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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

_UnderTow_ Re:No thank you. (87 comments)

You don't own the books, you never did.

I'm OK with this. In my opinion, ownership of books is overrated. There are pros and cons to physical ownership just as there are pros and cons to ebooks.

I have teenaged children that read a lot, and ebooks allow them to all read the same book on their phones/tablets at the same time. I've witnessed them argue about who gets to read a new physical book first, and I'm glad to sidestep that entire argument.

With ebooks I don't have to store the book. I can't lose it or leave it on the train I take to work every day. Yes, DRM sucks, but I still prefer ebooks to physical books. I also don't have a problem "buying" movies from iTunes. I then don't have to worry about storing a DVD, or getting a new DVD if the old one gets scratched or otherwise degraded. I don't have to hunt through a DVD binder looking for the movie I want to watch.

about 2 months ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

_UnderTow_ Re: Not France vs US (309 comments)

Would the cost of that be more or less than the current cost of incarcerating non-violent drug offenders?

about 2 months ago

The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

_UnderTow_ Re:Youtube's pretty good, though. (100 comments)

I messed with mine for about a day and a half before taking it apart and putting it back together in a solved state. I got my solving time down to just a few minutes that way.

about 5 months ago

Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

_UnderTow_ Re:Ability to design and write software... (581 comments)

So it's more accurate to say that some coal miners may be able to learn to code: Watch out for those blanket generalizations, they bite back.

If you actually RTFA, you'll see that Bloomburg didn't actually make the blanket generalization he's accused of, he was referring to exactly what you said here: Not all coal miners are fit to be programmers, so to say "just teach them to code and they'll all become programmers" smacks of elitism and a lack of understanding about how the non-tech world works.

To that end, Zuckerburg's quote sounds like it could have come straight from the mouth of Marie Antoinette.

More like "could have come straight from whoever originally said 'let them eat cake'".

about 5 months ago

Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

_UnderTow_ Re:Sooooo... (167 comments)


about 6 months ago

Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

_UnderTow_ Re:Fuck boy racers (262 comments)

Translation: "If most people weren't stupid, we could have nice things"

about 6 months ago

California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

_UnderTow_ Re:Compliance (374 comments)

I don't know what the BPPE requires with respect to compliance (article does not say in what way these places are not in compliance), but maybe I want that too. =Smidge=

I fully agree. While at first it sounds like a typical bureaucratic money grab, I'd like to see what laws they're violating before further rushing to judgement.

about 8 months ago

Memo To Parents and Society: Teen Social Media "Addiction" Is Your Fault

_UnderTow_ Congregating Alone? (271 comments)

Congregating Alone? How's that done?

about 9 months ago

Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

_UnderTow_ Truly a South African icon (311 comments)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Anit-Apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was found dead in his South Africa home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in this community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly a South African icon.

about 10 months ago

Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

_UnderTow_ Re:But the final warning! (526 comments)

Guaranteeing the fire just sounds like a simple engineering challenge.

about 10 months ago

Why Amazon Is Profitless Only By Choice

_UnderTow_ Re:"apex predators" (258 comments)

150 years ago, ....

...These same assholes ...

Well to be fair, I doubt they're the exact same assholes.

about a year ago

Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call

_UnderTow_ Re:I think we should "legal term" this guy (390 comments)

I was wondering the same thing. I wonder how fast his position on waterboarding would change if he was subjected to it for a while.

about a year ago

Barbarians At the Gateways

_UnderTow_ Re:Uh (321 comments)

I'm not involved with HFT in any way, just playing Devil's Advocate.

Insider Trading == using material non-public information to your advantage when buying / selling securities.

If the information inputs to the HFT algorithms are puplic (not sure if they are or not), wouldn't that make whatever was done with them NOT Insider Trading?

about a year ago

Gaming Legends Discuss Using Kickstarter For Their Next Projects

_UnderTow_ Re:Excessive greed. (112 comments)

When I see a wealthy person using kickstarter I just see greed and a complete lack of dedication to their own ideas and abilities.

Isn't it awesome how sweeping generalizations like that are so accurate?

about a year ago

Schneier: Metadata Equals Surveillance

_UnderTow_ Re:Metadata is the most important data (191 comments)

I don't think there's anything to be done other than put your head between your legs and wait for the wreckage of our country to come to a full and complete stop. People in general are too apathetic, there is no fixing this.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

_UnderTow_ Re:yawn (488 comments)

I have never seen a 'forced update' on an iPhone. They are ALWAYS optional.

about a year ago

Auction Houses To Be Removed From Diablo III

_UnderTow_ Re:I always thought Auction house is what make Dia (219 comments)

I completely agree with you, D3 lost its luster for me when I realized that getting good gear was trivial done by using the AH. Instead of caring about what dropped, the only metric that seemed to matter was gold farmed per hour.

1 year,4 days

Book Review: The Healthy Programmer

_UnderTow_ Re:calories consumed = calories needed (461 comments)

MyFitnessPal allows you to set your activity levels. When I started I chose 'Sedentary' and I left it there for the entire period of my weight loss, as I wanted to err on the side of caution.

about a year ago


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