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Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books

Samgilljoy Re:Prices (538 comments)

to which I should add, these functions are just carried out by staff whose salaries that are not astronomical. Believing publishers about how much these services cost is about as smart as taking pharma at their word, when they quote enormous research costs but refuse to tell you how much they spend on direct marketing to consumers.

more than 4 years ago

Murdoch Says E-Book Prices Will Kill Paper Books

Samgilljoy Re:Prices (538 comments)

Umm, the editor and proofreader are part of the publishing organization. It is not at all uncommon for $1 to go to the author of a book that sells for $14.95.

more than 4 years ago

How To Get a Job At a Mega-Corp

Samgilljoy Re:Nobody has thought of it (373 comments)

I agree with you, but you have no idea how many job seekers fuck all that shit up. It's painful.

more than 4 years ago

Novelist Blames Piracy On Open Source Culture

Samgilljoy Re:BZZZZT WRONG (494 comments)


And I, for one, would gladly sacrifice the 3 or 4 talented writers that pop up every year, if it meant we could be rid of the millions of wannabes and the writers of Moonlight fan fiction.

more than 4 years ago

Why Do So Many Terrorists Have Engineering Degrees

Samgilljoy Re:"Playing Nice" is Not Considered a Virtue (736 comments)

I think you're on the right track. What's interesting is that in other odd areas, e.g. the occult, fringe religious movements, etc., engineers are also extraordinarily common. I think in part this concerns personalities that look for simple answers to complex problems, but the reasons are not all negative. Most of these pursuits require an above-average intelligence, but they concern matters that an engineering education does not prepare one to tackle. So, a young engineer, whose life experience has yet to expand his intellectual horizons much, can pretty easily get caught up in a world view that ignores a myriad of other considerations and data.

In most cases, it's a phase, and let's face it, undergraduates and recent graduates of all disciplines are, well, idiots, but in situations where people are exploited by those who know how to limit a person's awareness and make it look like they are making their own choices by controlling what choices are available, we can get extremely negative results.

more than 4 years ago

Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing

Samgilljoy Re:Let's not leap to conclusions. (1079 comments)

True, it's not like a car full of middle-aged, affluent men have never griefed some guy with a lousy job, because they felt entitled to less inconvenience.

more than 4 years ago

Opera 10.10 Released, Includes New "Unite" Tech

Samgilljoy Re:Wow, Opera has what I call ambition... (262 comments)

Yep, 250 people. One should also keep in mind that the corp is a fully owned subsidiary of the foundation, and thus not the same sort of entirely profit-minded machine as a regular corp.

more than 4 years ago

Terminator Franchise To Be Auctioned Off

Samgilljoy Re:Does the state of California come with it? (256 comments)

It's not just the legislature; it's the stupid freaking proposition process. Time and again demagogues convince the ignorant populace to mandate a certain amount of spending on this or that. Often, annual increases in spending are mandated regardless of changing revenues. Just brilliant. So, at this point, about 85% of our budget is locked without any legislation. You simply cannot govern with so little control.

more than 4 years ago

Geocities Shutting Down Today

Samgilljoy Re:Too bad (396 comments)

They aren't just getting swamped by the mundane bs; SEO, especially the black flavor, tends to drown out many searches, unless your strings are really unusual.

more than 4 years ago

Judge Rejects Sheriff's Suit Against Craigslist

Samgilljoy Re:Idiot Sheriff Strikes Again! (121 comments)

Can I just ask, aren't most abuses that come in the form of lawsuits worded and represented by lawyers? Accordingly, how does being a lawyer make your lawsuit more worthy?

more than 4 years ago

What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

Samgilljoy Re:Where was this class for me? (1021 comments)

I had a SciFi reading class in my Sophmore Year of HS back in the 80's. Haven't thought about how fortunate I was until now. Of course, my HS was lousy overall, but we got to read Science Fiction and finish the course by watching Blade Runner. I even got to host the movie, seeing as I'd watched it 30 times by then.

I probably shouldn't mention that the girl who sat next to me was a stimulating class in many respects.

more than 4 years ago

Stargate Universe

Samgilljoy Re:is the world ready for another Star Trek series (829 comments)

I don't think implementation was Roddenberry's forté. He had a large number of rather vague and disconnected ideas about things.

I think Star Trek on television is pretty much dead. For all its cheeziness, DS9 was a real step forward, having embraced the concept of long story arcs. Enterprise just took things backwards and nosedived. The writers seemed to resent the idea of long story arcs or consistency. They constantly gravitated towards the episodic and attempts at striking moments.

more than 4 years ago

Initial Reviews of Google Wave; Neat, but Noisy

Samgilljoy Re:Echos thoughts of others after the demo (336 comments)

It's the way the information is structured. It's linguistic convention, and it has a point; it's not a matter of "social niceties." Information is transmitted in the way language is structured as well, and structure facilitates its reception.

More importantly you clearly have difficulty imagining any form of written communication other than the few you regularly come across. A single-page business letter that is magically attached to it's envelope for all time is one possibility. It's a rudimentary example.

more than 4 years ago

Google Wants to Map Indoors, Too

Samgilljoy Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (174 comments)

Googlebladder would come in handy. I'm also waiting for the day, when we check Google-RealTime-Full-BodyScans to determine pregnancy rather than having our women use test kits.

more than 4 years ago

Cosmic Ray Intensity Reaches Highest Levels In 50 years

Samgilljoy Re:No way... (263 comments)

I thought I already knew of most newage sewage, but this is an entirely new pile of wackiness. Well played.

more than 4 years ago

Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Samgilljoy Re:300 (1032 comments)

Sorry, but this is more pro-Persian propaganda. Even if the Persian Empire had been so terribly great and liberal, which it wasn't, modern Persians are not their inheritors.

It's actually more pathetic than Muslims referring back to their greatness of a few centuries past. You are reaching back thousands of years.

Quoting a translation of the Behistun inscription is also rather pointless. That said, if you think that makes an argument stronger, we should switch to quoting the original Old Persian, oh, and the Spartan and Athenian evidence in Ancient Greek. I'm certainly educated enough to handle both languages. How about you sport? You have an actual fucking clue there?

more than 3 years ago

AT&T Calls Google a Hypocrite On Net Neutrality

Samgilljoy Re:Sure, it's offending the spirit of the law, but (95 comments)

When Americans use it, they use the spelling of another dialect of English. It is not a matter of where they grew up, other than the fact that the mistake is more likely to occur, if they were brought near people who employ another dialect. It is not a free variant in the American dialect.

more than 4 years ago

Legal Group Says Unlimited Broadband Promotes Piracy

Samgilljoy Re:Jesus, he's right. (247 comments)


more than 4 years ago

DHS Ponders "Improving" Terrorism Alert System

Samgilljoy Re:Ancient Roman equivalent (320 comments)

Well, actually, the Parthians were the nuissance. The Persian Empire had long since fallen.

That said, the surname of the family that gave us the now deposed (and deceased) Shah of Iran, Pahlavi, is the Old Persian word for "Parthia."

more than 4 years ago

In Britain, Better Not Call It Bogus Science

Samgilljoy Re:Science versus quackery (754 comments)

A truly tremendous refutation, not so much a smack down as a tsunami rolling over a small island.

more than 4 years ago


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