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Comment Re:What's the open alternative? (Score 1) 641

Check out the products from BeBook - they support many popular eBook formats and don't have any way to exercise complete remote control over the device. They do support Adobe Digital Editions DRM, but the device is happy to read unencumbered formats. Based on free software, their GPLed code is available from the support section of their website.

The BeBook products are actually the most popular line of ebook readers in the world - just not in North America where the Kindle is most popular. Until recently, they only had higher-end readers that were more expensive (~$300), but they've recently released the BeBook Club which is down in Kindle's price range ($150).

The main problem is that they don't retail in North America. They can be ordered online and will ship across the Atlantic - it's expensive, slow, and 100% worth not buying a Kindle.


Submission + - Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 ( 1

Kurofuneparry writes: Pennsylvania generally and Philadelphia specifically have had a number of budget issues and some bloggers are seeing the results. From the article: "yes, cash-strapped cities can’t very well ignore potential sources of income. But at the same time, there must be some room for discretion and common sense."

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.

Comment Re:Good for you (Score 1) 93

I opened a Scribd account just to write scathing things when they show up in my search results. I've also taken to reporting these hits as spam to google in the hopes that someone will investigate.

It's very frustrating - most of the time, my search terms only ever appear on the list of search terms that has brought others to the page. 95% of the time, it's just an SEO feedback loop.

We all like praise, but a hike in our pay is the best kind of ways.