Baen has a pretty large collection of SciFi available DRM free. Obviously the Gutenberg Project has what little hasn't been ripped from the Public Domain (yet). From an ethical standpoint, I have zero problem with grabbing electronic versions of books that I already own...so a few have also come from friends willing to share their particular file. If you haven't installed and learned Calibre yet, do so. Not only is it the best manager around, it can also download articles from various sites and send them to your device properly formatted.
Wrong. I don't like Amazon, but the Paperwhite the most used gadget in my collection. The e-ink is much easier on the eyes than a backlit LCD screen and the battery lasts for weeks.
In fairness, the first thing I did when I bought it was root it and remove the ads. I haven't given a dime to Amazon (outside of the cost of the hardware) and purchase everything through 3rd party sources using Calibre to synchronize. It's an extremely locked down device, but credit where credit is due.
Note: I say this as an application developer and server administrator.
It really isn't fair to ask everybody to become conversant with the underlying technologies behind everyday conveniences. The world is becoming much more complicated. I know the most basic aspects of how my truck works, but I would not trust myself to do any major repair work. Asking a non-techie to learn the basics of Java, C (and its cousins), Assembly, etc. is just asking for trouble.
I've always judged both sites by the intelligence of their commentators. The people commenting on CNET stories sound barely high-school educated and willing to prove to the world how little knowledge they have. Ars seems to be doing a bit better and attracts a more intelligent crowd. This may not always be a good thing as any regular reader of /. will tell you.
Excellent idea, and civic-minded. Using dd-wrt you can throttle the speed so that neighbors aren't slowing you down with their HD Netflix and block the ports that BitTorrent needs to work so you don't get the MPAA/RIAA jackboots knocking at your door.
And the pathetic thing is it doesn't matter. Granted, my current career is primarily as a server security nerd, but the following is true. It is possible to crack a WEP protected AP in under 4 minutes using a smartphone. It is possible to go wardriving with a cell-phone, pick up some WPA 1/2 authentication packets (granted this can be difficult), take them home and run them against a precomputed hash table to figure out the password. If somebody wants into your network badly enough, they'll find a way to do it.
Nuh uh, according to noted Ferengi Rush Limbaugh, Jean Luc was the victim of affirmative action in the nanny-state known as the Federation and it's Socialist militia wing, the Federation. But, what do you expect from a president not even born in the Sol System?
If the only thing stopping yourself from expressing yourself creatively is the terrifying thought that someone, somewhere out there may hear you without ponying up, then you are leading a sad, pathetic existence and our culture would be better off without your contribution.