How many dead tree books does Amazon sell now?
The Knoxville/Memphis stamp is on a lot of the packages I track.
I'm not trying to be a dick.
What do you nerds do with all your money?
The basic problem with Prime is you are (pre-)paying for fast shipping for every Prime order, even when you don't really want it enough to pay for it.
I use it to purchase materials for jobs.
It saves a lot of quality time as opposed to phoning and/or visiting a local supplier, let alone relying on the salesclerk's commitment to the importance of my individual order. I can look it up and get the order correct from nearly any obscure internet wholesaler, and then still order it through Amazon while taking advantage of their protective umbrella. If something available through Prime isn't right or arrives damaged, returns are easy like a Sunday morning.
The upgrade from free two day shipping to overnight is sometimes as low as US $3.99. Prime is worth it for me.
You can see a trend and make a forecast.
Agreed. Very similar to a weather forecast, but without the hundred odd years of daily data to study and manufacture predictive models on.
It is, however, necessary and noble research... they'll just need more flu seasons under their belt to tweak the variables.
For "metadata" read "your entire itemised phone bill". I think the layperson will grasp the implications of giving those to the NSA.
I would sure like to believe you are correct, but I fear the layperson is much too busy (working to pay bills) to pay attention.
I do some random informal polling amongst the working class, my people, and even the most cerebrally capable lack either the will or the investment of time necessary to understand they're slowly boiling the water we're all in.
I am afraid those of us with inclination will have to speak a little louder to cover for our silent brothers and sisters.
One of the problems with the judicial branch is that the appeals process is generally only limited by the size of one's purse.
Bottomless budgets, like governments and large corporations have at their disposal, make for quite the unlevel playing field.
I think I could just barely provide a water-tight homing beacon with redundant power sources at, say, a million a dozen.... which leaves room for campaign contributions to secure the contracts.
Unlikely as it may seem, there may be some outfits out there willing to gouge a bit for exceeding plan limitations.
Anyhow, a coarse net wouldn't rain fire down on prisoners. Stretch a piece nylon (very flammable) rope and try to ignite it by throwing burning stuff onto it. Even if it does catch it will only smolder. So net would be cheap and practical, which is precisely why it would never be used in the US: not enough profits to prison operators.
Not enough profit from the net.
Handing knowledge down through the years based on personal experience was once, and for many generations, the best way to save information. It is better than no system at all (we're talking pre-widespread literacy), but the risk of passing along stereotypes and prejudices certainly existed.