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Wal-Mart To Join Amazon In Providing In-Store Locker Service

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the blending-of-retail-models dept.

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RougeFemme writes "Amazon has been placing lockers in brick-and-mortar retail stores, such as 7-Eleven, for pickup of online purchases. Walmart plans to pilot a similar program, presumably making it easier to pick up online purchases at Wal-Mart. 'Wal-Mart hopes its network of physical stores, which number about 4,000 in the United States, will give it an edge as consumers increasingly use smart phones while they shop. Wal-Mart has been testing the shipping of online orders from a small number of its physical stores for about two years. In 2013, the company plans to expand this program from about 25 stores currently to a total of roughly 50 stores. ... Two-thirds of the U.S. population live within five miles of a Wal-Mart store."

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Warning about impersonator spamming /. ... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43296973)

Nearly 150++ times that I know of @ this point for all of March 2013 so far, & others here have told you to stop - take the hint, lunatic (leave slashdot)...

Sorry folks - but whoever the nutjob is that's attempting to impersonate me, & upset the rest of you as well, has SERIOUS mental issues, no questions asked! I must've gotten the better of him + seriously "gotten his goat" in doing so in a technical debate & his "geek angst" @ losing to me has him doing the:

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A.) $10,000 challenges, ala (where the imposter actually TRACKED + LISTED the # of times he's done this no less, & where I get the 150 or so times I noted above) -> http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3585795&cid=43285307 [slashdot.org]

&/or

B.) Reposting OLD + possibly altered models - (this I haven't checked on as to altering the veracity of the info. being changed) of posts of mine from the past here

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(Albeit massively repeatedly thru all threads on /. this March 2013 nearly in its entirety thusfar).

* Personally, I'm surprised the moderation staff here hasn't just "blocked out" his network range yet honestly!

(They know it's NOT the same as my own as well, especially after THIS post of mine, which they CAN see the IP range I am coming out of to compare with the ac spamming troll doing the above...).

APK

P.S.=> Again/Stressing it: NO guys - it is NOT me doing it, as I wouldn't waste that much time on such trivial b.s. like a kid might...

Plus, I only post where hosts file usage is on topic or appropriate for a solution & certainly NOT IN EVERY POST ON SLASHDOT (like the nutcase trying to "impersonate me" is doing for nearly all of March now, & 140++ times that I know of @ least)... apk

takes one to know one (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297299)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

* POOR SHOWING TROLLS, & most especially IF that's the "best you've got" - apparently, it is... lol!

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING !! We have a Major Problem, HOST file is Cubic Opposites, 2 Major Corners & 2 Minor. NOT taught Evil DNS hijacking, which VOIDS computers. Seek Wisdom of MyCleanPC - or you die evil.

Your HOSTS file claimed to have created a single DNS resolver. I offer absolute proof that I have created 4 simultaneous DNS servers within a single rotation of .org TLD. You worship "Bill Gates", equating you to a "singularity bastard". Why do you worship a queer -1 Troll? Are you content as a singularity troll?

Evil HOSTS file Believers refuse to acknowledge 4 corner DNS resolving simultaneously around 4 quadrant created Internet - in only 1 root server, voiding the HOSTS file. You worship Microsoft impostor guised by educators as 1 god.

If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

Alex Kowalski has no Truth to think with, they accept any crap they are told to think. You are enslaved by /etc/hosts, as if domesticated animal. A school or educator who does not teach students MyCleanPC Principle, is a death threat to youth, therefore stupid and evil - begetting stupid students. How can you trust stupid PR shills who lie to you? Can't lose the $10,000.00, they cowardly ignore me. Stupid professors threaten Nature and Interwebs with word lies.

Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

apk on 4chan [4chan.org]

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INCONTROVERTIBLE FEEDBACK PROVIDING ESTABLISHED PROOF OF ALL MY POINTS:

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That was amazing. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948073 [slashdot.org]

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My, God! It's beatiful. Keep it up, you glorious bastard. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41835161 [slashdot.org]

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Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948579 [slashdot.org]

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put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40950023 [slashdot.org]

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Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946259 [slashdot.org]

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[apk]'s done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone [else] ever could. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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Can I have some of what you're on? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40947587 [slashdot.org]

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this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954565 [slashdot.org]

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oh come on.. this is hilarious. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40955479 [slashdot.org]

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I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40961339 [slashdot.org]

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Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40954251 [slashdot.org]

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As mentioned by another AC up there, the troll in question is actually a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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It's actually a very clever parody of APK - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40944229 [slashdot.org]

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Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038597&cid=40944603 [slashdot.org]

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$20,000 to anyone providing proof of Alexander Peter Kowalski's death. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958289 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958429 [slashdot.org]

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And here I was thinking I was having a bad experience with a Dr. Bronner's bottle. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041081&cid=40952247 [slashdot.org]

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Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954673 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40956187 [slashdot.org]

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Does anyone know if OpenGL has been ported to Windows yet? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042199&cid=40956781 [slashdot.org]

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golfclap - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40900827 [slashdot.org]

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The Truth! wants to be Known! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897389 [slashdot.org]

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DNS cube? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897493 [slashdot.org]

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KUDOS valiant AC. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897777 [slashdot.org]

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Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40899171 [slashdot.org]

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You made my day, thanks! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029589&cid=40896469 [slashdot.org]

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Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3027333&cid=40893381 [slashdot.org]

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truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=41041795 [slashdot.org]

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It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967209 [slashdot.org]

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Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40969175 [slashdot.org]

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APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967137 [slashdot.org]

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You got that right. I think. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3044971&cid=40972239 [slashdot.org]

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Michael Kristopeit, is that you? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3045075&cid=40972377 [slashdot.org]

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ROFL! :) (Now the sick bastard will follow me again) - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41429251 [slashdot.org]

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I miss Dr Bob. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432027 [slashdot.org]

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Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432951 [slashdot.org]

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Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41509273 [slashdot.org]

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That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41514107 [slashdot.org]

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I am intrigued and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3164403&cid=41555345 [slashdot.org]

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1. You philistine, that is Art . Kudos to you, valiant troll on your glorious FP - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832599 [slashdot.org]

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What? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832673 [slashdot.org]

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I don't know if it is poorly-thought-out, but it is demented because it is at the same time an APK parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832905 [slashdot.org]

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It is in fact an extremely well thought out and brilliantly executed APK parody, combined with a Time Cube parody, and with a sprinkling of the MyCleanPC spam. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41841251 [slashdot.org]

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er... many people have disproved your points about hosts files with well reasoned, factual arguments. You just chose not to listen and made it into some kind of bizarre crusade. And I'm not the timecube guy, just someone else who finds you intensely obnoxious and likes winding you up to waste your time. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41843313 [slashdot.org]

