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Er... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855196)

"Will" receive?

hey, thanks jeff (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855198)

now stop trying to patent mouse clicking, you noob.

Re:hey, thanks jeff (2, Funny)

rudydog (890388) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855385)

now stop trying to patent mouse clicking, you noob.

I just patented playing with my self! SO hahah BITCH!

Re:hey, thanks jeff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855745)

And you think someone would actually want to play with you ? HAHAHA, guess again, NERD!

You know (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855199)

I would've accepted a coupon or something.

A-fucking-men. (-1, Flamebait)

Hack Jandy (781503) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855200)

What's next? Slashdot sponsored advertisements where the "editors" get to use the $ipod-knock-off-of-the-week while us mere readers enjoy the play by play?

Sign me the fuck up!

HJ

Re:A-fucking-men. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855361)

the fuck would a Sipod be? i mean, if you recall, the $ in 'micro$oft' actually replaces a real letter.

Re:A-fucking-men. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855466)

Proof that Slashdot really has gone downhill. The Apple fanatics were bad enough, but now we have people who don't even know what a frikkin' variable is.

Re:A-fucking-men. (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855702)

The $-notation is used as a prefix for variables in Perl and other languages. Unfortunately, the '-' symbol used within is not a valid character for variable names under those languages.

Wow Streaming Video! (5, Funny)

bloko (888358) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855205)

Man if only i could be that lucky to be a amazon.com customer!

Re:Wow Streaming Video! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855513)

Eeeeevereeeebawwwdeeee...(buffering)...musssssss.. .(buffering)...git...(buffering)...stooooooooned.

yeah (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855209)

sucking my cock would be a better thank you

I'd rather celebrate... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855210)

...round numbers of years until the one-click-shopping patent expires.

Amazon? (1)

Nermal6693 (622898) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855214)

http://phx.corporate-ir.net [corporate-ir.net]???

Re:Amazon? (2, Informative)

James_G (71902) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855230)

Amazon outsources its investor site to CCBN/Thomson. This is a very common practice. It saves having to host your own SEC feeds, handle sending out of documents on request (10K, for example) and many other things.

Some sites embed it in their own pages (like this [tyco.com]) and others just point to the remote URL, (like this [corporate-ir.net]). Obviously, Amazon has done the latter.

WOW!! (2, Insightful)

mangus_angus (873781) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855218)

A free concert I can't goto and with 2 people I probably wouldn't go see anyway! Gee wiz Amazon you really pulled out the stops on this one!!


Seriously wouldnt offering free 2 or 3 day shipping on all items for the weekend have been better?

Yes, but.... (2, Informative)

Evanisincontrol (830057) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855281)

That would have cost them money.

Streaming a video, on the other hand, only costs them about $50 in bandwidth.

Re:Yes, but.... (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855388)

$50 to upload? Fuck. I assume it's only uploading, because I can't imagine anyone willingly downloading it.

Oh Amazon! (1)

jamoan (807175) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855221)

You shouldnt have! I mean a 30% discount on my next..10 (for the 10th anniversary of course) purchases would suffice! Really!

WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855229)

Is there anything even remotely resembling a story here, or is it just a blatant advertisement?

Bob Dylan? (2, Interesting)

BinBoy (164798) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855235)

Is Bob Dylan trendy again or is he so untrendy that it's cool to like him? Or was he just cheap and available? They should have at least tried to get an 80's band.

Re:Bob Dylan? (3, Insightful)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855266)

Bob Dylan doing some celebratory concert for Amazon to me says he has finally, totally Sold out.
The times they are A-changin indeed

MOD UP (1)

ZosX (517789) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855315)

This is truly quite sad. Oh how the mighty have fallen indeed. A folk HERO singing a benefit for Amazon. I hope they at least sold a lot of his goddamned albums.

Dylan was really at his best in his early years. After his tragic motorcycle accident all of his albums steadily declined in quality. He was easily the most influential singer/songwriter of the 60s.

I almost died when I saw him do those horrible Klein commercials. Or was it the GAP?

Bob Dylan. Sellout.

That's all I gotta say.

Re:MOD UP (3, Interesting)

BrianGa (536442) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855326)

I almost died when I saw him do those horrible Klein commercials. Or was it the GAP?

