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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

rochrist Re:Beards and suspenders. (637 comments)

The go get a copy of SIMH and learn the joys of bringing up RSX11M on it.

about two weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

rochrist Re:More NIMBY (409 comments)

I expect they already have customized equipment to do just that. Only rather than a MASH setup, it would be something more akin to a biosaftey level 4 containment lab.

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

rochrist Re:More NIMBY (409 comments)

It's a little bit harder to follow those protocols with complete effectiveness in many areas of Africa than it is at a state of the art facility in the US.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Hello past, meet future (306 comments)

Yes, because the books spring, fully formed, onto the internet.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:What Publishers Do. (306 comments)

What does that have to do with what the OP said?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Price (306 comments)

I'm not a collector, nor am I a library. But there are authors I will always buy hardcover. There are a lot more of me that you suspect.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Pots and kettles (306 comments)

Doctrow is something of an outlier. He doesn't actually make most of his money from his writing.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Pots and kettles (306 comments)

You know, he actually makes the point QUITE CLEARLY that he's arguing in HIS INTERESTS. His point is that Amazon is arguing their interests, the publisher's are arguing theirs and the author (in this case him) is arguing his. He makes the point again and again that it's a business and he's running a business and he has good and bad relationships with both Amazon AND various publishers.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Mark Down as Anonymous Troll... (306 comments)

So you can wait for the price drop and not whine when you don't get it the first day. I'm sure Scalzi will be crushed.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

Advances are hardly 'fringe' benefits.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

He doesn't give a fuck. Didn't you notice the part where he doesn't READ books?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

Please preserve me from you're IdiotNation.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

Then the author takes the financial risk, which is what publishers currently do. Chances are, it would seriously limit the number of books written by the good authors.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

Yeah, I don't get the love of Wal-mart. But...but....cheaper! Does anyone actually LOOK at the crap they sell?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

Kind of like the android marketplace. Far more revenue, far less per average developer.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re:No better moustrap at all ... (306 comments)

Not anymore. The comments are largely worthless at this point. I've seen books with five star ratings that would fail 8th grade English class.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

rochrist Re: I like it. (306 comments)

Um...other than the month, that's exactly what they do do. They release the HC at one price point, the e-book for something less, then a year or so later, they release the MMPB and the price of the e-book is lowered to match. Not to mention that the vast majority of authors aren't published in HC at all, so their e-books start out around $6.

about three weeks ago

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