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Submission + - How Barnes & Noble stole the first e-book I ever bought

Robotech_Master writes: I bought my first e-book in 1998, before my e-reading hardware had even arrived yet. Yesterday I discovered that Barnes & Noble has effectively stolen that book from me, mistakenly replacing it in my Nook library with another title I never bought.

B&N's customer service rep's most helpful suggestion was that I could buy the e-book again—he even offered to give me the link. Is it any wonder Barnes & Noble is having such a hard time competing with Amazon?

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1044

"Make sure a white male won" You appear to be spewing back whatever blog you last read that claimed the Puppies were racist and sexist.

Right there in the Wired article is a woman who was on the Sad Puppies recommended list. She excused herself when the politics showed up.

That Correia and Togerson are racists is also laughable. If you believe it, show some evidence.

The Sad Puppies opposition worked hard to push the narrative that Puppies are racist and sexist.

Their racist/sexist accusation comes down to "If Puppies are not FOR promoting Hugos for authors because of non-white race and non-male gender, then Puppies must be racist/sexist." Now there is a fallacious argument. The old "if you're not for us you're against us" nonsense.

Comment Re:Can Go still not load shared libraries? (Score 1) 221

Go executables are static by design. It is pretty great to be able to copy it into place and it just works. Add a couple other build options to remove the ability to bind to external C code and include a Go DNS resolver, and the binary can be put into a completely empty container. Now that's great. It's the difference between 8 MB and 300 MB containers.

The arguments about fixing bugs in shared libraries do apply, but that's a problem with containers too, so you need a policy for rebuilding containers with bugs as well as Go binaries with bugs.

Comment Browser must be safe even on dodgy sites (Score 1) 294

It should not, indeed it must not matter that Firefox loads data from a dodgy website. It has to be safe to read it, render it and run the Javascript.

Because if it isn't then the browser is doomed to be cracked and exploited anyway. Attackers can break into "safe" websites and put their scripts there. Or buy advertisements to their malware.

So all the worry over loading links from untrusted sites is foolish because you cannot trust ANY site on the Internet. Not really.

There's a better argument to be made over the privacy implications.

Comment Re:Honestly? (Score 1) 321

Oh sure, why not backport DX12 to XP.

It would only involve porting all of the internal kernel changes, driver support, DLLs, etc.

So then what, you'd have Windows 10 with a XP shell on top. Yay.

It would be almost exactly like porting DRI3 from Fedora 22 back to RHEL 5. You merely need to recompile kernel, glibc, Xorg, glib, gtk, gnome and KDE.

Get right on that.

Comment Re:Wrong answer to the wrong question (Score 1) 1094

And what if they did have a serious underground baby sitting ring? I could see one teenager acting as a coordinator, taking a 10% referral cut from each deal. One such teenager, acting as the manager for all of his or her friends, handling schedules and such, could exceed the levels easily.

And if you don't think teenagers can handle business and money like that then you haven't heard about high school drug dealers.

But my point about babysitters was that they are an example of the cash economy. Other work often paid in cash is lawn care, snow removal, food trucks, computer repair, auto maintenance, handy-man work of all kinds.

A lot of time those jobs are done off the books and the cash is used for entertainment spending, like beer.

Comment Re:Wrong answer to the wrong question (Score 1) 1094

Any rules or restrictions on a Basic Income plan are a bad idea because checking and enforcing those rules needs a big bureaucracy with investigators and enforcers. I can see an immediate cheat already of just working off the books for cash, thus being "unemployed." More than a third of the US economy is already untaxed cash transactions. (Seriously, who pays teen babysitters in anything but cash? And do you think that they track it and pay taxes on it?) No need to make it more.

Just pay everyone the exact same amount and save all the money you'd otherwise spend on making rules.

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