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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

Paul Bristow Re:It's not JUST the Nook (330 comments)

Agree 100%. They did the same to me. Funny, since they closed down Fictionwise I have bought 0 books or magazines from B&N.

Are there Darwin awards for corporations?

about a year ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

Paul Bristow Fictionwise (330 comments)

B&N bought Fictionwise - a great E-Book web store that sold DRM-free electronic subscriptions. I subscribed to Asimovs Sci-Fi magazine for >10 years there, reading it in Palm (originally), EPUB and PDF formats. I bought hundreds of books as well. A year after buying it, B&N closed it down, and said I had to transfer to their DRM'd formats.

Now I don't buy anything from them. Idiots.

about a year ago
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What Is Your Favorite Way of Watching a Movie

Paul Bristow DontMakeMeSteal.com (409 comments)

You need to sign up to http://www.dontmakemesteal.com/ If enough of us do, perhaps the movie industry will take notice. Already the European Commission did (who regulates the entire online, TV and Cinema worlds in Europe), but they say they if they see 100k sign-ups they'll pay attention. Until then it's all ACTA and similar...

Up to you.

more than 2 years ago
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Animal Farms Are Pumping Up Superbugs

Paul Bristow Um, then stop it! (551 comments)

Seriously, if we are so stupid that we can't see how dangerous this is for our species we deserve to be wiped out in a horrendous antibiotic resistant plague.

Oh, wait...

###### no carrier ######

about 4 years ago
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Google Officially Brings Voice To Gmail

Paul Bristow Speech-mining? (179 comments)

Great. Now I'll get spam and google ads related to the content of my last few phone calls.

[calls Mum]

[next email]

"Hello, would you like a reminder service to tell you to make more phone calls?"

...hmm... not for me

more than 4 years ago
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Activision Wants Consoles To Be Replaced By PCs

Paul Bristow I don't care what activision wants (344 comments)

I don't have time to even try to run a gaming PC any more. Just too much hassle. And no - to those that say "it got easier with whatever version of windows is out now" - I don't care. I have more important things to do with my life than buy graphics cards costing more than a PS3 & Xbox combined and find the drivers for all the peripherals and make it all work. Been there, tried it, had numerous favourite games stop working because of Direct X blah de blah... Had an entire force feedback steering wheel stop working because drivers were no longer made. You won't catch me again. It's over...

more than 4 years ago
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Russians Claim More Climate Data Was Manipulated

Paul Bristow See the impact of co2 for yourself. (715 comments)

Forget 'explaining' it. Did they test it?

IE, take your chemicals (you know, CO2, argon, etc.) and stick them in a container, and test the impact that sunlight has on them. Figure it out, contrive something. simply observe.

It's such basic science that you can do it in your kitchen. Take a look at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8394168.stm and see a simple experiment you can replicate yourself

more than 4 years ago
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Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

Paul Bristow Re:step one (1354 comments)

I just came back from a conference in France including a maker faire element. Plenty of geeky/artistic women there, and you'll have a huge amount of fun. Just go with an open mind, and try things you wouldn't normally do. Another thing to try might be http://dorkbot.org/ - kinda hard to describe - they do "strange things with electricity" but another creative/tech mix. Take a look and see if there is a group near you.

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

Paul Bristow Re:Why do we have a problem with Gates? (841 comments)

Embrace, extend, extinguish.

Of course no-one would complain if it wasn't for the fact that Microsoft has probably caused each individual slashdotter many many man-hours (months? years?) of pain and anguish trying to make a stupid DOS|Windows|Win NT|Win95|Win98|Win2000|WinXP|etc... machine work as it should do. Hell I remember how difficult it was to get the Network edition of Windows 3.11 to do TCP/IP!!! Even if we abandoned Microsoft for more reliable alternatives, it continued to cause us pain because of friends and family who needed our help and we couldn't refuse.

I repeat, if Microsoft had made a reliable fast product (I still feel sad that OS/2 died), no-one would be complaining. So, yes, given that Gates was personally responsible for running the company that made many many hours of our lives a misery with a thoroughly mediocre OS, I would say quite a few of us have a problem with him for good reasons.

And no, having made your money as a convicted monopolist, spending it in a philanthropic way does not remove the reasons to dislike him. I am glad that, having made billions of dollars, he is spending it in this way, but I would much rather he hadn't made it in the first place, and just maybe, we would have had a very different software industry based on sharing of code and tools that people in the third world could have afforded to join.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface

Paul Bristow Re:Sci-Fi movies (449 comments)

You're right. I once used a sci-fi Novel by Brian Aldiss to prove that a concept wasn't new. For controlling with other appendages take a look at www.fufme.com - this has been around since the dot.com boom

more than 5 years ago
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ARIA Sells a Licence for DJs to Format Shift Music

Paul Bristow Re:Has the world gone bonkers? (239 comments)

I wish I held the cards. The world would be a different place :-) However, I have a deep and abiding suspicion that you are 100% correct.

more than 6 years ago

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