It's not tone deaf, they clearly speak their mouth, and this is in perfect agreement with their customer-facing behavior. They're like AT&T of today, what with Bell labs a mere shadow of their former glory.
Well, maybe you shouldn't be buying from people who can't sell. My listings always have separately hosted pics with 1280 pixel minimum dimension. I usually don't have any problems selling my stuff, and the buyers know exactly what they are getting.
Except that people don't fly those drones, they fly themselves. That's what would allow there to be massive numbers of them, flying all at once, avoiding each other, etc. The same as if everyone has self-driving cars, we wouldn't need any roads with 3 or more lanes of traffic.
Are you nuts? I like neither eBay nor PayPal, but you're delusional if you think PayPal doesn't provide a valuable and reasonably easy-to-use service. You're similarly delusional if you think that there were any alternatives that provide similar feature set - or did at the time they were still separate entities. I've been buying and selling every once in a while on eBay for more than a decade, and at no point there was any serious alternative to PayPal.
eBay does it anyway, so if Google did it too but otherwise provided better experience, I'd be all for it.
CL is a total joke when it comes to search. That is, probably, why they can run so cheaply - it takes a whole lot more of infrastructure and CS know-how to have well-performing search on such a scale. They are also totally ignorant when it comes to non-local buying. They think it's somehow better to keep it local. That's lunacy in a country the size of U.S. When I was looking for a good deal on a car, sure enough it was three states away, and searching for it was a royal pain because the dumbfuck Craig thinks everyone should be doing business in their own backyard where I'd see three listings in a city of a million people. Oh, and all third-party CL search providers have no right to exist per Craig. Gimme a fucking break. The truth is that some of those 3rd party "search" providers were one short step away from starting their own service, seeded with data from CL. I'd have welcomed it with open arms.
Given that they annihilated, er, acquired PayPal, a payment provider that technically has about as much to do with their core business as shipping does, I really see only two possible explanations:
1. eBay once again is clueless,
2. eBay knows full well what's coming and doesn't want to spill the beans early.
Cancer gets cured about once a decade, sometimes by real doctors, sometimes by "quacks." I could show stats from real doctors with similar results to this one, which never saw the light of day once it was discovered (or rediscovered).
So, um, what's stopping you? Sharing a Nobel prize in medicine is not enough of an enticement? Huh?
Wait a minute, so there are two outcomes:
1. A reasonably quick death in few cases,
2. A semi-permanent cure in most cases.
If that's not a perfect cancer cure, I don't know what is. Either way you don't suffer much. That's like the win of all wins, given that many cancer patients typically go from Pre-Kindergarten all the way to a postdoc in suffering, last time I checked.
I would say this: as long as this therapy, even if it were to have serious side effects, simply lowers the mortality rate by, say, a factor of 2, it's a win. There is nothing else out there that, at the moment of introduction, would lower cancer mortality by such a factor, AFAIK. So far, presumably, most of the patients who received the therapy in this limited trial would have been dead by now. That's way, way over a 2x decrease in mortality. As far as I'm concerned, this is an unqualified success. Even if those patients turned into zombies 1 year from now, it'd still be a success, for crying out loud. There is nothing at this point in cancer therapy history that's this good, nor has there been anything that was that good on human subjects so quickly after the initial trials, IIRC. Feel free to correct me, of course.
And this is how government organizations perform in the 21st century. Facepalm...
Of course, I might be entirely off base here, but below is the first impression I got.
Wouldn't a "fix" be as simple as routing all that junk encapsulated over a point-to-point ssh connection between two routers? Doesn't almost any router let you pack up all of the disparate kinds of traffic and push it over a "safe" pipe that doesn't give a flying fuck about datagram corruption? Wouldn't a solution here be, quite literally, two router boxes from any major vendor? Yeah, it may not perform all that great when there's bad corruption, but it will work as much as anything would over that link. What I just don't get is how you can get application-level messages corrupted when all that happens is a bad data link, if that's in fact what was going on. That stuff has been solved long time ago with things as low-key as HDLC and X.25, and if you really need hardcore resiliency to corruption, then I think a PTP link over SSL will not pass anything corrupt to the higher layers even if you do a deliberate MITM, much less from random data corruption.
Given that inordinate amount of bandwidth is already taken up by streaming video, and there's not even a single extra inordinateness left since video is more than 50% of traffic nowadays, I'd tend to say that internet radio at 128kbit/s is but a drop in a bucket. Certainly not inordinate by any stretch of imagination.
Interestingly enough, it *is* fairly easy to duplicate vinyl using fairly basic equipment. Yes, it involves wax and metal casting, but in principle everything you need to make a few dozen copies of a vinyl LP could be sold as a $200 kit, with much cheaper refills for subsequent duplications.