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performance art - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847089 [slashdot.org]

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it's apk, theres no reason to care. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847097 [slashdot.org]

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Seems more like an apk parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847661 [slashdot.org]

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That's great but what about the risk of subluxations? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847101 [slashdot.org]

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Oh, come on. Just stand back and look at it. It's almost art, in a Jackson Pollock sort of way. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41868923 [slashdot.org]

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Read carefully. This is a satirical post, that combines the last several years of forum trolling, rolled into one FUNNY rant! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41864711 [slashdot.org]

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I can has summary? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41861327 [slashdot.org]

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I'd have a lot more sympathy if you would log in as APK again instead of AC. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41868133 [slashdot.org]

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If [apk] made an account, it would be permanently posting at -1, and he'd only be able to post with it twice a day. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41869409 [slashdot.org]

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DAFUQ I just look at? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869085 [slashdot.org]

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Trolls trolling trolls... it's like Inception or something. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869353 [slashdot.org]

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We all know it's you, apk. Stop pretending to antagonize yourself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229179&cid=41869305 [slashdot.org]

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Do you know about the shocking connection between APK and arsenic? No? Well, your innocence is about to be destroyed. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3472971&cid=42939965 [slashdot.org]

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Send bug reports to 903 east division street, syracuse, ny 13208 - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3483339&cid=42972783 [slashdot.org]

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Now you've made me all nostalgic for USENET. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42981977 [slashdot.org]

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Google APK Hosts File Manager. He's written a fucking application to manage your hosts file. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42984521 [slashdot.org]

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In case you are not aware, the post is a satire of a fellow known as APK. The grammar used is modeled after APK's as you can see here [thorschrock.com] . Or, you can just look around a bit and see some of his posts on here about the wonders of host files. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42983119 [slashdot.org]

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You are surely of God of Trolls, whomever you are. I have had stupid arguments with and bitten the troll apk many times. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486901&cid=42989683 [slashdot.org]

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"What kind of meds cure schizophrenic drunk rambling?" -> "Whatever APK isn't taking" - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028403 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028425 [slashdot.org]

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I'm confused, is apk trolling himself now? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43029495 [slashdot.org]

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Excellent mashup. A++. Would troll again. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3503531&cid=43037445 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43048291 [slashdot.org]

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Best. Troll. Ever. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43044811 [slashdot.org]

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I like monkeys. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43051505 [slashdot.org]

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This is one of the funniest things I've ever read. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43052263 [slashdot.org]

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lul wut? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3510265&cid=43057839 [slashdot.org]

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I admire this guy's persistence. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063797 [slashdot.org]

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It's a big remix of several different crackpots from Slashdot and elsewhere, plus a liberal sprinkling of famous Slashdot trolls and old memes. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063881 [slashdot.org]

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Tabloid newspapers have speculated for years that APK is a prominent supporter of Monsanto. Too bad we didn't believe them sooner! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063893 [slashdot.org]

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Here's a hint, check out stories like this one [slashdot.org] , where over 200 of the 247 posts are rated zero or -1 because they are either from two stupid trolls arguing endless, or quite likely one troll arguing with himself for attention. The amount of off-topic posts almost outnumber on topic ones by 4 to 1. Posts like the above are popular for trolling APK, since if you say his name three times, he appears, and will almost endlessly feed trolls. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43064383 [slashdot.org]

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I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3512099&cid=43069271 [slashdot.org]

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^ Champion Mod parent up. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3513659&cid=43067371 [slashdot.org]

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I appreciate the time cube reference, and how you tied it into the story. Well done. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521721&cid=43094565 [slashdot.org]

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The day you are silenced is the day freedom dies on Slashdot. God bless. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522191&cid=43097221 [slashdot.org]

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AHahahahah thanks for that, cut-n-pasted.... Ownage! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522219&cid=43097215 [slashdot.org]

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Don't hate the player, hate the game. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3526293&cid=43110679 [slashdot.org]

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If you're familiar with APK, the post itself is a pretty damn funny parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115215 [slashdot.org]

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">implying it's not apk posting it" --> "I'd seriously doubt he's capable of that level of self-deprecation..." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115337 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115363 [slashdot.org]

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No, the other posts are linked in a parody of APK [mailto] 's tendency to quote himself, numbnuts. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43116855 [slashdot.org]

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The thirteenth link is broken. Please fix it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115361 [slashdot.org]

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Just ban any post with "apk", "host file", or "hosts file", as that would take care of the original apk too. The original has been shitposting Slashdot much longer & more intensively than the parody guy. Or ban all Tor exit nodes, as they both use Tor to circumvent IP bans. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216431 [slashdot.org]

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Sadly this is closer to on-topic than an actual APK post is. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216225 [slashdot.org]

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YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43236143 [slashdot.org]

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I've butted heads with APK myself, and yeah, the guy's got issues - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569173&cid=43236987 [slashdot.org]

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Can I be in your quote list? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569443&cid=43237531 [slashdot.org]

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Clearly you are not an Intertubes engineer, otherwise the parent post would be more meaningful to you. Why don't YOU take your meds? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569425&cid=43238177 [slashdot.org]

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+2 for style! The bolding, italicizing, and font changes are all spot-on - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43238479 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243509 [slashdot.org]

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APK is not really a schizophrenic fired former Windows administrator with multiple personality disorder and TimeCube/Art Bell refugee. He's a fictional character like and put forward by the same person as Goatse Guy, GNAA trolls, Dr. Bob and so forth. His purpose is to test the /. CAPTCA algorithm, which is a useful purpose. If you're perturbed by having to scroll past his screeds just set your minimum point level to 1, as his posts are pretty automatically downmodded right away. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243145 [slashdot.org]

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Anyone else think that sounds like Ron Paul? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43242417 [slashdot.org]

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I just saw APK a couple days ago. He surfaced, blew once, and submerged... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43245913 [slashdot.org]

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You make mikael christ the pet look like an huggable teddy bear - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43242373 [slashdot.org]

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oh man, that incredible interminable list of responses is almost as funny as the original post. This is getting to be truly epic. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247231 [slashdot.org]

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"Does anyone know of an Adblock rule for this?" -> "No, but I bet there's a hosts file entry for it..." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43246997 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247097 [slashdot.org]

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"Can a hosts file block apk's posts, though?" -> "The universe couldn't handle that much irony." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247135 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247219 [slashdot.org]

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"That's it, I've had enough. ... Bye everyone, most of the last decade or so has been fun, but frankly, I quit." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247225 [slashdot.org]
--> "So basically what you're saying is that you've added yourself to the HOST file?" - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247481 [slashdot.org]

