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Comment: Amazon != Amazon (Score 1) 326

by kingbilly (#43515667) Attached to: Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)
Having read comments on a lot of websites I noticed many people are unaware that while Amazon has the resources to figure out tax code in 50 states, many of us are selling on Amazon and do NOT share the same benefit. We average about 500 sales per day across various marketplaces and it is going to cost a pretty penny to absorb these new requirements. The $1,000,000 threshold is too low - one million in sales does not leave us one million in profit to pay tax companies to figure all this out. A lot of people are forgetting that when you buy on, there is a huge chance you are buying from a small seller like my company. We are not Amazon; and Amazon just sends us a check each month and lets us deal with having to please 50 states and their different tax requirements.

Comment: Re:just sign up with a competitor (Score 1) 348

by kingbilly (#37143954) Attached to: AT&T Kills $10 Texting Plan, Pushes $20 Plan
I make up the difference with Google Voice and a free android app called GrooveIP. This allows me to make calls in my own home where reception is weak using my own wireless network. Otherwise you can't beat the deal:

- Android phone, unsubsidized @ $150.00 (LG Optimus V)
- Plans starting at $25.00/mo for 300 minutes, unlimited text and data
- No need to review your bill.. it is ALWAYS $25.00
- Make up for the low minutes with Google Voice
- No contracts

I've been with VM since 2007 after being tired of high text surcharges, penalties for adjusting plans as family needs changes, and the third-world status AT&T gave to us recently acquired Cingular customers. Couldn't be happier, I really feel like those relaxed stock photo men with their feet on a desk whenever I hear co-workers complaining about bills, service, cancellation fees, unknown text usage, etc.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 69

by kingbilly (#35820212) Attached to: Microsoft Adds Kinect Support For Netflix

Sure, it may be cooler to watch videos by waving your arms, but still... buttons are more accurate and faster to use. What's wrong with using the controller for controls?

Nothing. Sort of like eating sushi with a fork...may be more practical, but you will not rack up any style points in doing so.

I've tried eating sushi with a fork once in a while, usually when I take some home and eat it later. It always fall apart for me. I think the chopsticks are more practical.

Comment: Re:Confused (Score 1) 469

by kingbilly (#35247934) Attached to: Goodbye, HD Component Video
Agreed. Before HD televisions I would copy my friend's family guy DVD's to VHS before they closed that hole. It wasn't scrambling, but the color kept shifting. Anyway, on our crap tube tv I really wasn't noticing the difference between the DVD and VHS. Now that we have a 42' HDTV and our cable is only standard definition it is too crappy to watch. I can't imagine there is anyone who wanted this particular analog hole to stay open. The only thing I watch is Netflix streaming videos throught my xbox360. And that is only because I feel like I am the one ripping off Hollywood. 11 bucks a month to watch unlimited and we canceled our expanded cable lineup, we don't rent or buy movies.

Comment: JS getting faster, other things getting slower (Score 1) 120

by kingbilly (#34482734) Attached to: Google Quietly Posts Big JavaScript Engine Update
About 6 months ago I used chromium for my default browser, but recently I have had to launch Firefox more and more. 1) Adblock is missing ALOT of ads suddenly. Especially flash ones which really kill me on linux. It doesn't help that Adblock on chrome still actually loads ads and then hides them. 2) Websites like with a center div that is styled with a shadow bring chromium to a crawl. 3) Chrome couldn't load Google Adsense or Gmail a few times, I had to start firefox instead. I have been watching tv for the first time since 2003 (when I discovered linux) and every couple nights I have to start firefox just to go to IMDB to lookup info about actors/shows.

Comment: Re:I don't think I get it... (Score 5, Funny) 549

by kingbilly (#30041604) Attached to: Murdoch To Explore Blocking Google Searches

If it was such an easy answer in the first place that it could occur just in the description of the link, of course!

This is like the cheap way local news stations get you to watch the whole 11pm news.

7pm: There's a food that might kill you already sitting in your fridge. Find out tonight at 11!
8pm: There's a food that might kill you already sitting in your fridge. Find out tonight at 11!
9pm: There's a food that might kill you already sitting in your fridge. Find out tonight at 11!
10pm: There's a food that might kill you already sitting in your fridge. Find out tonight at 11!
11pm: There's a food that might kill you already sitting in your fridge. Find out on this show!
11:08pm: And coming up soon, There's a food that might kill you already sitting in your fridge. But first weather.
11:30pm: Coming up after the break, 8pm: There's a food that might kill you already sitting in your fridge. Stick around.
11:59pm: And, if you eat spoiled food at the same time your murdered, you might die!
Roll Credits

You better believe if i can find the information before news outlets decided when I am allowed by all means I will.
Even on a page of search results, the answer to a question found in a link preview STILL is more readable that some of the junk clogged websites many news organizations have.


+ - The "Amazon Rank" Google-Bombing Campaign->

Submitted by paleshadows
paleshadows (1127459) writes "The girls that run the smartbitchestrashybooks blog were rather enraged by Amazon's new policy to cull "adult" books from their search system. They have therefore decided to retaliate by introducing the term "Amazon Rank" to the lexicon (as underscoring Amazon's shortminded censorship and inconsistent policing of what ought to be accessible to the book-buying public), and by requesting their readers to create a link to with "Amazon Rank" as the anchor text, with the explicit goal of turning their definition of the term to be the top most ranking in search engines. (A practice known as Google bombing.) Remarkably, the campaign seems to indeed be successful: the new definition is currently number one in google results.

Example of usage: "I tried to do a report on Lady Chatterly's Lover for English Lit, but my teacher amazon ranked me and I got an F on grounds that it was obscene."

Alternate usage: "My girlfriend wanted to preserve her virginity, and I was happy to respect that, then she amazon ranked and decided anal sex was okay""

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Scientists Begin Mapping the Brain 129

Posted by kdawson
from the writing-it-down-in-silicon dept.
Raindance writes "A team at the University of Utah has unveiled a system to map and digitize brain tissue — thus fulfilling one of the long-standing holy grails of neuroscience and enabling for the first time in-depth analysis of how mammalian neural networks function. So far, maps for the entire retina and related neural networks have been released; no ETA on a full-brain digital reconstruction yet. (One of the lead authors hangs out here on Slashdot.)"

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