* Posts by CN Hill

46 posts • joined 17 Oct 2008

Publishers sue to shut down books-for-all Internet Archive for 'willful digital piracy on an industrial scale'

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So because something is too expensive for you, you have no compunction in stealing it.

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'The authors are the only ones that can change this part of the equation.'

No. Getting a book published is nearly as hard work as writing it in the first place.

Publishers are never going to be short of authors, but as far as authors are concerned, publishers are in very short supply.

All your jobs are belong to us... Amazon is hiring 75,000 people but if you want US home groceries, tough luck

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" You too can get the chance to piss in bottles to secure you're employer's space dreams."


NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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Ah. April 1st.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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"Ever questioned, for instance, why tiny memory cards and other components are often packaged in huge blister packs of hard plastic that are challenging to open without self-injury? "

To prevent casual theft.

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'

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Re: "amps from the mains" (?)

So every recharging point is going to be connected to a 11kV supply? Seriously?

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How many amps does it draw from the mains?

1kW of mains equates to 4A. Let's say 40kWhr to full charge so 160A for 1 hour. Or in 10 minutes 6 x 160A = 960A. Close on 1kA.


Geiger counters are so last summer. Lasers can detect radioactive material too, y'know

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Re: Not a nuclear scientist here...

"Exactly why they think anyone is smuggling large quantities of radioactive materials through American ports is a more difficult question to answer."

Nukes in shipping containers.

Brexit text-it wrecks it: Vote Leave fined £40k for spamming 200k msgs ahead of EU referendum

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Re: Vote Leave fined for promoting Brexit

If people can't be bothered to vote, then they'll have to live with the consequences.

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"But it admitted it had deleted this evidence, along with the phone numbers the messages were sent from, and details on the volume of messages sent and received."

As they were required to do by electoral law. "The reason Vote Leave were unable to prove it was specifically because they deleted their entire database after the vote as agreed with the ICO before the referendum."


' Meanwhile the Remain campaign – now in its third different incarnation as People’s Vote – kept its entire database from the referendum campaign and has continued to pump out messages to its database on an almost daily basis since the referendum. Funnily enough the regulators don’t have a problem with that…'


Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks

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I'd love to see a default for Windows Explorer as View as List and Sort as File Type.

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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"while the pilot pores over his screens"


How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Re: Want one!

Not at that price!

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: how is assembler outdated and by what?

I've read that the CPU in question was a RCA 1802. Can anyone verify that?

Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

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What is this 'debuted' of which you speak?

This is where UK's Navy will park its 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers

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Re: "...a local transformer which takes it up from the standard 50Hz to the carriers’ 60Hz..."

And more interestingly, why does the carrier use 60Hz ac?

So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

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Re: A bit simplistic

" And capitalism has had its huge failures, WW1 and what followed being an example."

WW1 was a consequence of capitalism? If you say so.

Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: Corbyn is barking, but ...

You obviously didn't live in the DDR or USSR.

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The economy that has given us the highest standard of living the country has ever seen?

Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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If devaluation were the secret to economic success, we'd be the most successful country in Europe.

Inside GOV.UK: 'Chaos' and 'nightmare' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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The Guardian.

1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Nice to see HTP + catalyst pack making a comeback.


So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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I have a copy of Lotus Organiser which came from a cover disk [remember those?] on PC PRO. I still use it because it works and because I've got a lot of data in it.

I can see a calendar entry from July 2000 in there ...

SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

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Re: Good place for it.

What's wrong with Mombasa?

Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Re: The internet

Let's put it another way.

No one, and certainly no government, planned the growth of the internet. It was entirely consumer driven. No amount of 'planning' would have given us what we have today.

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Re: Re:Beeching???????

"you do know he was bought and paid for by the road builders yes"

You can substantiate that allegation?

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Re: Inefficiency

The economy might also be described as a chaotic system - which means by definition that it cannot be extrapolated into the future.

Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Re: @Verity

True, but you can't spell the new name in UTF-8.

Euro GPS Galileo gets ready for nuclear missile use

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Re: INS/GPS aren't the only options

Once a missile is launched, it's going to well above any cloud, so it can still use its starseekers.

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Re: INS/GPS aren't the only options

The article is inaccurate - missiles don't use GPS because it's too easily knocked out. The missiles use inertial guidance + start seekers.

