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Comment: Re:Isn't this classic anti-trust fodder (Score 2) 211

by Rande (#47117451) Attached to: Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

Except there's nothing stopping the publishers from opening up their own website to sell ebooks.
The barrier to entry isn't that high.
Offer them for less than Amazon, with a good user experience and people will flock to it.
ie. Pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap.

Or are you saying that Amazon has forced them into 'Most favoured nation' clauses where they aren't allowed to sell for lower than Amazon? (Like Apple did, which _was_ anticompetitive)

Comment: As a reader... (Score 1) 405

I think Amazon&Kindle is great for finding authors, especially self-published authors that I'd never have found otherwise. Or even new books from authors I do like - because I'm not going to sign up to 100 newsletters to find out when the next book is.
Sure, quite a bit of self-published stuff is dross, but the 10% sample feature (usually) allows me to weed them out.
I can understand that other people may have different points of view and find the occasional typo, grammatical error or bad typesetting upsettings.
But OTOH, self-pub is often less than 50% of the price of a traditional book, and when you read ~150 books a year, that makes a difference.

Comment: Re:Use confiscated drugs (Score 1) 483

by Rande (#47081883) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

It would be hard to find a modern citizen without psychological problems who could stomach a guillotine.

...So use a guy with mental problems? Maybe even an inmate. Or does the idea of a person enjoying their job make you feel weird?

(Note that I'm generally against the death penalty due to the large numbers of posthumous pardons. But if a convict chooses to die, I'm not against assisted suicide.)

Comment: Lack of Commentary (Score 1) 477

by Rande (#46928729) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

The commentary tracks are the only reason that I buy DVD/BDs. It means that I'll at least watch it twice.
They aren't included in pirate rips. ...and more and more often they aren't included any more on the optical formats either, because "commentary doesn't sell discs' apparently.
While I can't say 'No Commentary, no Sale", it's a _very_ high priority as to whether I'll pay more than GBP5 for a disc.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 3, Interesting) 1037

by Rande (#46675027) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

The flaw in the Riddle is in the assumptions.
That "Evil" is a definable thing that everyone can agree on. What is evil to me may not be evil to you which may not be evil to God.
If you stub your toe, is that evil? Should God have stopped you? Or would it be more evil to prevent your temporary pain because they you wouldn't learn not to do silly things?
Or are you only defining certain bad things as evil? Say genocide, torture, rape, and murder? Because if all those things never existed, all that would do is change the goalposts so that thievery, vandalism and bad language were now the height of evil. Remove them also and things like being ugly, stupid and unwashed are now the height of evil?

Should God wait upon you hand and foot, serving your every whim and desire, preventing any pain of any kind because not to, you would consider evil?
Or would the greater evil be that self same bubble wrapping where you never leave the womb, never to learn, never to grow, never to mature?

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos