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Comment Why not? (Score 1) 100

Why not just have all the public domain books downloadable for free? Then it doesn't matter what the quality of the version you downloaded is. Just download another one. It doesn't make sense for anybody to be profiting from selling public domain books unless they're selling hard copy editions that take time and money to create, which doesn't apply here where it's just a 20 KB digital copy.

Or just make it clear to the buyer that the book is in the public domain and may be obtained for free elsewhere so they don't get ripped off thinking that the $10 they're spending is somehow going to the dead author's pocket.

Comment Re:Popular, or useful? (Score 1) 899

But the majority of people just don't care about science. Not everybody wants to learn things, nor do they need to to have a happy life. We have this idea that people who don't understand science or math are somehow missing out on life and the world would be better if they were more enlightened, but in reality it just doesn't matter.

I'm actively seek knowledge and teach myself new things every day, but I'm not the norm. Sometimes I attempt to discuss with people topics that I find very interesting and am surprised that they just don't care. They just don't have that drive.

That said, there's a problem with people who don't understand science yet make decisions concerning it or spread false information.

Comment Re:Teenagers? (Score 1) 380

You're lucky. Our storm drains are long, horizontal curb inlets with no grating, so everybody dumps trash or litters in them. Evidently they believe that storm drains go to sewers and that sewers are where trash goes. Plus there's runoff from people's driveways/yards, like paint, fertilizer, oil, gasoline, etc.

Comment Re:speed (Score 1) 354

Indeed, these graphs are bullshit. You can't expect to get an accurate tally of load times among browsers when loading websites like YouTube, Lifehacker, and Gizmodo. You can visit YouTube one minute and it'll load lightning fast, but then two minutes later it'll load slow as fuck.

If they're gonna do tests like that, they need to run the websites locally. Otherwise, they're conflating network speeds (which vary at any given moment) and rendering speed.

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso

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