Worse. [victoriassecret.com]

Re:MOD UP (3, Insightful)

aka-ed (459608) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855725)

I love it. Amazon and Victoria's Secret are THE MAN. I can't wait till one of you geniuses notice the JP Morgan Chase involvement. I suppose every one of you has a $7-an-hour "activist" job. If I must endure more self-righteous priggishness about Dylan taking money from big corporations, I'd like to see full disclosure of each critic's sources of income.

Re:MOD UP (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855389)

I didn't know about those (not being in america and not owning a TV) ...
Ouch Gap and "Straight male fashion designer Calvin Klein" commercials ..
Jeeesh

Its really quite sad

Being a poster boy.. (1)

slashmojo (818930) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855537)

for whatever trendy protest movement of the day doesn't pay the rent.. dudes gotta make a living... its tough to be a 90 million record selling singer/songwriter these days! ;)

Re:Bob Dylan? (4, Interesting)

Kirth (183) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855349)

Bob Dylan is an asshole. He lobbied for the extension of the copyright-terms -- and guess who exactly is playing old traditionals which copyright has expired? Exactly. What a hipocrite.

Re:Bob Dylan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855456)

If musical artists don't hold copyrights on their music while they're alive, only the record company gets anything from the sale of those records. Copyrights on music by dead people is more or less irrelevant.

Personally, I think that copyrights on music should last until the writer dies, and they should only be given to the song writer. The last thing we need is Michael Jackson owning even more musical copyrights.

As far as Bob goes -- he's pretty much earned the right to do whatever he wants. Dylan IS music, and everything from the crappiest top 40 artists to the up and coming indie rockers and even the underground rappers ultimately have been influenced by his work.

He doesn't need to "sell out". The man is worth about $200 million, and is old enough that it won't matter anymore anyway (his children are plenty successful enough at what they do to get by, too).

I also sincerely doubt he's overly concerned with the opinions of people who can't even name more than 3 of his songs in the first place.

Re:Bob Dylan? (0)

lxs (131946) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855628)

Dylan IS music,

Don't you mean Dylan WAS music? I'm not going to comment on how innovative he was, because frankly, I wasn't around in the '60s, but for the last twenty years or so all he has done is living off of his former glory and blearing unintelligibly into a microphone. The man sounds like a wino at the moment. Listening to him slurring on stage is a painful experience, like watching a punch drunk boxer in his '50s climbing one last time in the ring to pay off his gambling debts and getting knocked out in the first round.

Never never never base copyright on someones death (5, Insightful)

blonde rser (253047) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855731)

Personally, I think that copyrights on music should last until the writer dies, and they should only be given to the song writer.

Let me say that again. You never never never want to base the length of copyright on someones death. There are enough things that makes passing on hard enough. We don't need to put the added stress on people with the idea that "every day I stay alive is another residue check my family can receive." Or worse "if we unplug dad from the respirator out estate has to give up our copyright." Linking financial matters (even more than we already have) with the process of dying is inhuman. This is one of those cases where something sounds like a good idea but the consequences are disgusting.

Re:Bob Dylan? (2, Insightful)

rsidd (6328) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855783)

I also sincerely doubt he's overly concerned with the opinions of people who can't even name more than 3 of his songs in the first place.

Girl of the north country. Who killed Davey Moore? Fourth time around.

What's common to those? They all borrow heavily from earlier works. The first two are basically rewritings of standard folk songs (which Simon & Garfunkel sang as "Scarborough Fair" and "Sparrow" respectively). The third is a take-off on the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" -- he'd never get away with that today. A number of his other songs owe a lot to older blues and folk songs.

All this is fine and admirable; what's not admirable is then turning around and saying that copyrights need to be extended infinitely and infringements should be clamped down on. He really has sold out.

Re:Bob Dylan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855732)

Is Bob Dylan trendy again or is he so untrendy that it's cool to like him? Or was he just cheap and available? They should have at least tried to get an 80's band.

Looks like they're going for the baby-boomer demographic; Dylan so they can kid themselves they're still living in the sixties, but in reality a mirror for their own selling out (although to be fair to Dylan, at least he'd "bought in" at one point, which is more than you can say for most of the well-off kiddies who masqueraded as hippies). And Norah Jones.... well, commercial, not likely to offend their ageing sensibilities.

