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Comment: Re:would i rather (Score 4, Interesting) 647

by sortadan (#40633025) Attached to: Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax
I wouldn't. Amazon as a system of getting goods makes sense, and if done right would cut down on gas consumption with everyone driving to the store separately. I happen to live in Seattle and have used AmazonFresh (grocery delivery) and have automatic monthly diaper delivery with AmazonMom and it's awesome. I look forward to a future where I don't need to drive anywhere to do my shopping, and can spend that time out hiking and having fun with my kid. Only thing that might be cool is an Amazon "try it" store where you can go check something out before getting it. Just drop the stuff off with my hose robot and it'll unpack, stock things in the fridge and elsewhere, and recycle the packaging, or better yet start using re-usable packaging and I'll just give it back in the AmazonFresh bins.

On the topic of local distribution centers, I'm sure that this will not be a full selection of Amazon products available for same day deliver, just a selection of the most popular items, which will still be nice to get faster.

Comment: Re:Jail Time? (Score 1) 175

by sortadan (#40616737) Attached to: FTC Reportedly Fining Google $22.5 Million Over Safari Privacy Abuse
Didn't mean to say that you were calling for that, just a lot of the previous posts on this thread. Reading below I found a link to this EFF article from Feb which says in part:

This tracking, discovered by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer, was a technical side-effect—probably an unintended side-effect—of a system that Google built to pass social personalization information (like, “your friend Suzy +1'ed this ad about candy”) from the google.com domain to the doubleclick.net domain.

As a side note, Vanilla cookie extension for Chrome is awesome.

Comment: Re:Jail Time? (Score 1) 175

by sortadan (#40616405) Attached to: FTC Reportedly Fining Google $22.5 Million Over Safari Privacy Abuse
How about actually punishing them for what they did. Everyone on this thread is going nuts trying to say that because on one browser they worked around a privacy setting (bad I know), they should all go to jail, especially the people that had nothing to do with it, and a large percent of their total revenue should be given over to a newly formed government agency dedicated to poking Google employees with sharp things.

How about the targeted ads that they showed affected users amounted to 2.25M revenue (probably a lot less, but whatever), and the fine is 10x that. That seems like a good disincentive.

[Flamebait]On balance Google is way better than the patent trolling Apple which is blocking the Nexus because of a BS universal search patent, how about Apple has to pay all the Google users who don't get this obvious feature a large percentage of their total revenue and we poke them with some sharp stuff?[/Flamebait]

Comment: Simple solution (Score 1) 167

by sortadan (#40603881) Attached to: FTC To Revisit Robocall Menace
Have a report spam option, as well as report fishing or illegal solicitation. It's not hard, just need to actually do something reasonable (I know, I know, it's a bureaucratic). Just send a text message to some service with the offending caller's number from the number you got spammed at, or have a web service and smart phones can have a report unwanted call option with a drop down on if it was just annoying, or if it was illicit in some way. Get more than X reports of spam and you get a warning, get more than Y reports of spam get fined and you can appeal. Get more than Z and you get barred from making more calls until you appeal.

problem solved... too bad it won't happen for another 20 years.

Comment: Re:20 dollar sonies (Score 0) 448

by sortadan (#40305531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
I understand that Sony as a corporation is not the best, but they don't operate child / forced labor camps or anything like that (to the best of my knowledge) and abide with the law. My position (which I'm sure many disagree with) is that if people want to be conciseness about something they should invest their time on a decent political campaign rather than trying to figure out what fortune 500 company isn't evil... because they all are in one way or another. Just get the best product at the best price so long as nothing egregious is going on with the seller, and invest time in breaking the stranglehold lobby groups have on our political system.

To stay on-topic, my father was a sound engineer for most of working years, and he insists that these Sony headphones and their studio monitor series are the best ever made. (disclaimer: linked using my associates tag). They are $75, if you want to stick hard on the $50 limit, these or these are very highly rated as well.

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