* Posts by JetSetJim

745 posts • joined 4 Jul 2009

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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

JetSetJim

Re: What about torrent downloads?

Or just run it through a VPN.

Wasn't there a fella who demonstrated that another US ISP throttled video by doing this?

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

JetSetJim
Facepalm

Re: Use the market

Meh - proof-reading. Who needs it

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JetSetJim
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Re: Use the market

Make the rent proportionate to the number of trees left - might help do something about deforestation, too. (Or have some other unintended consequences, I've not really thought much about it!)

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JetSetJim
Headmaster

Re: Hoist by there own petard

> I think there might be some groups of ferocious warrior-women who'll have something to say about that.

Perhaps instead of needing to live on the banks of the river, they need to live in the basin that collects the water for it.

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US FINNISHes Nokia-AlcaLu acquisition waiting period

JetSetJim

Nokia shareholders have yet to vote on the acquisition, which the companies hope will yank €900 million out of their combined cost base (read: mass layoffs around the world).

Since Nokia's home is in mobile network infrastructure and Alcatel-Lucent is kicking its goals in the fixed-line business, the product rationalisation process ought not to be horribly savage.

Two incompatible statements!

Anyhow, there is product rationalisation abounding in the wireless space, with nightmares for those in charge of it. ALU make a reasonable chunk of change selling LTE/UMTS kit into the USA. Nokia has never been successful in N. America (they tried buying access by snapping up Motorola, and that got them nowhere), and the telco's are unlikely to be hugely happy with swapping ALU kit for Nokia stuff - so Nok is stuck with maintaining 2 LTE product lines.

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

JetSetJim
Headmaster

Re: Was there pr0n on

try < i > tags for italic

or < b > tags for bold

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

JetSetJim

Re: Sure, I'll contribute

http://www.desertec.org/concept/

Not sure if they plan on making the solar cells with "local sand", though

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JetSetJim
Joke

Re: What a complete and utter pile of crap

> I find it hard to believe anyone has the cheek to produce a website so devoid of any useful information and even harder to believe people are taken in by it.

If you don't like it here, shove off then.

Oh, wait, you meant Pavegen's website?

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The oracle knows all. Not THAT Oracle, of course

JetSetJim
Joke

Re: Quick Questions are better than

Don't knock Columbo!

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Nokia declares war on data centres to win back telco customers

JetSetJim

Re: "act and think differently"

> " having absorbed the Siemens and Motorola sub divisions" I think you ment Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent.

No, it's all three. Siemens first, and the transition to "Nokia-Siemens Networks", then Motorola wireless division - which was basically bought for contracts and access to the N. American market (which didn't pay off), rather than kit. Currently they are proceeding through the acquisition of ALU wireless division, again for contracts and access to N. American market. By inference, this also absorbs Nortel, as that's buried somewhere deep inside ALU, and don't forget that ALU is also a conglomeration of Alcatel and Lucent Technologies.

So there's a whole bundle of stuff inside the NSN-Moto-ALU(NT) basket.

Anyhow, good on them for playing in the cloudy market. As usual, PR-speak on their part is saying they're "first", but there are private cloudy data centres being installed already in a whole bunch of telco operator premises.

Not sure I'd want (as an operator) to rent space/time on it out to third parties, unless it's physically partitioned off from my own data.

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Google Maps gets hit with racist White House listing

JetSetJim
Alert

Re: That reminds me

Beware the Scunthorpe Problem in such scenarios, though.

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

JetSetJim

Re: Just on the web?

Not sure about apps you install after this one, but the ones before will probably just keep running their last cached ad, or just stop working completely (if they've any sense).

For example, Real Racing 3 won't even work without an internet connection to download new ads every time you fire it up (not sure what would happen if I bought something from their store which in theory removes all that).

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

JetSetJim

Re: Progress - what progress..?

> Similarly it's a bit annoying that there doesn't seem to be any third party plugin for my Synology NAS that will allow an iOS device to pick up music directly from the NAS, rather than having to go via iTunes on the Mac.

Why use a 3rd party plugin when a Diskstation should do it itself? (Although, in all honesty, I've not tried it myself as I've got a WDTV box instead of the Apple variant).