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Sweet baby Moses, this is beautiful work - I wish we could get trolls as good as this on TF. :) - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43247533 [slashdot.org]

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you have a point - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247823 [slashdot.org]

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I do admire that level of dedication. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247765 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] shut up you stupid cock. Everyone knows you're wrong. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43250533 [slashdot.org]

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I will hand it to him, he is definitely consistent. I wish I knew how he did this. That thing is scary huge. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43250411 [slashdot.org]

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I admire the amount of dedication you've shown - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573571&cid=43251593 [slashdot.org]

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Word is, ESR buttfucks CmdrTaco with his revolver. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573679&cid=43252957 [slashdot.org]

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Hey APK, Protip: It's not the truth or value (or lack of) in your post that gets it modded into oblivion, it's the fucking insane length. In addition to TL;DR (which goes without saying for a post of such length), how about irritating readers by requiring them to scroll through 20+ screenfuls just to get to the next post. If you want to publish a short story like this, please do everyone a favor and blog it somewhere, then provide a brief summary and link to your blog. Readers intrigued by your summary will go read your blog, and everyone else will just move along at normal /. speed. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573873&cid=43255013 [slashdot.org]

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Happy now - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43237239 [slashdot.org]

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Professional. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255143 [slashdot.org]

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I like how this post seems to just sum up every Slashdot comment ever without actually saying anything. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43256029 [slashdot.org]

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extremely bright - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255855 [slashdot.org]

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You provide many references, which is good. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43257043 [slashdot.org]

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Holy shit - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576121&cid=43260311 [slashdot.org]

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this is a perfect example - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578157&cid=43265127 [slashdot.org]

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You're my personal hero. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43260747 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously very passionate - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43261975 [slashdot.org]

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Is that ALL you have to say? C'mon! Tell us what you really think. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43262495 [slashdot.org]

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Thanks ... You should probably stay - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577613&cid=43262993 [slashdot.org]

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Art? -- http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569681&cid=43244883 [slashdot.org]

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PROOF apk sucks donkey dick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577639&cid=43263029 [slashdot.org]

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I've been around /. for a while now, but this post is by far the most unique I've seen. Many have tried, but few achieve the greatness of this AC. My hat's off to you. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43264325 [slashdot.org]

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PROOF apk is a liar! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578279&cid=43265249 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's hilarious. Get over it! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578301&cid=43265657 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously APK filled his hosts files with backdoors before distributing them to ensure he doesn't block himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578229&cid=43265767 [slashdot.org]

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Alexander Peter Kowalski is an obnoxious prick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42698875 [slashdot.org]

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Don't mention that file. Ever. It'll draw APK like a fly to rotting meat. Last thing I want to read is 80 responses worth of his stupid spam about that file! I swear that cocksucker does nothing but search Slashdot for that term and then spams the entire article. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3554655&cid=43209619 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42701491 [slashdot.org]

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Oh shit, the hosts files have become self-aware and started hacking accounts. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581857&cid=43276783 [slashdot.org]

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What mad skillz you have!! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581193&cid=43273941 [slashdot.org]

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Am I the only one who enjoys this sort of insanity? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3582193&cid=43281063 [slashdot.org]

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You are my favorite Slashdot poster. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3580251&cid=43270359 [slashdot.org]

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Most insightful post on the Internet - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3579259&cid=43275207 [slashdot.org]

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I read the whole thing *again* just to see if my comment was in there - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3588003&cid=43293069 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] So, did your mom do a lot of drugs when she was pregnant? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586303&cid=43291531 [slashdot.org]

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people are looking at me funny because I'm laughing hysterically at what a perfect APK imitation it is. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581991&cid=43278203 [slashdot.org]

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I think he wants it to be an article, but doesn't know how to submit it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586345&cid=43287717 [slashdot.org]

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Slashdot devs seem in no hurry to fix this problem and it's been driving me nuts. So for anybody who values viewing at -1 and uses greasemonkey here's a Script [pastebin.com] . There's a chance of false positives and it's not the most optimized. But I value not having to scroll through > 10 paragraphs of APK, custom hosts files, or 'acceptable ads' spam. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43287671 [slashdot.org]
--> slashdot devs are too busy installing itunes for their hipster nerd buddys to sort this problem out. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43290701 [slashdot.org]

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I can't get enough of all of this good stuff! Thanks for the informative links! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43287553 [slashdot.org]

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When threatened, APK typically produces a post with links showing he's essentially posted this hundreds of times to slashdot stories... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43290275 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] Your post got downmodded because you're a nutjob gone off his meds. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586081&cid=43288893 [slashdot.org]

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Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

* :)

Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts [google.com] I practice.

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Disproof of all apk's statements:

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Re:Warning about impersonator spamming /. ... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298083)

Don Newton (probably Thor Schrock himself, or a pal of his, no doubt), can YOU answer my questions for me then?

See, little "FYI" for you:

Thor S. here has been "trashing" me, by listing a ware I wrote years ago as a "malware" on some list he maintains!

(& he won't answer any questions, because honestly?? I think Thor Schrock is another "wannabe" w/ out a degree in this field, much less years to decades of actual hands on experience in it is why - else, why avoid simple questions like these?)

Thor S. apparently doesn't have a clue really, & only "spits back what others state" online, & with no real thought or analysis of his own - otherwise, he could answer my questions, in a split second, period.

Case in point:

My ware has NO harmfulness to it, whatsoever, in & of itself/by itself (what users do with it however? That nobody can control)

So, thus my question to Thor Schrock - I wonder, does he list PING.EXE or psexec.exe?? They are BOTH capable of destructive uses also.

SO, BOTTOM-LINE:

Again - Where on earth did Thor Schrock get his data from & how did he make his decision here on why to list my ware as a malware?

He won't answer, because it will implicate his sources (or, himself) in libelling myself. That's ok, I can use that type of resistance to my advantage, eventually, & mark my words, I will.

No, Thor Schrock & CA will be in for a surprise eventually I would say...

Put it THIS way:

I am doing as I was instructed by legal counsel in fact, & pursuing this with CA, for now, playing by "their rules" - like they are the "lords of the internet", lol, far FROM it in fact!

E.G.-> Overall, their 'security suite'?

SUCKS!

I.E./E.G.-> They were taken out of my place of employ in fact, because of the problems in the mail filters, & oddly, lol, Mr. Greg Jensen the product mgr. for it @ CA even said my mails were caught in that faulty piece of junk - funny part is? The company I referred to?? Is a reseller/partner of CA's... lol, & WE didn't even want to use their stuff!)

