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Comment Re:Personally, I do have a radical agenda (Score 2, Insightful) 335 335

How can there be sales figures for an out-of-print book?

The content has to be available for there can be any "sales", but there have to be "sales" before the publishers are willing to continue making the content available. That's why I went for chickens and eggs.

Comment Re:Personally, I do have a radical agenda (Score 2, Insightful) 335 335

As far as availability goes, that has to do with economics of demand. So long as the demand is present, the book is available

How do you know there is demand for a book (ie people are interested in it and will read it) if there is no supply?

Chickens and eggs; although in this case the eggs can be made available for pennies each in digital form.

Mmmmm digital eggs .... need breakfast.

Comment NASE (Score 1) 1197 1197

Look into:

National Association for the Self-Employed:

I contracted for quite a few years after leaving my Large Corporate Job, and got my family insurance from a local agent who worked for one of NASE's insurance partners. It was a bit pricey, but on the other hand it covered me in TX and my wife in NM with no argument, something that my CORBA provider wouldn't even consider.

Comment Re:ageism (Score 1) 599 599

And it's present in many industries/areas. No one wants anyone over 40 for rock, screen writers are ignored if they're over 40, since "They don't know what it's like to be a kid."

Great. Just great. I'm a 45-yo software enginneer/programmer/musician/playwright. I'm so fucked I might as well just give up now and move back to the farm.


Comment Re:Ok... (Score 1) 681 681

You're assuming that we can harvest all that energy - solar panels and windmills all over everything. What will happen with the widescale use of geothermal heating? How much will the earth's temperature decrease? Let's slow down all the wind and cool the earth. That sounds like a great way to save the environment!

SWEET! Two birds, one stone ... we get more power, and that pesky global warming business can kiss our curvy yellow butts goodbye! How could anything be so perfect?

"'Tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true." -- Poloniouius, in Willie the Shake's _Hamlet, Prince of Darkness_