DRM-free indie ebooks outsell DRM-locked ones 2:1

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Author Earnings has published its latest eye-popping data-analysis of ebook sales and rankings on Amazon.

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Interesting info derived from amazon.

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Things are changing over here, so I’ll be short on links for a while, and also vacation. Please bear with me until things settle down again.

It’s pretty amazing what old game engines can do over time. Now I need to go find a way to make this game work on my computer again so I can play it!

(Source: youtube.com)

“Avast has discovered that some older smartphones only erase the indexing of the data and not the data itself, which means pictures, emails and text messages can be recovered relatively easily by using standard forensic tools that anyone can buy and download. The company claims that of 40,000 stored photos extracted from 20 phones purchased from eBay, more than 750 were of women in various stages of undress, along with 250 selfies of “what appears to be the previous owner’s manhood”. There was an additional 1,500 family photos of children, 1,000 Google searches, 750 emails and text messages and 250 contact names and email addresses.”

BBC News - Naked selfies extracted from ‘factory reset’ phones (via infoneer-pulse)

The thing is, this is how most operating systems operate when you delete things. Basically, all “deleting” something does, is tell the operating system that the stuff stored on that bit of hard drive (or flash storage), is no longer needed, so feel free to overwrite it when you feel like it, and don’t show it anywhere to the user. But that data’s not gone until something writes over it.

This is how disk recovery systems work, and that software that can find things if you accidentally delete a file. So unless you use something like “secure delete”, which writes 0s over the data a couple times, you’ve really gotten rid of nothing.

“Chemists have conducted a few different studies identifying them. One prominent compound results from the breakdown of lignin, a polymer found in plant cell walls, as well as paper. As it degrades, it’s converted into vanillin, a chemical naturally present in vanilla beans, accounting for the hints of vanilla.”
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This is amazing

THERE’S A WHOLE SERIES OF THEM
they’ve got Physics, Calculus, Biochemistry…
where the hell were these when I was in high school/college??

Basically what I have learned today is that learning linear algebra from a manga princess was a viable alternative to learning it from the most beautiful professor on campus.

the plot of the linear algebra one is less exciting:

Reiji wants two things in life: a black belt in karate and Misa, the girl of his dreams. Luckily, Misa’s big brother is the captain of the university karate club and is ready to strike a deal: Reiji can join the club if he tutors Misa in linear algebra.
Follow along in The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra as Reiji takes Misa from the absolute basics of this tricky subject through mind-bending operations like performing linear transformations, calculating determinants, and finding eigenvectors and eigenvalues. With memorable examples like miniature golf games and karate tournaments, Reiji transforms abstract concepts into something concrete, understandable, and even fun.
As you follow Misa through her linear algebra crash course, you’ll learn about:
Basic vector and matrix operations such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication
Linear dependence, independence, and bases
Using Gaussian elimination to calculate inverse matrices
Subspaces, dimension, and linear span
Practical applications of linear algebra in fields like computer graphics, cryptography, and engineering
But Misa’s brother may get more than he bargained for as sparks start to fly between student and tutor. Will Reiji end up with the girl—or just a pummeling from her oversized brother? Real math, real romance, and real action come together like never before in The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra.

I think Princesses only go with Databases…

I feel like my homework buddy would have liked linear algebra better had it involved more romance.

I am highly amused by this. I will need to check the local libraries to see if they have any of these.

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filmigeek:

filmigeek:

This is amazing

THERE’S A WHOLE SERIES OF THEM

they’ve got Physics, Calculus, Biochemistry…

where the hell were these when I was in high school/college??

Basically what I have learned today is that learning linear algebra from a manga princess was a viable alternative to learning it from the most beautiful professor on campus.

the plot of the linear algebra one is less exciting:

Reiji wants two things in life: a black belt in karate and Misa, the girl of his dreams. Luckily, Misa’s big brother is the captain of the university karate club and is ready to strike a deal: Reiji can join the club if he tutors Misa in linear algebra.

Follow along in The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra as Reiji takes Misa from the absolute basics of this tricky subject through mind-bending operations like performing linear transformations, calculating determinants, and finding eigenvectors and eigenvalues. With memorable examples like miniature golf games and karate tournaments, Reiji transforms abstract concepts into something concrete, understandable, and even fun.

