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Time:11:24 am
Help out dduane who's just had her bank-account emptied by debit card fraudsters. 20% sale on her ebooks. https://plus.google.com/101086882349363163093/posts/Mvzkc3ubjac
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Time:08:52 pm
I got though most of this without slip of the tongue. But had to pause throughout for laughter.

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2011/12/23/english-pronunciation/
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Time:11:16 am
Happy Holidays to you all.
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Time:03:38 am
Due to circumstances beyond my control, it now looks like I'm going to have to cancel my intended trip to San Francisco, and won't be able to meet any of the people I hoped to.
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Time:07:51 pm
You know what I want to invent, pop-up spikes that you roll out over the road that switch to tire-shredding mode when they detect over-driven bass from dubstep.
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Time:01:24 pm
There's a lawsuit filed on Apple and various book publishers accusing them of "Price fixing" for setting up the Agency model that prevented Amazon from deep discounting of their books.

Amazon didn't just push the price they sold their e-books down to act as a loss leader, they required the publishers to only accept a portion of the price that Amazon decided it should be sold at. Amazon were essentially using their monopoly power to fix the wholesale price of e-books, and force the publishers to take the loss when Amazon priced e-books as loss leaders to sell kindles.

Let's say that again... Amazon were using their monopoly power to force publishers to accept a loss in order to sell more kindles.

The idea that rejecting Amazon's monopoly abuse to move to a better market price is "price fixing" is flat absurd, and I expect this case to be thrown out on it's ear if that's all it's based on.
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Time:12:06 pm
Another thing for the "E-Books should be much much cheaper than Print books" crowd... Amazon not only take a 30% cut of the gross, but they also charge publishers 10p per MB on every download! So not only do ebooks have the same fixed production costs, they pay for data-warehousing and shipping too!
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Subject:Signal Boost
Time:10:23 am
Originally posted by [profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.





(My Edit) Also, LJ don't enforce a 'real names' policy that excludes activists, and endangers those at risk.
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Time:11:40 pm
Sugimoto Kousuke has done something new again.

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Time:06:26 pm
What kind of airline closes their booking line on weekends?
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