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Comment: Re:Amazon just wants to see how much they can sque (Score 2) 276

by Delarth799 (#46477083) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee
I read an article a while back that actually looked at this in depth. They said every time amazon cut the cost of shipping for customers their sales volume went up anywhere from 10% to 20% with each cut to shipping costs for customers.
If anyone feels like they are trying to squeeze extra money out of Prime with this $22 increase they really need to pull their head out of the hole its currently in and realize that after the 8 or 10 years Amazon Prime has been $79 its finally going up a little bit. I wish gas prices would follow the Amazon Prime model and stay the same for 8 to 10 years.

Comment: Re:Double, triple, quadruple charging (Score 1) 74

I guess a smart person would find a way to just tether the car to your existing internet connected device and go from there. The rest will overpay for a useless plan so their car can get 4G on top of everything else. The operators don't want you to figure out how to do that or be able to do that since it cuts out the money for them.

Comment: Re:Pricey (Score 1) 166

by Delarth799 (#46385361) Attached to: Invention Makes Citibikes Electric
You can't carry a scooter with you into the office, you have to find a place to park it/store it. The Citibike is a rental bike you drop off when you get to your end point and you take this off and carry it with you. Yes it costs almost as much as a scooter but provides more convenience than one for a crowded city with limited parking space.

Comment: Re:Write them down. (Score 1) 445

by Delarth799 (#46307263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
A list of services in a text file with no meaning or obvious connection to the passwords written down would be easy enough. Maybe split them up have the services they are used for stored somewhere and the passwords written down with no connection to the service they are used for. That way someone who takes the wallet would get a piece of paper with crap written on it and no way to know what it's for.

+ - Former Second Largest Linux Distributer Red Flag Software Has Shut Down-> 1

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "ZDNet reports, "Once the world's second-largest Linux distributor, Red Flag Software has shuttered reportedly due to mismanagement and after owing employees months in unpaid wages. China's state-funded answer to global software giants like Microsoft ... filed for liquidation over the weekend and terminated all employee contracts. Set up in late-1999 amid the dot-com boom, Red Flag was touted as an alternative to Windows ... It thrived in the early days, inking deals with partners such as Oracle and Dell which products were certified to support and shipped with Red Flag Software. The Beijing-based vendor was primarily funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Software Research, and later received additional funding from state-owned Shanghai NewMargin Venture Capital and the Ministry of Information Industry's VC arm ... "A lack of brand awareness and sustained investments, coupled with the rise of rivals including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise, led to its downfall," Eric Peng, Beijing-based research manager with IDC, said ... Peng noted that, during its hay days, Red Flag had enjoyed high adoption among government agencies, state-owned organizations, and schools.""
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+ - Dyson Become the Latest Target of Samsung's Litigation Lawyers-> 1

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "It seems like Samsung's legal eagles love a day in court. No sooner had they agreed to end their disputes with Google, hey are now targeting UK-based vacuum cleaner firm Dyson, for what Samsung called intolerable and groundless litigation which hurt its reputation to the tune of almost $10 million. Dyson says it is amazed that "a company over 100 times bigger than Dyson is so worried.""
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+ - YouTube to Remove Scientist's Account who Debunked AIDS Deniers Movie ->

Submitted by EwanPalmer
EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "YouTube is threatening to remove the account of a scientist who made a series of videos debunking claims made in an Aids denialist movie over copyright infringement disagreement.

Myles Power is claiming the producers of controversial 2009 documentary House of Numbers are attempting to censor him by submitting bogus DMCA claims against him. He says his movies do not breach copyright laws because his films are educational and therefore fair use. The 'AIDS denialist' documentary makers say they instead amounted to “propaganda”."

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+ - U.S. Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index... Below Romania-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "As one might expect, the economic decline of a nation into rule by a handful of corrupt oligarchs will have many other negative repercussions. One of these is a loss of civil rights and freedoms that many of us have taken for granted. Reporters Without Borders puts out their Press Freedom Index every year, and the 2014 ranking came out today. It was not a good showing for the USA. Specifically, the U.S. registered one of the steepest falls of all nations, down 13 slots to the #46 position, just above Haiti and just below Romania."
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+ - Astronomers Make the Science Case for a Mission to Neptune and Uranus->

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "The only planets never to have been the subjects of bespoke space missions from Earth are Neptune and Uranus. Now European astronomers are planning to put that straight with a mission called Odinus, which involves twin spacecraft making the journey in 2034. Their justification is that the mission will help explain how the Solar System formed, how it ended up in the configuration we see today and may also explain why 'hot' Neptune-class planets are common around other stars. They also have to overcome the common misconception that Neptune and Uranus are just smaller, less interesting versions of Jupiter and Saturn. Nothing could be further from the truth. For a start, Neptune and Uranus and made of entirely different stuff--mostly ices such as water, ammonia and methane compared with hydrogen and helium for Jupiter and Saturn. That raises the question of how they formed and how they got to the distant reaches of the Solar System. However it happened, Uranus ended up lying on its side, probably because of a cataclysmic collision. And Neptune's largest moon Triton orbits in the opposite direction to its parent's rotation, the only moon in the Solar System to do this. How come? Another question still unanswered is who's going to pay for all this. The team are pinning their hopes on the European Space Agency which has already expressed interest. But would an international collaboration be a better option?"
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Comment: Re:what price increases? (Score 1) 424

by Delarth799 (#46259637) Attached to: Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters
That population of 313m includes every man, woman, and child. Do you expect mom get her own subscription, dad get his, and one subscription for each child in the household? If you want to do that more effectively get the number of households in the country which as of 2010 was around 114,800,000. Now you're talking around 1 in every 3 households has a subscription to one of those three.

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