Actually, it has nothing to do with having the money or not. I guess you have never worked here. I cannot use my debit card online or overseas because of bank restrictions for foreigner accounts. I also have been unable to get a credit card because the process is convoluted and me and my wife have been unable to make it to the bank together to apply for it, especially since unlike me, she has no vacation time. So you are completely wrong in your assumptions. I can afford it, but have no way to give the money.
Sadly, I am one of the ones who paid nothing. Not by choice, but because I lack the ability to pay. If Tim ever comes to Taiwan, I will gladly give him the money for the books though (Or if he can figure out how to let us pay at 7-11).
There are more and more and more stories about people getting negative reactions by identifying security holes than getting good reactions from companies who wish to fix them instead of burying their collective heads in the sand. Sad but true, I would not tell them either.
I actually just tried doing a conversion of Mike's book "Approaching Infinity" to epub and Tim's book "Digilife" into mobi, and what I see is the following:
Mike's book had a few conversion issues. I notice that letters dropped off of a few of the words, and since, unless you change how it converts, it uses the first page as the book cover by converting it to an image file, it caused the book title to display oddly.
Tim's book I found almost no issues aside from one.
Both books will also convert the page numbers listed in the PDFs to numbers in the book in their relative position.
Since the page numbers display at the bottom of the page, this means you will see it in the middle of paragraphs or the end of words.
An example is in Tim's Digilife, if you go from page 2 to 3, you should get:
“Hey!” she shouted.
“Oh come on. I just turned it on so it’ll be ready.”
Instead what you see is:
“Hey!” she shouted.
“Oh come on. I just turned it on so it’ll be ready.”
Another example is:
“I’m not sure.” He felt lightheaded, unable to think clearly, though that was probably just the heat. He looked in every direction. There was very little else out here. If anyone needed an aggressive advertising technique, it would be this place.
What you actually see:
“I’m not sure.” He felt lightheaded, unable to think clearly, though that was probably just the heat. He looked in every direction. There was very little else out here. If anyone needed an aggressive advertising 3
technique, it would be this place.
Keep in mind, this was converted without modifying any of the standard settings, so it was formatted by the default. You can have the page numbers removed (Or better, if you can recreate the original PDF without page numbers, it will not matter), but you will probably need to review how to do text replacement and some other advanced techniques to create the exact look and feel of the end book you want.
Just remember when you try, you have the easy to use, convert as Calibre dictates, or you can get into the custom setting to help alter look and feel. It has some pretty advanced features, but you may need to play with it to find an optimal setting. I use it primarily to take the different formats and convert to mobi for kindle reading, since mobi allows you to alter font, while PDF does not on kindle (Or am I thinking .doc?).
Of course, if you have not yet published, it won't matter since it seems you have an authoring tool to export to proper format, but I was mentioning this mostly for already published, non DRM books.
As for AC's comment, Calibre is not actually that bulky, and has been able to read pretty much any format I have thrown at it as of now. If you are trying with DRM though, that is a different issue. It is also free for us freetards out there.
I mentioned to Leigh above you can just download Calibre and do the conversions yourself with non-DRM protected content.
Trust me, it is a wonderful program, and is one of the best open source ebook systems out there.
Leigh, you should just convert to other formats on Calibre. Then you would want to ensure formatting issues are correct, but that is how I turn my PDFs into other formats, and they have many formats available (Without the watermarking of some other format converters).
In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labor; in this, plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power; and who would not balance creditor on this side, when all the hazard that is run for it, at worst, is only a sour look or two at choking.
There is no directly translation, since they are unfamiliar with this, but, approximately what they would say would be:
Which means: Arrested for tweeting a joke (They are a little more literal here).
You state "Typical Asians" like this is some behavior they display frequently?
Please, go on and tell me how a Typical Asian would act.
I am waiting for your stereotypes to start coming out so I can refute each one. Given that some people in Taiwan tried starting this party, and others said it was not allowed, I don't see a uniform behavior that can be called
Or are you saying that they feel they should have a say in how their government, made up of Asians, can govern their Asian country?
I will be waiting for your in-depth knowledge of how "Asians" are all single dimensional.
Being a resident here in Taiwan, I understand what they are facing.
You claim that they need to allow the parties more freedom to choose their own name, but do you even know what it is like for the Taiwanese?
They have learned to be very careful about what is allowed in public areas because of the relationship balance between not only the Island of Taiwan and their neighboring country China, but with the rest of the world who helps prevent Taiwan from being taken over by force by China.
If you claim that this is not a legitimate concern, there is even a law in Beijing that can be found here that pretty much states if Taiwan politically declares its independence, then China has the authority to go to war (Keep in mind, this is a China law).
Bearing these types of situations in mind, you might actually begin to understand why Taiwan is VERY careful of any political issues, including party names.
You know CR, I just realized, I think I may have unintentionally copied you.
I never noticed that you took the standard Techdirt silhouette and then reversed it for your icon.
I plead independent invention?
I thought of it without realizing you already did it...
But, if you want to sue me, I can pay you in leaves.
So, lets go through this step by step to see how "Original" and "Unique" you truly are. I will make some assumptions, but I assume most of these will be true. Feel free to point out which assumptions are incorrect. (Like the assumption you are a singer, since you keep mentioning music, the assumption you used English, since this is what you are arguing in, etc)
First, tell me, did you use words, or just random garbled sounds?
I assume you used a particular pattern of sounds that made up the words.
From your posts, I even assume maybe English.
So, did you create English?
No, you just used our language to compose your art, taking that from others.
Did you use words randomly, or did you put them in a grammatical order?
Hate to say this, but others came up with the grammar long before you.
Did you modify the way these words were used to create something called "singing"?
Think you are the first person to sing?
Did you make a story or a coherent thought from the different sentences/phrases you used?
Not the first person to make a song tell a story.
Did you rhyme certain words in your song?
Did you have a standard song pattern? Like a chorus?
Did you use drawings on your album cover? Is that really original?
Did you create the notes you used? I doubt it.
Did you put those notes into a particular order? Think you are the first to do this? Now you may have a unique order, but the idea of putting them in a particular order to make a coherent stream of notes is not unique.
What about your performance? What about your instruments? What about dancers, or backup singers, or if you are a heavy metal artist, headbanging?
Are you the first artist to ever play in your genre? Is your genre derived from a different genre?
You see, the point is, culture is a build up of all of our (the ones who exist in that culture) knowledge, experience, and ways of getting shit done.
You claim you are a "unique" artist. Yes, like all snowflakes, you are unique.
The fact is, you may have taken and combines lyrics and notes together to create a unique sound, but where exactly did you get all of this?
We build, even when innovation looks like something very different, it is built off of some other idea.
Please feel free to try to explain to me how you did not take anything else from our culture at its current stage in order to build your uniqueness. I will wait with baited breath.