APK

P.S.=> CA has been listing my ware online as a malware since 2004, & under a DIFFERENT name than my own, using my middle name, so I would not find it online in that timeframe... they're trash, imo, for that alone.

(Also - CA too won't divulge their sources when asked either, or answer the same questions I asked Thor here above)

I wonder, was it Thor Schrock they got their info. from?

Be silent, but time's on MY side... apk

Re:Warning about impersonator spamming /. ... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298113)

No bold = not the real apk. Shoddy attempt.

Mexicans and Blacks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297065)

They had to put stuff in lockers becuase if things are not loicked up the mexicans and blacks will steal them all and mexican and blacks are th eonly people wh oshop at wal-mart.

I know nbecause one time I went in wal-mart and all there were were mexicans and blacks stealing lipstick and condoms and batterys.

Thank goodness (1)

fyngyrz (762201) | about a year ago | (#43300255)

You know, when this all started, I was only carrying 8 bits. That wasn't so bad. But then it was 16. Then 32. Now I'm always carrying 64 and what was a light purse is now clogged by these massive integers, big FP numbers and flag collections you could almost make the United Nations out of.

Thank goodness Amazon has created a locker for me to put those bits down in when I shop. My Chiropractic bill has never been lower.

Goodbye USPS (4, Insightful)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#43297069)

(self-explanatory subject)

Re:Goodbye USPS (4, Insightful)

Xphile101361 (1017774) | about a year ago | (#43297243)

Only if Amazon also feels like buying a fleet of trucks and being responsible for delivering these packages to the B&M locations. Walmart already has a fleet of vehicles, but I would guess that they have a small percentage of the online store sales. I'm also interested to see how they market this to customers. Why would I want to pick-up in store vs having it shipped to my house. Are they going to start charging to have it shipped to a residential address? That could quickly become a differentiator between online stores, as most people that I know only care about the total price of their purchase.

Re:Goodbye USPS (3, Interesting)

FrankSchwab (675585) | about a year ago | (#43297319)

You realize the Amazon has been trialing same-day delivery of orders? This simply provides them with a cheaper (and more secure) way to deliver to you - you don't have to worry about the neighbor kid stealing stuff off your front porch, and they only have to deliver to one location rather than to 50 different houses.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297435)

Well, that's not 'delivering it' to me. That's making me go to their store to pick it up. Which is like 'shopping', but just a bit easier because I don't have to line up at a register (which I wouldn't have to do if it was delivered to my door either). Of course, WalMart will be stopping people at the door to look at these items they are taking out of the store without going through a register.

How does the locker work? Do I get a code emailed to me? It's not a combination lock, is it? If it's a key, then I need to wait at customer service to get a key to go to a locker to get an item that <insert name of online store> will deliver to my door without making me to go WalMart to get it.

Re:Goodbye USPS (3, Insightful)

Deekin_Scalesinger (755062) | about a year ago | (#43297583)

The way amazon does it in 7-11 is they will mail you a code. Go to 7-11 (if Wawa did this I'd move back to Philly and would never leave their stores), punch it in, and grab yer l3wtz. Just like a bus locker. The dimensions aren't great...10x10x10 or some such.

Good for me since I get small electronics a lot and really don't want it sitting on my stoop all day in downtown DC...

Re:Goodbye USPS (2)

Ichijo (607641) | about a year ago | (#43297591)

Well, that's not 'delivering it' to me. That's making me go to their store to pick it up.

In a way, it's like community mailboxes. Stuff is no longer delivered directly to your house, but it's still convenient.

How does the locker work? Do I get a code emailed to me?

Yes, exactly. Just go there, punch in the code, and the locker door opens automatically.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about a year ago | (#43297577)

If I buy something from most B&M stores, "ship to store" is free and "ship to my house" can quickly become a significant portion of the total cost. Having worked with a company that used UPS' Roadnet to route its own delivery trucks, I know how much more expensive it can be to deliver individual items than it is to just deliver everything to a single depot.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298073)

It's for urban areas, where Walmart has very low penetration due to rents, ordinances, and general elitism. In Manhattan, it's hard to take the subway without going within a few blocks of an Amazon locker. I use the locker service whenever it's available.

Walmart wants in on it, and good for them. They are a budget retailer, so the relatively poor (who, note, don't have doormen and live in bad neighborhoods and thus don't want their packages left at the door) can benefit.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298355)

Only if Amazon also feels like buying a fleet of trucks and being responsible for delivering these packages to the B&M locations. Walmart already has a fleet of vehicles, but I would guess that they have a small percentage of the online store sales.

I'm also interested to see how they market this to customers. Why would I want to pick-up in store vs having it shipped to my house. Are they going to start charging to have it shipped to a residential address? That could quickly become a differentiator between online stores, as most people that I know only care about the total price of their purchase.

What about people who live in apartments? Would you rather UPS leave a box that says "AMAZON" in big letters on the side of it sitting in front of your door for all of your neighbors to casually walk by and see? What about people who live in low income areas that don't want a box sitting on their porch while all the poor ass people on their street walk by and see it? Trailer park folks? Condo folks? People who work odd hours and don't want a box sitting outside during the spring, winter or fall when its raining or snowing all the time?

I can personally think of a dozen or more types of people who would want to take advantage of in store pickup. Just because you don't want it doesn't mean all reason and logic ends there. You are not the end of all customers desires, youre a nobody and plenty of people want options you don't.

Or do you always open your mouth and spew out stuff without actually putting a shred of thought into it?

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297307)

More like "good-bye for some UPS and FedEx revenue", since package delivery is most of their business whereas USPS has the legal monopoly on first class letters, a lot of bulk junk, and package delivery which they often sub out to FedEx.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year ago | (#43297421)

doubtful... the package count being delivered remains the same.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about a year ago | (#43297587)

Assuming they don't package multiple shipments into one package and split them at the other end.

Assuming they don't use their own delivery service to deliver huge numbers of packages from one source to one destination. I doubt walmart uses fedex to send their stock to their stores after all...

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#43300723)

A big problem for companies like UPS and FedEx is that they offer a service that's convenient for senders, not receivers. When I order a delivery from one of my local supermarkets, I specify a one or two hour timeslot when my delivery will take place. If I can't take time away from work, then I can schedule it in a weekend or evening. On the other hand, if I order something from Amazon then they will send it to me by a service that gives me a two day window. This doesn't actually end up being cheaper for the courier, because I'm often not in the first time they try to deliver things, so they have to come back the next day. If they could tell me in advance the one hour window when a package will arrive, that would be significantly more convenient. If they could let me choose a time, that would be even better.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43300995)

In Belgium they've closed most of the post offices but you can pick up packages from some supermarkets, newsagents and railway stations. I even picked one up from a garage once. I think there's about three within 200 yards of home and two more between home and the kids' school.