They should have got Motley Crue to snort some cocaine off assorted strippers and whores and shown that; actually, it'd be more entertaining than listening to Motley Crue playing music.

Re:Bob Dylan? (1)

webview (49052) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855736)

Is Bob Dylan trendy again or is he so untrendy that it's cool to like him? Or was he just cheap and available? They should have at least tried to get an 80's band.

There was a show on PBS a while back talking about this--specifically Bob Dylan and all the anti-establishment types now selling themselves to corporate America. They documented how Bob Dylan and his contemporaries routinely play private, corporate-only concerts for things like annual meetings, celebrations, etc.

While I could care less it's interesting nonetheless to see how the mighly dollar rules all.

Screw em (3, Interesting)

njcoder (657816) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855239)

From now on I'm buying all my books from local bookstores. I'll just use amazon.com to help filter through titles, then go to a local shop, sit down and go over the books enjoying the coffee and wifi until I decide on my purchases. I'll even take a picture of me handing the money to the other boostore and send it to amazon.

That's one thing I hate, corps rewarding their employees and making it seem like they're doing it for the consumer. Why don't they post pictures of the company picnic too.

Re:Screw em (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855265)

As an Amazon.com employee, I'd be more than happy to send you some pictures of the company picnic. ;-P

Re:Screw em (1)

njcoder (657816) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855406)

" As an Amazon.com employee, I'd be more than happy to send you some pictures of the company picnic. ;-P"

I'll pass on that but I did a search of Norah Jones on images.google.com. Feel free to take photos at the concert in case there are any wardrobe malfunctions.

Hmm.. that reminds me. I think the last book I bought from amazon was on concert photography and that was years ago before I moved. I started becoming skeptical of women that are taller than me and didn't want them to have my new address.

Re:Screw em (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855296)

From now on I'm buying all my books from local bookstores. I'll just use amazon.com to help filter through titles, then go to a local shop, sit down and go over the books enjoying the coffee and wifi until I decide on my purchases.

Why would you ever do otherwise? Amazon's prices aren't so much better than brick and mortar stores (and being in WA state, I have to pay sales tax at Amazon like I would in a local store), and you don't have to pay shipping and handling if you buy locally. Maybe you don't live in an area with a convenient Barnes and Noble or Borders, but you'd have to be way out in the middle of nowhere if there's not one within half an hour's drive. I'd much rather go out to a store, buy a book, and have it in my hands now than buy a book and wait a week for it to ship. I guess there are some special order books that you may not find locally, but why not just ask your local store clerk to see if they can order for you?

That's one thing I hate, corps rewarding their employees and making it seem like they're doing it for the consumer. Why don't they post pictures of the company picnic too.

I agree. I don't care if they reward their employees (in fact, they should else they wouldn't have any employees). Don't pawn it off as a "reward" for customers. We're not as stupid as they think we are.

And besides, Bob Dylan and Norah Jones? If I were an Amazon employee, I'd be scalping my tickets (which is now legal [nwsource.com] in Seattle!) rather than wasting 2 hours of my life on that crap.

Re:Screw em (1)

damsa (840364) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855312)

yes, kudos for instead of supporting a big mean comgomerate like Amazon, you support your local Barnes and Noble and drinking your locally licensed Starbucks coffee and local Wifi provider. I actually suggest if you are in the Seattle area, go shop at the University Bookstore, as they have free Wifi, free shipping, and their coffee is only sort of made by starbucks. Also 10% back if you are alumni.

Re:Screw em (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855342)

yes, kudos for instead of supporting a big mean comgomerate like Amazon, you support your local Barnes and Noble and drinking your locally licensed Starbucks coffee and local Wifi provider. I actually suggest if you are in the Seattle area, go shop at the University Bookstore, as they have free Wifi, free shipping, and their coffee is only sort of made by starbucks. Also 10% back if you are alumni.

Ah, you've mistaken me for an anti-corporate hippy. I could see how you could come to that conclusion based on my post, but you're wrong. I don't give a shit about any of that crap. My decision to buy locally is based solely on convenience for me. I drink Starbucks (but I don't use their wireless -- it's too expensive, and I'm never there long enough or often enough to justify the cost; when I am there, I want to relax and read a book with my coffee, not surf the web or do work), I buy books at Barnes and Noble, I shop at Safeway (or QFC, because there's one closer to my home than Safeway), I run Microsoft software, big damn deal.

