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Comment: Re:300-400 dollars buys a lot of paper books (Score 2) 415

Like 75-100 books. Do you really need an e-reader just to read? Plus many e-books are overpriced, where used books only cost 1 penny plus shipping.

If it were me I'd buy the cheaper e-book available which is the Kindle for $79. I wouldn't go spending hundreds of dollars on a device.

The problem with $300-$400 in books is: where are you going to put them?

The poster is already an avid reader, thus (s)he surely has a sizable amount of books. As you cannot buy (yet) 400sqf on Amazon to expand your home, space becomes a premium.

My 2 cents.

Comment: My experience with Nook Color (Score 3, Interesting) 415

I had this same problem. I *love* to read, but I was hardly reading anything.

Then my wife got me a Nook Color. And it's awesome

- Decent price
- B&N reader (very good!)
- on-line dictionary (English is my 3rd language)
- I can read ePubs and PDFs fine
- New Nook Color has Netflix
- Rooteable and good Nook Rooter community
- B&N has free ebooks every week
- If you root it, you can install Kindle Android App
- MicroSD slot
- Decent battery life
- Not awful reading outside
- I can read at night
- (...)

So in those last 2 years I've read a lot, a little bit during lunch and some week-end marathons when wife is at work.

All in all, I love it and give it my OpKool Seal of Approval.

--- Peace!

Comment: On TwiT.tv (Score 4, Informative) 97

by opkool (#40867083) Attached to: Where To View the Mars Curiosity Landing

I'll watch it at TwiT.tv -> http://twit.tv/2012/07/30/mars-landing-special-aug-5th-10pm-pdt

The presenters/guests to this event will be:

Jonathan Strickland (How Stuff Works) -> http://www.howstuffworks.com/jonathan-strickland-author1.htm
Dr Kiki (Dr Kiki Science Hour) -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiki_Sanford
Phil Plait (Bad Astronomer) -> http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/07/20/mars-attacks-of-the-show/
Steve Sell (JPL, Sky Crane) -> http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/30jul_skycrane/

Hope they do a good job!

Peace!

Comment: Re:What (Score 1, Troll) 722

by opkool (#35396518) Attached to: Is Apple Turning Into the Next "Evil Empire"?

So not ALLOWING Flash, even when Adobe does all the work is being good? How about FORCING publishers to sell their content at a 30 percent loss on the App Store, that is being good?

How long has it taken for Adobe to publish Flash for Android? For ever. And it is sub-par, to say the least.

And Flash is still not on the Xoom yet.

And about the 30%, how much does a bookstore keep per sold book? It is about 50% (heard it on a recent show form Leo Laporte's TWiT.tv ) . Also an interesting read on publishing industry is http://www.fonerbooks.com/

With Apple, Amazon and now Google, authors are finally allowed to sell directly to their readers.

Back to Flash, I block Flash on both FFox and Chrome on my Linuxes. And Sure as hell I will not install it on my rooted nook color. So if I had an iThing, I would not want Flash on it.

Sure, most of Flash problems is due to awful Flash developers. But always bad developers go in hand with bad tools that allow small flash banners to max your CPU.

It is a hard day when on Slashdot someone praises Flash, a platform that has a history of being very unfriendly to *nix systems.

And don't make me call good'ole RMS on you, or he'll chase you all the way to your Starbucks with an EMACS manual while chanting "who needs Flash? Flash is not GNU/Free Software!".

Peace.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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