DNA Lounge: Wherein all the drinks are special.

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The Internet Archive is now archiving physical books as well

Why Preserve Books?

Two of the corporations involved in major book scanning have sawed off the bindings of modern books to speed the digitizing process. Many have a negative visceral reaction to the "butchering" of books, but is this a reasonable reaction?

A reason to preserve the physical book that has been digitized is that it is the authentic and original version that can be used as a reference in the future. If there is ever a controversy about  the digital version, the original can be examined. A seed bank such as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is seen as an authoritative and safe version of crops we are growing. Saving physical copies of digitized books might at least be seen in a similar light as an authoritative and safe copy that may be called upon in the future.

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Dali Clock no longer available in app store (this time for sure)

A few days ago I posted saying that Dali Clock seemed to have been pulled from the Apple store, but it turns out that at the time, the store was failing all over the place. However, it seems I was right the first time.

Apparently the following error message is how Apple spells, "if you don't tithe us $100 per year, we won't allow your free app to continue to be downloaded at all." I had to pay them a hundred bucks to allow me to upload the thing in the first place, and apparently if you don't pay annually, they pull all your apps. You stay klassy, Apple.

As this is the only iPhone app that I've released so far, I'm trying to decide whether I give a shit. Leaning heavily toward "no".

I can't even tell where I look to see whether anyone has downloaded it in the last year. Presumably that's on some URL Apple won't show me without paying them $100 first.

I'm somewhat surprised that they didn't remotely delete it from the phones of everyone who had already downloaded it. That "feature" is probably coming soon.

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Update: Comments disabled (and many deleted) because I'm profoundly uninterested in hearing more of the Apple fanboys' various theories about why The Great and Benevolent Jobs might have felt forced, forced into doing things this way. The answer is, "because they can." Or, in more words for the dim, "Because their technically-enforced monopoly on application distribution means they can gouge both developers and users to a far greater extent than actual competition would allow, and so they do." If you don't see that, step out of the reality distortion field once in a while.

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