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The Geek Chorus: 'Give MARK ZUCKERBERG all the DATA he wants!'

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unseen maybe, unknown no

"we never see the data collected by our supermarket loyalty cards, our credit cards, our public transport passes, our access passes, the location data constantly being transmitted by our mobiles to our carriers, on and on, world without end."

Presumably the data on my public transport pass says that I stepped onto the S1 bus at 7:35 this morning. Perhaps collating the location data for the bus would say at what stop I did so. But guess what, I know where I got on the bus, and off the bus, though I dare say the transit authority will remember a lot longer than I shall. The carrier could track me on my lunch hour walk, but probably I have a much clearer picture of it.

If you mean that most of us do not often reflect on the amount of data we generate, true enough. If you mean that Faceborg knows better than I do that I like beer and pizza, I have to disagree.

Let me add that my preferred way to purchase books (apart from beer and food, almost the only product I like to purchase) is with cash, both to sustain local bookstores and to let the industry do its own damn market research.

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Lots of luck

Chuck Daly, once head coach of the Detroit Pistons, said that coaching an NBA team was like dealing with 10 CEOs every day. And NBA players do have a union, which might well have stuff in the contract about these situations.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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I guess I'll unpack

Here I thought it was a new and progressive utility, not simply a way to get beer to the bottling plant.

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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Re: Did you ever notice -- punish them?

By taking away some more of their money and giving them tight clothes, or how?

And for heavens' sake don't give them bathtubs, they'll only keep coal in it, and so contribute eventually to global warming.

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"Being a fat teenager is not pleasant. Your school chums will bully you, adults and kids will fat-shame you and you’ll live in a perpetual nightmare of sweaty guilt and impotent rage, punctuated by periodic beatings and ritual humiliation. And to make things even worse, you’ll earn less than everyone else when you grow up."

1. Take out the two occurrences of "fat", and you've pretty much described the teenage years for a large percentage of the population.

2. In the US, childhood weight is negatively correlated with family income--the poorer the family, the likelier the kid is to be overweight. If I were to go to the three or four richest high schools in the city, I'd expect to see most kids in fair shape. At the poorest, you'll find a lot of kids overweight. Guess who's getting the better education, the step up to a better (or any) university, and so on. Are things that much different in Europe?

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Oh?

"Has Putin realised that for a lot of Americans (those who are not moon-landing deniers) the Moon is somehow considered to belong to them in some way,"

a. I will leave you to define "somehow considered" and "in some way". Heck, go ahead and define "a lot".

b. Undoubtedly there are "moon-landing deniers", but they are a vanishingly small part of the population.

"(even though that isn't actually the case)"

c. Do tell.

", and for Russia to say they are going to set up a permanent base there will really annoy the Americans?"

d. I don't see that setting it up will really annoy the US. I really don't see that saying they will set it up will provoke more than a "Huh. Wow."

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Re: And they said I was crazy

My impression is that it inherits the bad qualities of standard *NIX shells and adds a bunch of its own. I'm not sure what led Microsoft to create its own shell rather than jazzing up JScript or Python.

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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consumers

"A consumer is an entity that is either brainless or brain-washed who works so he can pay tax and uses his net pay to buy brand new commoditised rubbish (oxymoronically called goods) on which he will pay VAT, that allows a manufacturer to make a profit that will be taxed."

Perhaps The Register's journalists can live on pure self-esteem, in which case they must live very luxuriously indeed. But though not the humblest guy, I do find that some food and drink come in handy, also a roof over my head. All these do require payment and taxes.

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Mini prices start at £3,600 (including VAT)

Remind me what value was added.

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Does this float your boat? Dead Steve Jobs to hijack yachts from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Avast, there

I've long since seen kids standing at the side of ponds steering boats with electronic controls. They weren't using smartphones, because phones were still dumb, and they weren't using tablets because tablets were either Palm Pilots or Newtons. but still.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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really

" dreaded foe of Allied armour the world over." In the China/Burma/India theater? During the campaign in Ethiopia or the Solomon Islands?

Considering the rate at which DoD is giving away military equipment---apparently the San Diego school district has large armored vehicle-- perhaps Mr. Allen should incorporate his own city. I haven't heard of Uncle Sam giving away M-1 tanks, but maybe it will come to that yet. The M-1 may lack the historical glamour of the Mk. IV, but it's a big, bad machine.

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Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle

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Re: Is this the same Oracle corp?

Either that one, or the one trying to install the Ask.com toolbar.

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Oh?

I know some Deltek Time & Expense users who find printing a lot easier in Chrome than in IE. Could it be fixed in IE? Sure. Do I have the time to fuss with it? No.