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/87489-setting-up-synology-nas-media-services-with-apple-tv

It does has the added step of having to do a "Play to Apple TV" from your Video Station app on your iDevice (or Android device, I assume), rather than browsing content on your telly, though.

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TalkTalk unveils best results ever – and its share price dips

JetSetJim
Mushroom

Re: News is not good?

Meh - I get the same from BT. A few months ago the HH4 started losing connection to the exchange (which is miles away). Repeat broadband (more like "plump-band", as it tops out at 1mbps) outages, with the usual "3 working day resolution" times.

One of their customer support teams even promised that it would definitely be fixed for good this time as they'd put a note on the trouble ticket to that effect (which to the cynical implies the option to not fix it for good - possibly even the default value for that, too!).

Can't wait to move house - fingers crossed they don't screw that up, too (although for some reason last night's technical support person thought that because I'd initiated the house move, my service would be instantly deactivated, despite the move date being in July, and that was why my BB was no longer working).

Icon ---> the only solution, and from orbit

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

JetSetJim

Re: DRM again........

> it would no-longer play on his HTPC as the Power DVD 10 BD edition required an upgrade

Install MakeMKV and rip the BD. Play result through VLC. If you're strapped for storage space, Handbrake it down in size. No need for BD player software on the PC,

Admittedly, not as convenient as shoving a disc in a slot and hitting "play", and probably not within reason for someone with reduced vision.

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Pakistan URINE STORM: Google Maps chokes off user editing

JetSetJim

Re: How many edits do they get?

>Pretty much every individual action needs to be submitted as an individual edit.

I've used the Google map editor to do that and it's different - you add the pathway, however many clicks you add, including junctions with other pathways, perhaps even more than one pathway, and then it all gets lumped into a single "change" that is submitted for review.

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JetSetJim

Re: How many edits do they get?

They could solve it by making it a community reviewed facility, rather than Google reviewed. Give folks points for reviewing, etc..., and a method for reporting numpties, and you'll probably get lots of free help. Sure, there'll still be abuse, but it might be more manageable.

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Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches

JetSetJim

Re: It it to do with the selling price I bet

Indeed that wouldn't be fair, however when A, B & C each have a big (differently sized) pile of patents that the holder of the patents in question wanted to use, then the percentage is going to be different for each company anyway, having been hammered out by patent attorneys considering the relative worth of each patent in the respective owners warchest against the perceived worth of the patents being licensed.

It sounds like the original deal was struck when Ericsson was making phones - now that they don't, leverage has changed as there is no incentive to license any IP from A, B & C, let alone D. It would be interesting to see what happens when agreements with Nokia, Samsung, HTC and any other company making phones expire - although perhaps they were made with a longer timeframe in mind.

The big point is, we don't know who is being unreasonable. Apple could just be being arrogant in their stance, or Ericsson could be being greedy - those details will come out in court (if it doesn't get redacted for commercial sensitivity reasons), or will be hidden behind closed doors when they reach a settlement.

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Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

JetSetJim

Re: Logic - Problem solving - Politics

I thought that was a variant on the old "speed, size, cost - pick two" engineering saying.

Logic & problem solving => proper solution, may not be politically expedient

Logic & politics => a solution, may not be what solves the problem though

Problem solving & politics => a solution, may not be logical

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

JetSetJim
Headmaster

Re: Automatic bricking...

> innocent until proven guilty

Semantically, that implies guilt. I prefer "innocent unless proven guilty".

A bit pedantic, but...

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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

JetSetJim

Re: All change please!

A couple of points:

a) on my Android, the GPS icon fires up every so often anyway - I assume to report my position somewhere, but haven't bothered to try and trace it - I do have Google Location History enabled, but I did notice this behaviour before I did this. Perhaps it's a different app, although I don't knowingly have something that needs this info but I wouldn't be surprised if some app with ads in it got location permission on install.

b) why would you need it constantly on? Every 30mins or so would probably be ok for network switching. I'm sure Google could even add some algorithm to determine a fuzzy location based on your past movements, last location fix and time elapsed since so that you could drop that frequency even further.

I don't know if Google are getting cell tower data - this usually terminates in the mobile network, and Google won't have any visibility of that (unless they've bought the data feed).

