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Comment: Living off the past (Score 1) 250

by rcharbon (#48703957) Attached to: How Amazon's Ebook Subscriptions Are Changing the Writing Industry
That $9/month (more or less) that I pay is not enough to support a ecosystem to create new works, but it's plenty to milk more out of old works. Book subscription services (Amazon/Scribd/Oyster) live off the past. There's little chance that any new book that I want to read is in their libraries, but with 700,000 old books available, there's enough to keep me occupied, much in the same way that I can sit with Netflix and kill time with 10 years of Grey's Anatomy instead of supporting new works.

Comment: The alternative is "forever" (Score 2) 190

by rcharbon (#48267943) Attached to: Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records
You may think 5 years is too short, but you do need some expiration date for non-critical data. Without an expiration date, whoever manages the data has to go into CYA mode and keep it forever. That gets expensive - it's not the cost of raw storage, it's the cost of ensuring that everything is kept as systems change.

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

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