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Comment: Um, Libraries? (Score 1) 250

by Daemonik (#48694263) Attached to: How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

Where, exactly, is Amazon's Unlimited plan effectively much different from a Library? Oh other than the fact authors will be getting continuous revenue, rather than only being paid for a few copies to fill the library's shelves.

Yet somehow writers managed to profit and thrive, even as libraries allowed anyone who wished to walk in and read all their works for free.

Rather than turn publishing into a zero-sum game and Scalzi believes, it appears to me that Amazon has turned the idea of a library into a new revenue stream for authors. You'd think authors would be happy for that opportunity to earn a little more income.

Sure, some authors will learn how to write books that game the system over time, but so what? This is not the only revenue stream available to authors, just one of many. Some people will pay for Unlimited, some will still buy individual books, some will wait for the movie, some will pirate the book AND the movie, some will pick it up at the library.

Comment: Re:Rubbish (Score 1) 250

by Daemonik (#48694203) Attached to: How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry

You just pointed out the fallacy of your argument. Libraries.

Libraries have allowed multiple people to read a variety of authors works while only paying the authors once, and yet the publishing industry has continued to survive. I see nothing that different from a Library and Amazon's setup, except well read authors will continuously receive payments, so in fact they are getting a net gain.

Comment: Re:What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Wor (Score 1) 628

by Daemonik (#48642585) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Socialism is a social and economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy, as well as a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system.

Communism is a socioeconomic system structured upon common ownership of the means of production and characterized by the absence of social classes, money, and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social order.

No, he meant socialism.

Comment: Re: So much for his career (Score 1) 161

by Daemonik (#48592815) Attached to: Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

Steve also said that American businesses should operate like Chinese ones, shortly prior to the overworked, underpaid and essentially imprisoned in company bunkhouses Foxconn workers started jumping off the building's roof to finally escape their hell.

Steve Jobs was an entitled a-hole that looked down on everyone else on the planet.

Comment: Re: Are they really that scared? (Score 1) 461

by Daemonik (#48532773) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Oh well, as long as YOUR utility company is behave then everyone else's is too! Glad that's settled.

Many utility companies are starting to raise their rates, blaming solar and wind for lower demand. They're also fighting to stop having to pay for electricity pumped back into the grid from home solar installations. The amount of homes that can afford to install solar power systems is still fairly small, but utilities are already taking steps against them.

You would have to be deluded to ignore the historical precedents of how an industry threatened by competition fights that competition to believe that all the power companies are cheering for the day they're obsolete.

Comment: Re: Are they really that scared? (Score 1) 461

by Daemonik (#48532675) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

It's fine if they wanted to ensure you have electricity, but not when the law is specifically worded to only accept an account with a power utility as proof of electrical hookup. So you could have all your electrical needs met by solar collectors and still have to pay for a utility installation to 'prove' you have electrical power.

Comment: Re:Finland will save money on napkins (Score 1) 523

by Daemonik (#48487599) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing
Yes, because if a small segment of humanity have a skill then obviously every human can achieve that same skill level. *rolls eyes* Electronic calculators, and the mechanical ones that preceded them didn't come out of nowhere for no reason, and it wasn't "let's dumb down everyone".

Comment: Re:Finland will save money on napkins (Score 2) 523

by Daemonik (#48486721) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Finland is also dropping the handwritten long division algorithm in 2016.

Now that's just stupid. People will need to use their smartphone's calculator to figure out everything from restaurant tips to spacing between items to make them look equally spaced to adjusting the ingredients for a recipe.

It seems that the smarter our devices get, the dumber we get.

Say that again when you're using an abacus to do math, in Roman Numerals.

Comment: Re:Dumps, you say? From the anus? (Score 3, Insightful) 523

by Daemonik (#48486699) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing
A lot of historical documents are written in Olde English or Saxxon.. how far back do we go before we cut the cord on what is 'general' knowledge? Only a complete idiot would expect every child to be able to read Fraktur script in several languages for records that have minimal impact on their day to day lives.

Comment: Alternatives? Same problem.. (Score 4, Insightful) 572

by Daemonik (#48220207) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

FTDI's chip is popular, and heavily counterfeited. Right or wrong they felt they had to go to these lengths to protect their business, and it has had the effect of bringing counterfeited chips into the public consciousness.

The problem however, is that switching to another chipset won't eliminate the counterfeiters and the people who slip these chips into the supply chain to save a few bucks.

So the better question is how can we improve the system to ensure that counterfeit chips aren't being secretly swapped into our products.

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