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

Apple, meet orange. MS abused the market by forcing acceptance of Windows as the desktop OS from pretty much every major manufacturer. Bundling IE (especially in a way that makes it difficult to get rid of) in then gives it a good way to control internet standards, which then gives them a patent licensing revenue stream.

It's easy for someone non-techy to use another search engine, less easy for them to swap out IE (or even Windows for that matter).

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Yay, we're all European (Irish) now on Twitter (except Americans)

JetSetJim
Black Helicopters

orly?

>Three quarters of all Twitter accounts are held outside the US, and this new move should put their information beyond the reach of the NSA.

Ha, ha. As if. Perhaps officially, at least.

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Nokia: Yes, we're chatting up Alcatel-Lucent

JetSetJim

Much as it would be funny to come up with ANAL as the acronym for the "new" company. it will be "Nokia", it's a buy out proposal, not a merger. Just like what happened when they bought Motorola Networks ( when they were Nokia-Siemens Networks), there was no change in the name. There was even a person that asked about that in the townhall meeting when they told us about changes to expect, to a few titters.

The typical behaviour is to try and EOL the subservient company's (ALU) kit and port it (or the RAN side of it) onto the parent company kit - i.e. connect all the ALU base stations to NOK RNCs (for 3G) and MME/SGWs for 4G, then throw away the ALU RNCs & MME/SGWs and other ancillary equipment like the OSS. I can well imagine that there is a project underway in the background investigating how this can be achieved with the minimum of fuss & outage.

This deal is all about the contracts that ALU have in place - ALU get the bulk of their sales from AT&T and other N. America operators, which is a nice high margin market. But I have to wonder what will happen to those contracts now that it will be NOK rather than ALU proposing the deal. It will boil down to how happy customers are to swap out ALU kit in favour of NOK kit, as well as no longer being able to buy additional ALU kit (I'm not offering any judgement on the comparative worth of each), plus whether NOK can fulfil any roadmap promises that ALU may have made in getting their contracts. I'd expect the ALU side of the sales will take a hit as a consequence of the deal, though.

As an added quirk to the deal, ALU have done lots of restructuring which meant the closure of several sites (including UK ones). Lots of job functions moved to Paris, and French jobs are very hard to cull - I'd expect a few strikes, soon, when NOK start making noises about "cost synergies and optimisation". Expect mass cull excepting a few senior network design/architects, who will be supported by a hastily trained outsourced team in India/Vietnam/China to do bug fixes on the s/w (my guess would be Aricent in India, if their price is right).

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

JetSetJim

Re: Wealth redistribution

So, there's an economic argument that concentration of wealth does some economic good in that the wealthy folks provide benefit to the economy. I can see that - economies of scale, etc...

On the flip side, there are various studies out there that claim that greater wealth inequality brings about greater unhappiness in the general population, and that all the signs are pointing to an ever more disjoint society with fewer and fewer people controlling more and more of the wealth - should that skew the analysis the other way?

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

JetSetJim

re: half the voltage

I thought it was a bit weird too, and assumed they meant "by volume" - but surely they're on prototype-build rather than commercial-build, and even if the prototype is half the energy density of the Li battery, surely a commercially developed one might have a better density.

Unless there's some physics/chemistry getting in the way of reducing component sizes...

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

JetSetJim

Re: Obligatory "Oh noes", TOTC etc.

This just goes to prove that Fukushima was an Argentinian plot to displace the plucky Brits from the islands.

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

JetSetJim
Mushroom

Re: Why not organic kitty litter?

Organic cat litter I get can be flushed down the loo, thus ensuring that the bin I have emptied fortnightly doesn't overflow with cat excrement.

Not sure I'd recommend flushing for the nuclear waste, mind...

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

JetSetJim
Facepalm

Re: Kaleidoscope need to be stopped too, obviously

Just had a shufty on their site and looked at the "premier line" product. Here's what it does:

"You simply insert as many discs as you like, and walk away. Your Kaleidescape disc vault does the rest. Your discs are automatically copied onto your Kaleidescape System and are ready to be enjoyed throughout your home. Once copied onto your Kaleidescape System, a Blu-ray disc must remain in the disc vault to enable playback of the copy on the server."

Err - surely they need to be shut down, accounts frozen, paper delivery stopped, etc.... They are stealing with this copying!!!