That said, most of my book buying is done at Third Place Books [thirdplacebooks.com], which is not a big corporate chain of bookstores. However, I will note that my decision to buy books there revolves completely around convenience -- they're closer to my house than Barnes and Noble or Borders. If B&N or Borders was more convenient, I'd shop there instead. I'm not going to inconvience myself to avoid buying goods and services from big, bad corporations.

I have been to the University Bookstore branch in Bellevue. The selection just wasn't compelling enough to waste my time going to downtown Bellevue, nevermind crossing the water to their U. district location.

Re:Screw em (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855347)

Plus college chicks are easy ;)

Re:Screw em (2, Interesting)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855415)

"Amazon's prices aren't so much better than brick and mortar stores (and being in WA state, I have to pay sales tax at Amazon like I would in a local store), and you don't have to pay shipping and handling if you buy locally."

The selection sucks. You can't get Maison Ikkoku DVDs or Video Girl Ai books around here, for example.

Of course, for those I'd go directly to Viz' website, but still, those are two examples where, if I could find them locally, would happily buy them locally.

Re:Screw em (4, Insightful)

Xugumad (39311) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855473)

Here I have one bookstore literally around the corner from where I live, from which I could get pretty much any fiction title I am likely to want, and there's a larger store within about 40 minutes travelling.

However:

1. Neither of them come even close to the range of computing books I need. Even the larger store is almost entirely beginners books, or Windows-focused stuff, none of which is useful to me.

2. Amazon.co.uk generally ship stuff to me for the next day, and with enough of a discount that it wipes out S&H.

3. Travelling to the larger store is more expensive than S&H anyway, not to mention generally not wanting to spend an hour travelling to buy a book or two.

Re:Screw em (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855396)

I'd do this as well. If, y'know. My local bookstore^H^H^H if I had a local bookstore (I don't call 30mins away local, I call the local supermarket local), that had the same range of books as Amazon.

Perhaps in America you can get anything you want at a bookstore, but here in Australia there are plenty of American authors that I'm unable to get [deep-magic.net] locally.

Re:Screw em (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855407)

In Australia, wouldn't a more appropriate question be "what's a book?"

Re:Screw em (2, Funny)

njcoder (657816) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855448)

People have been able to do a lot with carrier pigeons. I'm surprised you guys never figured out how to take that to another level with kangaroos. That would solve your problem. You guys have an abundance of a natural dellivery person roaming around. Do something with it. You can't just keep waiting for inovation to fall from the sky. [bbc.co.uk]

:)

Re:Screw em (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855443)

Wow. So when Amazon decides to reward their employees, it's ok. When they try to share this with the world as well, it's arrogant? It's a concert for Christ's sake! They're streaming a (formerly) private concert and showing to the whole world, and you're complaining? Don't tune in then!

It's amazing how people can spin such a simple gesture into some sort of grudge-worthy action. I can only imagine what sort of hatemongering you'll engage in at the bookstore.

Re:Screw em (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855593)

Oh come on, how could they give all their customers a noticeable "thank you" gift without having the costs go through the roof? The usual is that they don't even give as little as a video feed.

Re:Screw em (2, Insightful)

CosmeticLobotamy (155360) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855721)

My local bookstore has 470 copies of "The DaVinci Code" and one copy of "DOS for Dummies" with a ripped cover. That's it. I'll stick to Amazon.

but isn't it the thought that counts? (1)

guardiangod (880192) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855244)

No

If I want to see the damn concert I would download the bootleg file on bittorrent. :)

/sacasam

You never know...people on /. are not known for their sense of humor...

why is this so kind? (1)

cliffski (65094) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855260)

Company A makes a shedload of cash so throws a huge celebrity party to celebrate how much money its customers gave it. Not only that, they broadcast video of its employees having fun accross the whole world. Why exactly is this so generous?
Maybe Enron could release footage of their last stockholders party so we can look at streaming footage of the champagne being quaffed?

Dont get me wrong, I'm a fan of amazon, but if this was microsoft, people would be shouting them down.

