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Amazon Looking To Abandon UPS, FedEx In Favor of Its Own Delivery Service (arstechnica.com) 237

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A report by The Wall Street Journal claims that Amazon is building its own shipping service to replace FedEx and UPS, giving it more control over its packages and possibly allowing it to ship packages from other retailers. Amazon has said its own delivery services would be meant to increase its capacity during busier times of the year, like the upcoming holiday season. However, "current and former Amazon managers and business partners" claim that the company's plans are bigger than that. The initiative dubbed "Consume the City" will eventually let Amazon "haul and deliver" its own packages and those of other retailers and consumers. That delivery network would also directly compete with the likes of UPS and FedEx. It makes sense that Amazon would want to sell, ship, and deliver orders on its own. The report estimates that the company spent $11.5 billion on shipping just last year, amounting to 10.8 percent of sales. The shipping process is currently a bit convoluted: packages from Amazon warehouses get sent to one of two shipping routes, either FedEx or UPS, or to a sorting facility that lumps all packages with similar zip codes together. FedEx and UPS handle its shipments and deliver them to customers, while the packages at the sorting facilities either get delivered via USPS or by Amazon employees themselves. If Amazon were to have control over its shipments over longer distances, it's estimated that the company could save about $3 per package -- about $1.1 billion annually.

Submission + - Natural Disaster to be Declared in France Due To Flooding

jones_supa writes: BBC reports that because of heavy rains across Europe, some towns in central France are suffering their severest floods in decades. In Paris the river Seine continues to rise, prompting the closure of a metro line running through the city centre. Rail operator SNCF announced the closure of the RER C line, which runs alongside the river in central Paris. Emergency barriers are being put up along Seine, which burst its banks in places. Louvre, the most-visited museum in the world, is closing on Friday as a precaution. Another major attraction, the Musee d'Orsay, is also shutting its doors early on Thursday. About 25,000 people are without power in Paris and central France. In Nemours, 3,000 people have been evacuated from the town centre. The Loing river, a tributary of the Seine, now has levels not seen since the devastating floods of 1910. The list of disastrous events goes on. Baltimore Sun has a photo collection of the situation.

Comment Re: $907? (Score 4, Informative) 75

I suspect that each thief used multiple accounts until each of the ATMs was out of money, then moved to the next one. Perhaps 10 or twenty large withdraws each one might take 10 to 20 minutes. Five to ten minutes to get to the next ATM would give four to eight 'sessions' over two hours, so I'd guess that each one worked 40 to 160 transactions, lets say 100 each for lack of better data. Meaning about 140 crooks for the 'back of napkin estimate', I'm no expert on the Yakuza, but that number seems really 'doable'.

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Here's a study that proves you right (Score 4, Interesting) 192

I remember reading about this study this years ago, it shows that people with more bumper stickers are more likely to be involved in road rage incidents. The theory is, people who personalize their vehicle tend to view the vehicle as their own private space, even when on the public roads. Because they are in their own private space, they literally do feel that they own the road.

Comment Re:These people don't stop existing, though (Score 1) 305

Why do you think that people are not entitled to their opinion? The irony is that you complain about 'political correctness' while complaining viciously about 'other people's language'. I can only come to the conclusion that they aren't 'politically correct' for your tastes

In reality, what you seem to think are earnest 'self righteous' (let me use the word you almost said) 'Social Justice Warriors', are simply a new version of trolls. 'this new generation' of trolls understands that everything you do or say online will be linked permanently and thus instead of calling other random people 'ass knockers' (which could be dug up and perhaps used against you in 20 years), they simply pound out anger on whichever righteous target is trending on Twitter.

Meh, welcome to trolling 2.0

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 3, Interesting) 1105

The Supreme Court itself will likely demand a replacement, if the extraordinary GOP posturing keeps the seat vacant too long. Personally, I think that we'll have an appointment within a month or two at most. Sure for now they'll spout out a bunch of nonsense, in large part because it's what they do, but the GOP leadership will likely want to avoid having their candidates commit on 'what they want in a Justice' on the campaign trail.

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