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Comment: Starbucks stole my gift card... (Score 1) 124

by slashkitty (#49688777) Attached to: Hackers Using Starbucks Gift Cards To Access Credit Cards
There are many reports of starbucks taking back gift cards.. I had bought a few gift cards online, and combined them into one in the app. Then, starbucks canceled the whole value. They said one of the cards payment method couldn't be verified. .. So, they wiped out my entire balance ($200) .. Never using starbucks cards or the app again. Please just switch to apple pay.

Comment: Google ad sales.. (Score 1) 271

by slashkitty (#49048193) Attached to: Peak Google: The Company's Time At the Top May Be Nearing Its End
Last year google sold around $49 billion is ads, vs Facebooks $11.5. Will facebook continue to grow at 65%? no. How long will it take them to catch google? At current rates, 5 years, but not if facebook growth slows. Google doesn't actually break down search ads vs the rest of their properties, they only report overall ad sales for Google Properties, including Youtube and Gmail.

Comment: never swerve to hit something (Score 1) 800

The ethics problem given isn't even solved by human drivers. However, the dynamics and stopping ability are much less when swerving, and less able for others to react to your vehicle. It should always be to stop or slow as quickly as possible. Generally the programs would be to stop before being able to hit something. My only question is would the autonomous car be able to get out of the way of an out of control vehicle.

Comment: This sounds like an ad.. (Score 2) 146

by slashkitty (#46757243) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture
AWS services are NOT cheap at all when compared to running dedicated servers. With a little bit of load balancing, you can have a much faster, more reliable, cluster for a fraction of the price. Currently, I rent quad core machines for about $60 a month. That works out to $0.08 / hour. AWS charges $0.56 for a comparable speed service. It's not just that they can lower prices, they have to to compete with the real world.

Comment: More than 10% traffic (Score 3, Interesting) 216

by slashkitty (#44330989) Attached to: Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn
While 10% of the blogs are estimated to be tagged adult.. It's actually closer to 25% of their traffic. I'm guessing internally they knew that tumblr's adult content was rising faster than the rest of the site, and they certainly don't want it to be primarily adult. It might be better for them long term, but there should be some brushback over this.

Comment: Yahoo, how about innovating on this issue? (Score 1) 216

by slashkitty (#44330945) Attached to: Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn
Here are all these blogs that are tagging themselves NSFW. It doesn't mean they are all porn, it's just that it's more adult themed. I've seen quite a lot of "adult" tumblr blogs that are quite artistic. Instead of univiversally blocking them from search engines... They should innovate and start a robots tag that tags the site or certain sections NSFW. That could be carried through to search engines and "safesearch" options that the user selects. Just as much as I want information to be free... I want user choices to be respected.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long