Re:why is this so kind? (1)

w42w42 (538630) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855335)

I suspect if you add up Amazon's profits and their losses, you'd have a very large negative number. The reason they're making money now has something to do with the billions thrown their way during the dot-com boom and self-fullfilling stock calls made by guys like this [forbes.com].

Re:why is this so kind? (1)

N3Roaster (888781) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855435)

You're right up until the last line. At least on /. up though the time I hit reply, the response has been entirely negative. Some people, it seems, are shouting them down even though they aren't Microsoft.

Bob Dylan and Norah Jones.... (4, Funny)

retro128 (318602) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855262)

Well I guess Amazon's servers have nothing to worry about. But those poor employees....

Er, thanks? (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855280)

What is this, some sort of, "Look at the perks that our employees get, thanks to massive investment and you customers" kind of advertising? Is it "come work for amazon" or "hah! we own!"?

Re:Er, thanks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855286)

Posting anonymously so I don't get flamed to death... lemme know if you're interested in working for Amazon.com, we're looking for strong developers, system engineers, security people, DBAs, MBAs, etc... all sorts of folks. Just post a reply to this and I'll shoot you an email.

Re:Er, thanks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855324)

Posting anonymously so I don't get flamed to death... I'm interested, Jeff.

"Amazonian" Exotic Dancers anyone? (3, Funny)

gotglint42 (890340) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855290)

I suggest purchasing the services of exotic dancers for an "Amazonian" themed brouhaha. Certainly nobody would turn down a live feed of the cultural tribute...

Re:"Amazonian" Exotic Dancers anyone? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855770)

Yeah, but who wants to watch a streaming video of them watching strippers?

"Our premium customers will get to watch us receiving very cultural lap-dances from Wanda." Gee thanks.

Well you know... (1)

Kaisum (850834) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855297)

They don't have to do anything, even if it is some sham they say is "for the customers," they don't have to do shit to show they appreciate the business and people will still buy from them.

Oh *thank* you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855301)

Oh please! Throw me your table scraps, Amazon! Look! I'm begging!

How do they afford this? (1, Interesting)

SkiifGeek (702936) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855332)

From a purely business perspective, how on Earth are Amazon able to afford this?

Okay, so it is 10 years since they were founded, but in that time, how much of a profit have they turned? I understood that there were hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sunk costs with the company, where the only possible return is in the stock price, but I thought that Amazon was still producing negative returns on the balance sheet.

If I was one of the VC firms that initially funded Amazon I would have dragged Bezos over the coals long ago, but I am amazed at the ability of Amazon to continue despite the losses they have suffered to date (losses that would have crushed most other companies).

Re:How do they afford this? (1)

Dot.Com.CEO (624226) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855344)

Your lack of understanding on how businesses work and what investors considered important, paired to your will to voice your opinions in an authoritative way astonishes me.

Re:How do they afford this? (1)

JaF893 (745419) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855528)

From a purely business perspective, how on Earth are Amazon able to afford this?

Maybe if you had a look at their Quarterly Results [corporate-ir.net] then you might know? But then again this is Slashdot and so nobody actually bothers to research their posts.

Re:How do they afford this? (1)

Mikeman (30246) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855598)

It's like that time the government went $6 trillion in debt, and decided to celebrate by occupying a bunch of foreign countries.

At least Amazon.com is using the proceeds from that copy of "I, Robot" I bought to throw a party. I'd be really upset if the money I spend on science fiction books was going towards missile defense and the planned invasion of Canada...

Self Reply (1)

SkiifGeek (702936) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855668)

Yeah, so it's bad form to reply to one's self, but it seems the best way to address the comments brought up.

Before people flame me for wild ass guesses, note that I said 'I thought...', not 'Amazon is definitely...', so they are opinions based on common media reporting.

Okay, 2 years of profitibility in 10, and only the most recent two. Congratulations, so they now have a viable business model. I doubt that many companies can repeat their ability to absorb 8 years of losses before turning a profit. Yes, it takes guts and determination to stick it out for that long, and that is amazing.

