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Comment Re:Same price ? (Score 1) 323

There is no DRM on the books I bought so far.
I can lend them whoever I want.
But I sure as hell won't lend them my Kindle. They got to bring their own.

Oh and my local library is lending out ebooks. Which you have to return. I still don't understand how that is supposed to work, because there is no DRM on those books either.
But yes, lending ebooks is a thing apparently.

Comment Re:Disappearance of E-Ink (Score 1) 323

The paperwhite with backlight on is only for reading in a situation with dim lighting.
Which is has always been an eye-strainer, even with conventional books.
At least with the backlight, you have the option to increase lighting a bit. Not as comfortable as natural lighting, but better than reading a book with little light.

However, when there is ambient light, the backlighting of the paperwhite adds almost nothing.It looks exactly the same on a sunny day outside, sitting in the shades, with backlight on 100% and 0%. It looks like a piece of paper, readable, but not glowing.

So it is not meant to be used with a backlight.
but you have the option to do so.

Comment Re:oh man, what a mess (Score 0) 290

From the article (yeah, i know...):

"This is not an OCR problem (as we switched off OCR on purpose), it is a lot worse"

The machines are altering the scanned pictures.
And they seem to do this in locations where there are numbers in the picture.
AND they seem to do it so that the altered image still contains numbers at the same location. Just different ones.

Comment Re:I just say (Score 1) 385

I would expext that anything that could be expressed in a simple enough equation, could also be described in words easily enough.

But the first example in the summary mentions the Heisenberg uncertainty. Concepts like this are hard to describe in words, but the equations are just as hard to grasp. They are usually completely made up of often obscure variables, each of them standing for another equation, or an abstact concept of its own.
Unless you happen to know each of these, you will not be able to make much sense of the complete equation.
Trying to discover their meaning will quickly lead to even more unknowns for anyone not yet familiar with the topic.

Most people understand the language of the equation itself, which describes the relation of it's parts to each other, But if the parts of the equation are unknowns, how much use is that?

Comment Re:Dear Russia, (Score 1) 239

I think the hope is that the UN will be so split about any minor issue concerning the internet, that they will at worst endlessly debate and vote on censorship, but nothing will ever get done. So basicly the internet will forever be left to it's own devices.
This hope is not unfounded, given the previous record of the UN not getting stuff done.

Comment Re:Mass Drivers as Alternatives? (Score 1) 438

I am not sure I get this.

If the path into orbital passes through earth, what keeps you from building your spacegun on that exact exit point on the other side of earth in the first place and point it into that direction?
Somewhere surely you will have to leave the insides of earth and approach orbit with that path. Which means there is a valid path from earth crust into orbit.

Comment Re:Woo-hoo 3 feet!!! (Score 1) 73

I have developed RFID reader applications for the 4102 (125khz) chips and we could read them easily from 3-5 metres.
Provided we used the right antenna (directional) and maxed the power output of course.

Such a setup might be to big for disguised hacking.

Still, a lot more of 'a few centimeters' should be no problem at all. Given the goal of hacking someone from afar, these previous 'hackers' have failed pretty hard if that's all they got.

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