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Comment Re:What?!?!? (Score 1) 48

Yes, it was used for the very first (British) edition, as were his black and white illustrations (the paintings were added in later printings) and his dragon motif on the board underneath the dust cover. In the UK there were only minor issues - in one of his letters from 1937 Tolkien is concerned about whether the original dust jacket illustration was too complex and had too many colours to print - the publisher went with his suggestion to replace the red sun with a white circle (restored in more recent editions). Tolkien certainly had problems with jackets and covers in other countries, including the US - some had random fantasy designs with no connection to the book (the first official US paperback's infamous 'emu and bulbous fruit' cover was especially bad).

Comment Re:What?!?!? (Score 1) 48

Tolkien's cover for the Hobbit was used in the original and many more recent editions:

He also did the maps, endpapers and what I think are still by far the best illustrations for The Hobbit. These were in the edition I first read as a child, and it's always disappointing to pick up a version that doesn't have the painting of Smaug on the hoard, or the drawings of the mountain path, Laketown and Beorn's hall. There's a nice selection of Tolkien's art, including the Hobbit illustrations, here:

Comment Re:Why, oh, why.... (Score 3, Insightful) 48

And I remembered it just fine - I just was too lazy to translate it into English and post it here.

So why did you attribute the incident to Alexievich herself ('Alexievich's husband was treated...') and not to one of her interviewees? That's such a fundamental misreading of the text that I can't take your judgement of it seriously. This is not a godlike Authorial Voice, it's what the interviewee remembers, whether accuately or not, about the most horrific experience of her life, yet you dismiss it as 'BS'. I have no idea what the exact medical procedures were in an emergency situation in a Soviet hospital in 1986, but I don't find it incredible that the donor would be given a general anaesthetic and might not react well to it. Her later poor health may be nothing to do with the procedure - the interviewee does not state this as fact (though it's implied), and she's presumably not a medical expert. Whether the other details of the procedure are completely accurate is hardly the issue - extreme trauma is not exactly conducive to precise recall. Or do you for some reason doubt that Ignatenko died of his exposure to radiation, or that an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant did not save his life, or that this was an extremely distressing emotional experience for his wife?

Comment Re:Why, oh, why.... (Score 5, Insightful) 48

I've actually read the "Voices of Chernobyl" long time ago. It's over-emotional crap with very little actual facts and some outright lies: Alexievich's husband was treated in the Moscow radiological military hospital by qualified staff (not by some fearful nurses), being a bone marrow donor does not lead to a disability and it's certainly not performed in the same operating room on a table next to the bone marrow recipient (yet her memoirs graphically describe it).

Either you didn't read it very carefully, or you haven't remembered it very well. It's not 'her memoirs', but an oral history compiled from interviews. The bone marrow recipient was a fireman at Chernobyl, Vasily Ignatenko, the husband of one of the interviewees, Lyudmilla Ignatenko, and the story is told in her own words - see the prologue to a long extract from the book:

Since Mrs Ignatenko's husband died after 2 weeks of horrible suffering, it seems bizarre (and incredibly callous) to label her experiences as 'over-emotional crap' unless you have some sort of agenda here. It is clear from the extract that Ignatenko was treated in a specialist radiological hospital (you seem to be implying it isn't) and we can hardly blame Mrs Ignatenko for perhaps attributing her sister-in-law's subsequent ill health to the transplant.

I would suggest Slashdot readers form their own judgements about this book.

Comment Re:Is that even possible? (Score 1) 578

Companies with rental models like Adobe (with Creative Cloud) don't quite make you do this, though they have a similar level of control over the licence you have to agree to every time the subscription comes up for renewal. But at least we can understand their motivation (pure greed, rather than paranoid xenophobia).

Comment Re:Is that even possible? (Score 4, Interesting) 578

I'm not sure that's possible. Can you revoke a licence of an old program? You can change the licence for a new version, sure, but when I buy (or download) a program, the licence that comes with it *at that time* is the licence I have to adhere to I would think.

From the manual:

"By default, TREEFINDER displays a license notice every time the program is launched.
Clicking the I-agree-button all the time might get on one's nerves after a while, so here is the
trick how to switch it off: using a text editor to create a file containing the words 'I promise
that I will always respect the current license conditions.' and save it in your 'Treefinder'
directory as 'i_agree' (without a file extension!). You will never see the license notice again."


"This license agreement is valid until the next software release. Afterwards, the license of the
latest TREEFINDER version applies."

So it looks like he was already a control freak back in 2011, and was attempting to reserve the right to impose retrospectively whatever licence he felt like issuing in the future. I suspect this wouldn't stand up to serious legal scrutiny, but it was already a big red flag before he went off the rails completely.

Comment Re:How does it help you move? (Score 5, Funny) 206

It would be nice if there were more of a specific description of what this app does. How does it help you move to iOS?

I can't tell you exactly what it does, but you might find my experience useful. After vaguely thinking that it might be interesting to get an iPhone for a change, I installed the app yesterday and ran it in the normal way. At first, nothing seemed to be happening, but then a faint rotating spiral appeared on the screen. As the beautifully designed pattern became gradually more intense, the phone began to play a strange pulsing harmony and the flash LED blinked softly in time to the music. At that point I began to feel strangely tired, and the next thing I knew it was half an hour later. I have no memory of what happened in that missing 30 minutes, but I see that a $949 transaction has been made on my credit card and a 128GB iPhone 6s Plus seems to be on pre-order from my brand new account at the Apple Store. I hope it comes quickly and my data has been transferred, as all my Android phone will now do is display random quotes in Helvetica like "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower" and "Just avoid holding it in that way".

The opossum is a very sophisticated animal. It doesn't even get up until 5 or 6 PM.