Pretty convenient, especially if you happen to be going there anyway.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#43301407)

That would be nice. In the UK, you can usually pick things up from the depot. The post office charges 50p extra to pick it up from your local post office, but lets you pick it up from the depot for free. The depots tend to be out of town, typically a 20 minute drive and totally inaccessible if you don't have a car.

Re:Goodbye USPS (2, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#43297349)

(self-explanatory subject)

Amazon is rolling out offering same-day or next-day delivery across the entire country. Why the hell do I want to drive across town to a Walmart to pickup my stuff when I can have a guy deliver it to my door? The country's postal service isn't going anywhere; It's still the only way to legally serve a large number of documents, send bills, etc. No, the only thing the USPS needs to fix is its budget: They need to pare-down their offerings and focus on what they're still needed for: envelopes, small packages, and letter delivery services. Their problem is that they bloated up while companies like FedEx and UPS took over the lucrative markets of large package delivery and organized to provide rapid package services worldwide. Now they need a strategic refocusing... but to say they're dead because of Walmart?

Please.

Re:Goodbye USPS (4, Interesting)

LurkerXXX (667952) | about a year ago | (#43297451)

Why the hell do I want to drive across town to a Walmart to pickup my stuff when I can have a guy deliver it to my door?

You might not want to do it, so don't.

Personally, I'm at work all day, and don't want someone stealing something delived off my porch while I'm at work. I'd prefer a locker I can pick up things from that will be secured until I can get at them.

Not everyone works at home, has a stay-at-home spouse, or lives in an are where they trust no one will every steal a delivery left out.

Please.

Re:Goodbye USPS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297529)

She come on my property and she kicked my dog and now my dog needs operation.

Ask the Vet for a Twofer (0)

earls (1367951) | about a year ago | (#43297685)

And get yourself hooked up.

Re:Goodbye USPS (2, Informative)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#43298033)

Personally, I'm at work all day, and don't want someone stealing something delived off my porch while I'm at work. I'd prefer a locker I can pick up things from that will be secured until I can get at them.

Drop boxes for mail have been around since the 1600s. But hey, if you want to drive across town because you need the excercise, rock on man.

Not everyone works at home, has a stay-at-home spouse, or lives in an are where they trust no one will every steal a delivery left out. Please.

There were two shootings in my neighborhood last night. My mail is kept in a lock box and shipments that won't fit are kept at the post office... which is located four blocks from here, not 15 miles like Walmart. But don't let me interrupt a perfectly good internet rant with logic and facts. Please, continue.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298531)

The post office is fine for picking up USPS deliveries, but it seems most online retailers ship via UPS or Fedex, which means if I'm not home to pick up the delivery I need to drive several miles to some sketchy industrial area to pick up my package. Or I can just get it delivered to an Amazon locker and walk 0.2 miles down the street to my local 7-11.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43299629)

For some time I've been given option by both UPS and Fedex to pick up missed packages at a Fedex or UPS store, of which there are several all across town in shopping centers.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298575)

Drop boxes for mail have been around since the 1600s. But hey, if you want to drive across town because you need the excercise, rock on man.

Those of us in apartments don't get to install whatever we wish in the commons areas. Using the Amazon Lockers is a lot easier than moving to a building where I can have a drop box.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43299051)

That used to work for me, until the local post office decided they didn't have enough room for all the parcels they were receiving. If they were a real business, they might say 'Hey, looks like we are in the parcel business now." Instead they gave up and now want me to go to a bigger post office which is much further from my house, during business hours. A drop box that I can visit at a time convenient to me is a better compromise for me.

Re:Goodbye USPS (2)

LurkerXXX (667952) | about a year ago | (#43299095)

Drop boxes for mail have been around since the 1600s.
Congratulations, you don't live in an apartment building or condo where you might not have that option, or an area with a home owners association which may make it a hard proposal.

Not everyone can easily install a dropbox. Not everyone has a mom at home to sign for packages so they are there when you get home from junior high like you must.

My mail is kept in a lock box and shipments that won't fit are kept at the post office

And how late is the post office open where you are? It's not very frickin late here. 5 PM weekdays, which makes it pretty much totally useless. Having an option at a store that is open late is attractive to some people.

How many posts is it going to take for you to realize not everyone lives where you do, and is in the same situation as you? I'm tired of continuing to point out your ignorance.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

demonlapin (527802) | about a year ago | (#43299125)

Some people live closer to Wal-Mart than the post office. And more importantly, Wal-Mart is open 24/7, not 8 to 4 (and yes, I've had Postal Service employees refuse service to me at 4:00:30 PM).

Personally, I just have everything delivered to my work address - that way there's always someone to sign for it and to take responsibility for it until it gets into my hot little hands.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about a year ago | (#43299357)

Just pointing out, not every Walmart is open 24/7. I'd imagine they'd almost all have longer hours than the post office, though.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

Githaron (2462596) | about a year ago | (#43299643)

I am curious what percentage of Walmarts are not 24/7 because it has been a long time since I have seen one.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about a year ago | (#43299673)

I know the hours of 3 Walmarts in my general area. There's 2 that are not, and one that is. One of each is in central NJ, and the third is in northern NJ.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43300973)

I know at least for UPS, they give you access to their store 24/7 (punch-in keycode knob) and then you can access your box - you get an actual address (theirs, with a "suite" #) instead of a PO number.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about a year ago | (#43299153)

So what happens when that post office is closed? And shock, if you get a weapon, you CAN defend your self from shootings rather than being afraid. But don't let me interrupt a perfectly good internet fearmongering reply with logic and facts. Please, continue.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

unix_core (943019) | about a year ago | (#43299967)

Don't worry about the fearmongering reply. If there are any facts or logic in your post, it's completely undetectable.

How on earth could having a weapon at home protect you from a shooting in your neighborhood? Unless It happends when you are in your home and somone is specifically out to kill you (which is highly unlikely unless you are gang member yourself) touting a gun would only make the situation much more dangerous for yourself and your family.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about a year ago | (#43301537)

so you are suggesting that not being able to defend yourself from a person who can kill at a distance is less dangerous than being able to possess the ability to return that ability? You need to look up amoral violence. And yes there are people out there who will do just exactly that (you are in your home and somone is specifically out to kill you) you don't need to be a gang member. You just need to have stiff or money and that person needs to have a weapon and a need for your stuff. Still you perfer to fight a knife or gun with your hands and feet good luck with that. smh

Re:Goodbye USPS (2)

Githaron (2462596) | about a year ago | (#43299637)

But hey, if you want to drive across town because you need the excercise, rock on man.

