It has become a 'forever class reunion' for people with no real friends.
"Perhaps this could be solved through crowd-sourcing? It's totally worth investigating, since so many old books will simply disappear."
It's already been done by millions of people. Check any torrent site.
"Books, on the other hand, particularly prior to electronic publishing often dealt with paper manuscripts. Those have to be scanned and converted, a much more labor intensive process."
Not at all. If you have the license, just download one of the torrented pirated versions.
They already have done most of the job, sometimes _all_ of it.
Why rescanning it?
"Try buying Spinozas Philosophy in paper, it's expensive but you can get it at Gutenberg for free."
Any book on demand site will print one out for 10-20$, less if it's a 'test-book'.
Which one is Niccoló Machiavelli?
"Considering that Microsoft charges money for Android
Come on, after all we're talking about 2 phones or so.
"You may recall it was the Russians that invaded."
How can they invade if their fleet is stationed there since forever.
"Do you have any limits to the extent you would permit Russia to seize additional territory? Western Ukraine? Poland? Finland? Malta? Scotland?"
Wrong example countries. The 2 countries were 'engaged' in sowjet times and while drunk, the 'groom' made a gift of the Crimea to the Ukraine, albeit his fleet was stationed there.
Since then the engagement was broken and the groom just wants his present back from the bride.
Mammogram machine manufacturers will raise a stink at these news.
And we learned that you can board a plane with passport that was stolen and REPORTED stolen on an airplane, as long as you leave your shampoo at home an remove your shoes before boarding.
"One of their geneticists is one of the top in the country..."
'And, according to the story, he built his rep on the extraction of DNA from an 80 million year old dinosaur fossil. Unfortunately the DNA turned out to be from a modern human.'
He's obviously one of the top 5000 geneticists.
"Actually this knowledge is counter to evolution."
Consider this as evolution in action.
The kids of stupid people die and clean the gene pool.
Those who survive clean real pools.
This is a government agency, they don't do cheap, they don't know how.
"The anti-nuclear crowd like to terrorise people with irrational fear."
The Japanese know firsthand (and secondhand) that fearing nukes is nothing irrational.
Don't know about reliable but for people with e-readers it's a must.
"b. You're assuming everyone on Slashdot thinks God is a myth. Rather than just claiming, "God is a myth," tell us why he's a myth."
The same reason as the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Mother Goose.
They are related.