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Comment Re:Not the same, in several aspects (Score 2, Informative) 451

Plus there's no expectation that FedEx would (or should) have access to the *contents* of your mail,

Seeing as I accidentally replied to the wrong post...

Yes, there is. When you get a shipping account from FedEx, you explicitly allow them to open and inspect any package at any time for any reason.

Comment Re:Stop using FedEx (Score 1) 451

I have worked (as a courier, as well as on the docks) for FedEx ground for over 5 years during my life.

When you sign up for a shipping account, you authorize FedEx to open your shipment. Some of this, IIRC, is to cover for cases of package damage and the need for FedEx to repackage your goods. I've seen cases of their shipping centers opening a dropped off package because they had reason to suspect the shipper was sending alcohol, which in most cases requires a special permit and is governed by some strict regulation.

In general, to cover themselves, they reserve the right to open and inspect any package. I'm fairly certain that so does UPS. I'm not sure about the Post Office.

Comment Re:That's what you get... for not using FedEx (Score 1) 238

I said it was the closest, not a price match. Take a look at the area of next day delivery service you get from FedEx Ground (or UPS for that matter, they're almost identical). Compare that to where you can send something next day USPS.

The post had 2 parts. One, that comparing $30 express service to 42c envelope service through the USPS was a useless comparison ( at least compare USPS priority services) and two, that the USPS is much slower in getting those 42c envelopes delivered than even the cheaper FedEx services, which means you have to add that value judgment into the equation.

Comment Re:That's what you get... for not using FedEx (Score 1) 238

Sure, I can have a great web-server if I'm like FedEx and charge $30 to mail an envelope.

If FedEx is charging you $30 to mail an envelope:

  • You're shipping it FedEx Express, not FedEx Ground.
  • You're sending it a decent distance away, or you've stuffed a 200 page document in that "envelope"
  • You're paying for Signature options, time-specific delivery, or any other host of options.

FedEx Ground is the only REAL comparison to the mail service if you're going to base it off 42 cent stamps. Ground from where I'm at covers most of the STATE in one day, and a good portion of neighboring states. It takes me 2 to 3 days to get an envelope to my parents 3 hours away.

Compare apples to apples, please.

Disclaimer: I have worked for FedEx in the past, and have a somewhat unfortunate detailed understanding of how the pricing works.

Comment Re:Shit (Score 0, Offtopic) 568

It's why these jerks on the highways and roads, tailgaite you, cut you off, and generally put your life in danger for their convenience. If they knew that I would stop my car and kick their ass, they would not do it.

At risk to my karma...

I drive professionally now, after deciding IT should remain a hobby, not a source of income. I see just about everything from behind the wheel of the behemoth I drive, and although part of me would like to second the concept of people who tailgate, cut people off, etc., in all fairness there are people out there who help create these situations. I'm referring to the guy who wants to the minimum speed limit in the passing lane on an expressway, or the guy who feels the need to police others by driving like a jerk in return. This does not excuse or condone the tailgating, but I've seen more than my fair share of people who generate a dangerous environment by not following the flow of traffic correctly.

Until recently, the speed limit on our local expressway was 70 mph, with a minimum of 45, truck speed of 55. They recently bumped it up to 70/55/60, and it seems to have actually reduced the number of jackholes on the roads in general. The difference in someone doing 45 while traffic around them is doing 70 is great enough to cause a potential problem just the same as someone tailgating at speed.

Comment Re:At last! (Score 1) 369

I recall several occasions of having to use a CLI to finish the removal of an older anti-virus system (Norton/Symantec/whatever the hell they are now) to upgrade to either the business edition or just to a newer, more "feature"-laden version. It also involved hacking through the registry. I seem to even remember it being a case of Safe Mode, Task Manager, kill a few processes, delete a file or two, remove some registry entries, run a removal tool from their website, reboot, remove the rest of the files manually.

This problem existed for enough people that they had step-by-step instructions on their site. And before you ask, these were XP machines (after Windows 2k) and were otherwise in perfect working order.

Now, it isn't Microsoft's fault that anti-virus software tends to run in a manner similar to the problems they are supposed to remove, any more than you can blame "Linux" for the problems certain packages have with setup.

Anti-virus software has most likely caused me more headaches in fixing other people's systems than almost any other software out there, and it invariably ends up with registry tweaking.

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