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Sasayaki (1096761) writes "News.com.au reports that the 4.4 release of the popular Android mobile operating system will be named after a brand name food, Kit Kat. This comes as a surprise, given that most pundits had suspected that the "K" iteration of the operating system, each version typically named after a dessert food, would be named Key Lime Pie.
Google and Hershey Co. are already working together to cross-promote the two brands, with special Android-branded Kit Kat bars and promotional tie-ins." Link to Original Source top
Sasayaki writes "Hugh Howey's Wool, the self-published sci-fi story that's made him the best selling Indie sci-fi author of 2012 and currently the best selling sci-fi author on Amazon.com, has found its way into the hands of Ridley Scott (director of Alien, Prometheus and others)... who loved it. Rumour is the Hollywool movie will be coming to cinemas in 2013 or 2014. With Fifty Shades of Grey and now Wool getting the attention of Hollywood, it's clear the self-publishing revolution is here to stay." Link to Original Source top
I'm a software engineer who's always had a passion for writing, a passion usually expressed in various play-by-email and text-based RPGs throughout the years. I've decided to turn my hand to writing a science-fiction novel, but now it's done and on the Kindle store I have to ask... how do you appeal to the sci-fi crowd, who generally rely on word of mouth to learn about what's hot and what's not?
I'd love to just say, "the story is good on its own merits give it time", but that's not good enough if nobody knows about it... has anyone had any success stories they wanted to share, or any advice?" Link to Original Source top
Sasayaki writes "I've recently self-published a naturalistic sci-fi book called Lacuna: Demons of the Void. I want to encourage fan-fiction and reader participation as much as I can while still offering the book for sale.
However, in light of stories like this, if my book becomes popular (okay, it's no Star Wars, but it's good!) I want my younger, more idealistic self to protect my audience from my older, more possessive self.
I've already released the firstthreechapters and prologue under CC-NC-ND, and a CC-NC-SA licenced universe bible is in the works to help fan-fiction authors and the like, but how can I do more?
Additionally, the Creative Commons licences seem to be a poor fit for what I'm trying to do, since they seem to apply to whole works instead of characters, plots and universes. Is there something better I can use? How can I do the right thing here?" Link to Original Source top
Music From "You Wouldn't Steal A Handbag"... Stole
Sasayaki writes "Everyone knows that anti-piracy clip played on every home DVD, with its distinctive music, comparing media piracy to stealing a handbag, a car, etc.
It turns out the music used for that clip, written by Melchior Rietveldt, is not authorized for that use and was created for a small Indy film festival on behalf of BREIN, a Norweign anti-piracy group. He did not authorize its broader use and now seeks to recover approximately €1 million (at least) in potential lost revenue." Link to Original Source top
Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Steve Jobs Fun
Sasayaki writes "The Star Trek Play By E-mail group Starbase 118 recently conducted an interview with David Mack, author of numerous Trek novels and associated works. The interview includes information on how to be a professional writer ("Marry someone rich"), how to write villains, and gives insight into the world of writing for Star Trek." Link to Original Source top
Sasayaki (1096761) writes "I'm a software engineer working a technical support job (in a small town I don't have much choice) and one issue that comes up over and over again is our clients putting our 'Remote Assistance' web addresses into the Google Toolbar, apparently unable to tell the difference between it at the address bar despite clear verbal instructions via telephone. Has anyone else encountered this? Since our clientbase is extremely varied and often completely inflexible regarding change, removing the toolbar is not an option.
On a broader topic, is the "Google is the Internet" attitude a unique issue regarding browser layout or is it symptomatic of how computers have become so important to modern life that nearly everyone must have one to survive, even those who have absolutely no skill or desire to use them?" top
Sasayaki (1096761) writes "After it was revealed that the.net update to Firefox pushed through Windows Update left the browser vulnerable, Windows users today discovered that their browser had automatically disabled and blocked that addon (you could 'opt-in' again if you wanted). An interesting move- will Microsoft take it laying down?" Link to Original Source top
Sasayaki writes "I recently purchased a Compaq Presario C500 notebook in Brisbane, Australia which came bundled with Microsoft Windows Vista. However, I wish to install Ubuntu as my Operating System. To that end I wish to reject the Windows Vista EULA which is presented to me when I turn on said notebook, yet I find there is no way for me to do so; when the EULA is displayed to me in the "Set Up Windows" stage of installation, I am presented with what I interpret to be a standard Vista EULA and then a second HP EULA. There is no obvious way to refuse either of these license terms; the only options I am presented with are two checkboxes (one for each EULA) and a greyed out button labelled 'Next'.
The two checkboxes read: "I accept the license terms (required to use Windows)" and "I accept the license terms (required to use your computer)". Reading the second (HP specific) EULA carefully, it makes it clear that I cannot use this laptop without agreeing to the Vista EULA. Specifically,
".... YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS EULA. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THESE LICENSE TERMS, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO RETURN THE ENTIRE UNUSED PRODUCT (HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE) WITHIN 14 DAYS FOR A REFUND SUBJECT TO THE REFUND POLICY OF YOUR PLACE OF PURCHASE."
Naturally (since I still have the notebook) I still have not accepted the terms of the EULA.
I crawled Microsoft's website at www.microsoft.com, searching for some recourse for myself and those like me who wish to reject the EULA and receive a refund on the Microsoft Vista Operating System when I do not agree to the EULA's conditions, but did not find anything (unsurprisingly). Can any slashdotters offer any suggestions where I might go to receive said refund?"