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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sad news for scifi booklovers. Borderlands Books of San Francisco is closing. on: February 03, 2015, 10:59:19 AM
It's a change in venue and a change in distribution.  Adapt or die.

It's actually more a change in expectations that's the tipping point AFAICT. As the owners of Borderlands Books said in their blog, the list price of books are set (and printed on the cover of books) by their publishers. And with the advent of Amazon, nobody expects to pay list for a book today. So the indie stores can't push the price up above list because that's simply "not done" (nor is it doable) when it comes to books that are in print.

"Adapt or die" is one way of looking at it. (I suspect Renegade would applaud that one.) But there are practical limits. What's happening to these small stores is the equivalent of sealing them in a glass jar and telling them: "You have a simple choice. Learn to live without oxygen - or perish."

I personally think that's simplifying a bit too much... and this is after working in the book business at a couple of small stores, and seeing the way that they went.

When in college (and after college for several years), I worked at a game shop.  One might wonder what that has to do with the subject at hand, but they were a role-playing game shop, and face the same sorts of challenges with their inventory and competition.  In business for 30 years and counting.  Then PDFs and the internet and distribution changes (they were unable to go direct even though they were a distributor because of volume) proceeded to kill the business.  The owner closed up shop because he said that they were bleeding year after year... and though he could keep it going for a while more... why throw good money after bad.

However, in my estimation, that's not what killed the store.  The owner didn't have the passion that you need to operate as not just a business, but a place to draw people in and get their support despite the advantages of purchasing elsewhere.  There are advantages to being a small store, you just have to leverage them.  When the owner re-did the store after having to move because of increased rent, the place was sterile.  There was nothing inviting about the store, and other than myself (who was working for credit instead of a check) and someone else in that same boat... there was a lack of engagement with the customers.  For gratis, I offered to make his internet presence more, and to help with that end... and his interest was minimal.

The other two shops that I worked with/frequented had similar stories.  They tried to compete as a business on the same level as the larger players, and they just can't do that.

I don't disagree with your assessment of the distribution and pricing difficulties- but those should force an adaptation.  And it's just not happening in many cases.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 03, 2015, 09:35:44 AM
But downvoting just means off-topic... so I don't get it.  Other than people misusing the meaning of down voting.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I've not been happy with Macrium Reflect Free, and perhaps their paid versions.. on: February 03, 2015, 09:34:34 AM
If you haven't already, take a look on TheFreeCountry as there is a page full of free imaging and cloning tools for the PC.

Thanks for that link!
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sad news for scifi booklovers. Borderlands Books of San Francisco is closing. on: February 03, 2015, 09:30:33 AM
^It's whole new world for word publishing. The landscape of which is looking pretty grim. I mean seriously...for a shop like Borderlands to be shutting down in a city like San Francisco???

Ten or so years ago, my town used to have three independent bookstores, two used book shops, and a Borders.

It now has no bookstores...unless you want to count the half-assed one our local college installed in the ruins of Borders old location. It's mostly school-branded stationary, campus swag and course texts, with a very small fiction/general book section plus a coffee shop. (This school has a lot of off-campus residents living in the immediate area.)

I'm not getting warm fuzzies.



It's a change in venue and a change in distribution.  Adapt or die.  The big chains are having problems with it... the smaller ones have been for a while.  It's not so much the authors getting hit these days though- it's the booksellers.  If you try to compete with the chains... it's a losing proposition.  But not competing is not an option anymore either in the age of kindles and nooks and other e-readers.
80  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Go in Action on sale today 2015-02-02 only on: February 02, 2015, 02:48:44 PM
Want to learn Go?  There's a special on Manning.com on Go in Action.  It's in early access, but I love Manning's early access program.

Quote
Get half off the MEAP eBook or MEAP pBook

Enter dotd020215 in the Promotional Code box when you check out.

I just mention it because mouser was talking about it (fairly) recently.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: February 01, 2015, 10:33:44 PM

Quite impressive !  I am just wondering why she is not using real arrow tips ?

