* Posts by Moonwolf

14 posts • joined 10 Apr 2008

Muso turfed off train for 'suspicious' set list



those dangerous paper cuts.

Mine's the one I can fold into a paper airplane.

'Negatively strange' antihypermatter made out of gold


Wouldn't that be ...


Mine's the one with the cat in the pocket ... or is it?

Sci-fi and fantasy authors wade into Amazon spat



The initial article kind of missed a few important points. Must have been a deadline to meet for a space-filler I guess?

Amazon's objection wasn't entirely about the ideas of eBook pricing themselves, it was objecting to the agency model Macmillan was trying to put in place that recognizes the "new" technology. Macmillan was trying *to* adapt to new technology - but it would have meant *Amazon* didn't make as much money per copy sold.

Read Charles Stross' analysis of the whole situation for a better idea of what happened - http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/01/amazon-macmillan-an-outsiders.html

Even better, try the letter Macmillan sent out to agents and authors, there's a copy at http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=282306625809 - note that the agency model was proposing *dynamic* pricing, no different than current markdowns of physical books over time.

As a side note, Amazon didn't pull the same stunt with Hachette - http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6717788.html?desc=topstory

Bill Ray should have done some actual research for the article a little more - I've seen more balanced party political broadcasts.

Amazon is trying to be to publishing what Apple is to people deciding what to run on their i*'s. I don't know about you, but I've got about as much interest in *Amazon* deciding what I get for my books as anyone else does in Apple deciding what you can run on your iPhone or iPod.

As for why SFWA got involved - It's doing what it's supposed to do, and stand up for its members.

Apple kicks prolific developer out of iTunes shop


Equally pointless comment to show cross-referencing abilities

Already been used by someone else according to Google - remember, if you didn't want to be caught, you probably shouldn't have done it!

US judge rules quadriplegic can bear arms


What ...

You guys never played Car Wars™?

New antimatter atomsmashers 'may destroy themselves'


Sod the bells ...

... where's the really hot cup of tea?

'Bloody' is an offensive word, declares ASA


So ...

When will they outlaw frak?

Mine's the one with the toaster in the pocket

MPs report back from internet's dark side

Black Helicopters


I thought everyone objected to China doing stuff the way this is headed?

Google's spycar revs up UK privacy fears


@AC (Emerson you answered ...)

I can actually understand blurring out number plates, they do that with "reality" TV shows using dash-cams and the like. Those are "more" identifiable, I think, and deserve some privacy.

I'm not sure where you get being "able to take advantage of the situation" of you going out though (serious question).

I mean, if you go out, hordes of people can see you. What makes being seen in a picture on the 'net that millions of people "could" see any different than walking down the road where everyone can see you "real time"?

I'll believe they'll stop abuse of CCTV by "authorities" when I see it (no pun intended). It just means those "authorities" will need to get more creative with their justifications - especially if the DPA makes it near-impossible for people to know they were even monitored to begin with.

The downside to a totalitarian democracy is it's all too easy to say surveillance is for the ethereal "public good".

It really is hard for me to reconcile the arguments against Google Street View with the support (or at least acceptance) of governmental monitoring. One is more about the places, the other is absolutely about the people.

Paris Hilton


So people in the country with the most number of surveillance cameras per citizen in the world that aren't covered by the Data Protection Act (if they're not targeted at a specific individual) are complaining about a car driving around taking pictures?

They think that's a breach of privacy, whilst the local council making sure you bag it after your dog does it isn't?

I'm Irish, but not even I'd be able to use *this* logic!

Paris, cos I doubt she'd understand it any better than I

Criminal record checks could hit over 14 million people

Black Helicopters

Paranoid? Nahhhh

"A mother has been told she cannot travel to school with her severely epileptic son because she has not been police checked."


The Moderatrix will see you now


@AC re Questions

Try a silicone lube instead of the spray, something like Eros.

So I was wondering ...

Why is the middle of the road?

Mine's the catsuit

Windows Vista update 'kills' USB devices


I have to say it

Hasta la Vista, USB?

*is already wayyyyyyyy heading out the door at a rate of knots*

Phone insurance firm reveals Sharia rules policy

IT Angle

@AC - "Sharia Rules?"

They're not "investing for profit" - the rules have use the "financial gain" meaning of "investment".

So they can't invest in shares in a company that is involved in those businesses.


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