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Science is horrifying

Posted November 23 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

I'm not sure how I'll use the terriftying details of this New Scientist story about the "dinosaur-killing asteroid that turned planet Earth inside-out", but I suspect they'll turn up somewhere in The Cruel Stars.

How could they not?

By analysing the depths and compositions of the rocks, the team reconstructed a timeline for the impact.

First the asteroid blasted through almost all of Earth’s crust, propelling rocks from the bottom of the crust and lifting them 25 kilometres within 10 minutes. At the rim of the newly forming crater, a mountain range higher than the Himalayas lifted and collapsed within three minutes, leaving a halo of basement rock in a geological feature called a peak ring. At the centre, a massive peak of rock splashed upward, fluid-like, before collapsing again – much like the splash of a sugar cube in a cup of hot tea.

About 10 minutes after that, the rocks stabilised and stopped flowing like a liquid. The titanic forces of impact sent shockwaves through the planet and caused earthquakes that would top the 10-point Richter scale, rattling the ground with greater force than any existing fault is capable of producing.

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jl mumbles...

Posted November 23
Harrowing reading. Imagine aliens or future humans doing it with deliberation while parked in orbit.

Nocturnalist would have you know...

Posted November 23
Check out "The Forge of God" by Greg Bear, which concludes with exactly that. There are some pretty harrowing scenes from the PoV of some of the people caught in the middle of it.

(The book as a whole is less catastrophically actiony, but the long slow buildup is worth reading in full because it makes the ending that much more effective.)

insomniac mutters...

Posted November 23
Sounds like something Havock or his descendants would be up for

HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 24
FK YEAH!

HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 24
You know that anything worth doing is best done FROM FKN ORBIT!!

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pitpat swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 23
Hey John,
Thanks for the link. As a bit of a rock doctor on the other side of the world I'm looking at rocks of similar age which have textural features that are similar but are related to explosive events derived from magmatic or batholithic sources. I would expect some vigorous discussion in the next couple of years. They might even get some more funding to drill another hole ( the hole they drilled probably cost between 1 and 10 mill) but more than likely they won't.

Either way it is a nice story in these times of post-modern science. As for big geology events it probably isn't in the top ten. If you drive from Brisbane through to the Whitsundays you are driving - in large part- across volcanic terranes- extruded during the late Jurassic/early Cretaceous that have volumes measured in millions of cubic kilometres. Probably not a great place for a beach house.

Any hoo Thanks for all your published work so far this year, have bought it all and loved it all even if I disagreed with some of it.

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Spanner is gonna tell you...

Posted November 23
Was there an earth shattering kaboom?

(Marvin the Martian reference)

Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted November 25
Oh goodie! My Illidium Q36 explosive space modulator

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MordWa has opinions thus...

Posted November 23
*puts on Sid James leery voice*

"-That's still less 'ard than I'd hit Barbara Windsor give a tuppence chance. Amiright? Hehehurh"

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John Petherick swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 24
Sounds like home!

I live in Sudbury, Ontario. My house is just south of the southern rim of the Sudbury Basin and I work up on the northwest edge of the rim, so I drive across the basin twice a day. The basin, however, has been deformed by tectonic forces so it is now an elliptical / ovoid shape rather than circular, further complicated by a second, smaller impact crater.

Sudbury breccia has different colours but looks very similar to the core in the article. Mind you, the drill only went down 1335 metres, barely scratching the surface (mind you, it was underwater, too).

Therbs puts forth...

Posted November 24
Sudbury! Stopped in there whilst on a ratsacking adventure through North America a few lifetimes ago.
Was heading west to east and had stopped at Sault St Marie then Sudbury before hitting Toronto.
Liked it. Had a fun pub, Peddlars? Was good.

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NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted November 24
That neatly describes Greybeard getting into a bath

Gutz ducks in to say...

Posted November 26
That made the ginger beer i was drinking shoot out my nose!