As you follow Misa through her linear algebra crash course, you’ll learn about:

  • Basic vector and matrix operations such as addition, subtraction, and multiplication
  • Linear dependence, independence, and bases
  • Using Gaussian elimination to calculate inverse matrices
  • Subspaces, dimension, and linear span
  • Practical applications of linear algebra in fields like computer graphics, cryptography, and engineering

But Misa’s brother may get more than he bargained for as sparks start to fly between student and tutor. Will Reiji end up with the girl—or just a pummeling from her oversized brother? Real math, real romance, and real action come together like never before in The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra.

I think Princesses only go with Databases…

I feel like my homework buddy would have liked linear algebra better had it involved more romance.

I am highly amused by this. I will need to check the local libraries to see if they have any of these.

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So if you’re anything like me, you spend more time looking at sewing tutorials than doing actual tutorials, and it’s led to quite a backlog of bookmarked how-tos. Figured I’d compile some of them together, see if anyone can get some use out of them! And…yes, this is only part one. I’ve got another one on the way (this is just how much of a packrat I am).

Italicized links are projects that use only a yard or less of fabric; Starred links are really simple projects, good for beginners.

Dresses, and Bottoms
Circle Skirt****
Convertible Dress To Skirt
Front Bow Maxi Dress
Burlesque Bustle Skirt
Basic Gathered Tulle Petticoat****
Bloomers****
Wrap Dress
Pinwheel Skirt
Bubble Skirt
Tops
Pantsuit Vest
Lace Neckline Shirt
Wool Winter Coat
Bow Tank Top****
Draped Shawl Cardigan 
Square Wool Coat
Drafting a Hoodie Pattern
Accessories
Socks/Stockings
Mittens**** 
Ruffled Flower Headband****
Gathered Panel Scarf****
Bow Headband****
Felt Slippers****
Sweater Spats****
Simple Fleece Spats****
Vintage Style Apron
Ruffled Trim Apron
Bags and Purses
Basic Zippered Pouch****
Pear Shaped Coin Purse
Heart-shaped Pouch
Piano Tote Bag****
Bow Clutch 
Mini Tissue Holder****
Travel Bag
Messenger Bag
Triple Zippered Messenger Bag
Plushies and Toys
Sequined Octopus
Tiny Fawn
Itty Bitty Bunny
Tiny Hedgehog****
Simple Dragon
Complex Dragon
Beanbag Dragon
Toothless Plushie
Cosplay Specific
Swim-able Mermaid Tail (!!!)
Sylladex Messanger Bag
Sailor Senshi Breastplate
Armsock Made From Tights
Madoka Magica Petticoat
Katniss Sweater Cowl****
Adventure Time Finn Hat****
KH Sora’s Shoes
General Sewing Tips and Tricks
Super Sharp Pleats
Tracing and Sewing Darts
Making Puffed Sleeves
Scalloped Hem Tutorial
Blind Hem Stitch
Invisible Closing Stitches
Adding Pockets to Skirts and Pants
Satin Stitch Applique Tutorial
Making And Using Piping
Built In Bras 


For molihua10.

thegreendeceiver:

So if you’re anything like me, you spend more time looking at sewing tutorials than doing actual tutorials, and it’s led to quite a backlog of bookmarked how-tos. Figured I’d compile some of them together, see if anyone can get some use out of them! And…yes, this is only part one. I’ve got another one on the way (this is just how much of a packrat I am).

Italicized links are projects that use only a yard or less of fabric; Starred links are really simple projects, good for beginners.

Dresses, and Bottoms

Tops

Accessories

Bags and Purses

Plushies and Toys

Cosplay Specific

General Sewing Tips and Tricks

For molihua10.
So this is a thing now. 5th edition D&D.
 (via Get The All-New Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules Now, For Free!)

So this is a thing now. 5th edition D&D. (via Get The All-New Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rules Now, For Free!)

“Under the changes to the law about personal data protection, email addresses and messages are now considered personal data. Any organisation that stores or processes such data will have to maintain physical servers in Russia, and tell Roskomnadzor where exactly those servers are located. “While collecting personal data, including by means of the Internet, an operator should provide recording, systematization, storage and update of the Russian citizen’s personal data using databases located in the territory of the Russian Federation,” reads the new law.”

Russian Government Will Force Companies To Store Citizen Data Locally From 2016 (via infoneer-pulse)

Here we go! So this means all logins include personal information, and then the Russian government know where to go to take it.