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Comment Learn something new every day (Score 1) 296 296

Today I learned that Amazon is the only employer in Seattle, and apparently the sole driver of Seattle's skyrocketing economy.

Way to go, Amazon!

As for you, Jeff, why don't you do everyone in Seattle a favor, and instead of complaining about how terrible Seattle is becoming for your dating life and your aesthetics, move the hell out?

Comment Re: To Summarize (Score 2) 211 211

From what I can tell, Amazon is still offering the products for sale, but not stocking it as they don't have a contract with the publisher. So if you buy one of the books not in stock, they have to order it from the publisher on demand.

I don't see why a retailer should unilaterally compromise their business (stocking large quantities of books without a contract from the supplier) in order to serve customers just because the publisher doesn't accept the proposed terms.

Both companies are playing hardball maybe, but the fact is there's no supplier contract and that's what's they need to agree upon for business to proceed as usual. In the meantime, there's plenty of other places one can buy Hachette's books from.

Comment Re:IBM to the rescue (Score 1) 405 405

In my opinion, this is a pretty serious change in stance for Oracle and amounts to killing free Java for certain types of applications, at least if you care about accuracy.

If there are free alternatives, then why would that amount to killing free Java for certain types of applications?

There are running jobs. Why don't you go chase them?

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