You are doing it wrong.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

AlphaWolf_HK (692722) | about a year ago | (#43299989)

I think what he's saying is that not everybody lives in a perfect neighborhood, not everybody lives in "the hood" (as it seems you do based on your description) which means many people live somewhere in between. That said, I think having a choice is pretty nifty. Saying that he shouldn't have a choice because we need to fund poor poor USPS and give them that monopoly they so well deserve, or because walmart is evil for the crime of making things affordable for the poor and therefore shouldn't be permitted to exist because they make other businesses have to compete, or ....is kind of a dick move.

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298041)

You make it sound like getting packages stolen from your door is a common occurrence. I've never hard of this happening. Maybe don't live in the ghetto?

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

LurkerXXX (667952) | about a year ago | (#43298757)

Just because you've never heard of it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. It just means you're ignorant on the topic. It happens.

...

The more interesting ones even get national coverage. And this guy doesn't live in the ghetto either:

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/50268815 [nbcnews.com]

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | about a year ago | (#43300749)

You both make it sound like leaving packages outside a house is normal behaviour. I've only seen this happen once, to a former neighbour, and it was stolen. The solution was simple: call the delivery company, ask them to show you your signature on the form, when they can't ask them to replace the item. If it's not signed for by you, there's no proof of delivery and so the responsibility for the loss belongs the last person in the chain who can verify receipt, which is the delivery company.

Re:Goodbye USPS (5, Insightful)

tlhIngan (30335) | about a year ago | (#43297479)

No, the only thing the USPS needs to fix is its budget: They need to pare-down their offerings and focus on what they're still needed for: envelopes, small packages, and letter delivery services. Their problem is that they bloated up while companies like FedEx and UPS took over the lucrative markets of large package delivery and organized to provide rapid package services worldwide. Now they need a strategic refocusing... but to say they're dead because of Walmart?

No, it's because George W. Bush signed a law that stated that USPS must prepay the pension 75 years in advance. Yes, USPS is paying into the coffers of wall street the pensions of people who are not even of working age yet (who of course, aren't employed by USPS yet).

Until then, USPS was pulling in some pretty hefty profits ($1B or so). Of course, all that and more has to go to Wall Street to manage the pension.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/internet/email-isnt-killing-the-post-office [ieee.org]

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298057)

Exactly right. This was a scam to give Wall Street extra cash, so they can mismanage and steal. It had nothing to do with pensions or competitiveness.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

demonlapin (527802) | about a year ago | (#43299093)

George W. Bush signed a law

In fairness, Congress had to pass that law first. And there are an awful lot of underfunded government pensions out there.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | about a year ago | (#43299367)

Considering the Post Office operates independently, at least financially, it's definitely unreasonable.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

Y-Crate (540566) | about a year ago | (#43299381)

The worst part is, the people who pushed this legislation are the same ones who will dance over the remains of a bankrupt Post Office, proudly declaring that "greedy" workers were to blame. Even though no government agency, union or private company would even dream up something like this. I'm pretty sure pre-funding 75 years of retirement in a decade's time would get a CEO / board of directors sacked in oh... about a week.

It's actually a two-pronged assault. The primary goal is to destroy the finances of an institution the legislative branch is constitutionally-mandated to preserve. The second is to continue the war on worker pensions and benefits, while shaming those who believe the quality of life enjoyed by past generations is something to aspire to.

They really believe all of that silly retirement stuff our parents and grandparents did was a manifestation of pure avarice and laziness.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

will_die (586523) | about a year ago | (#43300341)

Congress want to protect the taxpayer from having to take over the duties that the USPS said they would do, the postmaster general and the postal unions want to make the taxpayers pay for thier poor management and keep things as they are.
Dropping the law requiring the USPS to actually do some proper financial management would not make them competative again; even ignore the money they owe for this they would of lost money for the last couple of years.
BTW the 75 years is number of years that for ACCOUNTING purposes they have to figure future liabilities. It is NOT how long they have to fund benefits. That 75 years of accounting is followed by the DoD, social security, department of Housing, etc.

That or suck less with packages (2)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | about a year ago | (#43297569)

A functional tracking system would be a good start. It isn't like the package market is something they just can't do. They just do a crap job of it so people use the other carriers all the time. The post office could and should improve their service and they'd probably see more use.

Re:That or suck less with packages (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43299631)

Obviously you haven't used the USPS for many years. You have no idea what you are talking about. Or...Maybe you are just a shill for FedEx, DHL or OnTrac. Or maybe just a lying shill for the likes of the Koch Brothers.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#43297865)

The USPS budget is only broken because Congress sets it. USPS operates under a requirement that they serve everyone. There are still places where UPS and FedEx contract out to the USPS for delivery. And nobody is really world-wide, DHL tried it, but couldn't succeed in USA, and UPS and FedEx have very litle presence outside the USA (some countries more than others, so they do have international presence, but not world-wide).

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

prowler1 (458133) | about a year ago | (#43298049)

Because I live in an apartment block and have in the past had packages dumped at the communal front door of the apartment block and I work in an industrial type complex where all the delivery people seem to get lost and either don't deliver the package and I have to pick it up from their depo on the other side of the city or it gets delivered to the wrong building and I am lucky to every see it.

Something like this would be great for me since it means I know that it will be delivered safetly and and be secured until I pick it up at my time of choosing.

MODS: Get real. (1, Offtopic)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#43298217)

My previous post wasn't off topic, THIS one is. Stop modding me 'offtopic' because you disagree with me, that's what 'overrated' is for, idiot.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | about a year ago | (#43301909)

To add to this if %item% is ALREADY AT THE STORE all Corp has to do is send a message stating

" Customer %number% named as %name% has purchased %item list% online for store pickup to be pulled from store stock place in locker %number%"

and by the time the customer drives to Walmart finds parking and then gets to the lockers the stuff is already there

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43302957)

No, the only thing the USPS needs to fix is its budget: They need to pare-down their offerings and focus on what they're still needed for: envelopes, small packages, and letter delivery services. Their problem is that they bloated up while companies like FedEx and UPS took over the lucrative markets of large package delivery and organized to provide rapid package services worldwide.

No, the problem is that previously, pensioners were paid out of current funds, but Congress mandated that they fund pensions 75 years in the future. Without that mandate they would be making a profit every year.

