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Comment Re:Something is not right here... (Score 1) 666

Oh, nevermind. Another post here says that someone put this guy's shipping label over the original one on the package which had it destined for a gun shop, so the problem occurred after it left the merchant's hands.

Comment Re:Something is not right here... (Score 1) 666

I think it's more likely that the Assault Rifle was mis-matched to the TV, either via a similar but mistyped product identifier causing Amazon to think they're the same (not likely, they have other measures in place to stop this), or due to the merchant making a mistake and saying "Yep, this product looks right" to get it live without doublechecking things.

The rifle's description on Amazon would then be set to the TV's even though the products are completely different -- the merchant's description and pictures are ignored because they aren't the main seller of the product. A customer makes a purchase, the merchant sees the order and doesn't notice it's for a TV because they're rushing to ship all their orders (or maybe it doesn't even say on their end, but that seems unlikely), and the assault rifle goes out.

Complete mismatches like that don't happen too often, percentage-wise, but with a combination of the right/wrong factors, human error comes into play and they can slip by.

Comment Re:Falling to near zero?? (Score 4, Interesting) 274

Exactly, a floor price is used to prevent this sort of crash from happening. I'd imagine there could be some sellers on there that haven't set up their floors properly and they could lose money on a few products, but the entire site won't implode from this.

If those sellers don't honor the prices, they'll get bad user ratings and lose some future sales over it.

Comment Re:Reading the article..... (Score 2) 252

If people run torrents (the WoW updater) their connection is throttled. If they run WoW with a throttled connection, there is a problem. If they don't run WoW with a throttled connection, there is no problem.

Either way, the connection is throttled. It's just that if you don't play WoW during it you're less likely to notice.

Comment Re:Works as a game balancer too. (Score 1) 157

Keep an eye out for free to play games. These two are probably a different genre than you want, but League of Legends has a "first win" bonus, such that with 1-2 hours of play you'll have collected a big bonus and can't collect it again for another day. Bloodline Champions has a bonus pool that triples your earnings until you exhaust it, and that resets daily. It takes about an hour to work through that. You can still play the game afterwards for rewards and fun play, but exhausting that bonus makes for a nice stopping point.

I'd imagine some free to play MMO will pop up sooner or later that'll have a longer to achieve daily bonus (as MMOs tend to be slower paced than the above action games).

Comment Fast on the clicker (Score 2) 674

I didn't watch it all, but the thing I noticed was that, when Watson thought it had an answer, most of the time it'd click in first. The other contestants didn't have a chance to attempt to answer.

So Watson wins on reaction time, which isn't a surprise for a computer that knows exactly when it can first ring in. How would it have done with a human's reaction time on clicking, just answering on questions alone?

Comment Re:Cyclops, use your eyebeams! (Score 2, Interesting) 255

Maybe your frames are different, maybe you have a big nose, maybe your theater uses differently sized 3D glasses, who knows!

Come to think of it, if you use big framed glasses do they have a separate nosepiece? Mine are small, thin glasses, but the nosepiece adds extra space to them. It's not the glasses pressing into my face, it's the nosepiece on my nose.

If I ever go to another 3D showing, I'm tempted to take the lenses from the 3D glasses and attempt to make them into a clip-on. That'd solve the annoyance of the big frames and mean I only have to wear one pair of glasses!

Comment Haven't upgraded for a minor nitpick (Score 1) 261

This sounds like a nice feature. My flash and other processes don't crash on me often, but when they do they can be frustrating. There was one thing that kept me on firefox 3.5 rather than 3.6, though.

It's really silly, but.. when I use the autoscroll (middle click) and am slowly scrolling down through a page, I like to use the mousewheel to scroll faster occasionally, or back up a little bit, while the scroll is still moving. In 3.6 I found that moving the mousewheel canceled the autoscroll. This is also a problem because my mousewheel's a bit sensitive, so sometimes just brushing it would cancel autoscroll.

Anybody know if there's a way to change that behavior so mousewheel doesn't cancel autoscroll, or if it's been reverted in a later 3.6 release?

Comment Re:Very popular (Score 1) 136

I've had the same experience. The only people I used to talk to on it have moved to other IM services, and now it's just the occasional spammer. I don't really know why I keep it logged in.

My account's a 7-digit UIN starting with 9, haha. I must've had this account for around 10 years.

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