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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confused

Is the National Academy of Science august, or is this the August issue of the proceedings, or both?

The pictured work is certainly on a level with anything Jeff Koons has produced. And I bet Steve Wynn would have a hard time putting his elbow through it, as he did with a Picasso some years ago.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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How?

"The taxi cab replaced the horse-drawn cab.

Uber and Lyft will make the taxi cab as obsolete as the horse-drawn cab, very fast."

By propelling vehicles with iPhones?

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Re: On what planet does The Guardian recruit?

"spread"

Noun.

A spreader facilitates the spread[ing] of grass seed. But if the lawn is already planted, how much facilitation (noun) do I need?

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On what planet does The Guardian recruit?

"The world wide web has increasingly facilitated the global spread of misogyny, the hate crime of revenge porn, corporate and state surveillance, bullying, racism, the life-ruining, time-wasting, Sisyphean digital servitude of deleting spam,..."

1. The global spread of mysogyny? How about the oceanic spread of water? Mysogyny is not a lovable trait, but it sure as hell was widespread long before the web arrived.

2. I will concede that revenge porn is new--it used to be that one had to make do with gossip. There the Goncourts record George Sand telling her son-in-law, a sculptor, that she would publish an account of his behavior. His reply was "I'll carve a sculpture of your behind--and everyone will recognize it." I'm not sure that this counts.)

3. Corporate and state surveillance. Easier, but well developed long ago.

4. Bullying. Where in the world did this man go to school?

5. Racism. There is plenty of it out there, and I don't see it going away soon. But he might want to spend a rainy afternoon or two reading Kipling or Mark Twain to see just how good the good old days were.

6. Spam. He may find it Sysiphean, I find it Augean: check the "select all" box, cast a quick glance down the column for any to be spared, click Delete.

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Jarvis versus Jarvis: Don't DISRUPT the DISRUPTION GURU!

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How can you argue

With somebody named Rurik Bradbury?

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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American hotels

They can be all over the map: free WiFi in lobby and bar, charged WiFi or cabled internet in the rooms, free cabled in the rooms, etc. During our last hotel stay they gave us complimentary WiFi, and a room high enough to have an excellent view and terrible WiFi. We discovered that by avoiding the desk and sitting on a couch, we would connect almost reliably. Meanwhile restaurants and bars a block or two away had stronger signals.

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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Re: "[Iran] hijacked the aircraft and they landed it in a place that nobody can see or find it."

The Masons are weeping bitterly, and wondering why nobody loves them anymore.

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Re: So ....

Because nobody would you use such a machine for serious work?

I've used Linux since the 1990s, and I rely on it a lot. I do not make the mistake of imagining that it is invunenrable.

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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For one thing, we call them "traffic circle"

For another, how American can it be if we can't shoot cattle?

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That sound you hear

Is every used-car dealer in America singing Hallelujah.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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Indeed

I wondered whether "people Jobs" is the new Register replacement for "fanboi". Maybe if you look at it as reverse-Polish notation.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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Wow

"The processors were still microcoded by the computer companies and thus did exactly what the designers wanted."

I guess that we should all be writing microcode then--no other sort of code seems to do exactly what the designer wants.

Several years ago. the comp.risks news group carried a link to a security study done on Multics. Many more security precautions were taken with Multics than ever made it over to at least the earlier Unixes; it was written, for one thing, in PL/1, which is not quite so libertarian as C. But the researchers found plenty of exploitable holes.

The other point to be made is that it really doesn't matter what kind of a lock you put on the door if the residents leave it open. One good, crappy superuser password and your security can be gone.

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Re: So, how much energy was wasted...

Or--here's an innovative idea--you could use a bicycle for your commute, thereby saving the electricity or fossil fuel that would have gone into your commute. Meet you at the patent officde.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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IT

Are these apprentices coding and administering systems, or are they swapping boards and clearing paper jams. I have worked with many persons, young and not, who have held down IT jobs without a degree. Their work varied at least as much as the work of those with degrees.

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

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I am not an advocate for the C&C economy, but in the US such arguments tend to be read as saying that there is no place for government in the economy. What this often means here is that massive government investment during one period is forgotten quickly, and those who made a lot of money from the investment or its effects imagine they did it all themselves. In the 19th Century there were railroads, heavily subsidized west of the Mississippi at least. The New Deal built big dams on western rivers in the 1930s. By the 1950s people making money in and off defense factories with subsidized hydropower imagined that they were rugged Western individualists. The administrations of the 1950s and on built up the interstate highways system, and now anti-government dogma is at the point Congress has a hard time approving the funding that keeps it in repair--it's on a short-term agreement at the moment.

