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Comment Interests (Score 1) 415

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) 109

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 Re:Jurisdiction (Score 1) 110

The argument is that he had a presence in the US (server)

Ah, that's what I was missing, thanks.

The message has been sent -- you dip your toe in the torrent waters above a certain level and your life will be turned upside-down.

They are also close to sending the message that they intend to enforce their rules across the whole world. Which I guess accords with the rest of the US's imperialist message.

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