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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

rcharbon Re:Win/Lose (463 comments)

Windows isn't your problem. Why weren't you running AV before? Why can't you configure it properly now?

about three weeks ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

rcharbon Re:books the "alpha and omega" of digitalization (250 comments)

It's consumer interest that drives this. More people cared about getting music and movies. Most people don't read much.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

rcharbon Living off the past (250 comments)

That $9/month (more or less) that I pay is not enough to support a ecosystem to create new works, but it's plenty to milk more out of old works. Book subscription services (Amazon/Scribd/Oyster) live off the past. There's little chance that any new book that I want to read is in their libraries, but with 700,000 old books available, there's enough to keep me occupied, much in the same way that I can sit with Netflix and kill time with 10 years of Grey's Anatomy instead of supporting new works.

about a month ago
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How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

rcharbon Reading FAIL (Re:I do call for regulation) (250 comments)

According to the Forbes article you referred to, Kindle sales are 19.5% of ALL book sales. Since all ebook sales are 30% of total book sales, Kindle sales are about 65% of ebook sales, not 19.5%.

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

rcharbon End Tax Prohibition (554 comments)

Until the US kills off the Grover Norquists and starts allowing tax increases as a possible policy option, we'll continue our descent into third-world status.

about 2 months ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

rcharbon The alternative is "forever" (190 comments)

You may think 5 years is too short, but you do need some expiration date for non-critical data. Without an expiration date, whoever manages the data has to go into CYA mode and keep it forever. That gets expensive - it's not the cost of raw storage, it's the cost of ensuring that everything is kept as systems change.

about 3 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

rcharbon Re:Wrong headline (255 comments)

If Bill gave away all but his last billion, he would still have A BILLION DOLLARS. So, nice of him to help, but there's no real cost to him for spending billions on charity work.

about 2 months ago
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Identity As the Great Enabler

rcharbon Re:Oh'Bummer (58 comments)

No, we can't.

about 3 months ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

rcharbon Circular reasoning? Circling the drain? (275 comments)

How does showing how to fake the lunar landing images show that they weren't faked? Articles like this, that take the Apollo deniers seriously, are much more of a problem than the deniers themselves. Also, nice ad for Nvidia, Slashdot.

about 4 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

rcharbon Re:200 years ago. (937 comments)

Emmanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable.

about 4 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

rcharbon Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

All Michael Phelps did was eat, sleep, exercise, and do bong hits. The typical Slashdotter, with his monitor tan, should not use him as a guideline.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

rcharbon Re:McDonallds should sue ... (251 comments)

Cable (or FiOS, if you're "lucky"), dial-up, or massive latency. O boy, what choices!

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

rcharbon A rising tide sinks all ships (337 comments)

No one wants Windows 8, even on the only device where it might be useful.

about 5 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

rcharbon It's not really about age... (370 comments)

...it's about pay scales - employers figure recent grads will work for less.

about 7 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

rcharbon Re:Somewhere in my mind... (337 comments)

Argument Fail. Traffic of a certain type always has to come from a specific source. Prioritizing video over email helps video companies at everyone else's expense.

about 7 months ago
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Comcast: Destroying What Makes a Competitive Internet Possible

rcharbon Re:Netflix is a terrible test case (227 comments)

Wrong. If Comcast is prioritizing anyone's streaming whatever ahead of my desire to access something else, whatever it might be, who gave them the right to decide that streaming was more important?

about 9 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

rcharbon Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

Mod this up, and answer it.

about 9 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

rcharbon Cheap, reliable...? (496 comments)

Mirrors are cheap and reliable. Cameras aren't. When someone keys/paints over/block your camera, or if it breaks down, then what? A: Enormous repair bills!

about 10 months ago

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TurboTax sells access to your data

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  about 10 months ago

rcharbon (123915) writes "I had the apparently naive expectation that I’d retain some small scrap of privacy by using the TurboTax desktop app instead of the web version. However, their failure to keep a certificate revocation list up to date revealed that Intuit installs third-party cookies from Neustar, an ad service that “provides audience insights that increase online advertising relevancy through the power of verified offline consumer data.”"
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Self-published, DRM-free Louis CK video is a smash

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rcharbon writes "Comedian Louis CK sold his latest one-hour special online for five lousy bucks. In this post he tells us how his experiment with bypassing the Man and offering unrestricted content at a good price has worked for him (hint: Louis actually uses the word “happy”)"
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HarperColins tells us what ebooks are really worth

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rcharbon writes "HarperCollins, by placing a cap (26) on the number of times a library can lend a book, is telling us what they think reading an ebook should be worth. The answer — about $1.15. As a writer/publisher, I've adjusted my prices accordingly."
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Apple controls headphones used with new Shuffle

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rcharbon writes "Apple is forcing users of the new Shuffle to use the crappy earbuds provided with the unit to control the player, or wait for new headphones that will include licensed proprietary technology, with an additional cost that's passed on to you, of course. The wonderful $80 Sennheisers I already own won't work properly. I wonder how the Apple fanboi will justify this?"
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Interval tier for iPod

rcharbon rcharbon writes  |  about 7 years ago

rcharbon writes "The iPod would be a lot more useful as a tool for runners in training if you could use it to measure repeat intervals, with the iPod beeping when the interval is done. The way things are now, when you're listening to music you can't hear your watch beep. Read this for details, and if you agree, how you can influence development..."

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