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+ - Free Comic Book Day event features Neil Gaiman, The Simpsons->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Today comic book stores around the world celebrate "Free Comic Book Day", offering anyone who pays them a visit some free comic books. This year there's 50 different titles to choose from, including a reprint of Neil Gaiman's "Lady Justice" (not seen in print in nearly 25 years) and a new Fight Club story by Chuck Palahniuk. The Marvel and D.C. universes are represented, as well as Dr. Who, The Simpsons, Jim Henson's Labyrinth, and even something called Steampunk Goldilocks. Saturday many bookstores will also be recognizing "Independent Bookstores Day" with special events, though ironically, some fans may be tempted to visit Amazon.com instead to download some free Kindle editions of last year's free comic books.
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+ - New Site Mocks Bad Artwork on Ebook Covers->

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An anonymous reader writes: A British newspaper is celebrating "the world’s worst ebook artwork", as discovered by the creator of a new Tumblr feed. 'It's the hubris of it that people get a kick out of — the devil-may-care attitude of an author who, with zero arts training, says to themselves: "How hard can it be?" Two different authors simply cut-and-pasted smaller images over a background showing the planets, according to one Kindle blog, which notes that one author actually pasted eyes and lips onto the planets, creating an inadvertently creepy montage. But the site's creator tells the newspaper that it's ultimately meant to be an affectionate tribute to their rejection of the mundane and appreciating each creative and beautiful mess.
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+ - Counterfeiting with 3-D Printers Could Cost $100 Billion->

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An anonymous reader writes: Citing a report from the Gartner Group estimating $100 billion in intellectual property losses within five years, Joshua Greenbaum warns of "the threat of a major surge in counterfeiting" as cheap 3-D printers get more sophisticated materials. Writing for Wired, Greenbaum argues that preventing counterfeiting "promises to be a growth market," and suggests that besides updating IP laws, possible solutions include nanomaterials for "watermarking" authentic copies or even the regulation of 3-D printing materials. Major retailers like Amazon are already offering 3-D print-on-demand products — though right now their selection is mostly limited to novelties like customized bobbleheads and Christmas ornaments shaped like cannabis leaves.
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+ - Time Magazine Reprints Philip K. Dick Letter->

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An anonymous reader writes: The archive editor at Time magazine has re-published a 1955 letter they received from science fiction author Philip K. Dick. A cover story had touted "The Caine Mutiny," the Pulitizer Prize-winning war novel by Herman Wouk, but Dick "really, really didn't like" it, according to Time's archivist. "The message I got out of Herman Wouk's Caine Mutiny is: (a) Believe! (b) Work! (c) Die!" Dick wrote, in a scathing letter to the editor. This was early in his career — Dick sold his first short story in 1951, and began writing mainly short fiction (much of which has now fallen into the public domain). Time's archivist notes that it was the only time in his life Dick appeared in the magazine until his death in 1982, "mere months before Blade Runner would propel his work into the mainstream."
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+ - Cyberpunk Pioneer Co-Authors New Book on Transhumanism->

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An anonymous reader writes: "I've never been able to work up a fear of the robot apocalypse," admits R.U. Sirius, who more than 20 years after Mondo 2000's original guide to geek culture has again collaborated on a new encyclopedia of emerging technologies. As we progress to a world where technology actually becomes invisible, he argues that "everything about how we will define the future is still in play," suggesting that the transhumanist movement is "a good way to take isolated radical tech developments and bundle them together". While his co-author argues transhumanists "like to solve everything," Sirius points out a much bigger concern is a future of technologies dominated by the government or big capital.
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+ - Geeks Hack City Issues in Four-City Event->

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destinyland writes: Over the weekend four city governments hosted geeks and concerned citizens for a civic hacking summit organized boy Code for America. “We plastered the grand staircase of City Hall with session notes ideas," one Oakland organizer remembered, tweeting a photograph showing at least 25 easel-sized sheets of paper. Events were also held in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to the City Camp web site, with public officials collaborating with the geek community to create actionable projects and more uses for city data.
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+ - O'Reilly Discounts Every eBook By 50% - or More!->

