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Comment: Re:Don't you have to enter your password? (Score 1) 279

I had this happen to me once... I've got an old iPhone that I let my kids play with, and loaded the latest Angry Birds for them. While it was still downloading, one of my kids went back into the app store (having seen that's where I got stuff from) and while my password was still cached, downloaded a bunch of Star Wars game guides (though we don't have those games - d'oh!). Luckily it wasn't $200 worth (more like $8 or so). So yeah, if a parent allows this to happen, even by accident, it's their own fault.

Hackers Briefly Controlled US Government Satellites 261

Posted by timothy
from the this-is-the-part-they're-telling-us-about dept.
Orome1 writes "Two U.S. satellites have been tampered with by hackers — possibly Chinese ones — in 2007 and 2008, claims a soon-to-be released report by the the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The two satellites, Landsat-7 and Terra AM-1, had been interfered with on four separate occasions, allowing the attackers to be in command of the satellites for two to over twelve minutes each time. Luckily, both of the satellites are used only for observing the Earth's climate and terrain, and the hackers never actually misused their control over them in any way."

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 437

by SnarfQuest (#30996858) Attached to: Amazon Surrenders To Macmillan On eBook Pricing

"Why do these dinosaur publishing businesses still manage to thrive despite the Internet?"

Because development, editing, and marketing--and even distribution--have value and take skill to do well.

Less than the publishers believe or would like, perhaps, but more than the /. crowd gives them credit.

Ok, what part of this makes these e-books cost more than the paper version? Most of these are common between the two versions.

Is it the labor and material costs associated with printing? I don't think that the e-book will require more paper and labor than the print version. Is it distribution? Trucking boxloads of paper around is less expensive than spitting electrons down a wire? Advertising? I don't remember seeing special ads for the e-book versions.

Why should the e-book cost more than a paperback?

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.