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Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 82

by TheRaven64 (#48671595) Attached to: App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"
They only give you the free copy for the photo of the cover for public domain books. If you want to read these, install FBReader (which has a nice search interface for various online collections) and don't waste time with this app. To get copies of in-copyright books, you need to deface the copyright page. If you can do that in a book shop without having to buy the book, then you live somewhere with very tolerant shopkeepers...

Comment: Re:I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer questi (Score 1) 82

by TheRaven64 (#48671583) Attached to: App Gives You Free Ebooks of Your Paperbacks When You Take a "Shelfie"
I already have an app that catalogues the books I own by reading the bar code (which contains the ISBN in most cases). It takes a couple of seconds on my cheap phone (Moto G) to scan each bar code - it takes longer to look them up in a DB. Why would I want to use an app that relies on being able to recognise a cover, which is both more computationally expensive and less reliable (several of the books I own have had a dozen or so different covers for different printings - try looking at all of the covers an Agatha Christie novel has had over the years sometime)?

To claim an eligible title you have to take a picture of your name written onto the book's copyright page

Ah, so I have to deface my books and take two pictures (one of the copyright page, one of the cover)? No thanks.

Comment: Re:Actually.. (Score 1) 192

by rtb61 (#48671403) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

IMDB ratings are a complete and utter waste of time. The majority of initial ratings and reviews in the first few hours and days will be single posting ratings scoring it at 9 or 10. The same thing will occur on DVD release. So the IMDB score is just a measure of how much the dick heads at the studios are willing to spend with PR=B$ firms on deceitful reviews. Amazons sucks because it purposefully fails to fix it by allowing review and rating filters to block utterly pointless reviews and ratings. As for the others, meh, still similar problems.

Comment: Re:I'm Gonna Say "Yes" (Score 1) 201

by rtb61 (#48671379) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Well, that would be the exact reason why to say no, the main video gamers are participant orientated and little bit of viewing is more than enough. It is the failed jock strap douche's that watch sports, hour after, boring hour, after oh my super boring hour and they are not bored at all, just deluding themselves that they are on the field ie computer games can of course right there and then enter their field. Also in the real world PvP is not so much player versus player but purse vs purse. The greed balance of selling virtual junk for real currency versus allowing people to win for free. Let people win for free instead of admins logging on with powered up characters kicking those cheap bastards arses who are not spending enough.

Perhaps they should be looking at the Olympics from the other point of view, should they either just stop or end the lies about amateurs or simply stop lying and make it all professional.

The internet delivered a great thing for most geeks and nerds, the opportunity to escape sports broadcasting and the advertising associated with it.

Comment: Re:Offense: (Score 0) 278

by rtb61 (#48671247) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

UK laws, significant core difference to the US. Citizens do not bring charges, they are a witness, it is the state that bring charges for crimes. So the citizen only reports the crime. You also have to be careful with difference between facts and opinions. You are free to express you opinion no matter how nasty but it must be expressed as an opinion. However you are not allowed to make false statements of fact. You can target and challenge organisations and deride them however you can not target and challenge their members and deride them. So hate speech, make a false derogatory statement of fact targeted at individuals. Not hate speech, render an opinion about an organisation no matter how derogatory. Quite simply freedom of speech is the right to express an opinion and not the right to lie, if fact there are a whole range that expressly forbid lying in a whole range of circumstance not least of which is perjury or just like what happened in a very recent US grand jury, an intent to submit witnesses who you knew to be lying to the grand jury as if those witnesses were telling the truth and to the press and the public at large, in fact the whole world got to see first hand the corruption in US injustice system.

Comment: Re: Motive (Score 1) 185

by donscarletti (#48671215) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

And with this, you would lose any hope of support from anyone in the region. The South Korean government would either consider this tribute as too much of a humiliation or would consider it as payment for the war in its entirety and not commit any of its own troops. Japan would be skeptical and would start distancing itself, China would use it to enormous political advantage, as would Russia. Not to mention the problems that this tax would have on integrating the brained washed North Korean masses into Korean society, when they are trained to hate everything un-Korean as imperialism for 60 years, then suddenly are conqured by foreign soldiers and are forced to pay 2% of their earnings to a foreign power, learning that Kim Il Sung was right all along.

Basically you would be turning this from something achieved with a few air strikes, lend lease and South korean blood to another Vietnam war, for two percent of the income of a war torn and divided nation.

People like you having the vote is why the framers of the U.S. constitution did not envision a standing army or entering permanent alliances.

Comment: Re:Very doubtful it was North Korea (Score 1) 185

by rtb61 (#48671205) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

Except of course Putin managed to dump a 30billion dollar debtor nation on the EU without alienating the Russian electorate, in fact he gained significant popularity. The US of course spent 5 billion dollars to create that 30billion dollar debt and in fact managed to get the EU to pay Russia for a lot of energy that the Ukraine would otherwise never had to pay for. Seriously, Ukraine so corrupt and Russian intelligence services did not know exactly what was going on and did not seek to make significant gains by it, rather than prevent it from happening. Merry Christmas from the US to the EU your present is a huge debt, a fascist nation and a gold old Fuck You ;D (the US state department representative even said it out loud).

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