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Comment: Re:Even better idea (Score -1, Flamebait) 200

by berend botje (#29040169) Attached to: Gardeners Told to Give Exhausted Bees an Energy Drink
A) Trading 1/3 of the human population for a healthy bee population seems fair to me. Most of you lot it scum anyway.

B) Why use pesticides at all? With that superfluous 1/3 gone you wouldn't need as much food anyway.

C) Ok, maybe using pesticides that target said parasites might be a good thing.

D) There are loads of issues with genetically modified crops. Besides, I wouldn't mind seeing Monsanto go belly up. Now that's an immoral set of creeps!

E) First get rid of 1/3 of the human population, plant more flowers and let's see if the bees can get their act together themselves. I think they can.

Comment: Re:what does open mean? (Score 1) 197

by berend botje (#28783803) Attached to: Open Source Languages Rumble At OSCON
Perl took the best from C, shell scripting, awk and grep and extended it even further. It allows 20 million ways to get results. The number one reason to use perl is that it gets the job done. There is a cubic ass-ton of high quality modules available, for free. The way the language incorporates useful datastructures, regular expressions, ties, closures and a host of other contructs make it a very pleasant high level language

Head of the Perl Lovers club

You can't have it even if you pry it from my cold dead fingers

Comment: Re:Whatever The Party says (Score 1) 645

Copyright is about making copies. Not about importing items. Importing a book is not copying a book. You can import every book on the planet and not worry about copyright.

However, this _is_ about electrons. It was easy for Amazon to cancel the book on the Kindle, therefore they did.

Comment: Re:It'll never happen (Score -1, Troll) 554

by berend botje (#28678479) Attached to: NASA Plans To De-Orbit ISS In 2016
You make it sound like the USA doesn't have its own agenda and ample proof it doesn't care about the welfare of anyone else. Don't start about recognizing laws when you unlawfully invaded a sovereign country and executed their democratically elected head of state.

That said, I'm all for deorbiting the ISS and using the budget for real science. Or perhaps pay the Russians to build fifty new MIR spacecraft and have change to spare.

Comment: Re:Why not a laptop? (Score 1) 263

by berend botje (#28574239) Attached to: Is the Kindle DX Worth the Money?
I know you're right. I'm not ready (or willing) to get rid of all my real books but would be very happy if I could reclaim some space by going digital.

Perhaps I could start by thinning the herd, so to speak, and get rid of the old, outdated technical books. Who needs a reference guide for PHP 1.0 anymore?

I have to give it some more thought.

Comment: Re:Why not a laptop? (Score 1) 263

by berend botje (#28573563) Attached to: Is the Kindle DX Worth the Money?
I'm not saying that I don't see the use of having a small device containing every book you own. I even understand that you have to start sometime to build a useful collection of e-books.

Say I get the Kindle and get twenty books to start of my collection. That's useful in itself. But it has no hope of competing with my 2000+ book collection on old dead tree.

The first publisher that solves this conundrum gets my money. I'd love to have my collection portable, it just isn't feasible yet.

Comment: Re:Why not a laptop? (Score 1) 263

by berend botje (#28573299) Attached to: Is the Kindle DX Worth the Money?
For those of us that have large libraries of tech books, the KindleDX allows us to store our entire bookshelf on a single device that takes up less room and weighs significantly less than a single book.

I have a large library of tech books, how can I store them on the Kindle? By buying them again? No way. I'm not paying a hefty sum for an empty device and then buy my library again. Not gonna happen.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 326

by berend botje (#28488253) Attached to: Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society
I'm guessing he won't be touring anytime soon. But that also means he won't be enjoying any of your money. So why enrich the money grabbing publishers?

Jimi isn't going to be bothered if you download his albums. So why buy? What have the labels done for you lately? They locked down the content with DRM, that's what they done.

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