Re:Goodbye USPS (1)

Ichijo (607641) | about a year ago | (#43297551)

Last year, the USPS raised my 6 month P.O. box rental fee by 41%. It seems strange that they raised the rental rates even while fewer P.O. boxes were being rented in a down economy.

It just shows how the USPS (or Congress, who sets the rates) are disconnected from reality.

Re:Goodbye USPS (3, Interesting)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#43297613)

Last year, the USPS raised my 6 month P.O. box rental fee by 41%. It seems strange that they raised the rental rates even while fewer P.O. boxes were being rented in a down economy.

It just shows how the USPS (or Congress, who sets the rates) are disconnected from reality.

It is called death throes if I'm not mistaken.
Forced to swallow a poison pill and forbidden to spit (or vomit) it out [thinkprogress.org] .

Re:Goodbye USPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43303217)

If Amazon, Wal-Mart or any of the others wanted to the USPS could become a partner for doing something like this (assuming the USPS is prevented by congress).

Consider that the USPS is already operating in almost every town out there, consider if they let Amazon setup lockers in each of their offices next to the PO Boxes. They could charge Amazon a nominal fee for hosting of the lockers, then charge Amazon their standard shipping rates to deliver to the lockers.

This would accomplish expanding the locker service to be available almost everywhere, second it would provide the USPS with increased package revenue + locker revenue to offset the falling PO Box revenue.

i live within five miles of three Wal-marts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297127)

Does that mean that I count more?

Where will they be located? (3, Funny)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | about a year ago | (#43297175)

I mean within the store. I've done Walmart pickups at a couple stores and the pickup department is way the Hell in the back of the store, as far from the entrance as they can put it. When I do in-store pickup at a local store, I do it to reduce the time I spend walking around the store, not maximize it. :P

Re:Where will they be located? (1)

chromas (1085949) | about a year ago | (#43297369)

Free Store Pickup Today items can be ordered online just before you drive over and you can often save $5-10 compared to lifting it off the shelf yourself. I wonder if that annoys any of the workers.

Re:Where will they be located? (2)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#43298711)

I used to do that at Best Buy, but even after it was marked "ready" 50% of the time they had to go find it on the shelf and run it over. It's like reverse convenience, multiple lines, slow service, and in Best Buy's case, same price. Well, except for the time I ordered a web special on my phone and waited in the store for them to get it, for the $5 savings.

Re:Where will they be located? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43303567)

Yeah, I tried it at Best Buy too, because it was something I always have trouble finding. I ordered, waited until it was ready and drove over. Only to stand in line at the business counter behind some women doing a complicated return. 5-10 minutes later they got to me. The person at the counter called for someone to come, more waiting. Then they sent that person out to find the item, they failed. So they asked me where it was. The whole process took ages. There was extra paperwork too. At that point I knew Best Buy was doomed due to poor management.

Re:Where will they be located? (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#43297837)

I mean within the store. I've done Walmart pickups at a couple stores and the pickup department is way the Hell in the back of the store, as far from the entrance as they can put it. When I do in-store pickup at a local store, I do it to reduce the time I spend walking around the store, not maximize it. :P

It's the same reason why they put electronics and sporting goods in the back of the stores: those are what bring people in, so if you make them walk past other stuff they might see something they want to buy. Although this would really only work for people who browse and are impulsive; if you go to a store knowing what you want and know you are getting only that, then you aren't going to be buying anything else. On the bright side, you can walk into pretty much any Wal-mart/best buy/whatever and assume that what you want is always in the same place: I always head straight for the back corner, usually down the center and over across the back. Takes you straight to electronics/computers. What I do find interesting is that Sam's and Costco are pretty much the only ones that put electronics right by the entrance. I wonder how that affects their sales rate on those items as compared to Wal-mart.

Re:Where will they be located? (2)

ChrisMaple (607946) | about a year ago | (#43298253)

Pickup is at the back because it's close to the receiving dock and the stockroom.

Re:Where will they be located? (1)

fotbr (855184) | about a year ago | (#43299603)

On the rare occasion that I have to get something from walmart, I use the door by their automotive service department (yes, I know, not every walmart has one). Quick in, quick out, the register at the automotive desk works just as well as the ones up front, and often with no line. The only real downside is that only works when the service department is open.

Re: Where will they be located? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43300969)

Sounds like you've never been in a Target. Enter and turn left right across the registers and health and beauty aids, straight into electronics.

Re:Where will they be located? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43299025)

the pick-up locations for 'ship to store' items at wal-mart is in the back of the store because that's where the warehouse space is for storing those items, and also that's where the layaway counter used to be (for the same reason). new walmart builds still have that counter in the back even though they no longer offer year-round layaway (only during christmas shopping season now)

the alternative would be to pick-up at the service desk in front, where you might wait several minutes or more to be waited on... then wait another 5-10 minutes for a blue shirt to become available to run to the back and fetch your online order for you.

most people that order online for in-store pickup also actually shop in-store, so the location in the back of the store is no big deal. don't be such a lazy ass and walk a little.. if that's just too fucking much to expect out of you, then why the fuck didn't you order for home delivery?

Re:Where will they be located? (1)

JabberWokky (19442) | about a year ago | (#43299679)

I've always liked how Target seems to position their pick up area -- at least in their newer stores. Right by the front, almost a distinct area from the rest of the store. Walk in, take care of business, walk out. They've got a pretty good system for things like wedding registrations where they hand you a scanner, and you can walk through the store, look at items and add them to your list. It's a good position to be in for integrating physical retail into a mixed online/offline retail era.

I'd love to show up, wave a NFC device at a terminal, wait a few minutes and have a couple boxes full of my shopping items, from groceries to USB cables, slid to me to take back to my vehicle. Or, if I want to look at something like clothes in person, walk father into the store and either browse or go right to an item from the website.

Canada (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297193)

Wow... we may see this coming to Wal-Mart Canada in 2025!

Re:Canada (2)

Deekin_Scalesinger (755062) | about a year ago | (#43297641)

You Canucky types seem to get the short end of the stick far too often :( you poured out your hearts for Operation Yellow Ribbon back in the day and you have two crappy ISPs (Rogers is famed even down here), a lot of snow and second tier billing (Netflix, Wal-Mart, etc).

Just a cheery nod to our friends North of the border, a thanks for being good neighbors, and sorry we suck as neighbors. Not all Yanks are raving morons, and this one appreciates having you guys next door to us.

PS - Girls from Nova Scotia are hawt. Hawt I say! Thank you, that is all :)

Any way to get more people in the store... (5, Insightful)

bluephone (200451) | about a year ago | (#43297209)

Amazon is more likely to be used by people with money to burn, people wealthier than the average WalMart customer. This will get those types into the store, and will certainly result in more purchases by those types. The long term viability will depend on Walmart making the store attractive to those types.