By the way, one of the first government pushes Over Here for railroad consolidation came from the US Army during WW II: all the lines with incompatible arrangements made it hard to move men and materials at the scale needed.

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Re: Command economies 'don't work'

The Soviet Union "enjoyed" a couple of situations that made for economic growth, namely devastating wars that left it with the need for a lot of rebuilding. It is true that they had some very good technologists at different times.

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

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there's a drama in here somewhere

"Waiting for Lyfty". Next stop, Broadway.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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" My understanding is the balance of probability is that the recent 3 deaths were in fact Israeli on Israeli violence."

I have to translate "balance of probability" as "what I'd like to believe.".

The Gaza attack, say what you will of it, was in response to rocketing, not the kidnap/murders.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Unfounded concerns

Well, cars and guns are pretty common in the US, so now and then ATM coercion does happen. I'm not sure the little fob thingies will make a difference.

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Watch this Aussie infosec bod open car doors from afar

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Re: Use a Brick

Indeed physical approaches to physical security seem to be preferred in my neighborhood. Leave an iPhone in sight on the front seat, be out an iPhone and a window.

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Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

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??

John Kerry ran for president while Edward M. Kennedy was still alive. No, he did not win, no he did not play a bad hand with the best of skill, but he won his party's nomination, something the previous secretary of state has not yet managed.

And in any case, he has the Dibertian managerial qualities of hair, height, and Harvard, right?

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Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

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Something's wrong here.

Isn't "curing the common cold" the usual absurd comparison to the space program?

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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Re: SAP Source Code?

I assume that review of SAP source code will be used a punishment for those who demonstrate against the government, disparage Putin, etc.

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Re: Confused "bacon"

Going to California for smoked meats is like going to Florida for the Alpine experience. If you want good smoked meats and sausage, you need to go where the Germans settled: east and central Pennsylvania, maybe the Great Lakes. I admit that the southerners are often very good with ham.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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checkout

There is one drugstore within walking distance of the office that has no self-service checkout. I attribute this to the demanding ways of the White House and World Bank staff, who I imagine to be too self-important to fuss with punching buttons and bagging their own stuff. The drawback seems to be that the gents are all metrosexuals who wouldn't dream of buying shaving soap, but purchase canned cream or gels instead. So it's back to the self-service checkout today.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Re: Please stop publishing this Frankfurt School Political Correctness nonsense already

Frankfurt School? It's All About the Benjamins?

Frankly (or frankfurtly) I don't see what in particular the USSR and Maoist China (which had pretty much male & not especially diverse leadership) have to do with this. And when I compare Richard Nixon's domestic agendas with those of any Democratic candidate since about 1976, I'd say that the Socialism cancer is pretty thoroughly in remission.

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Hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal and Vice websites, punts 'user data' for sale

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Oh, no!

The Wall Street Journal's Facebook page is my go-to source for national security information! Things are in a bad way.

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Not really Keatsian

You aren't silent upon your pique on Darien.

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Re: Well, if things don't work out

Or maybe Gnu Caledonia? Free as in free whisky?

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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

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Heaven help you

Rock Creek Park is a national park in the middle of Washington, DC. Years ago there was bickering about coverage for cell phones, and think of the emergencies, and what if in a dead spot, etc. The upshot is that persons wander the bike and hiking trails, talking away on their cell phones. It all may have to do with emergencies; if so, they seem very calm.

And presently you will encounter what they already do in the American West: meatheads who get themselves lost, or merely footsore or otherwise fatigued, and call in for a rescue.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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not Latin

But how about "Helium Heads to Greater Heights"? Or is the expression "helium head" only an Americanism?

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Transport

I'm not sure this will ever catch on the way that sending one's Madeira around the cape once did.

And though I applaud the mix of beer and boffinry, it seems to me that the best way to send beer up to 28 thousand meters is in a suitably pressurized craft where the travelers may drink it. Yes, I know that it would be vastly more expensive...

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'Oh my god – Mark Zuckerberg wants to meet me'

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Re: aliens

Sir, I believe you just supplied it.

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

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thinking of proposing

I'm thinking of proposing that Amazon deliver said royalties by drone.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Wow

I want to see the buses catapulted off. Video preferred, Lego will do.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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It is unequivocal?

It might be undeniable, or attorneys might prefer to believe so.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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there are problems

Amazon can live without any given publisher longer than that publisher can live without Amazon; I know of one that tried not shipping to Amazon for some months after Amazon imposed its terms--"all the traffic will bear", as the railroad guy says in The Octopus. After drastically reduced sales, it had to climb down.

Even assuming that a few big publishers walked, then what? In cities large enough, the bookstores will be there. But this is a very big country, and many people live a long way from a town large enough to support a bookstore.The publishers will still be hurting.

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