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Submission + - Are Gatekeepers The Answer To Bad eBooks?

popstack writes: The promise of indie publishing, that any author can bring their book to market, has the downside that any author can bring their book to market. The resulting mass of poor quality books has been, somewhat indelicately, termed a shit volcano that may cause the end of literacy as we know it.

CBC News covered one Saskatoon author's mission to sift the mountain of ore for the gold with what he calls the Immerse or Die challenge.

"Smith reads the book while walking [on a treadmill], trying to stay engaged in the story for 40 minutes. Anything that breaks his immersion, like bad grammar or continuity errors, gets a strike.

After three strikes, he stops the timer, closes the book and posts an article on his website outlining what went wrong." Those books that survive make the hall of fame, and garner the associated promise of quality.

But is the notion of a gatekeeper for indie ebooks even reconcilable with the open market? Many readers don't seem to care if their werebear romance didn't immerse cover-to-cover. So is it a problem when the authors don't care either?

Comment Re:Old Habits Die Hard (Score 1) 442

Adblock plus is literally in the process of destroying the business of online advertising. Whether or not this is a good or bad thing is beside the point; why would a group of advertisers want to have anything to do with them?

FUD, the only thing they are destroying are intrusive ads.

Comment Re:A secure backdooor? (Score 1, Interesting) 179

The system is spread out amongst many different countries in such a way that many different governments must agree to use the back door. If the USA, the Netherlands, and Russia can agree, for example, then it is probably criminal investigation and not spying going on.

I can't believe you could be that naive.

Submission + - MST3K Breaks Kickstarter record

the_Bionic_lemming writes: Raising over 7 million dollars in just one month MST3K fans helped push the new 14 episode series past the Official Kickstarter Veronica Mars total of $5,702,153 by raising $5,764,229 On Kickstarter. $600,000 + Was added to the total from the Add on store at . And what's more, they did it with only 48,270 backers compared to 91,585 Veronica Mars backers.

Comment Re: brick and mortar is an assett (Score 1) 203

Yeah send my car to Wallyworld alone. Any convenience or cost savings will quickly be whittled away due to the performance of thier employees whether it be fuck ups in fulfilment or boogers on the door handle. They need to become a more professional business altogether online and off for this to work. Who can honestly view themselves typing in with a straight face?

Comment Re:Do they count rollbacks? (Score 1) 246

I ran it for about 2 weeks on a laptop at home used for general browsing, but watching the logs on my firewall were crazy. I couldn't manage to track down all the different * domains or other CDN endpoints they were using to relentlessly connect. You basically have to switch to whitelisting. My hosts block file picked up dozens of entries, but after realizing it'd be a never ending cat & mouse game I reverted back to Win7...Unless they stop this crap in a soon to be released patch we'll go back to being a Windows free home when win7 gets bothersome.

Just use this: Along with some easily googlable additions to your HOSTS file. I've manged to get it down to just one site (IIRC) it will try randomly the entire time but HOSTS seems to deal with it as well as it can be dealt with.

Submission + - Microsoft's Anti-privacy in Windows 7, 8 in Detail

WheezyJoe writes: ghacks, Extremetech, Ars, and even Forbes are providing more detail about Windows 10's telemetry and "privacy invasion" features being backported to Windows 7 and 8. The articles list and explain some of the involved hotfixes by number (e.g., KB3068708, KB3022345, KB3075249, and KB3080149). The Extremetech and ghacks articles suggest what you might be able to do about it.

gHacks notes that ”these four updates ignore existing user preferences stored in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (including any edits made to the Hosts file) and immediately starts exchanging user data with and These, and maybe others, appear to be hardcoded which means that the Hosts file is bypassed automatically”

Submission + - The FBI Has Its Own Surveillance Air Force (

CambodiaSam writes: The FBI is operating a “small air force” of planes equipped with video and cellphone surveillance technology (known as stingrays), according to a report released Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Submission + - Goodbye Slashdot ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Censoring the story of SourceForge including malware in popular OSS projects is the absolute height of corruption that I've witnessed of this shell of a website. There's no reason to visit here any more. There are any number of websites that do exactly what Slashdot does, but better — often Slashdot pulls their articles from these very sites without much more than a two or three word sourcing. In the meantime, the one story that Slashdot seems to be avoiding like the plague, deleting submissions from the queue and Firehose as soon as they appear? The SourceForge malware story. What a coincidence.

Slashdot and its corrupt editors can all choke on the dicks they're sucking at DICE for pocket change.

Delete that soulskill, you money-grubbing cunt.

Submission + - SourceForge Joins the Bundle Wagon

An anonymous reader writes: The irony of submitting this on /. is not lost on me.
"Apparently, SourceForge's mysterious "sf-editor1" has also claimed ownership of a number of other accounts for open source and other software projects."
SF is claiming ownership of these projects for the specious reason of them being "abandoned" when in fact these project simply stopped using SF (apparently for good reason).

Submission + - SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing ( 1

shanehiltonward writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Update: In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge's community team wrote that, in fact, "this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current." That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project's own Web page. But Jernej Simoni, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project's ownership "byline" had been changed to "sf-editor1"—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled. Ars tested the downloader and found that it offered during the installation to bundle Norton anti-virus and remote backup services with GIMP—before downloading the installer authored by Simoni (his name still appears on the installer's splash screen).

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