Their head office is even in the US, so perhaps a US judge could be persuaded to have jurisdiction over them, too.

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Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

JetSetJim
Coat

Re: I've nothing to say

are you in marketing?

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EU court: Mobe makers not liable for users' copyright badness

JetSetJim
Facepalm

Economic damage of home taping..

"UK Music commissioned an authoritative economic report that the damage and potential damage of an uncompensated private copying exception is quite significant"

Is that "UK music commissioned a report to justify saying that the (potential) damage was quite significant", or a properly independent report operating with no constraints/assumptions and the ability to examine both sides of the argument in full detail?

When the BPI did the original "hope taping" campaign in the 80s, I'm sure they'd have had similar reports on hand, and look how they panned out...

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

JetSetJim
Pint

Souchong

If you like it, all well & good. To me it tastes and smells of fresh wet ash - a bit like putting a ciggy out in a mug of hot water.

Not my cup of tea.

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90% of mobile data eaten by TINY, GREEDY super-user HOTSPOTS

JetSetJim
Headmaster

Re: JDSwho?

JDSU, although now splitting into the snappily named Viavi Solutions and Lumtentum.

They make a lot of fibre-optic & DSL test gear (Openreach use them) as well as the security solutions on a lot of the worlds currencies

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

JetSetJim

Re: Devices

It's a complete bugger even if you've got one telly. Either all tellies are getting an upgrade to have some form of authentication scheme to dictate what channels you can view (whether that's the "hardware dongle card" or a web-login interface) - or you're supplying new decoder boxes to everyone that will effectively perform the same function.

In the former case, there's nothing to do as "upgraded" kit will do the authentication thing inherently. In the latter case, just stick the authentication system on the antenna (although perhaps some method of communicating with it would be nice so you don't have to climb a ladder to change credentials).

Massive upheaval, either way.

Of course, if everything moves to IP TV, rather than old-fashioned radio waves, it becomes a lot easier at the domestic end, but requires BT Reacharound to do a lot more work on the country's infrastructure.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

JetSetJim

Re: Gotta love Apple.

Hmm - well, SmartFlash are the original assignee of the patent, but I have to wonder that the filing date of the first patent in the US is 2006, but the priority date is 1999 (so it was filed elsewhere in 1999 and there is still the possibility that SmartFlash bought it and subsequently filed in patent-friendly US of A.

The first one is somewhat trivial, but in the context of 1999 it may well have been novel. It covers a data store somewhere on the internet, that has a database of permissions and payment credentials for users and the data itself. When a device requests some data, it can check permission, get payment if necessary, and then serve the data to the device. So basically the iTunes store.

The second one reads almost exactly the same. The third TLDR, but looks like more of the same.

For the time, the patents may well have been novel (bit they're still "a shop on an internet", so a bit ridiculous), although there's at least Ritmoteca to contend with as this was established in 1998.

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Carphone Warehouse, RootMetrics ink data deal, declare customer love

JetSetJim

RM data is likely to go stale rather quickly unless all-you-can-eat data packages become the norm - apparently (according to all the latest reviews) their app now won't let you turn off data throughput testing, and so folks are uninstalling it rather than forking out for extra data usage.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

JetSetJim

Re: The next question is

Is there a reason that this is not an impact artefact? IANAA, so the question is in complete ignorance. The Nature article (the free bit, anyway) reads:

"For particles reflecting solar radiation, clouds of CO2-ice or H2O-ice particles with an effective radius of 0.1 micrometres are favoured over dust. Alternatively, the plume could arise from auroral emission, of a brightness more than 1,000 times that of the Earth’s aurora, over a region with a strong magnetic anomaly where aurorae have previously been detected. Importantly, both explanations defy our current understanding of Mars’ upper atmosphere."

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

JetSetJim
Facepalm

Re: wait for it...

£235 unpopulated RRP - from the bottom of the last page of the review, where it usually is.

Unless Ed is remarkably swift of finger and updated the page after your comment...

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Sonos revamps Wi-Fi speaker app, admits: 'We made things worse'

JetSetJim
Joke

Re: Noisy f**kers!

Or the Brown Note version

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

JetSetJim
Coat

Re: How about a reference link to that "dumb fucks" comment?

