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Comment: Re:It's not an attempt to "game the system"... (Score 1) 133

by M1FCJ (#47723475) Attached to: The 2014 Hugo Awards

Funnily enough, Hugo has zero with the New York-based publishing industry since Hugo nominees are nominated by World Con attendees and voted by the next World Con attendees. Anyone who can spare some cash for a supporting membership can nominate and vote as they like.

If you were talking about the Nebula awards, however, you might have been right.

Especially at this age, publishing a book via Kindle is trivial and if a so-called "wrong type of person" writes a good book, he will be able to sell it, or made it read enough to be nominated. The award to related-work went to a fucking blog post, and rightly so, it was a well written article related to SF. Three of the stories who won were "printed" on Tor's web site.

Any idiot who can design a web site and gather enough readers who will like it and nominate it in the next World Con has the chance of winning the next Hugo, no conspiracy required.

Comment: Re:It's not an attempt to "game the system"... (Score 1) 133

by M1FCJ (#47723441) Attached to: The 2014 Hugo Awards

[Citation Needed]
The only shithole that has been expelled was done so because he used SFWA channels for his own racist propoganda. Until then he was still a member of the SWFA while being an active obnoxious asshole.

If you're attempting to say successful and best-seller writers like Scalzi and co. are "amateurs", I think youre more than deluded.

Comment: Re:well-documented attempts to expose nomination b (Score 1) 133

by M1FCJ (#47723403) Attached to: The 2014 Hugo Awards

But GOP has been telling everyone that people who follow the conservative view are richer, has better employment and more cash to spend on the capitalist system. Hence you would have thought that they would be able to afford to go to WorldCons or buy a way cheaper supporting membership and still be able to vote w/o attending the convention by person.

Hence, I can only conclude, you're talking out of your orifice usually used to expel brown smelly stuff.

Comment: Re:How to pay writers? (Score 1) 404

by tepples (#47722847) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

you end up having no reliable sources

Communication is a basic human need and people like to communicate even if there's no monetary reward.

People also like to spread hoaxes, whether knowingly or unknowingly. That's why I specifically mentioned reliable sources, those "with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy."

Comment: You're a Slashdot.org volunteer (Score 1) 41

by tepples (#47721281) Attached to: Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

Couchsurfing went from an ostensibly community-run (but really oligarchy-controlled) website to a private, Delware-registered and venture capitalist-funded corporation three years ago. To continue to call it Couchsurfing.org is disingenuous.

Yet you're posting this on Slashdot, which continues to operate from the .org TLD after having been sold to Andover, VA Linux, and Dice.

Comment: Cover-up ad blocker (Score 1) 404

by tepples (#47721183) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Which is why we use ad-blocker blocker blockers

Ad blockers that allow the ad to render and then cover it up exist, but they eliminate the bandwidth and CPU time savings of a normal ad blocker. Like normal ad display, a cover-up ad blocker slows down rendering, drains your device's battery (as its CPU has to come out of sleep mode more often), and runs up a higher data bill with your ISP compared to a normal ad blocker. And as I mentioned above, a cover-up ad blocker fails with interactive advertisements.

Comment: What does a site want in Google's index? (Score 1) 404

by tepples (#47721141) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

They can embed the whole site in a DRM-ed Flash or Silverlight wrapper

Which means your favorite general-purpose web search engine can't see it to index it. Of course, a site could provide just the title, author, and abstract without digital restrictions management and get those in the index, similarly to how Elsevier journals and WSJ.com present articles to anonymous visitors and to logged-in users whose subscription has lapsed.

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