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Comment: Re:Amazon is right (Score 2) 306

by McKing (#47571169) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

That's Amazon's whole point. They have the data that shows that $9.99 is pretty much the sweet spot for "major label" authors, and 5.99-7.99 for all other authors. Publishers would make a lot more money if they priced the ebook at $9.99, but they have to protect their print sales so they generally price the ebook at $14.99 so that the $12.99 paperback looks attractive.

The other forgotten point in this discussion is that traditional publishing houses "cannabalize" their back catalogs and stop printing older paperbacks when they go out of print in order to promote their newer authors and/or new "bestsellers". Ebooks never need to go out of print so it doesn't make sense to do that, but they do it anyway. They drop a book for a while, and then reprint it right when the royalty deals with the author expires, extending the deal and their "ownership" of the copyright. It's pretty shady stuff.

Read it from the indie author's view:

Comment: Re:"unrealistic expectations of the Air Force" ? (Score 1) 122

by McKing (#47565943) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

That's the whole point. Every last one of these officers got above 90%, but the ones who (for example) got a 95% were promoted faster than the ones who got 93%. Answering one question wrong became at least a roadblock if not a career-killer, so they cheated to get 100%.

It like those "customer satisfaction surveys" that a lot of industries rely on. If you answer them correctly and accurately ("well they did the job adequately, no complaints so I give them 4 stars"), you are actually hurting the business or the customer service rep or the salesman. Anything less than "5-stars" becomes failure.

Comment: Re:Libertarian nirvana (Score 1) 534

But the logical extreme of modern-day Libertarianism is Anarchism. We've pretty much tried every "-ism" on the books, both political and economic "-isms", and it's pretty clear from history that any "-ism", taken to its logical extreme, is a pretty bad thing that eventually collapses under its own weight and inevitable human greed and corruption. The best systems in place so far, are combinations that balance individual liberties with societies needs.

Comment: I just learned about San Antonio's existing dark f (Score 1) 172

by McKing (#46290933) Attached to: Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas
...and now it makes a lot of sense for Google to come here. Please, please, please come to our town and take advantage of this existing dark fiber! In the press release they even have a blurb from our Mayor about making sure all elementary schools have gigabit connections within the next 6 years.

Comment: Re:Move to Austin? (Score 1) 373

by McKing (#45920799) Attached to: Google Co-Opts Whale-Watching Boat To Ferry Employees
Have you been to Austin lately? It's a lot different now that it was just 10 years ago. The only housing available is farther and farther away from the city center, and North, Central, and South Austin are like 3 different cities now. IH 35 is a parking lot most days, and it takes just as long to get over to the alternate routes like Mopac as it does to just gut it out and wait through the I35 traffic. Building a major city along a single stretch of highway with no real plans for expansion other than north and south was not a great idea.

Comment: Re:Glad I paid cash a few days ago (Score 1) 191

by McKing (#45736389) Attached to: Target Has Major Credit Card Breach
This is why I have 2 checking accounts: one for paying bills and one for daily spending. I direct deposit my paycheck in the billpay account, pay all of my months bills at the beginning of the month, and then as I need to spend money I transfer the amount from billpay to spending and use my debit card. This way there is only like $20 in the spending account (for emergencies like gas or something) and if someone gets my card then they can't spend up my entire paycheck at once.

Comment: Re:Yet another company holding customers hostage (Score 1) 260

by McKing (#45360611) Attached to: Google To Block Local Chrome Extensions On Windows Starting In January
I get good products and great service from Google (search, Gmail, Chrome, and my Nexus 4). No one is "holding me hostage" to force my loyalty. That loyalty is freely given, even with the knowledge that all of my interactions with Google are tracked and stored somewhere. Every other provider of these services would track, analyze, and use this data anyway, and even if Google has shown itself to be a corporate entity with corporate goals sometimes, that doesn't mean that they have broken their "don't be evil" mission. You can be "not so good" sometimes without being "evil".

Comment: Re:It's a shame homophobephobes won't see it (Score 1) 732

by McKing (#45349927) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>Ender's Game</em>
To paraphrase what Mark Sisson said about marathons: "Everyone should read Moby Dick twice in their lives. Once to prove that they can finish and again to beat their time from the first one." Actually screw that. Just slog through it once and leave it alone after that. Moby Dick is only great literature because it is one of the first true adventure novels and because it is written, as the GP point out "in some old modern English that makes you feel all educated and smart when you read it". I wholeheartedly agree with this statement.

Comment: Re:Hydrogen is indeed quite dangerous... (Score 5, Interesting) 479

by McKing (#45218107) Attached to: Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel Cells Are 'So Bull@%!#'
A friend of mine was really interested in hydrogen as a fuel source for cars, to the point that he converted one of his half-dozen 80's Honda hatchbacks to a hydrogen-powered vehicle. He was a huge fan of hydrogen, until the day that he was working on his car and didn't realize that a fuel line had developed a pinhole leak and caught fire. Since the flame was invisible and he had no reason to be alarmed he reached into the engine compartment to work on something and passed his hand straight through the flame. It was only like a 1/2 second before he realized that his hand was burned and he yanked it out (seriously, it was like he smelled his hand burning before the pain hit).

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