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Comment: Re:E-book prices (Score 2) 97 97

The problem is the wholesale model in general. All of this distorted pricing in both the physical and virtual spaces comes from the fact that retailers have so much control over the pricing, and are in turn sold physical books at a very low price in recognition of the fact that large tomes of paper are heavy and expensive to move.

Digital sales should never have been wholesale in the first place; publishers should control eBook prices, just like developers do app prices. Meanwhile on the physical side, considering that most dead tree sales are through Amazon anyhow, it's probably time to reevaluate the wholesale model and move closer to how video games and movies are sold. The market is going to be a mess so long as you're using two very different pricing mechanisms for the same item, and in the end it's not going to be dead trees that are in the majority of sales.

Comment: "Clean Energy Candidate" (Score 1, Informative) 308 308

AKA the ruin-the-economy candidate.

Human progress since the Industrial Revolution has been based on cheap energy. While in principle I'm all for clean energy, on the timeline he's talking about it will result in a massive increase in energy costs, essentially running us backwards. (It does create jobs, but only in the broken windows sense)

He needs to find a position that's still progressive, but realistic. Voters, even the ones that are actually well-informed and think this through, are not going to pick a candidate that puts clean energy over the economy and their individual well-being.

Comment: Re:Slashdot you are no better (Score 1) 474 474

I get where you're coming from, but at the same time that's not something I would call censorship.

Censorship is when speech is suppressed. Slashdot choosing not to publish stories is scummy, but it's not the same as preventing users from speaking about it. You can still talk about it, Slashdot just isn't give you a specific platform for it.

When comments get deleted and users get banned, then that's censorship.

Comment: Kudos To The Winner (Score 4, Interesting) 27 27

This contest is always a good read. I continue to be impressed with the crazy things these participants can think of, and simultaneously disturbed by the fact that they actually came up with this.

The winner is especially good, both for being truly underhanded and for putting the lynchpin error in the location you'd least expect to see it. It's a beautiful combination of subtle subterfuge at several points to make the whole thing come together. As TFA so delightfully puts it: "The whole thing is hidden in auditing code, which wins points for sheer spite."

So kudos to the winner. And on behalf of the rest of humanity, please never end up in a situation where you get to use your evil skills in the real world!

Comment: Re:I'm a big support of IPv6 but... (Score 1) 595 595

Hmm, I thought all of Comcast's US residential service supported IPv6 now.

It does. Comcast's residential IPv6 deployment was completed last year. All residential customers should now be able to get IPv6 if they have a modem and computer/router that supports it.

The OP should check his equipment and work from there. With 100% deployment (well, nothing is ever 100%, he could be that one guy), he should be able to get IPv6.

Comment: Re:No media center? Windows 10 is DEAD to me... (Score 2) 468 468

The problem is that not long after Win 10 goes live, MS will cutoff the show listings, effectively killing the live TV feature.

Huh? Microsoft has announced no such thing. Media Center is a part of Win7/8 and will be supported as part of the OSes for their respective lifecycles.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

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.

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Comment: Re:Dry Heat (Score 4, Interesting) 155 155

Well at least it is a dry heat.

Actually it's not, that's the problem. The humidity is around 30% during the day, which may not sound like a lot, but at 47C that's a heat index of over 55C! That's well into the extreme danger zone, you will get heat stroke extremely easy, even without being in the sun. And then of course the humidity will jump up during the night, so it may only be 30C outside, but the heat index is still in the 40s.

This weather is a very nasty combination of heat and humidity. You're basically looking at a sauna at times. Which is all well and good when you can leave the sauna, but even in the best of health the human body struggles to deal with these kinds of heat indexes over an extended period of time.

Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 1094 1094

but they don't think everything else will just inflate along with it?

The increase in wages is expected to greatly outpace any increase in costs for the poor. Even if everyone gets an equivalent pay raise, that only increases labor costs, not material costs. Gas won't go up 50%, food won't go up 50%, etc.

In fact the only thing that would go up by 50% would be labor-intensive services. However since the poor primarily spend their wages on goods and not services, they are among the least impacted by an increase in labor costs.

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