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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

dk20 Re:E-Books... [shudder] (112 comments)

As someone who is into ebooks... i see your point and unfortunately you are misting a few negatives:

- Publishers ability to remove books (amazon, 1984).
- Inability/restrictions sharing a e-book, which is artificial and the real "paper" book doesnt have this issue.
- Many ebooks actually cost more then the paper version.
- Some publishers demand library's repurchase ebooks to account for the fact the paperback would have worn out.

3 days ago

2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

dk20 Re:Stupid metric system (140 comments)

" 0 degrees Fahrenheit is really cold, about the coldest that one can stand by simply bundling up, without having to resort to special clothing. 100 degrees Fahrenheit is pretty hot, about the hottest that one can stand without having to take special precautions with hydration and attire. By contrast, -18 degrees Celsius and 37 degrees Celsius aren't terribly intuitive.

" Perhaps that is simply because you are not use to Celsius?
0F was suppose to be the coldest Fahrenheit could get. He used brine of ammonium chloride and marked this as "zero". I suppose based on your statement that -18C and 37C are not intuitive means you are very familiar with ammonium chloride brines?

Next, 32F is the temperature with a mix of 1:1 ice and water and based on this he was able to determined water boils at 212F.
0C is really easy to understand, it is the temperature at which water freezes. not ammonium chloride, not water at +3ATM, plain water. In Celcius, water boils at 100C, again plain water, boiling and again something that is common and easy to understand.

So in short, ammonium chloride's freezing point = Intuitive Water's freezing point not intuitive?

"SI also lacks a good equivalent to the Foot. Decimeters are only about 4" long, and meters are over 3' long, so nothing in between. "

Why does it need an "equivalent" when it is not the same system? Instead of saying "one foot" you can simply say "30CM" You are trying to take the old imperial system and look for a metric equiv but since the systems were constructed differently no such equivalence exists.

You obviously were raised on the Imperial system and you understand this but to people raised on metric the imperial system is equally odd.

" SI reminds me of hyperinflated currencies, where the units don't align well with real-world uses. I like the idea of base-ten conversion given our current numbering system, but the scales are off. "

Not sure how SI/SAE relate to hyperinflation, suspect you are misusing the analogy.

about two weeks ago

Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

dk20 Re:Who gives you the right? (167 comments)

"we invade China, fool."
Name calling, the last resort to win an argument?

". If it isn't moral, I don't suggest doing it"
Morals, something that is HIGHLY subjective.

"I don't get why people are so offended when others provide a tool that people can use to bypass censorship. "
Because those tools violate the laws of another sovereign nation. If they built the tools it would be one thing, but this is an attempt to subvert them.
If china implements a death penalty for being caught with such tools would you still be happy?

about two weeks ago

Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

dk20 Re:Who gives you the right? (167 comments)

"Such censorship is horrible, and I think providing tools that people can choose to use to get around it is perfectly okay."

It is good when a few people band together and express how their view is correct at the expense of others. Lets look up the "Temperance movement" shall we?
A few thought it would be a good idea to ban alcohol, after all it is bad for you. How did that work out? Was it the "right" thing to do?

Here is a thought, perhaps some level of censorship is a good thing, especially when you are trying to manage a country of 1.3BLN. Given the crime rates and such in the US with 300 million i am not sure the "US" model can easily be applied to other nations. You have to look at the history and context of those nations before trying to apply a "one size fits all" model. Can you picture the size of the Chinese prison system if China had incarceration rates the same as what can be found in the US? Clearly the Chinese can not adopt "western" models for some aspects of its society.

Please explain the "war on drugs".
Censorship is "horrible" but putting people in jail because they chose to smoke a plant is totally OK right? After all the law says that plant is against the law but tobacco (another plant) is not? Your government (assuming you are American) has a rich history of not sharing things with you, being dishonest with you, etc. All governments do, so is it OK?

" China *choose* to use this software of their own fucking volition"
Lets say that "fully automatic MP5's" are not against the law in my country, can i sell them to you? You should be free to choose to buy them on your own right?

If Coke is not against the law in my country, why are you arrested for buying it in yours?

Lastly, food for thought. Why does it matter what the Chinese government does so much to its people?

Prostitution and pornography are also illigial in China, should you push your views on those and encourage them to change their rules because you disagree with them?

Are other nations free to create tools to violate US laws or is this a one-way street thing?

about two weeks ago

Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

dk20 Re:Not my job (167 comments)

How many Chinese VISA's do you have stamped on your passport?
Let me guess, you don't even have a passport, let alone been there?
Let me give you a quick hint of life in China. They are more concerned with making some money and improving their life then worrying about "the great firewall".
Is China a perfect place? Far from it.
Do the Chinese have bigger concerns then "the great firewall" going on in, you bet.

You do realize the state controls both the TV and newspapers right? This is something that impacts far more then the few that can afford computers and internet access.

about two weeks ago

Patents That Kill

dk20 Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

Here is a citation:

In the article Patent Protection Strategies (J Pharm Bioallied Sci), Gupta et al., discuss several of these strategies and examples of companies using them. Creating new, more efficacious formulations of drugs is a very common strategy to extend pharmaceutical patent life. Lilly created a new once weekly formulation of Prozac when it faced pharmaceutical patent expiration. BMS redesigned a once daily long acting version of metformin known as Glucophage XR when it faced pharmaceutical patent expiration.

I don't believe the old patent just "expires" since it is the base for the new one.

about three weeks ago

Patents That Kill

dk20 Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

Dont forget the magical "reformulation" trick to extend the terms as well. "this is not the same drug, this is the super-time-release formula model 29" and should be treated as a new drug with a new term.

about three weeks ago

China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

dk20 Re:Google Plus is blocked in China (64 comments)

If it is blocked, how did he use it to apologize?

Food for thought: What makes you think they want to sell them to the west, or that they even can? Anything you have ever purchased from China was most likely via a "middle man" (made in China, sold to you by a non-Chinese company under their label). Go ahead, list off a few Chinese manufacturing firms you purchased products from.

In china, there are two markets. Made in China for sale in China, and Made in China but for export. If this is some "made in china for sale in china" why do they care what the west says? Why does the west care to "catch them"?

Lastly, perhaps "the west" should focus on catching the data theft and other crimes occurring locally and focus on others less?

about three weeks ago

NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

dk20 Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

Small in the sense that how do you justify so many sports stadiums for that population?

Just a boondogle, the leafs wont play in the old stadium, nor will they build a new one when they can just get the taxpayers to do it.

about three weeks ago

NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

dk20 Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

They can also do what Toronto, Ontario did with its skydome.
Taxpayer funded cost of construction: $570 million
Sale price to private corporations: $151 million

So yeah, i can see how the taxpayers might want something after taking a $400 million dollar loss. The kicker is this is not the only "stadium" for such a small city.

A lot of sports is all about taxpayer subsidies and huge player salaries.

about three weeks ago

Off the Florida Coast, Astronauts Train For Asteroid Mission

dk20 Re:Send a robot (84 comments)

If a robot does it, who gets to claim the credit?

about a month ago

Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

dk20 Re:Yeah (101 comments)

Answering your linux question, yes my linux computer is safe if i give someone my root password because many linux distro's dont allow direct root login.

"By default, the Root account password is locked in Ubuntu. This means that you cannot login as Root directly or use the su command to become the Root user. "

Perhaps you can define exactly what it means to "jailbreak" an iDevice? Seems you do something to gain "root" access? Remember when simply going to a website would root your phone?

about a month ago

Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

dk20 Re:Ars Review is Cosmetic (165 comments)

It is not uncommon for Apple fans to think that everyone else got their idea from Apple, but it is often very far from the truth.
Case in point, you state MS got the idea from OS X back in 2001. How do you explain MS offering beta versions of "windows 95" in 1994?

" Prior to the official release, the American public was given a chance to preview Windows 95 in the Windows 95 Preview Program. For US$19.95, users were sent a set of 3.5-inch floppy diskettes that would install Windows 95 either as an upgrade to Windows 3.1x or as a fresh install on a clean computer. Users who bought into the program were also given a free preview of The Microsoft Network (MSN), the online service that Microsoft launched with Windows 95. "

PS, the public beta of OS X was "Cheetah" released September 13, 2000 for US$29.95
So 6 years later and $10 more then MS win 95.

about a month ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

dk20 Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

I have 5 android tablets in my house (two for myself, and one for each of my kids).

Two things I'd like to share:
1) The kids have NEVER liked reading off any tablet (not the kindle, not the nook and not the samsung galaxy's). They are avid readers, but physical books only and I can't convince them otherwise.
2) Speaking about posting without having a clue at all... Your "tethered to Google" seems to fit the bill for posting without any idea what you are talking about.

Bonus: the kids did create accounts in google play without a credit card with ease as they wanted to grab a few apps.

Extra points for your use of "dead trees" to describe physical books. It was just as cool in 2004 as it is now.

about a month and a half ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

dk20 Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

It is my (limited) understanding that Teachers in China are not unionized and can be fired fairly easily for poor performance.

about a month and a half ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

dk20 Re:Apple has platform for content development (285 comments)

Didn't apple just recently agree to pay like $400 million as a settlement for price fixing ebook prices?
So on top of the price of the device, there is also the artificial ebook prices?

Care to cite some examples of people actually creating content on the iPad in the real world? Most of the people i see with them are playing games or watching video's (consumption).

about a month and a half ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

dk20 Re:Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

So, using the post right above yours...

how are any of these quality apps tracking, selling my data or any of the other nonsense you posted?

They say they are "free" and they don't beg for money every time you use them.
They do have a donate page on them, but you are free click "not now" and contniue to download it.
How hard is it to post something that is not free as "freemium" or "in app purchases" instead of free?

"As I said, levels of ignorance."

What does this even mean? people are ignorant when "free" games beg for money and this is not 'false advertising'?

about a month and a half ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

dk20 Re:How much did we spend per person? (364 comments)

Normally i have a bias towards China as a lot of people post things which are just factually inaccurate.
For your post, clearly you are not being serious?
China - Fantastic history going back a very long time, but unfortunately does not contain many successful "conquests".

They are far more likely to stay within their own nation.

about 2 months ago


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