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Comment: A bit of context ... (Score 5, Informative) 156

by Rip!ey (#45803569) Attached to: Australian Dept. Store Chain's Website Crashes and Can't Get Back Up
A little bit of context might help here.

Myer's is a "Bricks and Mortar" store in Australia, with stores in every major city and shopping center. Like most "Bricks and Mortar" stores here, they resisted the growing online shopping phenomenon for far too long. They are the direct opposite to the likes of Amazon.

You can add to this the massive increase in savings rates here over the last few years as a result of the world-wide debt crisis, where Australians in general tightened their belts and stopped spending. It got to the point where if something wasn't "on sale" it simply wouldn't sell at all. The stores that have done well regardless are the low margin high turn-over stores. This is not Myers.

But while Australians might have tightened their belts, there is one time of the year where they will spend more freely. Christmas. This is the big reason that boxing day sales have become huge here. It's really just taking advantage of the herds spending mentality at that time of year. And this year, finally, the belts are starting to loosen more than they have been for a few years now.

So you have this convergence of factors, where Australians are finally loosening their belts, at the time of year where they traditionally spend more freely, with a "Bricks and Mortar" store that is late to the party, and an internet sales portal that has never actually been properly stress tested.

It could be a hack, but I kind of doubt it.

Comment: Re:Kickstarter account blacklisted by my bank. (Score 1) 247

by Rip!ey (#39646501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?
The intended use, assuming it eventuates, is for emergency response work, particularly underground search and rescue. The inclusion of the accelerometer makes it even better.

The ability to set the light to start flashing if it does not register movement or to flash out an "I'm OK are you OK signal" (usually done by sound but difficult to hear with ventilation fans) by just flicking the wrist could be invaluable.

And 500 lumens for any length of time in a small lightweight torch (my maglight is heavy and does 400) could make the search for a body in a drive (pray the day never comes) that little bit quicker and more thorough, especially when wearing a biopack mask with a tendency for moisture to obscure clear vision.

A $12 dollar flashlight from dealextreme won't do that.

Comment: Kickstarter account blacklisted by my bank. (Score 1) 247

by Rip!ey (#39642281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?
I've got one Kickstarter backing under my belt. It's the HexBright project that was featured here on /. and is yet to show a result in terms of a product shipped to me.

The reason I post is the difficulty I had paying the backing money. My bank repeatedly refused to allow the payment to go through (via Amazon) due to prior complaints. They have the Kickstarter payment account blacklisted. This is a mid tier Australian bank and I ended up having to ring them and explain what the payment was for, why I was making it, and to absolve them of all and any responsibility if it went wrong. The matter went though several levels of responsibility within the bank until it reached someone who could authorize the payment.

The same bank doesn't bat an eyelid if I order things direct over the internet straight out of China. But not with Kickstarter.

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