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Comment Re:Boo hoo (Score 1) 107

> These serve mainly Amazon and other customers.
> Many buyers are clueless about this difference and
> review sellers by saying "I hated this product!" or
> leave product reviews saying "It arrived late! 1 Star!".
> C'est la vie.

Sometimes that's the only way to get attention and a response though. Unless you have the time to actually call their support.. and keep hanging up and re-calling until you get one of their non-outsourced call centers... the "Where's my stuff" process in their help section delivers empty platitudes these days, rather than results. This is especially the case if you accidentally order from one of their "affiliates", in which case even the phone support people refuse to help and shuffle you off to a third-party non-Amazon email address, usually with no actually phone number available, which will not garner a response.

A couple of 1-stars though, where publicly visible, will more often invoke a response and resolution.

Comment Re:It is *MY* phone... not yours... (Score 1) 99

It's worse than useless if you're in the car. At least with the iPhone, the amber alert alarm is a really loud screeching one that I don't believe it makes under any other circumstance and always fires off at full volume regardless of your settings. Very likely a "Holy crap WTF is that!?!?!?" moment when it goes off. Then you're distracted while you try to figure out where it's coming from and figure out it's your phone. Then you have to take a hand off the wheel and eyes off the road while you fumble to shut it off; with a bonus round of dangerous distraction if your phone is in your pocket, backpack, purse, or wherever instead of conveniently in your center console.

Honestly, I'm actually more than a little bit surprised that the amber alert "feature" hasn't caused deaths yet from car accidents when the thing suddenly fires off.

Comment Re:Don't care, already turned off (Score 1) 99

Yup. Amber alert from San Diego woke me up at 1am in San Francisco. I hunted down that setting and turned it off that same night. Though that is such a seldom-used setting that each new iPhone since then has had it's one amber alert to remind me that the "feature" still exists and I need to kill it.

Comment Re:Too big to comply (Score 1) 76

Great. But does WhatsApp have operations or infrastructure in India? Does it even operate a subsidiary there? Honestly, that's not rhetorical. I don't know. But if not, then this is an overreach that should bloody well be considered intolerable by all. Various countries trying to export their will and laws beyond their own border is an increasing problem, and it needs to come to a stop. And I'm not exempting the US in that either. It's no less disgusting when we do it than when India, Brazil, or France does.

At least China, loathsome as their totalitarianism and censorship is, did the proper thing; and built their great firewall to filter the internet, rather than demanding that everyone everywhere in the world abide by their whims.

Comment Re:Too big to comply (Score 2, Insightful) 76

I would use the old "and nothing of value would be lost" cliche. But seriously, that doesn't even begin to cover it. I've found outsourced tier-1 support to actually be *worse* than useless over the years. Basically, aside from processing returns for outright defective kit, if you can't immediately get escalated to a tier that's not outsourced, or unless you have an on-site contract, you're better off just going to Stackexchange or similar.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 237

FedEx gets their aircraft on the cheap because they buy used planes that the no one else wants anymore. For years, they were the last lingering operator of the 727 in the US. They replaced those with 757s likewise cast off by the passenger carriers. But they're also still actually flying other old tri-jets like the MD-11 and even the DC-10.

So yeah, anyone else who also wants to go down to Honest Joe's Used Airplane Lot and take their chances can get castoffs equally cheap. Hell, even John Travolta was able to get himself an old Boeing (a 707) to fart around with.

Comment Re:Cloudflare can't be the 100% solution... (Score 1) 135

I wouldn't want to provide even the slightest aid or comfort, in any way, shape, or form, to the RIAA, MPAA, ASCAP, Metallica, or any one of that particular basket of deplorables. And I would take great glee in refusing to do so, and doing anything within my power to subvert their desires.

Yes, CloudFlare for other reasons are a bunch of asshats. But the likes of Rosen, Valenti, Ulrich, and the rest of their loathsome ilk? Evil. Pure and simple by way of the eighth dimension. A pox upon all their houses and works, I say.

Comment Re:Why not do an end-run around the laws? (Score 1) 260

Why bother though?

Tesla won't make many sales in Michigan anyway. Aside from the rampant criminality, crippling economic depression, toxic water supply, and outright crazy things like Devil's Night; people there tend to be highly partisan towards the legacy "big 3" manufacturers; with very little tolerance of even other traditional brand/dealership combos like Toyota, Honda, VW, and so on. It's hostile territory even if there were no legal obstacles.

So why make concessions? These laws have been slowly but surely falling. Just treat Michigan as another domino in the line.

Comment Re:Laws (Score 1) 260

Apple is actually a good counter-example in Tesla's favor though, in that when Apple opened their own stores they did NOT undercut all their third-party resellers and put them out of business. It's also a good counter for the "service departments" argument that the dealers are using. Because the Apple stores did not reduce service and support availability at all. In fact, unless you live out in the middle of nowhere where there just isn't one, the Apple store and the Genius Bar is the best and most effective to go for service or support now.

Comment Re:Johnson and anti-incumbent (Score 2) 382

Trump may not exactly be the darling of a certain few prominent members of the republican party. But, as a whole, the GOP as a whole chose him in overwhelming numbers to be their candidate, with 1725 out of 2472 delegates choosing him, for nearly a 70% majority, with the closest contender getting just 484 votes (@ 19.5%). In politics, 70% is a pretty clear mandate. Romney is no longer the republican party. Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and even Reagan are no longer the Republican party. Trump is. And that is the reality of the situation.

Comment Re:Popcorn. (Score 2) 382

Oh, get over yourself. What Clinton did was bog-standard "shadow IT". It's an issue in any and every large organization, and becomes especially prevalent as the company ages. It happens because, as they have to support more and more people with the same resources, IT people tend to become less helpful and more reliant on policies, procedures, and standardized lists of supported hardware and software; and these wind up not adequately fulfilling the needs of the users. And don't imagine you're immune. If you work for anything larger than a small to medium sized startup, you have users somewhere who are doing something that's against "the rulez".

Comment Re:This actually makes sense (Score 1) 136

> Better FIAT than Ford

I'm not at all a fan of Fords. I owned one once and I plan never to make that mistake again. But...


I learned my lesson never to own a Fiat when I was twelve and my uncle owned one. It's possibly the only brand short of Trabant that could have made Chryslers worse than they were before. And actually, my first car ever was a Chrysler... also... never again.

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