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Should Book Authors Pursue a Patronage Model?

Pearson Re:"Streaming" model would be nice (342 comments)

www.bookswim.com
Supposed to be coming out with an e-book version, too.

more than 2 years ago
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PayPal Freezes the Assets of Wikileaks.org

Pearson PayPal Regulation? (403 comments)

Is it too much to hope that this will bring Pay Pal to the attention of the US Government and finally get PayPal regulated as the bank it clearly is?

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Will Crowdsource Its Photos of Mars

Pearson Map the whole planet, please (66 comments)

I don't really get the point of this. The goal should be to map the entire surface of the planet using a system that maximizes each pass as much as possible. Crowd sourcing the poking around for interesting details is fine once you have those pictures, but people are only going to be interested in doing this for a short while. Having them work on low-res proxies for the short duration of their interest is failing to utilize their energy properly, imho.

What I'm saying is that if responding to user requests means failing to take as many useful pictures as possible, then that is a waste.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Will Star In New Dow Jones News Model

Pearson He's going to pay Google right? (95 comments)

"So Google -- which has never been in the content business -- will become the all-important vehicle that will deliver the punters to the Dow Jones walled garden of news."

So if I understand this correctly, after railing about how Google was leeching off of others without paying a dime, Hinton is now going to use Google for his own profit without paying Google a dime...

about 5 years ago
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Apple Shifts iTunes Pricing; $0.69 Tracks MIA

Pearson Let the market price them (429 comments)

I realize it makes too much sense for the RIAA to ever agree to it, but the prices should be based on demand. If a song gets downloaded a lot at $.99, then bump it to $1.29. If a song isn't getting downloaded, then drop the price to $.69. That way if a song becomes hot for some reason, they would get more money, and if a song is forgotten, the bargain shoppers will be more inclined to buy it (assuming you could search by price).

more than 5 years ago
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Design Software Giants Target the Unemployed

Pearson Smart Move (204 comments)

This actually makes sense. The most important thing for a software company to be successful is to have people who know how to use their software. Which is why student prices and Learning Editions exist. And there have been reports that some laid off workers are starting their own companies, so getting your software into the hands of those people would be a smart move, too.

more than 5 years ago
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Could the Internet Be Taken Down In 30 Minutes?

Pearson Mutant Porn! (289 comments)

But just think of all the possibilities of Mutant Porn!

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon.com To Accept Game Trade-Ins

Pearson Shipping costs (242 comments)

Although Amazon may pay $2.00 more per game, is that going to make up for the shipping costs to send them the disc and get the new one? I'd love to see some pressure on GameStop to pay more for used games, but I don't think $2.00 is going to be enough.

more than 5 years ago
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The Most Influential Games In History?

Pearson Re:No oldies (254 comments)

I was going to say Doom, since that was the one that changed gaming the most for me, but I only played it on a PC, and this list is console only.

more than 5 years ago
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What will Obama change most in the first 100 days?

Pearson Flip-Flopper (1026 comments)

"he took a look at the situation around him and altered his plans accordingly!"

Politicians have to be careful about any change in position (rational or not) for fear of getting the dreaded "Flip-Flopper" label. Obama still has quite a lot of good will, but by the next election some of that will have worn off, and I'm sure his Republican opponent will use the "Flip-Flopper" label frequently.

more than 5 years ago
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In the next 12 months, the Middle East will be ...

Pearson Re:I wish (1067 comments)

I know religion is a popular punching bag around here, but this type of behavior derives more from human nature than religion. We are pack animals and are most comfortable when we are able to form groups. I'm reminded of the short story by Dr. Seuss called "The Sneetches". People will always find some reason to feel they are better than others, even if that reason is completely ridiculous, and that sometimes leads to hostilities.

Of course, your feeling of superiority to anyone who is religious is not in any way related. :)

more than 5 years ago
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Birth of the Moon: a Runaway Nuclear Reaction?

Pearson Re:How Big the Earth, How Thin the Crust (355 comments)

The example I remember from school is that if the earth were an apple, the crust would be as thin as the skin of the apple. And we've never been able to drill all the way through even that "thin" skin.

more than 5 years ago
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Maryland Court Weighs Internet Anonymity

Pearson Re:You just got served by humor (409 comments)

"Anonymity actually is contributory to many disruptions and deteriorations in an ethical society."

I agree that it causes disruptions, but those disruptions are not always deteriorations. Any time there is oppression, there is a need for anonymity so that the oppressor's acts are brought to light (and hopefully remedied). Even in societies which consider themselves to be ethical there are oppressions both small and large.

more than 5 years ago
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The Trap Set By the FBI For Half Life 2 Hacker

Pearson Re:Charged in Germany anyway (637 comments)

"The article mentions that this trap failed. Apparently he suspected something."

If I recall correctly, the German authorities got wind of what the feds were going to do and took the hacker into custody instead.

more than 5 years ago
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A 3D Curve Sketching System For Tablets

Pearson Re:POP! (72 comments)

I don't think you are going to get a tablet PC that can touch a Wacom just yet. Also, I would suggest trying a Wacom before you buy, if possible. While many people think bigger is better (insert joke here), after actually using a Wacom, they usually find a smaller size fits their needs better. I've found the 6"x11" to be fine, while the 12"x12" was too big. The one you're talking about, the 12"x19" is actually about 25"x17", and almost 1.5" thick. That takes up a lot of desk space, and is probably too big for your lap.

more than 5 years ago

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