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Kim Beazley on the new subs

Posted May 7, 2016 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

The Bomber returned from the embassy in Washington and took up a role with ASPI where he writes the occasional piece, bringing a lot more insider knowledge than most analysts:

While I was Ambassador to the US, I visited Electric Boat’s yard in Groton, Connecticut, where the US Navy’s latest Virginia class nuclear submarines are under construction. This wasn’t an indulgence. Part of my job was to seek constant reassurance from the relevant officials of our ally that strong US support would be forthcoming when we finally decided on a process and partner(s) for the replacement for the Collins-class submarines. That reassurance was constantly but, lately, impatiently given. They came to wonder when we would get on with it. The US regards the Australian submarine as a potent addition to allied underwater strength in the Pacific.

I was taken aboard the then-latest Virginia-class submarine, the USS Missouri. The captain showed us the control room and asked me if I recognised anything. I said ‘yes’ and told him that I appeared to be standing in a Collins-class submarine. He responded, ‘Exactly’. The US had benefitted greatly from the structures we had put in place in the Collins. He had served as an exchange officer on one of them. ‘Best submarine I have served on’. It was polite hyperbole, but the USN has great respect for the class nonetheless. It has been a handful in joint exercises—so troubling, in fact, that a couple of years ago they hired the Swedes to practice on, as they tried to get to grips with finding modern conventional submarines. On my bookshelf sits a photo of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln taken on exercise through the periscope of a Collins. The submarine, undetected, had just put three “torpedos” into the carrier.

Read it all here.

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted May 7, 2016
I believe a reasonable working ratio for subs is about 4:1, which means that having 12 subs might give you 3 subs available at any one time.

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ShaneAlpha swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 8, 2016
Are we starting a petition to name the first one the HMAS Havok?

HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted May 8, 2016
Its got a C in it FFSAKES MAN!

Nocturnalist asserts...

Posted May 9, 2016
Not if he's proposing to name it after the Marvel character.

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted May 9, 2016
Confirming what I'd heard off the record for awhile now - the Collins class are f*cking good at their jobs.

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another JB mutters...

Posted May 9, 2016
Having presided over the last debacle it's no surprise Bomber has enthusiasm for the next one.

The success of Collins as more to do with the crew performing above and beyond in a platform badly compromised by a poor development process.

A poor process being replicated in alarming detail again now.

Seriously the wikipedia article is well work a background read.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collins-class_submarine

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted May 9, 2016
I didn't realize that the French boat is designed as nuclear and the Australian model will be fitted for diesel, how can that possibly be a very efficient design?

Nocturnalist is gonna tell you...

Posted May 9, 2016
You're absolutely right, Barnes. Should be coal.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted May 9, 2016
because according to an ex-PM it's good for humanity?

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Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted May 9, 2016
Or you could do the novel thing of getting over a resistance to nuclear power.

Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted May 9, 2016
To be fair there are some advantages of diesel to nuclear other than ideological nut-baggery. I remember reading the heat signature from nuke subs is harder to conceal whereas if you turn the engines off on a diesel boat the acoustic signal is zero.

Murphy_of_Missouri is gonna tell you...

Posted May 9, 2016
I am aware of that.

I was mainly referencing the concerns of trying to take a nuke and turn it into a diesel. I'm sure they'll work it out though.

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Bondiboy66 asserts...

Posted May 9, 2016
I have been told a similar story about Aussies v US on Ex when we still had the Orion Class subs - i.e. Aussie sub sneaks into US fleet, shadows a large aircraft carrier for about three days, takes pics and sound/sonar recordings, then slips away undetected. Make of that what you will!

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Raising the dead for profit

Posted May 6, 2016 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

Philadelphia-based biotech company Bioquark, Inc. has been granted approval from an Institutional Review Board at the National Institutes of Health to complete a clinical trial of a drug to wake the dead.

Seems legit. Can't imagine a downside to messing with powers beyond our control.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted May 6, 2016
Please let the first person this is successful on be a comedian whose first words are "Brainnnsss"

Quickly followed by "just kidding! just kidding! put down the chair. Jeez i feel like shit what happened to me?"

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Posted May 6, 2016
The good news is that, if I've learnt anything from the zombie genre, there will be one scientist who worked on this but transferred over to Honolulu six months before the outbreak and because of her work with Bioquark we won't know whether she's a goodie or a baddie, but we suspect that she has developed a vaccine for the survivors.

Oh, and those survivors will have interminable journey from the region of the initial outbreak to Honolulu.

But at least in real life we'll know that it was those crazy people at Bioquark who started the whole mess.

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GhostSwirv ducks in to say...

Posted May 6, 2016

Bioquark isn't a subsidiary of Cyberdyne Systems by any chance?

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SG mumbles...

Posted May 6, 2016
Check out Ressurection Inc by K.J. Anderson

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WA n'ker puts forth...

Posted May 6, 2016
Is it effective on cremated remains?
Uncle Malcolm would probably buy some.

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Therbs reckons...

Posted May 6, 2016
Six drops of the essence of terror, five drops of sinister sauce ...

Barnesm asserts...

Posted May 7, 2016
'whoops too much'

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pi ducks in to say...

Posted May 6, 2016
We ALL know how this is going to end.

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pi swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 6, 2016
Totally OT, but if you haven't read this investigative journalist piece on the man who wrote trucrypt... It really is amazing stuff. Truly breath-taking.

https://mastermind.atavist.com/he-always-had-a-dark-side

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted May 7, 2016
OK, I'll go for the obvious: Hmmmm, I wonder if this would work on (insert name of living politician, living boring person, etc., here).

I was going to say something about Havok ... but then realized that they are probably using a serum derived from his adrenal gland for this stuff.

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Barnesm would have you know...

Posted May 7, 2016
so new hangover cure.

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Japan Times on sub deal

Posted May 2, 2016 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

A tip o' the propellor beanie to Guru Bob for this link to a pretty good Japan Times piece on how the Japanese lost the bid to build the RAN's submarines when they started off with the inside running.

In February 2015, Abbott called his “best friend in Asia,” as he had previously described Abe, to tell him about the new bidding process. Abe sympathized and said he would do his best to comply, two sources with knowledge of the conversation said.

Yet, convinced the deal was still in the bag, Japan’s bidding group dithered.

“Even though we were in the competition we acted as though nothing had changed,” said one Japanese government source involved in the bid. “We thought we had already won, so why do anything to rock the boat?”

The Japanese did not attend a conference for the Future Submarines project in March, failing to understand the importance of the crucial lobbying event and leaving the field to their German and French rivals, sources on the Japanese bidding team said.

Japan’s belated attempt to engage with potential local suppliers at a follow up event in August 2015 went badly.

Companies complained Tokyo was unwilling to discuss substantive deals. Having only ever sold arms to Japan’s military because of a decades-old ban on exports that Abe lifted in 2014, neither MHI nor KHI had any Australian military industrial partners.

And unlike France and Germany, which quickly committed to building the submarines in Australia, Japan initially only said it would follow the bidding rules, which required building in Australia as just one of three options.

“The Japanese had been invited in on a handshake deal and were left trying to compete in an international competition having no experience in doing such a thing,” an Australian defense industry source said.

By September 2015, Japan’s key ally Abbott had been deposed by Malcolm Turnbull, blowing the competition wide open.

Full report is here and worth a look.

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DiddyWrote is gonna tell you...

Posted May 3, 2016
The question to ask, is why was it a handshake deal in the first place?

http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/turning-japanese/

dweeze swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 3, 2016
...because Captain Tones was (is?) an idiot and the Japanese didn't see that clearly enough.

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HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted May 3, 2016
Plenty og captains calls get made. its just the severity of the fk up or really whether or not it is a fk up, and also that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

I wonder if its better to HAVE a decision that NOT have a decision, given the decision has been waiting to be decided for some fkn time and the list of culprits is rather long and large.

As for the choice, well its a good one IMHO. Even if it does mean we get a frog boat.

But here is the kicker, that a rather large amount are NOT aware of:

USN Virginia Class SSN utilises PUMP JET PROPULSION SYSTEM

RN Astute CLASS SSN utilises PUMP JET PROPULSION SYSTEM

FROG SSN BARRACUDA CLASS Utilises PUMP JET PROPULSION SYSTEM.

All the other screaming about combat systems and the US not supplying etc is pure bullshit.

Im not keen on forward tube launched TLAMS or similar via the tubes, vert cells would have been much better.


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NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted May 3, 2016
Still think we could have all the nice things for $50 BILLION.

HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted May 3, 2016
yeah, but subs are sexy...and we could do a bit of whale research for ya!

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GhostSwirv asserts...

Posted May 5, 2016
HAVOC21, When you say 'whale research' it sounds more like the whole exercise is really about spying on MAGMA displacement or sperm whales & humpbacks cavorting or even 'caterpillar drives' trying to nut out why Sean's accent is different to Sam's.

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Posted May 5, 2016
I would be I aint got enough hair!

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The Kindle Oasis. A strategic review

Posted April 19, 2016 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

The new Kindle Oasis is a very slick looking piece of kit. It looks like it came from the future, even though we’ve been surrounded by e-readers and tablets for nearly a decade now. It’s also expensive. Really expensive compared to the entry-level Kindles which Amazon supports with advertising. How expensive is the new Kindle, which remains, remember, a single use device? It will cost you more than an iPad Mini 2.

Amazon is infamously secretive about sales figures, algorithms, everything. But I think I can detect a few moving shadows in the dark. For a couple of years now the Beast of Bezos has been downplaying the role and importance of free books. When Amazon first opened the floodgates of self publishing it put the frighteners on the old school publishing houses by flooding the market with hundreds of thousands of free and super cheap books by previously unpublished authors. It started the first self publishing gold rush, which Amazon being Amazon smashed flat couple of years later with a few tweaks to the algorithm.

Without getting into the weeds on the topic, free and even cheap is a lot less important these days. Partly that’s because the e-reader market has matured. The Kindle won. The iPad remains an powerful irritant. Kobo limps along behind them. (Although I do like their waterproof model). The early adapters who bought all of those clunky, early model Kindles also bought dozens, even hundreds of titles each to fill them up. Free and cheap were hugely important in building that market. Now, not so much. E-readers have become a commodity, a loss leader for Amazon. Jeff Bezos has said as much in an interview with the BBC.

As the technology matured, so did the demographic using it. An average Kindle user in 2016 is nothing like the free-seeking binge reader of 2010. They might buy half a dozen titles over the course of a year, making them less price sensitive than somebody downloading more than 100 books in the same period.

I think this latest Kindle, the Oasis, is meant for them.

For myself, however, it raises interesting questions about how much I can ask people to pay for books when I finally start releasing them retail, rather than giving them away. The books I release independently are never going to cost as much as the books I do with my trade publishers. But they’re not all going to be free or super cheap either. I have to be able to pay editors, artists, type setters and so on.

As I said the other day, I’m not just a writer now, I’m a publisher. And I find these questions fascinating.

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Surtac has opinions thus...

Posted April 19, 2016

Yep. What I said on the Book of Farce already.

As a reader who has long been intrigued by the mysteries of publishing, I have always found such questions fascinating.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted April 19, 2016

Costs more than an iPad mini? Fuggedaboutit, I'd take the mini every time. The Fire works well enough for me for book reading. And I've found it doesn't crap itself if a few drops of beer are spilt on it.

As for pricing eBooks and based on a quick squiz at Amazon I reckon $10 - $13 range seems to be the range for decent scribbling. Sits about right with me.

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moz is allegedly literate swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 19, 2016
As it happens I've just bought the Kobo glowaterproof thing, and it's quite excellent. It replaces the previous Kobo, which was not quite drop-resistant enough to last more than 3 years. The previous one had the possible advantage that I could open it up and clone the micro-SD card inside onto a bigger one, revealing that the Kobo library software did not like (very strongly did not like) having 2000+ epub files on board. My current habit is to read and delete, rather than stockpiling books on the device.

Pricing... I dunno, I like the $5/book sort of level and I really like the N-book series for less than $5xN but mostly I really, really dislike two things. One, ebooks that are not available. Stross is particularly bad about this, regularly advertising specials and new releases that "may reach Australia eventually" but never at the advertised price (the one that sticks is two quid becoming $AUS12.99 six months later). Second, books that I can only rent. You seem better about this, but if there's one thing Amazon has taught me, it's that DRM and WiFi-only connectivity are not acceptable. I will load unprotected epubs onto my device via USB or uSD, or I will not buy the device, and if I can't buy unprotected epub, I can't buy.

According to Fictionwise I spent over $US1000 in the three years or so I was allowed to buy from them, at about $US6/book. That seemed fair enough to me. But I suspect it's biased by my subscriptions to Asimov's and F&SF pushing the price per item down (remember when they still sold magazine subscriptions rather than only single issues?).

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted April 19, 2016
Club Birmo. Nominal fee. "Free" ebooks and short stories whilst member of said club. People that are not members of Club Birmo instead pay retail for same ebooks several months after club members have access. Special newsletter. Signing up gets you a special members only book that is never released to the public. Books could be serialized to ensure a drip feed of material. Would require having some stuff in the stash to start with while you get rolling.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted April 20, 2016
I've thought about this, but I have to bring the readers to me, or the club. They're already browsing Amazon etc. It could be a plan for the medium term however, once I've settled down the new model.

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JG is gonna tell you...

Posted April 19, 2016
I hope the Kindle screens are brighter than they used to be. I was given my sister's old 2011 or 2012 Kindle and it's very dim. Might be a Kindle Touch (grey bezel). Will have to get a clip-on light. Think I could get used to ebooks,but on a nicer ereader.Hopefully, recent Kindles have a built-in backlight and a whiter backgroundwith greater contrast between text and page.
Anyway, my dim Kindle didn't stop me from devouring ten chapters of Cairo yesterday. Ripping, JB.

moz is allegedly literate reckons...

Posted April 19, 2016
Both my Kobo's go scary bright, and I generally run them at the lowest setting (1%) and wish they'd go lower. I also wish they had a set of red LEDs for reading at night, but mostly just that the brightness scale was properly logarithmic so I could make the thing dim enough. The latest one definitely has a "torch" mode...why anyone would want to point that at their eyes I don't know. But it's e-ink, you could always buy a head torch and read using that.

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Marccarno reckons...

Posted April 19, 2016
Apologies for the above Post from the Cairo thread, for some reason my tablet decided to paste a previous Post when I wanted to add to this thread :-(
Anyway, my quick 10p. I'm minded to say that single use devices were always a marketing tactic and I loved the Kindle when it first came out but..... I'd liken owning a Kindle Oasis to being a person who, in 1995, decided that buying a dedicated word processor was a better deal than buying a Pc. There comes a tipping point where a dedicated device is absolutely redundant in Comparison to a general purpose, multi-use device (ok, there will always be a specialist 1% but that's exactly who they are - and you don't build a mass-market business model on 1%).
As for the trends around eBook pricing, they are far more disturbing and remind me of the mistakes several of the music industry Giants made during the painful Tranformation of the music business model (an ongoing phenomena). So, the emergence of the £9.99 and £12.99 eBook is absolutely farcical - I have even seen eBooks priced higher than their paperback equivalent. Now, I will not be buying general fiction for £12.99 when I know I can get the pulp version for £7.99 - and I speak as someone who does buy approx 100 novels/year and happily pays for them.
So, the music industry got greedy and music is now massively 'free' with pretty much the industry holding on by its spotifying/iTunes-ing fingertips. Almost everyone I know who doesn't have an iDevice just downloads music for free and most of those folks look at me strangely at my "old fashioned" approach of busying everything through iTunes.
Even Amazon may find that if they collaborate with the publishing industry to reset prices higher than mass-public expectations then the so-called eBook paradigm can shift again just as quickly - they should ask Sony/EMI/et-al.

sibeen mutters...

Posted April 20, 2016
<h3 style="transition: all 0.1s ease; font-size: 18px; margin: -4px 0px 0px 40px; font-weight: 400; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Marccarno, you shouldn't be apologising, rather you should be demanding a retraction of the new story; or at least a major fucking editing of the last few pages. It's the only right thing to do.</h3>

I think I'll start a petition, or a hunger strike, or something.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted April 20, 2016
S'okay. I've moved it to the appropriate thread.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted April 20, 2016
Re, pricing. I've been watching the prices points set by the major publishers for new works. They seem to average out at $12-13 for mass market release, going as high as $24 for the digital equivalent of a new trade paperback format. I just don't see it working. I have a rough rule of thumb for ebooks. One dollar for every ten thousand words, up to a ceiling of... well, I don't know yet. But nowhere near the $12-13. I'd have to offer some very special extras for that.

Slippy reckons...

Posted April 22, 2016
Really? $1 for 10,000 words per download? That's hard graft.
I don't understand this at all, but I think the youtube heroes might offer some evidence about what is happening. They build a base of subscribers who like the antics etc. and then 'somehow' get paid. The part I don't understand is how they get paid and become wealthy.
As for market data, I have all the devices and still mostly read non-work stuff on my iphone 6 5.5. Just to reach into my backpack and pull out the kindle to start reading a novel seems too much effort. Laziness is the key.

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Posted April 24, 2016
Slippy, $1 for 10K words would be very hard graft if you were only selling those words once. But I sell them many times over.

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Posted April 20, 2016

DAMMIT. I finally replaced my first generation kindle, received as a Christmas present back in 2010 then last Christmas I was gifted a brand new Kindle Whitepaper a brilliant piece of reading tech. I think it was based on recommendations I read about it here.

Now there is a new kindle available. I look at the latest model in another six years.

The first e-book I downloaded was a few one. Mellvile's Moby Dick as germane to the discussion a lot of free texts were available for me from the out of copywrite classics which allowed me to have a lot of books I could read on my kindle.

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Lulu asserts...

Posted April 20, 2016
I did a quick survey (i.e. furtive looking) at the people on my PT trip to work this morning, & there seem to be very few people with either iPads or e-readers. Most people were on their phones (calls, texts, FB, emails, games etc). I only noticed a couple with screens big enough to be iPad/tablet; they were actually outnumbered by people reading dead-tree books.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted April 20, 2016
That probably explains why my iBooks download stats are unusually high. People are reading on their phones. The numbers are skewed enough that I'm considering giving Apple an exclusivity window on later releases in return for some promo payback.

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Posted April 20, 2016
Yep, I read on the iPad at home, but now that I have an iPhone 6 the screen is big enough to warrant comfortably reading a book if I'm out and about. I felt like a right knob reading on the iPad in public when I first got it, and when I discovered that I could read on the iPhone 5 without causing an aneurysm I immediately switched to that for public reading.
As well as iBooks I have the Kindle app on the phone and iPad, but iBooks is my preferred reading app. I will upload DRM free books, or buy them through the store. These days I get Kindle books only if Amazon has a particularly attractive discount on a specific book that I'd have to pay full price for in iBooks.

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Surtac mumbles...

Posted April 20, 2016

Just did some data analysis on my Amazon kindle purchases over the last 6 months and thought you might find the data useful.

Out of 52 books, 33 were fiction and 19 non-fiction. Average (mean) price was $7.10, median price was $6.99. Only 14 books were $10 or above and 8 of those were non-fiction.


John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted April 20, 2016
Thanks Tac. That is useful.

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Dirk has opinions thus...

Posted April 20, 2016
Well JB, economics 1 oh 1 time then.
Let's break it up into biteabel chunks:

Cost: add the next items
x editing
x cover design
x type setting
x wear and tear on computers
x travel and research cost
x communication costs
x accountants and legal
x marketing (time on facebook, interviews, banners, site etc.)
x setup costs for next book (investment)

Profit margin:
so your wife and kids don't have to "find other sources of income"

Projected sales:
Divide that by a number of copies you intend to sell and subtract 20%. Take Rome for example as a benchmark.

