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Have eBooks Peaked?

ODiV Re:A drop in growth! (323 comments)

It's crazy how everyone looks at business these days. If you're not experiencing explosive growth then your company is dying, sorry.

about a year ago

UC Berkeley Asking Incoming Students For DNA

ODiV Your personalized DNA results (468 comments)

test results will help students make decisions about their diet and lifestyle.

Your test results have shown that you would benefit most from a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

more than 4 years ago

Court Rules Against Vaccine-Autism Claims Again

ODiV Re:Inconceivable! (416 comments)

Oh my god! You've figured it out!

The obvious thing to do here is listen to what the medical community says, and then do the exact opposite!

I anxiously await your findings.

more than 4 years ago

Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

ODiV Re:yes (1049 comments)

The trouble with this approach is that it's prone to misunderstanding. People are used to seeing the name of the recepient before the @.If you're applying with a company/HR that doesn't know what you're doing, then they wonder why you seem to be claiming to be them. Or they look at the address and say, ", that can't be right. He must be confused."

more than 4 years ago

Sum of my now-open windows, desktops, terminals:

ODiV Re:Who is choosing 1? (258 comments)

Well, it might be.

more than 4 years ago

Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome

ODiV Possible power source? (456 comments)

Could you use the upward lift to generate power for the city?

more than 4 years ago

This Hallowe'en ...

ODiV It's way cheaper... (709 comments) the long run to get candy at the store while picking up condoms.

more than 4 years ago

The Kindle Killer Arrives

ODiV Re:Steam-like store needed (542 comments)

Nice, thanks. Now we just something for Canada, I guess.

more than 4 years ago

The Kindle Killer Arrives

ODiV Steam-like store needed (542 comments)

What we need is sellers like Steam, Gamers-Gate, and Good Old Games for the ebook market. Give me weekend deals, give me surprise specials on publishers, give me a discount if I buy an author's entire catalog. From what I've seen, there's little incentive to go ebook over dead-tree. They should be taking advantage of the low cost of distribution and selling as much as they can. If I can't get it for cheap online then I'm either going to pick it up used or from a library, I'm guessing neither of which profits them as much as if I get it directly.

I don't mind Steam-like DRM. Make it easy to use and make sure it WORKS and people will love it. There are customers now who try to buy on Steam whenever possible, sometimes even when the same product available elsewhere with no DRM and at a lower price.

That's not to say I wouldn't prefer something like RTF. Good Old Games is selling tonnes (how many bits are there in a gram?) of games DRM-free and are constantly adding to their catalog. There was nothing stopping me from pirating Fallout 2, but I bought it from GOG anyway because it was cheap enough to be a no-brainer. Older books, discounted, and DRM-free in a GOG-type store would be great and would make a lot of money.

Unfortunately, ebooks are more likely to go towards the Microsoft XBOX Live store model. Sales are rare and often lame. Microsoft just added the ability to buy XBOX 360 games online. The main problem is, it's twice or three times as expensive as picking up a physical copy.

more than 4 years ago

Wearable Computer With Lightweight HUD

ODiV Re:Resolution (150 comments)

The iPhone resolution is half that, and it's doing fairly well, last time I checked.

I think you need to redefine what you think of when you see the word "computer".

more than 4 years ago

English DJ Claims Wi-Fi Allergy

ODiV Re:why does he need a 'wi-fi detector'? (515 comments)

Apparently him sensing it causes "dizziness, confusion and nausea". Maybe his sensor has a longer range than his "allergy"?

There's a lot of things in this article and this condition to be skeptical of, but I don't think this is one of them.

more than 4 years ago

White House Joins Facebook, MySpace, Twitter

ODiV Re:More communication != more accountability. (144 comments)

Yeah, that's a really good point.

Look at the whole WMD in Iraq debacle.

Maybe someone with a little more clout than The Daily Show needs to be confronting these guys. Someone who can bring about actual consequences would be a start.

more than 5 years ago

White House Joins Facebook, MySpace, Twitter

ODiV More communication = more accountability? (144 comments)

If the Whitehouse is putting more down in writing, on the Internet where it can easily be archived and searched through, will this lead to greater scrutiny from the public? Will they be more likely to be called on their backtracking?

Or, more likely, will they just make sure to never say anything of substance?

more than 5 years ago

I saw Watchmen, and I thought ...

ODiV Re:My no spoilers review. (523 comments)

"The guy" also wants nothing to do with the film versions of anything he writes.

It could very well be that the finished film is closer to his original intentions, but 1) he will in all likelihood never find out and 2) I'm under the impression he would argue vehemently against that statement.

I just found your comment hilarious because he's been portrayed as very critical of film adaptations.

more than 5 years ago

I saw Watchmen, and I thought ...

ODiV Re:My no spoilers review. (523 comments)

...the movie is probably closer to what the author originally wanted.

Okay, I need to see that again to be sure.
...the movie is probably closer to what the author originally wanted.

Yep. Still hilarious.

more than 5 years ago


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