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Comment Re:NO !! (Score 1) 380

When I was in high school and college I couldn't afford the cost of new books so the used bookstore was my favorite place to shop. Once e-books took off, the used bookstores all went out of business, at least in my city. I would love to have an online source to legally purchase "used" e-books for cheap. I am more than willing to pay full price for authors I know and like, but the cost of discovery for new authors is pretty high and the local library is quite limited.

Submission + - Plastic-eating bacteria could help clean up waste (inhabitat.com)

Kristine Lofgren writes: Scientists have discovered a microorganism that literally devours ocean-clogging plastic. The bacterium Ideonella sakaiensis can completely break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a super common plastic used in bottles and containers that makes up a huge part of all the plastic waste in the world. Now scientists just need to figure out how to harness the hungry little bug to recycle plastic and reduce pollution.

Submission + - An inside look at how Netflix builds code (sdtimes.com)

mmoorebz writes: Netflix is known as a place to binge watch television, but behind the scenes, there’s much going on before everyone’s favorite shows can be streamed.

The first step to deploying an application or service is building. Netflix created Nebula, a set of plug-ins for the Gradle build system, that “help with the heavy-lifting around building applications,” said the engineers.

Netflix is continuing to look at the developer experience and determine how it can improve. Containers could be one solution to many of the company's challenges, like increasing bake time or improving the deploy experience.

Submission + - Thanks for the Memories: Touring the Awesome Random Access of Old (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: The RAM we use today is truly amazing in all respects: performance, reliability, price; all have been optimized to the point you can consider memory a solved problem. Equally fascinating is the meandering path that we've taken over the last half century to get here. Drums, tubes, mercury delay lines, dekatrons, and core memory. They're still as interesting as the day electrons first ran through their circuits. Perhaps most amazing is the cost and complexity, both of which make you wonder how they ever manage to be used in production machines. But here's the clincher: despite being difficult and costly to manufacture, they were all very reliable.

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