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Comment Walmart ship-to-store sucks! (Score 1) 203

It's really interesting that this article just came out. I just got back from Walmart where I was attempting to pickup my son's birthday gift. It took me over an hour of waiting to get it. The online system never sent me an email that it was ready for pick up, but instead said that it had already been picked up. It even gave me the option to return it. I went into the store to figure out what was happening. It hadn't been picked up, but it took them over an hour to find the item.

What more disappointing is that this wasn't an isolated incidence. Over half of the time that I have items shipped to the store, I have a similar experience. Last time it took them two hours to find my package, and that was after I had received an email asking me to go pick it up!

As I wait, I see other customers having to go through the same thing.

Comment Resource Hog? (Score 1) 111

I'd love to have a browser that blocks ads, but I wonder if it's going to be a resource hog. I used to use Chrome, but had to ditch it because it would end up consuming 300 - 400 MB on my 4 GB phone (2 GB usable space). Now I use CM Browser and have never looked back. Fast, low resource utilization, and still very featureful.

How is the Android Firefox browser on resources?

Comment Re:Umm... WHY??? (Score 1) 368

You guys are focusing too much on the game. The Minecraft, as an icon, is valuable in and of itself. Disney has Mickey. Nintendo has Mario. Sega has Sonic. Microsoft could possibly be buying Steve. If Steve, as an icon, can last decades into the future, it will be well worth the price tag to Microsoft.

Think Nintendo has made at least $2 billion off of Mario? They certainly didn't make that much off of Mario Bros. or even Super Mario Bros., but has an icon, I'm sure Mario has been worth way more than that.

Comment Paid to Bing (Score 1) 124

I know that there will be a lot of negative comments here about Bing, but when Microsoft started paying people to use Bing, I switched. The web results seem to be just as good as Google. I can't tell the difference. The image results seem to be slightly behind, but for the ~$8/month I make, I don't mind at all. :)

Comment Re:bitcoin versus paypal & other online transf (Score 2) 276

Dwolla isn't in any way a competitor to Bitcoin. Dwolla, as you pointed out, is an online payment system. It is a competitor to PayPal, Google Wallet, credit cards, and other forms of online payment. Payments in these systems are done in dollars and other forms of currency.

Bitcoin is a currency. It's not competing with Dwolla but the US dollar.

Comment Economics of Car Dealerships (Score 3, Informative) 688

This isn't a Republican vs Democrat thing, but it _is_ very political. Planet Money had an explanation of the economics of car dealerships and how dealerships and politicians prevent sales directly to consumers.


Comment Re:"League of Legends Player" (Score 1) 743

Agreed. I read the articles. The story has nothing to do with the game at all, yet the articles (and Slashdot) highlight the game in their titles and pictures because the guy plays the game at times. If the guy happened to have a collection of postage stamps, would the media write their headlines as "Teenage Stamp Collector Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke"?

Submission + - General Motti Died

dhalsim2 writes: The man who memorably was schooled in the ways of the force by Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" has passed.

Character actor Richard LeParmentier, who played General Motti in the original 1977 "Star Wars," died Tuesday morning in Austin, Texas while visiting family. He was 66 years old.

While General Motti didn't play a recurring in the ongoing "Star Wars" series, he figured in one of the first film's best and most famous scenes. As Motti discusses the various strategic errors made by the Empire as they try to bring down rebel forces, he makes the mistake of questioning the importance of the Force, and condescendingly tells Darth Vader, "Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes!"

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