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Amazon's eBook Math

gsslay Re:Disengenous (301 comments)

The authors earn less and many would only be able to indulge their hobby part time, whilst working at another career, is just a normal part of social change.

But is it a good social change? Or don't we care? Is making writing something people can only ever afford to do part-time going to result in better books?

2 days ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

gsslay Re:Disengenous (301 comments)

Is the author the best person to decide who would be the best illustrator, proof-reader, typesetter etc for their book? Their skill is in writing, what do they know anything about these things?

So perhaps the writer needs someone who does know, someone who does it for a living and can advise and source the best for their book. Maybe this person can work on a percentage of sales, ensuring that everyone gets paid and profits accordingly from a successful book. What do we call them.. ? How about "Publisher"?

Hang on, haven't we come full circle here?

2 days ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

gsslay Re:Disengenous (301 comments)

While I abhor middlemen, it really struck me as not being Amazon's place to stick their nose into.

Amazon is a middleman. They aren't removing middlemen, all they are doing is pushing other middlemen out of the picture to establish a monopoly for themselves.

2 days ago
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Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

gsslay Re:Opposite land (89 comments)

The problem there is not in the choice, but that of an adult allowing it to be made by a child.

2 days ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

gsslay Re:Figures it would not be the US (190 comments)

Your post has caused me emotional distress to the tune of $2m. Well, so my lawyer tells me. See you in court.

2 days ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

gsslay Re:good they have NHS so one some gets hurt (190 comments)

You appear have no-one driving your grammar and punctuation. Consequently, when I read your post all the words ended up in a massive pile-up at the end. I'm taking you to court for being at fail.

2 days ago
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Reglue: Opening Up the World To Deserving Kids With Linux Computers

gsslay Re:Opposite land (89 comments)

Congratulations, you have just created a false dichotomy.

Having access to a computer does not prevent the reading of "actual" books, and not having access to a computer does not guarantee the reading of "actual" books.

2 days ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

gsslay Re:Political background (151 comments)

Indeed, now what are you going to do with an empty submarine base?

Not pour billions of pounds down the drain into it?

about three weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

gsslay Re:Political background (151 comments)

that it's quite likely to lose

You appear to know something that the opinion polls don't. What is it?

probably its permanent seat on the UN security council

Where did you pull this nonsense from?

about three weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

gsslay Re:Hasn't been true for a while (502 comments)

Besides, it saves me from using Creative's bloatware.

This is what comes to my mind whenever I hear of Creative. Nice enough hardware, but shockingly bad software, 80% of which no-one ever had any need for. And it would invariably all be set up to load at boot-time, sucking up resources and RAM.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

gsslay Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

If you are just starting out learning to program, you are not in a position to determine which language is best to learn by. You have to take advice, or take what you are given. If you feel 'force fed' you are either way over-opinionated for someone who knows nothing, or are an idiot who has booked themselves onto the wrong course.

about three weeks ago
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Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

gsslay Re:Who? (93 comments)

This is pretty common on slashdot. A hazard of submitted stories where the person submitting it is very familiar with the people/companies/concepts/software/whatever concerned, and can't imagine anyone who isn't.

You just hope to god they don't also write documentation.

about three weeks ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

gsslay Re:Blaming Google (239 comments)

This statement is not the conclusion of the article, it's the headline of the article.

The journalist is using a basic journalistic technique of stating the position in the simpliest, bluntest and most provacative way possible. That makes it easy for the casual browser to grasp the topic, and hopefully draws them in.

The article then goes on to modify and explain.

about a month ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

gsslay Re:Funny (191 comments)

Saying "Wiki" when you mean "Wikipedia" is like saying "internet" when you mean "slashdot".

about a month ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

gsslay Scale (190 comments)

"carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas tied to climate change, is being released into Earth's atmosphere on a global scale."

And here was me thinking it was being released on a inter-galactic scale.

about a month ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

gsslay Re:I have an idea (198 comments)

Isn't that exactly what LG have done?

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

gsslay Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (561 comments)

so that they can converse with other people with similar mental character and interests

It's a fair point, but what exactly is being shared? Having a shared high IQ is no guarantee at all of the shared or compatible interests, personality, life aims or values. All the kind of stuff that helps in a social club, and relationship most definitely needs.

The only thing they have in common is an interest in knowing how smart they, and other people are, by one particular yardstick. As interest go, that's pretty shallow.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

gsslay Re:Who is that? (268 comments)

To be fair, it's not just climate change deniers who do this. All manner of nutters have the same tactic.

Make a fact up because it feels right and in line with their particular agenda, state it, hope no-one notices they made it up, keep stating it, forget that they made it up, continue stating it, hey! it's almost as good as true now!

I think they work to the tactic that if they keep saying something, it gradually becomes true through repetition.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

gsslay Re:Even more work for spies! (99 comments)

My point was more that Microsoft have tactically acknowledged that their servers are an open book to the TSA, but they think that people and companies will be keen on giving them even more to read.

about a month ago

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gsslay gsslay writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gsslay (807818) writes "Everyone must have noticed a surge in spam recently, particularly for stock pump 'n' dump scams. The Register reports that anti-spam companies have seen a 30% increase in the last two months and, more worryingly, more of this spam is getting through to mailboxes due to the spammers change in tactics. Rather than use unsecured mail relays spammers are using bot nets, making spam harder to identify and eliminate. Bounced spam is also on the up, and some experts reckon it's past time to start worrying.

I know 90% of all email through my domain is either spam or bounced spam and more than ever is evading my ISP's spam filter. It's been predicted often enough before, but is email set to drown in a sea of dross? As one of the experts says; what's needed to stop spam is for people to stop doing business with it. But as the response rate to spam goes down, spammers are only increasing their output to compensate."

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