So far, the previous Fires haven't been too easily rootable, or so I understand.
Note that if you want a $50 plain-vanilla Android tablet, there are plenty of choices in that price range on Amazon.The Fire's going to have better specs, but it's going to be locked to Amazon's ecosystem. You have to be aware of that going in.
You can open it, yes. But unlike for any book that is indexed, such as the books on an e-ink Kindle, it loses your place in a manually opened book from the SD card as soon as you close it. This eliminates one of the biggest advantages of an e-reader over paper--the ability to pick it up right where you left off without needing a bookmark.
It's actually pretty good. They got a really good cast. Michael Gambino and Jeremy Irons were great in their roles, and watching Stephen Frye in a brief cameo as an eccentric inventor who proposed to use trained dogs to solve the longitude issue was hilarious.
The Nova episode was based on the book, but A&E made the miniseries afterward. They're both worth watching, certainly; the Nova episode is a historical documentary while the A&E series is a dramatization.
At least that actually is a bomb. There are Facebook memes going around that purport to show that Ahmed's clock actually resembles "a real bomb"...but the "real bomb" photo they use is a photo of a Honeywell security testing kit, ganked from a blog entry in which the owner of said kit elects not to bring it on an airline trip for fear it would be mistaken for a bomb. Which is rather ironic, or something.
It's not as if this idea is exactly unknown, though the outfit I know of (and subscribe to) that's doing it right, Karma, now only gives 100 megabytes for free, then you have to pay for more. (Though if you use your personal referral code, anyone who buys a hotspot saves with it $10, and you get $10, too. Thanks to a couple of blog posts, I've earned nearly $400 worth of free WiFi so far.)
That being said, 100 megabytes is more than enough for someone to hook up for long enough to check his email, do a little social networking, and so on. And they give it to you at the full 4G LTE super-speed. not some super-throttled you-really-should-pay-us-if-you-want-it-faster scheme.
The one problem with the scheme is that the public nature of it means you don't get the benefit of password encryption on your WiFi. But VPNs are pretty cheap these days.
The "No Award" option has been present for years, and has been used multiple times before when the majority of the voters felt that nothing in a given category merited an award this year. That's not a "slate," that's a valid voting choice people can make if they think all the nominations either suck or simply should not have been nominated. There's nothing new about it being used again now, save that so many of them happened at once. Fans sent a strong message that they will not tolerate some minority diddling with the nominations.
Even if it was a "slate," if you're going to say that the original "slate" was a valid means of nominating, the idea of an opposing "slate" being used to cancel it out should be equally valid.
That and all the tweets that have both the #gamergate and Hugo-related hashtags together, on the same tweet. Lots and lots of them, on any given day
This whole movement came out of the same place as GamerGate. A reactionary minority group, upset that their media fandom was getting too diverse, tried to spark a backlash. It didn't work for GamerGate, and it didn't work for the Puppies either.
The fans rejected the Puppies' attempt to stuff the ballot with their own (largely subpar) works, and now the Puppies are claiming victory with a refrain that sounds an awful lot like "Those grapes were probably sour anyway."
Uh...Philae was a European probe, not NASA. Your argument is invalid.
Gregory Benford had a great column about this, all the way back in 2000. It also involved a nuclear powered satellite.
It's human nature to react more extremely to new things, especially if they seem "unnatural." This might have been a survival instinct in bygone days, when the hominid who noticed that bush was out of place could take another path and avoid getting eaten by the sabertooth tiger behind it. But like so many such instincts, it translates poorly into the technological era.
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