Cutting_Crew writes "As we all know brick and mortar stores have been closing left and right recently. We had CompUSA, Borders and Circuit City all close its doors within the last 4 years.
According to what I think is a great a great article on Forbes.com , it is spelled out pretty clearly why Best Buy is next in line to shut its doors for good. Some of the reasons highlighted include a 40% drop is Best Buy stock in 2011, lack of vision regarding their online services, management too concerned with store sales instead of margins and blatant disregard for quality customer service.
The best quote for me over on page 3 regarding the shortage of products for some people who had ordered online for the Christmas holidays highlights the overall issue.
"The situation that Best Buy “encountered” has “affected redemption” of some orders. Best Buy doesn’t fill online orders, it seems. Rather, customers “redeem” them. So it’s the customers, not Best Buy, who have the problem. And those customers haven’t been left hanging; they’ve only been “affected” in efforts to “redeem” their orders. It’s not as if the company did anything wrong, or, indeed, anything at all.""Link to Original Source
Cutting_Crew writes "As we all know brick and mortar stores have been closing left and right recently. We had CompUSA, Circuit City, href=http://slashdot.org/index2.pl?fhfilter=Borders> Borders, all closing within the last 4 years."Link to Original Source
Cutting_Crew writes "At&t has announced price hikes in their data plans. Does anyone remember when $30 got you unlimited data? Why do you have to pay extra for using the same bandwidth that you already pay for? Shouldn't we be able to use 1/3/5/100GB of data as we see fit regardless of where the data is coming from? Also if data is just data why is it more expensive(per gb) to have a lesser plan? I am also curious to know how many people that own iPads actually bought the 3G version? Why not just use free wifi on the go or at home?"Link to Original Source
Cutting_Crew writes "The next time someone keys you car or runs their shopping cart into your car bumper, not all is lost. If your car is coated with a new polyurethane-coating from the University of Southern Mississippi your car might be able to repair itself within one hour. A more detailed description of the research is available at the Ars Technica website and another similar article has hit the Scientific American .
Dr. Marek Urban , a professor and chemist of the Polymer Science Department, along with Biswajit Ghosh at the university, published the research and their findings in the March 13th edition of the journal Science.
A time lapse video of the process can be found here but also reveals a drawback:
"The material effectively forms an invisible "scar" when it repairs the scratch, so it can't be scratched in the same place twice. This could limit its usefulness for handheld devices such as cellphones, which often get scratched in the same places because of the way they're set down on surfaces or slid into pockets. But it's still a working solution for cars, since scratches don't usually occur in exactly the same patch on the vehicle's body."
Cutting_Crew writes " Lockheed Martin has won the NASA contract to build the next spaceship called the CEV or the Crew Exploration Vehicle with their proposal that they wrote up and submitted last year.
The proposal and design of the new ship submitted in May 2005 can be found here at space.com. The capsule will seat 6 and will be built for specifically for flight back to the moon and in later years help in exploration to Mars, but is not built for a flight to Mars by itself. The planned date for a trip back to the moon will be the year 2018."