Because accidents can happen? I'm sure it was the show management that insisted. smiley

That was my thought.  You can demonstrate skill while removing risk... and it doesn't reduce the amount of skill required.
82  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: WhenLast (Android app) on: February 01, 2015, 12:37:49 PM
Arrgh, why can't I delete my own messages??  I obviously wanted to post only one message, the one right before this one.  I apparently hit some wrong button, and trying to deal with that only made it worse.   Sad

This ability was removed a few years ago when someone went on a binge deleting their messages to burn the earth when they left. 
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / AOL Shutting Down all of it's enthusiast blogs on: January 30, 2015, 07:03:12 PM
I found out about it from the post on massively: http://massively.joystiq....01/30/massively-that-was/

This sites shuttered include (not sure if/what the final tally is)

Massively
Joystiq (to be enfolded into engadget)
TUAW

Not sure if this is a move to paid content, or just a cost-saving measure.  But it does show the perils of becoming attached to free news services.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Web Essay: Never trust a corporation to do a library's job on: January 29, 2015, 10:53:18 PM
you could have stopped with "Never trust a corporation," truth be told...
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 29, 2015, 11:24:33 AM
Everything people have said about subscriptions is based upon zero information and much speculation.

Not quite true, although it is entirely speculation (and highly unlikely) at this point.

It does raise the question though of how they're going to make money off of consumers and small businesses if there would be no subscription. If it's not the OS that has the subscription, then the software it runs does (MS Office etc.), or it's a walled garden to which developers have to pay through the teeth to access it. Or they would need to make their money on the hardware (equivalent of Apple's various devices, especially phones and tablets), and then periodically make the hardware obsolete by new OS upgrades. But this last one somehow failed to take off for MS...

They didn't say it will always be free.  They just want to up adoption rates.  Which was probably the same reason that I got windows 7 and Windows 8 for free.

I think also that the wording on the device bit was based upon the fact of MS's historical fights with the OEM versions of the software, i.e. people buying them at OEM rates for builds and such for others.  It might have been more clearly stated, but as it stands right now, I'm not crying foul, though that's just my take.  If they didn't give you the media... that's a different story.  But if I have the media for 7, 8, and 10... I'll try it and back out if its not what I wanted.  Or, more likely, wait for SP1 as usual, then do it.
86  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Dying Light on: January 29, 2015, 10:27:19 AM
The youtube versions are still processing...

Both of them told me "This video has been removed because it is too long."

I guess you need to upload more (<10 minute) videos to have that restriction removed.

I needed to verify my account with a phone number.  Never heard of that before.  But they're up now.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1vCc6Od3OQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1vCc6Od3OQ</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0n8g7s8ufQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0n8g7s8ufQ</a>
87  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Dying Light on: January 29, 2015, 09:53:32 AM
The youtube versions are still processing...

Both of them told me "This video has been removed because it is too long."

I guess you need to upload more (<10 minute) videos to have that restriction removed.

Yeah... I came here to remove the links to the youtube versions b/c of that.  I've never heard of that before... I don't really upload much in the way of gaming vids... I just keep them on twitch and decided to try it.  I guess not...
88  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Dying Light on: January 28, 2015, 10:49:14 PM
Some video highlights and a full stream.

Dying Light Video Streams

Full Stream:
http://www.twitch.tv/hachibushu/b/617465166

First Highlight:
Twitch - http://www.twitch.tv/hachibushu/c/5989918

Second Highlight:
Twitch - http://www.twitch.tv/hachibushu/c/5989938

UPDATE: Youtube removed it because it's too long at 25 minutes?  Strange limits.  So removed the links to those versions.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 28, 2015, 10:48:10 PM
Ah... I get the disconnect.  embarassed

You're saying that b/c it's totally free, there has to be a catch.  I guess I don't see that.  I'm assuming it's the same way as any other upgrade.  And has the same sort of terms.  I just don't see where it's anything but an adoption and standardization tactic- and don't get where the talks of a subscription are.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 28, 2015, 10:32:01 PM
They've had free upgrades before...

I don't seem to recall any 'free' full version upgrades that weren't purchased as part of a "free upgrade" guarantee offer. (i.e. "Shop with confidence! Buy now - and get a 'free' upgrade to Windows XX when it's released later this year...") What did I miss?

why assume that it's anything different than what the policy has always been?

AFAIK, Microsoft's policy has always been: copies of Windows are never ever to be given away for free. Period. Everyone must pay something to get one. So in this instance, I think this marks a truly major departure from Microsoft's long standing "NO FREEBIES!" rule.