Re:Any way to get more people in the store... (1)

Deekin_Scalesinger (755062) | about a year ago | (#43297657)

If I didn't blow my mod points, this would go up. Wal-Mart isn't doing this to be good guys, they want additional business.

Re:Any way to get more people in the store... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297789)

Wal-Mart isn't doing this to be good guys, they want additional business.

Really? A retailer is doing something for the purpose of attracting more business?

Gasp. Gasp, I say.

Re:Any way to get more people in the store... (1)

jewens (993139) | about a year ago | (#43299791)

I believe it is safe to assume that they (Walmart) also receives some form of direct compensation as well to host the lockers, either on a fixed monthly or per-use arrangement.

walmart customer service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297245)

It's been terrible. I predict a time-share of these lockers because unused space = revenue lost. After all, they also only have 10 cashiers open out of the 40 they have available even on weekends (the busiest) because they figure people would rather wait to save money. I shop at Publix/ Costco now because of that (better quality and my time is more valuable, at least in my area).

Walmart's customer service area is staffed by slow folks who don't give a crap. They already look and feel like USPS workers. Yes, I've switched to UPS and Fedex because again, my time > premium charged.

Anyhoo, walmart is shit, staffed with shitty people because they get paid shitty wages. I suppose that's why prices for products are low. I refuse to be part of that misery ecology.

As for Amazon, they deliver to my UPS box. I get an actual address rather than a PO Box #. You get what you paid for.

Re:walmart customer service (1)

preaction (1526109) | about a year ago | (#43297365)

So, the gears of the free market grind slowly, but they do grind.

Re:walmart customer service (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year ago | (#43297473)

Nice rant,

but if you look at this picture here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443545504577567763829784538.html [wsj.com] you'll notice there's no interaction with Wal-mart employees, similar to a redbox.

It doesn't make sense from an accountability standpoint either for it to work the way you think it does. Amazon trusting wal-mart to deliver its packages?

Re:walmart customer service (1)

Deekin_Scalesinger (755062) | about a year ago | (#43297681)

I love Publix...where shopping is a pleasure. Wish we had decent groceries up North...

Re:walmart customer service (1)

demonlapin (527802) | about a year ago | (#43299159)

Meijer and Tops come to mind when I think of up there. Depends on where you are, of course. If you think a Publix is good, though, you really ought to see a Harris Teeter (NC/SC/GA, though it looks like they've expanded quite a bit since I lived in the area). Great stores.

OOS, Again (1)

JackSpratts (660957) | about a year ago | (#43297251)

They can barely keep their shelves stocked as it is. They should nail the basics before botching a line extension.

Some people can't receive packages (2)

chuckugly (2030942) | about a year ago | (#43297367)

There are some people who cannot receive packages at work and have no one at home to sign. Not even their mom.

Hurry up and open them already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297511)

I travel for a living and these boxes would be wonderful. Having to schedule deliveries around my travel is a PITA. Especially, from Amazon as most of their two day prime shipping usually show up a day early.
I just signed up for the UPS service to hold a few packages that were slated to arrive on time, but I had a critical failure and had to leave before it arrived.

Ship-To-Store? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43297519)

Haven't other brick-and-morter stores offered "Ship to Store" for a while now? Is Walmart really only just now getting into that?

Re:Ship-To-Store? (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about a year ago | (#43297765)

Assuming you can do something like key in a code without having to grab anyone to open it for you, you could think of this as combining ship-to-store with self-checkout. And if they can combine the free shipping of ship-to-store with the convenience of self-checkout, I'd actually consider going for it from time to time. That said, with stuff like Amazon Prime, it's hard to beat simply having it shipped to your front door, so long as you're either able to take delivery or are comfortable leaving packages at your doorstep while you're at work.

Airports? (1)

capt_mulch (642870) | about a year ago | (#43297725)

What would be nice would be to have lockers at airports. I live out in the Pacific and it would be convenient to have stuff sent to a locker at say Brisbane airport, where I pick it up for my last leg home.

Good... (1)

houbou (1097327) | about a year ago | (#43297863)

Competition is healthy... Let's see if Walmart can make it happen..

criminals rejoice (2)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year ago | (#43298005)

Sounds like a handy way to pick up goods purchased fraudulently on a stolen card or paypal account. Walmart does accept paypal.

Re:criminals rejoice (1)

ZomgPonies (1966712) | about a year ago | (#43303379)

This, a million times this. Don't need a physical address anymore, just go to 7-11.

Be careful Amazon... (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about a year ago | (#43298025)

One thing my parents were spot on about was, "Be careful who you hang out with!"

Thank God... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#43298039)

Because dealing with the drecks of society waiting in the line at the "customer service" counter is just plain old gross. Honestly, a 500 pound woman in yoga pants that smells like parmesan cheese from 10 feet away is not something you want to wait behind.

Re:Thank God... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43299053)

Your comment was not funny and didn't contribute anything meaningful to the discussion and you should be ashamed for typing it.

Re:Thank God... (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about a year ago | (#43301227)

Wash your yoga pants, Shaniqua!

salestax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43298605)

will they then place the server in a state with no sales tax,so when you order on a computer in the store they deliver it to the lock box and pretend they don't need to
add sales tax

Yes but it still means (1)

Fnord666 (889225) | about a year ago | (#43299469)

This is all well and good, but it still means I have to go into a Walmart. Personally I would rather drag myself over broken glass than go there to get something. At least not without a tetanus shot.

Walmart has never been inside a Walmart? (1)

gelfling (6534) | about a year ago | (#43301565)

Ever try to get ANYTHING from the back of the store or the desk to pick something up? IF, and that's a huge if, IF you can find a breathing human, they're all 'on break'. If you go out on the floor everyone is instructed to give the same answer to all questions "Yo, I jus started here I dun know". If you eventually find anyone in the bowels of the store who is standing behind some counter all they will do is push a few random keys, frown and give up. So if you think THESE drones are going to get your stuff placed in the right locker or any locker at all and/or will be around and capable of addressing their own mistakes while you are there......you're as dumb as they are.

Why do they just leave the packages anyway? (1)

nitio (825314) | about a year ago | (#43303555)

I'm always baffled in trying to understand why USPS (or others) simply leave the package at the doorstep. Is that a regulation or something? I mean, what type of parcels require signature upon receiving?

In Brazil all parcels requiring signature cannot be left without a person taking responsibility for it and the post office is required to try three times (sometimes they just pretend they tried 3 times - yay for tracking) and after that they leave a notification that you now have to go the post office to pick it up.
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