fishdan writes: "The New York Times is reporting that HarperCollins Publishers announced last week that they would begin making the eBooks that they give to libraries expire after 26 readings (assuming a 2 weeks checkout period, that means one year of being loaned).
Simon & Schuster and Macmillan (among other publishers), do not sell eBooks to libraries at all because checking out ebooks from an online library in many cases is easier than buying a book online.
“We are working diligently to try to find terms that satisfy the needs of the libraries and protect the value of our intellectual property,” John Sargent, the chief executive of Macmillan, said in an e-mail. “When we determine those terms, we will sell e-books to libraries. At present we do not.”"
fishdan writes: "You think it's tough when your hobby involves you getting blindsided by a leggy blond while on the track? Imagine if the same hobby got you blind sided by a multinational! Frito-Lay, a company previously thought of favorably by 5 out of 5 code monkeys, recently filed a suit of opposition against Coleen Bell, a Madison WI native and former Mad Rollin' Dolls roller derby player. Frito-Lay claims that Bell's roller derby name, Crackerjack, is too similar to the name of their famous caramel popcorn and nut snack.
Which seems ironic, when in their own ads they say "What do you call a kid, who can skate like that? You call that kid a Cracker Jack."
You have to wonder what the NFL thinks about this. Will they open up bidding in 2010? And what about the gamers? What is the real future of games on the PC? Is this going to motivate anyone to buy a console? Or will MSFT start selling a XBox360 emulator, and make this all moot."
"For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science," says Michael Zimmerman, founder of Evolution Sunday and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis. In the Clergy Letters, Zimmerman goes on to state: "Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts."
I'm not Christian, but I think I might attend one of the services (listed on the first link) near my house to show my support for rational religion."
fishdan writes: I've seen (as has everyone else) about a million sites go down under the weight of the slashdot effect. Is there some reason why we don't post the links for the stories as coral cached links? I know the sites might want the traffic, but most of them can't handle it, and the good ones will retain their customers anyway. Isn't it time to stop destroying the web one site at a time?