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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Stormy Dragon Re:No, wait, do-over! (95 comments)

There certainly is an anti-trust issue here, but it's on the Hatchette side, not the Amazon side:

E-book price fixing settlements rolling out

In December, a judge approved settlements involving book publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin after a federal court ruled they conspired with Amazon rival Apple. In the lawsuit, the Justice Department claimed Apple conspired with book publishers to fix prices in order to thwart a discount initiative from Amazon.

Hatchette is now trying to reinstate the price-fixing it just got fined $69 million over via other avenues. And of course all the usual idiots are falling for the "Ooo, Amazon evil!" propaganda because Hatchette is the publisher for a lot of high power media personality who can go on TV and pretend this is all about "the little guy" rather than padding thier own pockets.

2 days ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

Stormy Dragon Wait? (91 comments)

You mean Ringling Brothers ISN'T actually the greatest show on earth?

3 days ago
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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Stormy Dragon Putin... (109 comments)

...immeditately declared that the temple was obvious built by Russians and demanded Ukraine return it.

3 days ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Stormy Dragon Speeding Tickets as Revenue (397 comments)

The use of speeding tickets for revenue necessarily depends on spotty enforcement. You need lot of people willing to risk a ticket because they think they're unlikely to get caught. The problem with speeding cameras then is that they catch everyone; if they want to increase revenue, they need to make the cameras so they only issue a ticket for every 20th car they catch speeding or something like that.

4 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Stormy Dragon Re: So? (396 comments)

If you compare most active male to least active female, is the difference because of male v. female or because of most active v. least active? The comparison, as stated, is completely useless for drawing any conclusions.

4 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Stormy Dragon So? (396 comments)

During one week, the most metabolically active male burned an average of 3,450 calories per day, while the least metabolically active female expended 1,475 calories per day.

And this comparison is useful to point out because.... ?

5 days ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

Stormy Dragon Re:So don't use mice or rats for experiments. (154 comments)

They still recieved water without doing the test, just not as much. By your logic, if someon offers pizza to help them move, they're forcing me to help them.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

Stormy Dragon Re:So don't use mice or rats for experiments. (154 comments)

If you RTFA, they are getting their consent:

Subjects initiated each trial by poking their nose into the center port of a three-port chamber. A narrow-band sound was presented for 100 ms indicating the location of reward.

If they didn't want to participate in the testing, they were free to do so by not sticking their noses in the start port.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Stormy Dragon Re:That's nothing! (276 comments)

Don't forget that time the gave it to Al Gore for doing a really awesome job on his Powerpoint slides.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Stormy Dragon Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

You're confusing "Right to Work" with "At will emplyment". This is understandable since most states that are right to work are also at will employment states, but strictly speaking the two are distinct.

about three weeks ago
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They Might Be Giants "Dial-a-Song" Returns, Online

Stormy Dragon Re:They may be giants, (29 comments)

De gustibus non est disputandum

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Observe the Majorana Fermion, Which Is Its Own Antiparticle

Stormy Dragon Re:So... (99 comments)

Yes, you got the reference. =P

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Observe the Majorana Fermion, Which Is Its Own Antiparticle

Stormy Dragon So... (99 comments)

...It's finally come to this.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Stormy Dragon Problem with this whole issue... (724 comments)

...everyone is acting like their side is the good guys and the other side is the bad guys, when it increasingly seems like it's the bad guys vs. the bad guys.

It's like being a Ukranian in 1941 and having to choose between fighting for Germany or Russia.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Stormy Dragon Re:If Ebola cross-mutates with the (475 comments)

The rabies virus and the ebola virus aren't even in the same taxonomic family. It's like worrying that humans might start cross breeding with rats because they're both plesiadapiformes.

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Stormy Dragon Re:Wait for it... (153 comments)

Most carriers don't count wifi usage against the data cap, so this seems a bit paranoid.

about three weeks ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Stormy Dragon Re:View from the Suburbs (385 comments)

Which is what makes it so weird. Since you end up paying for it anyways, why not just contract with a commercial trash hauler directly rather than paying a huge administrative overhead for a bunch of municipal employees to do it?

about a month ago

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