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An anonymous reader writes: O'Reilly and Associates just announced that they're offering a 50% discount on every ebook they sell (or 60% for orders of more than $100). Amazon is competing with a massive ebook sale of their own, offering "up to 80% off" on over 2,000 Kindle ebooks, while Barnes and Noble is discounting their Samsung GalaxyTab 4/Nook 7 to just $129. But O'Reilly and Associates notes that their ebooks are DRM-free, and they're also offering discounts on their videos (which includes cloud syncing and a lifetime of free updates...)
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+ - Apple and Amazon Launch Black Friday Price War->

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An anonymous reader writes: Forbes magazine points out that tablet computers are receiving some of the biggest discounts for this year's day-after-Thanksgiving sales. "With slowing growth in the tablet market and an increasing array of choices, some of the strongest bargains will come in that sector," they report, noting that Target is giving away a $140 gift card with purcahses of an iPad Air 2 (and a $100 gift card with the iPad Mini or first-generation iPad Air). But Amazon has already launched a counter-strike, posting big discounts online on Thanksgiving day for their entire line of Kindles, including a black-and-white Kindle for just $49, and their 6-inch color/high-definition HD6 for just $79.
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+ - Zombies Sighted in Bee Colonies-- and on Amazon ->

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An anonymous reader writes: "Biologists are reporting signs of a possible zombie apocalypse," jokes NPR, "at least for the honeybee population." They're reporting that a rare fly lays its eggs inside of a honeybee, causing it to fly in a shambling and disorderly fashion, with "zombie bees" now being sighted on both coasts of America. Meanwhile, on Halloween night one Kindle blogger noted that the number of ebooks about zombies has increased for the fourth straight year, to 11,430 — nearly 15 times as many as are in the entire Library of Congress!
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+ - Boo! The House Majority PAC is watching you.->

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An anonymous reader writes: I received some interesting mail this week from the House Majority PAC. First, a "voter report card" postcard telling me my voting record was "excellent" (I'm a good citizen!), but also letting me know that they "plan to update this report card after the election to see whether you voted". OK, so one of the Democratic Party's super PACs want me to vote, but it seems to be something of an attempt at intimidation. Today, I received a letter in which they really put the pressure on. Here are some excerpts: "Who you vote for is secret. But whether or not you vote is public record. Our organization monitors turnout in your neighborhood, and we are disappointed that many of your neighbors do not always exercise their right to vote." So why contact me instead of them? Voting is a civic duty, but it isn't illegal to abstain. That's my neighbors' business, not mine. It's one way of expressing dissatisfaction, isn't it? And if there are no candidates you wish to vote for, then why should you vote for someone you don't want? But Big Brother PAC has other ideas: "We will be reviewing the Camden County [NJ] official voting records after the upcoming election to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014. If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not." The letter is signed "Joe Fox Election day Coordinator". So what happens if I don't vote? Well, at least I got a scare this Halloween. Are PACs using similar tactics in other states?
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+ - Twitter and Amazon Create New Add-to-Wishlist Tweets->

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An anonymous reader writes: Amazon's aggressively updating their wishlist feature to allow customers to add items from other online shopping sites, or even by just uploading a photograph. "Last year, one in three Amazon customers worldwide wished," Amazon explains in a press release, noting that 50 new items are added every second. Now customers can even link their Twitter account to their Amazon wish list to request things with a hashtag, though one blogger suggests someone might then jokingly tweet "#AmazonWishList" about some ridiculous product, only to discover that it's now actually being added to their wishlist.
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Comment: It's the Net Neutrality, Tom (Score 5, Informative) 145

by destinyland (#47827907) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
I wonder if this is just a cynical attempt to appear "tough on monopolies" -- right before Tom Wheeler guts Net Neutrality forever.

Reminder: next Wednesday is a "Day of Action" to publicize the need to maintain Net Neutrality.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9...

Comment: Are we being used, right now? (Score 1) 226

This may be the only question that really needs to be answered. There's very strong feelings about "Big Bang Theory" -- some negative -- and for this to be a real conversation, it probably needs to be addressed in some way.

In fact, I'm curious what made Dr. Saltzberg come to Slashdot. Are the producers aware of a "geek backlash", and are they attempting to address it by sending their show's technical adviser to Slashdot? Are we secretly being monitored for a later article about how real geeks all love "Big Bang Theory" which will just cherry-pick anything vaguely positive that's said in this discussion? Maybe we need some more clarity about how this "Ask David Saltzberg" event come together...

Once we understand what's going on here, maybe then we can segue into examples of Dr. Saltzberg's input on the show -- and how its one true geek interacts with the rest of its production staff

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