Here's a helping hand

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

JetSetJim

Re: When in Rome

I imagine the downvote was for the naivety. It was indeed a perfectly reasonable assertion, however when dealing with religious zealots, "reasonable" is not in the vocabulary (or doesn't mean what we think it means).

From the extremist perspective, everyone else on this planet who is not ascribing to their value system/interpretation of their faith is a heathen who should be killed. Millennia of civilisation growth into a semi-mature set of nations with on-the-face-of-it fair laws counts for nothing.

To convince an extremist that they're wrong is a long drawn out process, and all the way through that process you'll need to keep them away from pointy things and opportunities to stick aforementioned pointy things in you. At the end of it, you'll then never be confident that they're no longer an extremist who wants to kill you.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

JetSetJim
Happy

Infinite zoom

Red Drawf ftw

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About 4King time: Panasonic finally reveals voice-control Firefox OS TVs

JetSetJim

Re: Bought a Panasonic TV over Chrimbo...

"smart" features can be useful

What I want is a telly that can stream from a NAS box with a client/application that respects account/folder permission structures (unlike DLNA unless it's changed recently). Also able to connect to Netflix & any other subscription service (ideally in such a manner as to easily be able to add such a service).

Currently (nearly) achieved with a dumb tv, WD Live TV mini-box and a Synology network share.

"Dumb" tvs are going out with the dinosaur - the future is (whether we like it or not) streaming on demand. Broadcast will probably end up as a niche market.

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EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

JetSetJim

Re: What security are they building in?

For additional boxes, I would imagine that when they fire up and connect, they need to register with the gateway box so that they can be establish some form of IPSec tunnel between them. Then there will probably be a proprietary handshake or two to set up the link - perhaps over the daisy chain of site, or perhaps direct, but nonetheless there will be plenty of authentication, possibly also against a list of device serial numbers that are expected to be installed.

None of the above is much different to the macro network infrastructure.

At the end of the day, GCHQ heavies can still lean on the operator to give them access - whether via a Legal Intercept gateway, or one of those mysterious black boxes that do pukka DPI

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

JetSetJim

Re: Parachute

Jeff Bezos has that one already

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

JetSetJim

Re: T&Cs

Indeed, they read:

"We will not be held responsible for any delay or failure to comply with our obligations under these Terms if the delay or failure arises from any cause which is beyond our reasonable control. This condition does not affect your statutory rights."

and:

"For One-Day, Express and Evening delivery please see their respective terms and conditions."

lastly, from the One Day T&Cs:

"If you choose One-Day Delivery, your order will be dispatched with the intention that it's delivered one day after dispatch" (emphasis added)

I think more than enough scope for a Get Out Of Jail Free card, although IANAL and I have no idea how many of their conditions are legally acceptable. But, the One Day conditions do state:

"We use a range of carriers to provide our One-Day service and delivery time frames may vary by carrier, but all deliveries will be attempted by 21:00."

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As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?

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Economist @ techcrunch?

That'd be the site that waves the flag for internet startups then? So no conflict of interest there as they would like nothing more than for startups to disrupt established "firms" (to become "firms" in themselves, in some form of Ouroboros metaphor).

Business models need to change to adapt to the fact that it's very easy to provide a service in the age of the internet - that's all that's happening. Small stuff that needs doing quickly is very easy to farm out to some freelancer you find in a market place - although I suspect YMMV with regards to quality of work, but you could always hedge your bets and get three (or more) people to do the same thing until you can find your "stable" of reliable workers if you need skilled work (be it coding, writing PR fluff, or developing management strategy powerpoints).

Big multinationals did it with off-shoring, now the smaller outfits can get in on the game. Where it takes us, who knows.

BTW - were you hinting that you wanted a Nobel with this piece? Keep up the good work and I'm sure it'll come :)

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

JetSetJim
Terminator

Re: @JetSetJim see Terminator II

True - although it may be a stretch to call that a pint by volume of terminator.

Perhaps one of the missing kill methods was the T1000 liquefying into a targets mouth, down into their stomach and then "branching out", as it were.

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JetSetJim

Re: Well done that man

A pint of terminator?

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GROUP HUG, shouts Facebook. C'mere and let us squeeze you more

JetSetJim
Big Brother

Pls fix typo

It's "content-free ad platform", not "free-content ad platform"

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