Example:
$ 1000 editing
$ 500 cover design
$ 500 type setting
$ 700 wear and tear and 230V on computers
$ 1000 travel and research cost
$ 500 communication costs
$ 2000 accountants and legal
$ 500 marketing (time on facebook, interviews, banners, site etc.)
$ 1000 setup costs for next book (investment)

Sub total $ 7700 in this example (but you know your actual figures)

Profit margin: so your wife and kids don't have to "find other sources of income"

Let say you publish 3 books a year and want to make $ 50.000 before taxes. So every book has to generate $17.333

So your a book would cost $ 25.000 (7.700 + 17.333).

Let say you want sell 5.000 copies of each book (so the benchmark is 4.000 copies), sell them at $ 6,25 + VAT average and you will break-even.

Sell more and it adds $ 6.25 per book to your income/investment chest for other books. So do serialization/other languages (have that done by publishers though)/print/movie and TV rights. But those are extra's and are extra windfall.

Have a chat though with someone who knows the Aussi tax system. Here in Europe the cost you make for making stuff (including VAT) is tax deductible, and as an entrepreneur you get extra allowances etc.

Dirk swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 20, 2016
NB: don't forget about this neither: https://www.plrinternational.com/established/plradministrators/australia.htm

won't yield millions but hey, it will bring your gold plated hovercraft a little closer ...

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Truly concealed carry

Posted March 21, 2016 into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

A dip o' the propellor beanie to GuruBob for the the link to this piece of kit, a smart phone that transforms into a gun.

Well, actually, it's not a smart phone, it just looks like one. But it's the sort of thing I can imagine a 21C character like Julia Duffy carrying in her lady bag.

Maybe for WW 3.1 next year.

From the product page at IdealConceal.com:

"Small enough in stature to fit in your pocket, the pistol folds into an inconspicuous smartphone when in safety mode. Flipping off the safety, however, transforms this small carry into a fully functional pistol. The mechanics of the pistol allow for a lightweight one-piece design that boasts trouble-free operation with a hammerless control for maximum safety, high velocity, and accuracy. The piece also comes equipped with a flashlight and laser."

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Murphy_of_Missouri mumbles...

Posted March 21, 2016
The one Jules is carrying is probably a smart phone AND a gun.

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Surtac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 21, 2016

Interesting coincidence.

Warren Ellis was talking just a month or so back in his newsletter about 'weapons research which led me to a really odd little handgun called the Taurus Curve.'

I have to ask though: would Jules be happy carrying something she might get confused with something else (like her actual phone) in her go bag when reaching for it in a hurry?


Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted March 21, 2016
Jules doesn't strike me as the type to confuse one with the other.

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SZF reckons...

Posted March 21, 2016
iDerringer 2.0?

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 21, 2016

I think a consummate professional tends to choose the best tool for there work, these hybrids have to compromise to achieve the multiple functions.

It why you don't see chefs use pocket knives or professional photographers use phone cameras or human beings use bing.

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Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 21, 2016
I prefer something like the Magpul FMG-9

Peter in the bleachers is gonna tell you...

Posted March 21, 2016
You would need a bigger handbag!

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Aaron mumbles...

Posted March 21, 2016
Bing is great, it brings up my search for google in no time.

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Tweaks is gonna tell you...

Posted March 21, 2016
Great concept, but I think that is all it is. I've e-mailed a couple of times-but recieved no reply. I have the feeling this is just some Uni design project, with the website still hosted so people can farm karma on reddit :/

GhostSwirv would have you know...

Posted March 23, 2016
Oh nose Tweaks you've stumbled into a DARPA honeytrap!

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Don Bagert asserts...

Posted March 23, 2016
Wait, so the next AoT series will be WW 3.1, 3.2, etc.? I guess that's not surprising, but I still hadn't seen it before.

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Adam Denny would have you know...

Posted March 23, 2016
Yeah, it looks like a sweet Uni design project.
Can't wait to read AoT 3.1

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