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Comment Re: So basically ... the attack wins? (Score 1) 208

Yes, you didn't read the thread. The argument was that the last mile providers who don't implement BCP38 should be blocked from the Internet. Last mile providers can only be blocked by the large backhaul providers, and they are never going to do that.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 119

They don't need planes for the vast majority of their deliveries. Amazon has distribution centers in 21 states, within 20 minutes of something like 30% of the population, and within plausible single-day delivery range of probably the majority of the population. So for products that are frequently ordered (and thus are stocked at every depot), they can deliver to almost everyone on the same day by truck, or rent a few small warehouses in a few places and deliver the next day to probably 80–90% of the U.S. population.

Sure, they'll still rely on UPS/FedEx/OnTrac for deliveries that involve distribution centers in other parts of the country, or for deliveries out into the boonies, but that makes up only a small percentage of their deliveries. And for the ones that don't require all of that, there's no real advantage to using a third-party trucking service over doing it in-house.

Comment Re:USPS (Score 1) 119

The "free two day shipping" I get from Prime is "two day by 8PM". Do you know your mailman delivers as late as 8PM? I know they don't here, and neither does UPS or FedEx.

As I understand it, you'll get packages at 8 if you're near a depot, if you're in a city with lots of businesses, or if your calendar says "December".

Even in your area, they probably deliver things late around the holidays. There's a period around Christmas where the package delivery services hire lots of extra temp employees to handle the extra load, and the delivery hours tend to get extended as a result. I think I even remember seeing one of the carriers in my neighborhood after 8 on occasion.

Also, if you're close to a FedEx or UPS depot, they'll do runs even later. Their depots are both within half a mile of the edge of my neighborhood, so every FedEx and UPS truck in the South Bay literally comes around the back side of my neighborhood when they get off the freeway an exit early to avoid the last two miles of parking lot on the 101.

As a result, I routinely see FedEx and UPS out at six or seven at night making their rounds as they work their way back to the depot at the end of the day, and I've seen multiple trucks doing deliveries here—presumably because they know that they can just toss our packages onto pretty much any truck that goes out that day, and it will be close enough to their route to not be a problem. :-)

Finally, if you have a lot of businesses nearby, they'll deliver your packages after hours. They have to get all of their business deliveries finished by 5:00 (or maybe 4:00, I forget), which means that home deliveries usually happen either early in the morning or in the evening.

As always, YMMV.

Comment Re:$3 per package, eh? (Score 1) 119

Well, maybe. You don't save $ by having "control over your shipments", you'd save by making your shipping system more efficient than alternative shippers. FedEx & UPS are pretty darn good at it and have a lot of experience. Trying to break into that game would be costly and maybe foolhardy. Just the fleet management alone could be enough to eat up any "savings". Selling the service to other companies in addition to delivering your own stuff might work albeit not immediately profitable.

Actually, FedEx and UPS are bit players. USPS is the big gorilla in the room. In a week, USPS moves more than UPS does in a year. FedEx is smaller. It takes USPS just 3 days to do the same.

Amazon's network may be big, but they won't be UPS/FedEx big. And UPS and FedEx contract out to USPS as well for deliveries (USPS handles UPS and FedEx packages for practically all the rural areas).

About the only way Amazon can innovate is to offer something USPS won't, like same day deliveries, which are extremely expensive through FedEx and UPS. And to move mass shipments between warehouses so prime 2-day shipping is efficient using regular shipping rather than express services.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 119

I keep having trouble with carriers leaving packages on Saturday and not bothering to ring the doorbell, then going out to church Sunday morning and finding them. I guess that because no other houses in my neighborhood have a doorbell there, they don't bother to look.

The irony, of course, is that package carriers are the main reason I installed a doorbell on that door in the first place.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 119

They both tend to leave random packages on my porch that don't belong to me, as does OnTrac (the other shipper that Amazon seems to use here). Basically, my neighborhood doesn't have consecutive numbering, thanks to me being on a section of street that was added between two existing sections of street, so every time any of the carriers gets a new driver, I end up with packages for the house with a number one below mine, which is approximately half a mile away.

When they do this, it often takes multiple calls over multiple days to get the package removed. One time I got lucky and was able to chase down another FedEx driver who happened to drive by just as I got cut off while on hold with FedEx to call them to pick up a perishable overnight package of food, but the median redelivery time is at least two or three days.

Thus far, they haven't lost any of my packages yet, which could be because the house number below mine is at the end of the road, or maybe it is just just lucky timing. That said, now that I'm employed at a company big enough to have its own shipping and receiving department again, I should really go back to getting all my packages at work. It is just a lot more reliable, in my experience. :-)

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 398

Military meals are designed with attention to the morale factor. Even the modern MRE is designed to help the soldier feel human in unfavorable surroundings. Apollo 10 was the first to officially test real bread. Gemini Astronauts smuggled aboard a kosher corned beef sandwich but it was stale and thus had too many crumbs which went airborne. By Apollo 10 it was discovered that nitrogen-flushed bread would stay fresh for 10 days. I'll have to try that.

Comment So what? (Score 2, Insightful) 42

Doesn't matter who is doing the hacking, what matters is how serious the USA takes with it's security measures to protect computers/devices from being hacked to begin with. And to be quite honest, the USA Government doesn't take it's computer security serious at all. That you can tell from letting Clinton off with her mismanagement of her server and the fact that our Government wants back doors in everything even though they keep being told that is how you get hacked.

Let's not even get into the encryption bullshit.

Comment Perhaps, but different requirements. Origin for ex (Score 1) 119

You make a good point.

On the other hand, UPS and FedEx are deisgned for any customer to send any type of package from anywhere to anywhere, using any of many services. Amazon's will be designed for only Amazon to send packages from the places they choose, and they need not deliver everywhere - they can have UPS deliver to small towns for them. Amazon doesn't need to ship those cookies grandma made for you and she's shipping from Tiny Town, Colorado, paying by check. Amazon Shipping will have one customer sending packages, and sending only from Amazon's warehouses, using the standardized box sizes that Amazon chooses.

There may be enough differences that although Amazon can't make a better retail shipping company, they can make one that works better FOR AMAZON, for some packages. You may have seen the back of a UPS truck looks a bit chaotic because there are all these different sizes and shapes of boxes. On Amazon trucks, they'll all fit neatly and efficiently on the shelf, with one medium box being exactly same the same size as two small boxes.

Comment Re:Cost of Infrastructure? (Score 1) 119

Well, their model effectively has the infrastructure already. Their distribution centers require less double-handling that FedEx or UPS, and they can hire independent contractors to actually perform delivery, externalizing most costs.

I would guess their end-game is to minimize shipping costs, and their only way left to do it now is by internalizing it, or at least as much of it near their distribution centers as possible.

Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 1) 83

They CACHE the data. That is, if they don't have an in-date cache of the requested resource, they fetch it from your actual hosting provider. Lawyers, judges, and congressmen can argue it out and decide if they are LEGALLY equivalent to a hosting provider but thus far, no such determination has been made.

Let's say I have a bunch of HTML and images I want to put on the web. So I call CloudFlare and ask them where do I upload them. They tell me I need to get a hosting provider first...

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