestion: Go to a concert. Most music is best experienced live.


about 8 months ago

Target Has Major Credit Card Breach

McKing Re:Glad I paid cash a few days ago (191 comments)

This is why I have 2 checking accounts: one for paying bills and one for daily spending. I direct deposit my paycheck in the billpay account, pay all of my months bills at the beginning of the month, and then as I need to spend money I transfer the amount from billpay to spending and use my debit card. This way there is only like $20 in the spending account (for emergencies like gas or something) and if someone gets my card then they can't spend up my entire paycheck at once.

about 8 months ago

Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January

McKing Re:Yet another company holding customers hostage (260 comments)

I get good products and great service from Google (search, Gmail, Chrome, and my Nexus 4). No one is "holding me hostage" to force my loyalty. That loyalty is freely given, even with the knowledge that all of my interactions with Google are tracked and stored somewhere. Every other provider of these services would track, analyze, and use this data anyway, and even if Google has shown itself to be a corporate entity with corporate goals sometimes, that doesn't mean that they have broken their "don't be evil" mission. You can be "not so good" sometimes without being "evil".

about 10 months ago

Movie Review: Ender's Game

McKing Re:It's a shame homophobephobes won't see it (732 comments)

To paraphrase what Mark Sisson said about marathons: "Everyone should read Moby Dick twice in their lives. Once to prove that they can finish and again to beat their time from the first one." Actually screw that. Just slog through it once and leave it alone after that. Moby Dick is only great literature because it is one of the first true adventure novels and because it is written, as the GP point out "in some old modern English that makes you feel all educated and smart when you read it". I wholeheartedly agree with this statement.

about 10 months ago

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel Cells Are 'So Bull@%!#'

McKing Re:Hydrogen is indeed quite dangerous... (479 comments)

A friend of mine was really interested in hydrogen as a fuel source for cars, to the point that he converted one of his half-dozen 80's Honda hatchbacks to a hydrogen-powered vehicle. He was a huge fan of hydrogen, until the day that he was working on his car and didn't realize that a fuel line had developed a pinhole leak and caught fire. Since the flame was invisible and he had no reason to be alarmed he reached into the engine compartment to work on something and passed his hand straight through the flame. It was only like a 1/2 second before he realized that his hand was burned and he yanked it out (seriously, it was like he smelled his hand burning before the pain hit).

about 10 months ago

Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

McKing Re:three? (729 comments)

L+R used to be the third button click when mice only had 2 buttons.

about a year ago

Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

McKing Re:GNOME: We don't want Microsoft to have all the (729 comments)

Shocking, I know, but all scroll wheel mice are three button mice. If you click down on that scroll wheel instead of scrolling it, you get the third button click.

about a year ago

Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

McKing Re:New look, not sure I like. (233 comments)

I looked at my wife's iPhone 4 after she upgraded to iOS7 and I was actually shocked at how bright and saturated all of the colors were on the home screen. It was actually kind of painful to look at.

about a year ago

Steve Ballmer's Big-Time Error: Not Resigning Years Ago

McKing Re:Vista (357 comments)

Windows 8 actually isn't that bad. If you knew me in person, you would be totally suprised. I've been a big Linux user and anti-MS person for years. Had to use Windows 7 for the last few years at work, and for the last few months have used Windows 8 as my primary workstation. To me it seems like (other than the Metro start page) Windows 7 with a few cleaned up features like the new Task Manager. The amount of time I spend using any of the Metro UI: less than 1%. I don't even notice it any more, since I just hit the Windows key and type the name of the app I am looking for. I mostly spend my time in Remote Desktop into various 2008 and 2012 servers.

I use the same apps I always have (RDP, Outlook, Office, etc..) and I really don't see what the big deal is that the Start menu is now a Start page. To me it seems like they stole the Start page idea from Gnome 3.

1 year,6 days


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