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Comment: Re:Holy misleading summary, Batman! (Score 4, Insightful) 587 587

TOR has been running a slate for decades. They just did it behind the scenes where no one knew about it.
The voting results (which were posted by Vox Day) made that very clear.
Also, emails were circulated in private (not unlike journolist) to coordinate voting. Some of those emails were accidentally sent to the wrong people.

Sad Puppies is doing nothing wrong, nothing illegal. That can not be said however for the people who are complaining the loudest about all of this.

Comment: the post is a lie (Score 5, Informative) 587 587

Wow, this post contains epic amounts of FUD and just pure lying.
First of all, the Sad Puppies group started over two years ago.
Second of all, the response was due to stories being subjected to an ideological purity test before being allowed to win.
Third of all, the stories were no longer about telling a story, but were all about 'sending the right (approved) political message' which was killing the medium.
Fourth of all, several of the awards went to things that not only had nothing to do with Science Fiction or Fantasy, but they sucked ('If you were a dinosaur my love'?? Really?)

Go read all the official Sad Puppies posts, make your own decision. Also I'm pretty sure there are more women nominated this year, than there were last year, and that's from the SP Slate. Don't forget as well, that the SP project was started by a minority.

Last note: The Hugo's have been gamed for a very long time now, look at how many were won by only one publisher. The author of 'Red Shirts' heavily gamed the system the year he won, but no one said a word about that. The promotion of 'message fiction' has seriously hurt the genre, and sales have been going down for years, because most of what's been winning the Hugo's the last five or so years has been crap. Heck, Terry Pratchet couldn't even win a Hugo!!
The awards should be about GOOD stories, not about Politically Correct stories written by the 'RIGHT' person! The very fact that the person writing this story had to LIE about the reason for Sad Puppies, and is more focused on the sex and race of writers should make that pretty clear right off the top.

Comment: How long until these get implemented? (Score 1) 459 459

While they might look funny, strange, or even ugly to some, I have to wonder how soon we might start seeing these designs implemented. Fuel costs are becoming a major issue to the airline industry, if these airframes can be built for the same price as existing ones, Boeing will be all over this. Fuel economy is definitely becoming an important part of the game, also consider that if the aircraft uses less fuel it produces less emissions. Another attractive sales angle in today's society.

So we could see these in as little as ten years.

Media

+ - DMCA bill to go before Parliament in New Zealand

Psyrg writes: Today an online petition to the New Zealand Minister of Commerce Hon Judith Tizard has surfaced about a Amendment Bill (plain text) that would bring legal protections for copyright similar to the American DMCA act. From the petition:

'We, the undesigned New Zealand citizens, are shocked to read that you have sponsored an amendment to the Copyright Act that, in some ways, mirrors the United States DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). The DMCA has been a colossal failure, with global corporations using it to bully, threaten and extort money from legitimate consumers, while it does very little to stop digital piracy. In essence, the DMCA is more about keeping the entertainment industries current business model valid, than protecting these companies from digital pirates.'

While many clauses of the new bill such as legal exemption for time shifting are a step forward, we must stand against the DMCA like sections 226A, 226B and 226C of the bill.
Announcements

+ - Free Treo 680 Take Apart Video

Robby Stanley writes: "PDAparts.com Post Free Treo 680 Take Apart Directions PDAparts.com has just posted take apart directions for the Treo 680. This gives a look inside the new Treo 680 unit. They also recently posted directions to take apart a LifeDrive and Treo 700w. Of course following these direction or doing a take apart on a unit will void tour warranty but then again most pda companies do not warranty a broken screen anyways. PDAparts.com is known for carrying hard to find part for most pda units including replacement screens. The link to the video is the following: http://www.gethightech.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc? Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=RD"
User Journal

Journal: Help needed conserving the knowledge of the 1840's

Most of you have probably heard of project Gutenberg: preserving texts that are finally in the public domain for our common heritage.
A spin-off project is PGDP: Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders (http://www.pgdp.net/c).
It allows you to use a convenient web interface to proofread one page at a time.

At the moment, the queue for new, freshly OCR-ed books (called "P1" queue) contains the following 1342 page english book:

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RIAA Mischaracterizes Letter Received From AOL 287 287

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In Elektra v. Schwartz, an RIAA case against a Queens woman with Multiple Sclerosis who indicates that she had never even heard of file sharing until the RIAA came knocking on her door, the judge held that Ms. Schwartz's summary judgment request for dismissal was premature because the RIAA said it had a letter from AOL 'confirm[ing] that defendant owned an internet access account through which copyrighted sound recordings were downloaded and distributed.' When her lawyers got a copy of the actual AOL letter they saw that it had no such statement in it, and asked the judge to reconsider."
Math

+ - Software that calculates Area & Moment of Iner

ed.scientist writes: "Really interesting software that calculates geometric properties (area, moment of inertia , centroid) of any polygon in XY plane. Developed with C# (CSharp) and it's based on Green's Theorem. Easy of use and works on Microsoft Windows XP. You need .Net Framework 2 installed before. Link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/secciones/"

Are Background Checks Necessary For IT Workers? 402 402

4foot10 writes "UBS PaineWebber learned a hard lesson after hiring an IT systems admin without conducting a background check. Now its ex-employee is slated to be sentenced for launching a 'logic bomb' in UBS' computer systems that crashed 2,000 of the company's servers and left 17,000 brokers unable to make trades."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Dell Dimension E521 - An Exercise in Futility - Cu

TechGod_D4N writes: "Buying a Dell Dimension E521 isn't what I thought it would be. Try Dell falsely advertising their machine as supporting Raid 0! Raid 1 but not Raid 0??? It turned out to be the nightmare customer support incident from Hell. Try 10+ hours on the phone, being charged for computers I didn't want and At least I learnt what was bad about the E521 http://www.d4n.org/2006/12/06/dell-dimension-e521- an-exercise-in-futility-customer-support-hell/"

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