The original TRANSIT system back in the 60s was for submarines to find their position accurately.

What ereader decline? Kobo pumps up the volumes despite grim forecasts

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Ereaders and tablets do different things. For extended reading [novels], I much prefer an ereader.

'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Re: Friday 13th

The Russians exploded a 57 megaton device in 1961. No one outside the USSR noticed.

Forget value-added broker jokes: Could YOU shift nuclear plant scrap?

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Excellent article.

Sinofsky OFFSKI: Is Windows 9 now codenamed 'Defenestrate'?

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The ribbon is a complete nightmare.

Mozilla teaches coding with new Thimble 'Webmaker'

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What it seems to lack is a way for you to edit a webpage you already have on your hard disk.

Walmart offers $2 digital copies of your DVDs

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A digital copy of a DVD - because a DVD isn't digital?

Woomera: Ghosts of Britain's space past

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1. Air to air missile - Red Top?

2. 2 stage Black Knight

3. Jabiru?

4. Black Arrow

5. Never seen anything like it. Stick my head out and say it's not British.

6. Sea Slug

7. Canberra

8. Meteor.

Office 15 steals OVERLARGE font, design vision from Windows PHO

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Word is cr*p

I've just finished a book of 126k words and 134 diagrams - and trying to get a decently formatted version took longer than researching and writing the text.

European parliament loves the Tobin tax

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Goodonya, Tim

Whatr exactly is the point of the European parliament?

Google insists it couldn't have been British. Excuse me?

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Google Books

Google Books are an outrage. They take works which they know perfectly well are copyright, scan them, and make them as available as on a pirate bit torrent site.

Hackers break Amazon's Kindle DRM

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You delude yourself, Mr Usher

"The problem is not authors getting paid. Its publishers who want to milk the cash cow for generation after generation."

True, the extension of copyright on old books is dubious, but that has nothing at all to do with DRM.

If ebooks can be freely copied, then Doctorow or no [I read the ebook, certainly wouldn't buy the hardcopy], people will do it, and though you might rage at those publishers who 'rip everyone off', no publishers = no books.

Authors get peanuts anyway, and unfortunately 5% of peanuts is penury.

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I think this problem is going to be with us for some time ...

Publisher' was right - once 'cracked' copies of best sellers are loose on the Internet, then sales will collapse. Analogies with CDs etc aren't quite right: I don't think many people would see a problem with ripping your own CDs. But if you then posted them on the Internet so that anyone could download them for free, that would be regarded, quite rightly, as being wrong.

So with cracked 'ebooks'. If they're out there and easily available, why buy them?

I can see why publishers have gone with DRM [and quite why this should be illegal, I have absolutely no idea], but in the long run, it won't work. And don't get patronising by saying 'Oh, they need a new business model. Sell fridge magnets.'

Cory Doctorow makes a great play of saying, 'If they like my ebooks, people will go out and buy the real thing.' Maybe 5% will, if you're lucky.

What's the answer? I have no idea, other than I think that in 10 years time, authors and composers will be shafted even more than they are at the moment.

Sony plots death of Amazon Kindle

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Price of ebooks

I would think that every manuscript received by a publisher in the last 20 years has come in digital form. How long does it take to reformat it? 3 hours max? And then you stick on a server. And they can't make a profit at $9.99? Someone needs to look at their business model ...

UK e-Borders scheme thrown into confusion by EU rules

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Complete waste of time and money

This year I travelled from the UK through French, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden. I showed my passport three times: going out the UK, once to a Polish Border Guard, and coming back into the UK.

Gosh, all these murderers and rapists arrested. Obviously there are no rapes or murders in French, Belgium etc etc - or perhaps they just think the whole eborders idea is *** useless. Unlike Mr Woolas.

Pro-Palestine vandals deface Army, NATO sites

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'Zionist-wed mainstream media'

Good to know the spirit of Goebbels and others lives on ...

The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

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All well and good

I learned DOS about 20 odd years ago. About 16 years ago, when Windows 3.1 came out, I no longer had to remember obscure commands, switches, and the rest of it, or go delving into thick manuals to work out exactly what it was that I needed.

I know a lot of you don't like Windows on principle, but command lines! For heaven's sake, haven't we moved on past this? I'm sure I could go back to raw coding in bytes if I had to, but the world has moved on. It's time Linux did.


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