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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

asjk Heard on NPR (121 comments)

When Fitzgerald died in 1940 in Hollywood, his last royalty check was for $13.13. Remaindered copies of the second printing of The Great Gatsby were moldering away in [publisher] Scribner's warehouse.

World War II starts, and a group of publishers, paper manufacturers, editors [and] librarians get together in New York. And they decide that men serving in the Army and Navy need something to read. ... They printed over 1,000 titles of different books, and they sent over a million copies of these books to sailors and soldiers serving overseas and also to [prisoners of war] in prison camps in Japan and Germany through an arrangement with the Red Cross.

The greatest distribution of the Armed Services Editions was on the eve of D-Day. Eisenhower's staff made sure that every guy stepping onto a landing craft in the south of England right on the eve of D-Day would have an Armed Services Edition in his pocket. They were sized as long rectangles meant to fit in the servicemen's pockets. (Her assertion was it was this service which reintroduced American's to Gatsby)

--Maureen Corrigan talking about her book, So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

about two weeks ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

asjk Re:Or maybe, you know... (138 comments)

From the abstract,

adjustment for potential confounders such as sleep duration, alcohol intake, physical activity, and current smoking

about 4 months ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

asjk Re:LOL (135 comments)

It's a virtual virtual headset!

No, it's literally a virtual headset. Virtuous (or righteous)

about 5 months ago
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Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable

asjk executives will be shocked and outraged (70 comments)

My prediction is the executives of any compromised oil rigs, refineries and power plants will assure us they will not stop until they bring to light any shortcoming that caused any resultant catastrophe. They will go on to say that no one could have foreseen this happening and they are laser focused on keeping our infrastructure safe.

about 6 months ago
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Analyst Calls Russian Teen Author of Target Malware

asjk A national shame on our government and capitalism (107 comments)

This is embarrassing if true. For me the target of ire is much closer to home. It has been said that the free market will produce the best product. Isn't it also true that we should deserve the national defense that we buy? Haven't these transgressions happened often enough now that our economic institutions should have more secure systems that protect the consumer from intrusions? How about the money spent on government surveillance? Shouldn't they secure us from threats that compromise enterprise and privacy? We should learn from the laboratories of other democratic societies to inform our transition to a system of capital exchange that is more appropriate of a world superpower. Securing our boarders also means safe money transfers.

about 8 months ago
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Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar

asjk Greasing the wheels is called something else here (282 comments)

It's called picking winners and losers. Perhaps otherwise the next winners might happen in other countries first. Is capitalism the best path to making that choice?

about 10 months ago
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Amazon Debuts Multi-Platform Indie Games Store

asjk Re:No mention of linux anywhere (67 comments)

I feel your pain AC, even if you're being facetious. There is one Mac "game" listed, Second Life. If that isn't a giant middle finger then I'll go spit on Steve's grave ~Praise be the Jobs~.

about a year ago
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2013 Nominees For Hobby Gaming's Top Prize

asjk thanks a lot! (29 comments)

Now I've lost an hour watching Wil Wheaton's TableTop. Seriously, it was delightful. Funny thing is I saw his picture on the website (my first time seeing him in a while) and wondered why I was looking at Fawkes--a character, I was surprised to find out, he played in The Guild.

about a year ago
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Predicting Color Blindness, ADD, or Learning Disorders From Game Data

asjk anecdotal? (65 comments)

This "11-person team, primarily comprised of 20-somethings developers" contends they " can tell if you are a girl or buy, smart, dumb, old and youngcan tell if you’re a gambler or not, if a kid is color blind and confusing red and green. All this, just from a game." One has to believe that they have made numerous observations and reached conclusions but almost certainly they lack lengthy verifiable experiments to establish efficacy. I don't doubt that much they say can be shown to have value, there just needs to be more scientific rigor applied. The article is short on descriptions of what data they are seeing and how this relates to their assertions.

more than 2 years ago
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After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?

asjk compensation and improvement considerations (813 comments)

Just some thoughts and raw data. Respecting everyones' adulthood to discuss facts.

First from a Eurelectric PDF is the subject of compensation:

Finland

Compensation is paid after an application is filed by the customer. The compensation is based on the duration of the outage and the annual network fee.

United Kingdom

Functional demands are defined for normal operating and weather conditions and three different categories of abnormal conditions. At normal operating and weather conditions, 99.5 % of the customers should be reconnected within 18 hours. Outages >18h give a compensation of £50 for households and £100 for other customers. The Netherlands

For unplanned outages more than 4 hours the network company has to compensate household customers €35, small companies €910 and large industries €0.35 per kW subscribed power up to €91000.

Ireland

For unplanned outages, the network company guarantees reconnection within 24 hours. Customers without supply for more than 24 hours are compensated with €65 for households and €135 for companies. For each additional 12- hour interruption, €35 is paid additionally.

France

According to a 2001 law, all customers have a right to compensation. From 6 hours outage and for each following 6-hour period the transmission and distribution companies pay compensation corresponding to 2 % of the fixed annual charge.

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And next, on improvements. Here in the U.S. here is information from a PDF from Galvin Power.org

In the early 1990s, Naperville’s municipal utility was not performing well and the city council held a vote on whether to sell it to the larger, area-wide utility. At this time, three or four customer outages per year were common. The sale was defeated by onlyone vote in the city council and the municipal utility leadership decided instead to pursue perfect power reliability without raising costs. They started applying the concepts behind what is today known as Six Sigma or quality improvement. Over a period of almost 20 years, the local grid was transformed into one of the most reliable suburban grids in the country — without raising rates.

Primen. (2001). The Cost of Power Disturbances to Industrial and Digital Economy Companies. Consortium for Electric Infrastructure to Support a Digital Society. Madison: EPRI.

Galvin Electricity Initiative. (2010, April). Naperville Case Study. Retrieved from Galvin Electricity Initiative

more than 2 years ago
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The Second Moons of Earth

asjk Re:Temporarily captured? (92 comments)

Great explanation. The relevent section is found in the PDF: 3.6 Orbit characteristics and residence-time distributions for temporarily-captured orbiters. Quoting in part "A geocentric two-body orbit is not adequate for describing the motion of TCOs even for relatively short time periods".

more than 2 years ago
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Saving Gas Via Underpowered Death Traps

asjk FATALITIES in 2010 at LOWEST LEVEL since 1949 (585 comments)

Please see the DOT document entitled TRAFFIC FATALITIES IN 2010 DROP TO LOWEST LEVEL IN RECORDED HISTORY. I submit that the disparity in vehicle length, weight and power has never been higher than today. In the past car sizes were more uniform as compared to today's Smart car/Escalade match up, not to mention double length trailers. The above document shows that fatalities have decreased over time. My question is, how are these data explained? Even if we started in the decade when seat belts and airbags appear it seems apparent that the difference in fuel economy won't automatically mean more deaths.

more than 3 years ago

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Giant database of school children. What could go wrong?

asjk asjk writes  |  about a year and a half ago

asjk (569258) writes "The database includes millions of children and documents their names, addresses, disabilities and other statistics and demographics.Federal law, the article reports, allows for files to be shared with private companies. This, it is further reported, is already underway."
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