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Comment Re: About $13,000 per issue for content and design (Score 1) 57

Since they were the ones getting advertisers and distribution for the LXF mag (Future didn't do all this, check out Everard's interview on Linux Action Show) they shouldn't have a problem getting the wheels turning.

Raising this kind of support and publicity surely won't hurt either.

I'm just sore about not being able to afford the lifetime subscription..

Comment Re: Magazines in 2013? (Score 1) 57

Not everyone is online.
Not everyone reads online or on computers.
I personally spent some 2500-3000 $USD on books this year. Believe me, a lot of interesting books, albeit in niche areas, are only possible to hunt down and order online.

Makes you think about everything that's not mainstream enough to ever get the online baptism..

Back to topic; printed material is great, makes it easier to read and learn.

Comment Re: Readership (Score 1) 57

I subscribed to LJ, Linux Mag and Linux Format in print. I stopped renewing LJ when they went PDF only. Still miss the BASH tutorials. I stopped renewing Linux Mag when I left corp IT (it's very business oriented).

Which leaves LXF. The magazine and the podcasts are informative, insightful and entertaining. And they represent both Free software enthusiasts and Open Source pragmatists, debating technology and politics without just looking at the cost/economic side of things (software as products for consumers).

Comment Re: Model fails to account for magic and Valar (Score 1) 163

You hit the nail. While magic works in mysterious ways, science (working the same process) strives to declare its power to avoid mysteriousness.

It's inherited from the Enlightenment, probably.

That said, reading old folklore reveals a different picture. The supernatural wasn't questioned (that came with experimental science) instead it held the position our 'facts' do. Or, sociologically, they were facts.

This made the mysteries all the more mundane, taken for granted. This doesn't mean people was stupid, they were explaining phenomena in the way they could.

This is captured brilliantly by Dune, where high-tech takes a back seat even though it's there.

Submission + - New Linux Voice magazine to donate 50% of profits to Free Software & Linux c (

Russell Armstrong writes: Some of the guys behind Linux Format recently quit to start up their own independent magazine called Linux Voice. They aim to release their podcasts and magazine content under an open source/Creative Commons licence and they will donate 50% of the profits to Free Software / Linux projects and communities. Issue 1 is due in February 2014, meanwhile they are running a crowd funding campaign to get the project up and running.

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