Re: But what about...
The author (if he's lucky enough to be still alive) gets nothing from second-hand book sales so your argument is a bit daft really...
491 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
"... if it's out of print then tough..."
I was going to just downvote you, but decided to do this instead.
In this age where storage is cheap and plentiful, there is no excuse for anything to be out of print (read unavailable). Yes, there was for print editions, they are bulky and expensive to store - authors of my acquaintance have pallets of their books in the garage that they rescued from publishers who otherwise would have pulped them - and have a shelf life unless they were printed on acid free paper, but digital versions of books should be eternal. An author going out of fashion is no reason to prevent interested readers from obtaining a copy of the book.
Out of print isn't tough, it's negligence.
...books that are unavailable any other way than as unlicensed electronic downloads? Surely authors should welcome the exposure (yes, I know about the "for the exposure" scam) if their publisher is no longer making the work available, I have often chased a book by a favourite author only to discover that the only way to get a copy is to download it.
Does no-one else remember Bob Shaw's "Light of Other Days" where the authorities know who committed the crime due to mass surveillance, but didn't want to admit to that, so they ask a sleuth to solve the crime for them.
They already know who did it, they just don't want to admit how they know, so...blame Google...
A month after I retired, I went to our group IT Christmas night out. I was persuaded to trundle along to the Trust IT night out after the meal. Most of the Trust guys, I knew by name or had phoned/emailed. A disconcerting number came up to me and said "oh YOU'RE John110"
I naively told someone who should have known better "you've inherited this computer, so just delete files that aren't yours..."
That was when I worked out how to retrieve the operating system from a windows 95 recycle bin when windows wouldn't boot... (well it was either that or explain to IT support how dumb I'd been)
...regarding people's housekeeping habits. I worked in a teaching hospital (before the retirement fairy visited), the practical part of a medical school -- Training the next generation of doctors, nurses etc. They have had to replace the carpets in the foyer three times because of chewing gum embedded in it (finally, they just tiled the stairs and they get somebody in in the summer to steam it all off). Who spits chewing gum onto a carpet!! Especially who with the levels of intelligence and qualifications required to be a Doctor spits chewing gum onto a carpet!!!
And as for tea-rooms. My particular place of employment was a Microbiology lab. Every six months, a nice lady would go through the fridge and empty out the hairy sandwiches and vastly out of date yoghurt and juice cartons and send a group email reminding people to wash the stuff in the sink, don't just dump it there. (She's retired, so goodness knows who does it now)
"But I thought the NHS was trying to cure cancer?"
Biomedical research cures cancer. But it's not in the interests of companies who manufacture anti-cancer drugs that cancer be cured, but just in case a cure is found, they charge as obscenely much as they possibly can for the drugs while there is still a market for them. They also cancel research projects that might help the human race, but eat into their profits if they succeed.
The NHS is trying to cope with toxic capitalism.
You might believe it the will of YOUR people, but it's certainly not the will of mine...
PS: Calling Mr Johnson "Boris" like he's a mate just shows how brainwashed you actually are. He doesn't care about you, all he cares about (like his mate, Jacob) is that he stands to make a personal profit out of whatever chaos the country drops into post-Brexit.
Waaayy back when Excite was the homepage of choice (and 286s ruled the Earth), we had one user who was typing intranet addresses into the Excite search box and getting really shirty when they couldn't be found. She also got really irate (turned red and everything) when I suggested that perhaps she would like a little bit of training on how to use a browser...
I did try to explain the difference between the Intranet and the Internet, but...
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