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+ - Amazon Launches 'Home Services' For Repair, Installation, and Other Work->

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An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has quietly rolled out a new business called "Home Services," which aims to be a middleman between customers and all sorts of contracted services. It includes things like appliance repair, home cleaning, installation/assembly of products in your car or home, tutoring (academic and musical), and even performance art. Amazon makes money on this by taking a cut of the total price — between 10 and 20 percent. Since everything is geolocated, they have many more options available in big cities than in small rural communities. One of Amazon's goals is to help standardize the price for various services, so there aren't any surprises when the bill comes due."
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Comment: Re:Way to piss off customers, Apple. (Score 1) 189

At a price of $350, it's hardly expensive for a watch.

It's not a watch. It's a fashion accessory. And nobody who is somebody would be caught dead wearing a $350 version . . . Apple is going after the folks who will dish out $10,000 for a watch:

$350 for a watch? How vulgar and ordinary!

Comment: Re:Way to piss off customers, Apple. (Score 1) 189

This is an excellent marking tactic. For that price, Apple wants to make sure that you get the feeling that the iWatch is "exclusive". Not every ordinary dweeb can walk into a store and buy one. It's like getting a membership in country club or other exclusive club. You're not just buying a watch . . . you are buying a legacy. That's how the ultra expensive Swiss watchmakers advertise their watches in The Economist.

So, in order to sell it to dumb rich folks, you need to wrap the purchase process in a wee bit of prompt and circumstance . . .

Comment: Re:No it isn't (Score 1) 165

by PolygamousRanchKid (#49369275) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

any innovation packed its bags and walked a decade ago.

That's why F1 never really interested me: I don't want to watch a race where all the cars are the same. I would like to see a "no holds barred" race, where you could enter anything from a teenager on a skateboard with a jet pack, to the Mammoth Car. How about a Russian T-Series tank with a MIG Fighter engine mounted on it? (That actually exists. The Russians used it to extinguish Gulf War oil well fires).

Now THAT would drive real innovation, and be a hoot and a half, as well, when folks came up with some wacky ideas, that went terribly wrong. Think of those old black and white film clips of the first attempts at powered flight.

Comment: Re:This is great! (Score 2) 347

. . . you forgot the part about how she is going to lay off Americans . . . revoke their citizenship, and force them to leave the country, and try their luck elsewhere in the world.

She also ditched the old concept of "The HP Way". I'm guessing that she will change the "Pledge of Allegiance, to the Flag" to "With Freedom and Justice . . . for the Rich".

Comment: Re:SpaceShipTwo (Score 1) 440

"Hi, welcome to your flight to Hell! Our flight attendants will now show you our emergency procedures!"

"There is no life vest underneath your seat. If you would like one, they are available for rent for this flight for an extra $50."

"If the cabin loses pressure, oxygen masks will fall down. However, oxygen will only flow through the mask, if you have purchased our oxygen plan, also for $50. First, pay the flight attendant. Then put the mask on yourself. Then share the oxygen with any infants or incapacitated passengers next to you . . . "

Comment: Re:Won't everything need to be recompiled? (Score 1) 82

AIX is full of "hacks" or "modifications" in the TCP/IP stack to greatly improve the performance on POWER architecture on MP systems. Have any of these made it into mainstream Linux? Are they even valid on Intel architecture?

For instance, when running a benchmark on an AIX POWER system, try increasing the load, and see if your results go up. It can happen, that you increase the load, the CPU utilization climbs, but you benchmark remains the same. Well, you might be hanging in spin locks. AIX supports instrumented locks, so you can check this with the lockstat command.

Another potential problem is that two many global variables are located in the same CPU cache line. So you can pad single variables, so that they are in separate cache lines. Or, even worse, you have one global variable that is being constantly updated by all processors, and is constantly causing cache invalidation on the memory bus. Then you need to do a hardware memory bus trace, with an HP logic analyzer that looks like something out of Hentai Porn. Then you need to write up a patent or something:

So I'm just wondering if all this poop will be done for Linux on OpenPOWER . . .

Comment: Re:Won't everything need to be recompiled? (Score 1) 82

Yeah, but Linux on POWER today runs on Big Endian. See another post in this thread about IBM intentions, but Red Hat has not announced support for Linux on Little Endian yet. That one hurts.

Linux on OpenPOWER doesn't exist yet . . . or does it . . . ?

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun