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Comment: Re:Business class is a misnomer (Score 3, Insightful) 146

by Pembers (#46758069) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

You're stil going to get to the same place at the same time as the other passengers.

True, but you have a nicer seat with more room, and everything before and after the flight runs faster and smoother. You have your own check-in desk and security line, so you can arrive at the airport an hour later than the economy-class passengers. You have a bigger baggage allowance, so you might not have to put anything in the hold - and if you do, it'll probably come off the plane first. All that can make the difference between a day trip and an overnight stay, or turn a trip of n days into n-1 days.

Comment: Re:*Shrug* (Score 3, Insightful) 304

by Pembers (#46149983) Attached to: Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

The big cost in publishing is the printing, shipping, warehousing, distribution of the dead trees

Actually, no. That accounts for between 15% and 20% of the retail price. Most books don't make a profit for the publisher, so the costs are dominated by the overheads - the author's advance and the cost of employing everyone who's involved in making the book ready to be sold. It doesn't seem to have occurred to the major publishers that if they lowered the prices of ebooks, more titles might sell enough to make a profit. (Indie authors and smaller publishers figured it out a long time ago.)

Comment: Re:Standard Hollywood procedure? (Score 1) 326

by Pembers (#43897957) Attached to: <em>Green Lantern</em> Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

It depends on the contract the author signed with whoever bought the film rights, which is usually a function of how badly he needed or wanted the money, and how good his lawyer was in comparison to the other side's. It used to be common for the publisher of the book to buy the right to adapt or convert the story to any other other medium, so they wouldn't need the author's permission to sell the movie rights. And of course, once the author is dead, his heirs, assuming they still own the rights, tend not to be so fussy about maintaining the integrity of Daddy's or Grandaddy's artistic vision...

Comment: Re:Why does he keep calling it an 0day? (Score 3, Informative) 179

"Zero day" refers to a vulnerability for which no patch exists, presumably because the vendor wasn't aware of it. It's the amount of time between when the vendor becomes aware of the vulnerability and when the black hats can start exploiting it, not the amount of time that it's existed.

See Prof Wikipedia for more details.

Comment: Re:DRM is 90% about Obedience/Submission (Score 2) 684

by Pembers (#43570019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are There <em>Any</em> Good Reasons For DRM?

When you can type "Pringles" into the search box on your favourite torrent site and download some instructions for your 3D printer that will produce a can of them in less time and for less money than going to the store and buying a can, then food manufacturers will start putting DRM in food...

Comment: Re:And those expensive E-books... (Score 1) 129

by Pembers (#42836853) Attached to: Apple Holds Firm As Publishers Settle With DoJ Over e-Book Pricing

I've heard (too lazy to dig out a source) that printing physical books and shipping them to the retailer accounts for about 20% of the retail price. Publishers invest a lot of money in each book that they publish (the author's advance, editing, cover design, marketing and so on). They still have the mindset that shelf space is scarce, meaning that if a book doesn't show a profit within six months or a year of release, it probably never will, because it will have been kicked out of the front of the bookshop to make room for the next release.