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  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Remember that the context is "there's a huge amount of readable SF out there" so making us jump through hoops to access your particular book is an interesting strategy. Doing that in the context of me saying I've repeatedly purchased...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    if you buy a DRM-free ebook from Amazon And that "IF" is the problem. The only way to find out whether you can do that is to buy the book and see what you get. Authors like Gary refuse to...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    technologically illiterate parliamentarians ("why don't we pass a law to mandate secure encryption for all banking transactions, but make all encryption transparent to duly designated government authorities?"). Why not? The same thing is going swimmingly in Australia. The bill was...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Is that ebook available for purchase? No, I meant "can I buy a DRM-free epub", rather than clicking a button that says "Kindle Edition". In Australia the difference is really important. If I buy "DRM free epub" but can't read...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    In my experience you pay Amazon, download the file, then discover whether or not it's accessible. If it's not you can ask for a refund but you're unlikely to get one. That's why I'll only buy stuff from Amazon that...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Also, in amusing news for those following the Australian privacy/identity theft news, the Australian Mint has leaked the complete identity theft kits for 3000+ of their customers. All the details needed to sell their houses, divorce their partners, adopt their...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I was happy to let my local supermarket keep a record of "what I buy there", in exchange for 5% cashback on my shop for me, occasional discount vouchers on... I might be, but sadly the only options here are...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    a self-published collection of short stories I put out in March this year has sold consistently ever since Is that ebook available for purchase? The link on your site is to the Amazon "short term rental with DRM" edition,...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    customers mix the bin contents I am pretty sure that has always been the case, it's just easier now because there are fewer full-service outlets. These days customers will open the bulk boxes to buy single items, so you need...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Henry, I have similar accounts with a variety of providers and it's one reason why I demand access to unprotected content. I've spent a great deal of money licensing access to managed content for unknown periods and I'm over it....
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    (timeout ate my comment.. short version follows) Mixed trading/gifting economies tend to be the fallback used after collapses, and they're a well proven technology across and between many species. I think we'll see the current "starve and freeze them out"...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    the essential point is "you can buy stuff this way" and "nobody ever has enough pieces to reconstruct the entire transaction" is the design goal ... meant at the level of technical practicality, not political! To me that says "I'm...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    It's not a formal debate, a thesis defense, or anything else adversarial. Now I'm confused. You've made a post with a proposal, you want us to discuss it, but your answer to critique is "I don't want criticism"? What...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I thought it would be useful to summarise Graydon's proposal so that I know what I'm arguing against. I'd appreciate Grayon's approving or correcting my summary. This is cut and pasted from the post with verbiage shortened. Feel free to...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    FWIW I've recently had the experience of ordering a small electronic device on eBay and getting a large mechanical device instead (worth much more than the thing I paid for). The seller was very apologetic, paid for return shipping, and...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    So just running with the original "I buy an ebook" thought experiment. What happens if that ebook is copied/pirated by an employee of the contractor who stores copies of interesting internet traffic on behalf of the Australian government(*). That copy...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Whitroth, Graydon doesn't care - his system is designed to stop you "backing up" those books, not to allow you to assert ownership or use rights. From his point of view the important part is that you paid for them,...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Defense does not apply because this is neither a conflict not an antagonistic environment. So defence isn't needed because we accept from the start that the system is controlled by the people who would our adversaries if we wanted to...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    He would have to learn small letters first, and distinguishing u and v, before working with electronic media for which minuscule letters are the default. Which might well involved the use of reading glasses, a whole other level of "getting...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Alright, this has gone far enough. It's not a phobia, you just really don't want to talk about it. Charlie: for some reason I'm thinking "I'm not gay but I've had sex with men who are" :)...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    What is certain is that the security balckout is the worst possible thing the "authorities" could have done. I don't think that's true. Announcing that a hitherto secret nuclear reactor has melted down and will almost certainly escape containment some...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    If you do good traffic tracking over long periods, you get a good sense for the peaks in demand and can plan accordingly (i.e., reduce frequency or capacity during slow periods). With buses they seem to do that in most...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    If a book has really bad cheesy SF/F 'art', I seldom bother to open the book to sample read. E.g., SF/Fantasy with bodice-ripper covers. Quite a lot of older books and translations are published with "covers that sell", and that...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Why would you put a full Turing AI on a munition? Once you have the ability to back up and restore the notion of death becomes complex and "suicide" even more so. If I lose an instantiation is that more...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Unless what you really love is cataloging wildflowers This is very true. I'm a geek in my day job, and I like building physical stuff. But right now I'm trying to reduce the amount of stuff I have... so I'm...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    when there's so much available so easily that no one is going to feel compelled to finish anything because it happens to be the one book they're going to be able to find this month? My reaction on reading that...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    two railbeds plus overhead catenary towers are about 11 to 12 metres wide. A public 2-lane road near me which passes between two buildings is 7 metres wide, not counting pedestrian pavements. Which is useful to know, but then we...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    but I am going to suggest that a bus with 2 passengers generates ~twice the (pollutant That was an example of space used, not a reflection of actual occupancy. There's a subtle benefit that buses are replaced after 3-10 years...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    a willingness for people to move as their circumstances change in life rather than being nailed to the spot fifty kilometres from their new workplace by mortgages Until we can eliminate families and communities that's how it has to be....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    "attractive nuisance". A really good public transport system attracts passengers... because, well, it's carrying three times more passengers than it did before and it's full up. There are physical chokes on the rate at which trains or trams or buses...
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