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

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) 271 271

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) 800 800

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) 146 146

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 What about prepaid. (Score 1) 91 91

The plan I used was priced out on their site at 10x what I pay through tmobile. With an iPhone, text messages go over wifi, and upcoming phone call can go over wifi, you can save a lot of minutes. I just don't understand how people can pay thousands for stupid phone calls!

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

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.

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