Did you see something that says otherwise? huh

As I said above, I received a free windows 8 upgrade, and a free windows 7 upgrade.  And the windows 7 upgrade was over a year after I purchased my Vista laptop.  The windows 8 was closer... but only by about 6 months.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 28, 2015, 08:16:52 PM
As with a lot of things... there's FUD clouding the issue.

Yes, except this time they are doing it to themselves...  smiley My point is that MS introducing so much uncertainty may have created the opposite effect they wanted to achieve, i.e. people may be more inclined to stick with their Win7 instead (or even go out and buy a retail pack - at least looking at Amazon UK, people still seem to be buying them, even though it's 60 pounds (!) more expensive now than what I paid for it exactly 2 yrs ago).

How are they doing it to themselves?  They've had free upgrades before... why assume that it's anything different than what the policy has always been?
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 28, 2015, 04:47:31 PM
Again, in that case I might just want to stick with my Win7 disk for a while, in the face of all this uncertainty about the details (which even businesses do not tend to like). Wouldn't it just have been easier if they'd revealed a bit more detail and put our minds at ease??

As with a lot of things... there's FUD clouding the issue.  Everything people have said about subscriptions is based upon zero information and much speculation.  Perhaps, since they have already done the same sort of thing, and this is just an expansion of the same programs, they might assume that people would take it at the value of them going forth with the same policies?
93  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Dying Light on: January 28, 2015, 11:42:13 AM
And I have my tagline for how to describe it:

Mirror's Edge meets and improves Dead Island and marries Just Cause.

The parkour isn't a plot point- it's a mode of movement, and is fun in and of itself and very functional.

I just had my first boss fight... figuring out how to kill him was very fun.  The survivor sense comes into play a lot there- to point out things that you might miss otherwise.  And my final solution wasn't the only solution.  And it had downsides.  The boss went explody, and the noise called more zombies.  Maybe I should have thought that through a bit more.

But after that, I'd made it to the point that the people are in Walking Dead, i.e. the zombies, while dangerous, aren't really scary.

... then it turned night.

WHAT.THE.****

It's been a while since I actually had a game scare me.  I was FREAKING OUT!  SO.MUCH.FUN!
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 28, 2015, 11:16:32 AM
@wraith808: OK, just out of interest, that's how many times now that you have been censured for making unfunny jokes?
Some people (not me, you understand) might say that there could be a message in there, but I couldn't possibly comment.


Ummm... once?  Unless you're projecting your own experiences.  But of course, I couldn't possibly comment.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 28, 2015, 10:29:47 AM
How do you fit a thousand dead babies into one barrel?

I know this is just a joke--I'm not at all offended by it, nor am I complaining that you posted it--but I just didn't find it even remotely humorous, and I tend to find humor in morbid things.

I suppose there's different humor points for different people.  There's been several things posted in the thread that I didn't particularly find funny.

* wraith808 shrugs

That's what's great about the ability to express yourself and such... everyone will find something that they like.  Thmbsup

onward!
96  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Dying Light on: January 27, 2015, 11:48:20 PM
Screenshots!

http://steamcommunity.com...screenshots/?appid=239140
97  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Dying Light on: January 27, 2015, 09:41:00 PM
thanks for the report! so it's not just Dead Island with parkour? smiley

Doesn't seem to be.  Borrows a lot from Dead Island with the combat, which is a good thing.  But the focus is different, and the zombies are definitely different.
98  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Dying Light on: January 27, 2015, 09:18:51 PM
My first first day purchase (other than MMOs) since Dishonored is a good call.  Dying Light gets a thumbs up for me.  Only have a couple of hours into it, but:

Holy crap- it's fun, but really tough!  Really demanding on full graphics... but I turned it off and it's working really well.

I'll probably stream some on twitch and take some screenshots, and post a full accounting later.  But definitely recommended.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: January 27, 2015, 12:57:23 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up3IQpFqg5Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up3IQpFqg5Y</a>
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 27, 2015, 11:33:48 AM
^^ That sort of grisly humour reminds me of this, which I think I posted to this thread to much acclaim, some time back:
 (see attachment in previous post)

For those who might not get it, it's a rather clever spoof of the horror movie "Mary's Baby".

Actually, it's just the poster for It's Alive (1974) with some text changed.

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