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Comment Interests (Score 1) 425

because the State Department has asserted a very strong public interest in national defense and national security

It's nice when people express an interest in my life, but when they start demanding information it gets creepy, and when they start using it as a justification for violating my rights it has become abusive.

Comment You keep using that word (Score 1) 110

Amazon Says It Puts Customers First - But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn't

I think most people understand that the phrase "putting customers first" means "We strive to serve our customers well, with the expectation that we are going to be well-paid for it." So this complaint doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Amazon isn't necessarily going to offer me the lowest prices in the world. They aren't giving away stuff for free, after all. And I want them to profit so they will be around to serve me tomorrow, because I do feel like they serve me well.

the company gives itself an oft-decisive advantage

Decisive advantage over what? The customers? Is shopping a competitive experience between the buyer and the seller where one only gains at the expense of the other? This reads like an attempt to alienate a merchant and its customers. It's probably not actual astroturfing by a competitor, but one could be forgiven for wondering.

Comment Nobody knows yet (Score 3, Informative) 165

While Brexit means London soon won't have access to the EU's open market across the continent,

Nobody knows yet whether this will turn out to be true. The negotiators may be able to cook up some deal that keeps the UK within the single market but outside the European Union (broadly as happens for Norway). On the other hand, a complete break is also a possibility.

Comment Re:Good trailers? (Score 4, Funny) 58

Not really. I think the guys around the corner building a highly efficient and flexible network stack have a tough job.

Making a trailer isn't that difficult. Just take all of the scenes that detail every bit of the plot and slap them together. Once you have something that removes any potential chance of enjoying the film then it can be called complete. In some cases, when the film is so incredibly terrible, it may be necessary to fabricate a trailer that has barely anything in common with the film. Sure, you probably should have made that movie instead, but then we wouldn't have done all of this blow.

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