4 out of 5 businesses fail in the first 5 years, and 9 out of 10 of the remaining businesses fail before their tenth year (not totally random statistics - look them up). The most common reasons for failure are under-capitalisation (i.e. never establishing a viable cash flow) and over-capitalisation (not wisely reinvesting the profit), so the fact that Amazon could pull this off is amazing, but a lot of questions would have been targeted at the CxO level as to why there are no returns, especially with the modern trend of short term profitability over longer term strength.

Re:How do they afford this? (1)

pla (258480) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855932)

how much of a profit have they turned?

Well, last year alone, half a billion dollars net.


Granted, they had a VERY rocky start, but they have become the online store. Sure, you have other niche stores like NewEgg, and electronic versions of physical stores like WalMart.com, but when most people think to themselves "Can I get that cheaper online", they go straight to Amazon.com.

And now that shopping online has grown into more than just a faddish thing we geeks do, that means huge profits for Amazon. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see them post numbers in the tens of billions by the end of the decade.

Hey Mister... (4, Funny)

chillmost (648301) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855358)

Tambourine man....(buffering)...(buffering)....play a song...(buffering)...(buffering)...for me. I'm not slee...(buffering)...(buffering)...py and there is no...(buffering)...(buffering)...place I'm going to.

Re:Hey Mister... (5, Funny)

40000 (445957) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855526)

" Tambourine man....(buffering)...(buffering)....play a song...(buffering)...(buffering)...for me."

That's not a bandwidth problem, you're listening to the William Shatner cover.

Re:Hey Mister... (1)

TheRealJFM (671978) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855803)

"Tambourine man....(buffering)...(buffering)....play a song...(buffering)...(buffering)...for me. I'm not slee...(buffering)...(buffering)...py and there is no...(buffering)...(buffering)...place I'm going to."

Anyone else reminded of this [amazon.com]. Spooky... I can almost hear it!

Re:Hey Mister... (1)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855822)

Anyone else reminded of this. Spooky... I can almost hear it!

On that page ("The Transformed Man, William Shatner"), below: "3 people recommended Has Been instead of The Transformed Man" :)

Re:Hey Mister... (1)

Registered Coward v2 (447531) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855874)

Tambourine man....(buffering)...(buffering)....play a song...(buffering)...(buffering)...for me. I'm not slee...(buffering)...(buffering)...py and there is no...(buffering)...(buffering)...place I'm going to.

If it made sense, it wouldn'r be Dylan.

Harry Potter (1)

jabuzz (182671) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855365)

Surely they will be all to knackered having just shipped goodness knows how many copies of the new Harry Potter novel to attend a pop concert :)

Re:Harry Potter (1)

nandhp (738857) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855608)

Not to mention that everybody will be to busy READING said book to go watch a concert.

What are they thinking? I could imagine if they held it at, say, 7 AM before the UPS truck arrives, but at 5PM I'm going to be busy reading.

Although, my UPS carrier has been known to show up with my Amazon orders at 8:30 at night, so...

Thanks for nothing... (1)

The Wooden Badger (540258) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855462)

I get to see a crappy streaming video of a company party. w00t! Can I see it really good on my dial-up? Will I even hear it on my dial-up? Maybe I shouldn't buy anything on amazon and pay for broadband instead? I get it amazon, I shouldn't do any shopping there anymore. Now do the other poor saps that might even be excited to see and hear Dylan and Jones get screwed because they don't have a fast enough connection? Amazon is clearly run by really smart people.

What's with the Amazon bashing? (4, Insightful)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855590)

For real, why is everyone bashing Amazon? I buy stuff from them all the time. The prices are very competitive on most items, and the selection of stuff is hard to beat. I've been a pretty loyal customer since 1998, and unless something is significantly cheaper somewhere else, I almost always buy anything I need that they sell there.

If you don't like Bob Dylan or Norah Jones, then don't watch the frickin' concert! Jesus, you'd think that they were having John Ashcroft in concert or something, the way everyone is reacting! ("Let the eagle soar!..." Ugh.)

My company, a large Fortune 100, does this periodically. For special occasions, it will sponsor a concert for the employees and VIPs. Chances are that Amazon was going to have the concert anyway, and decided to Webcast it just to be nice, so give 'em a frickin' break, already!

Sheesh, talk about no good deed going unpunished...

Re:What's with the Amazon bashing? (1)

akzeac (862521) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855777)

It's because of their position on software patents: they patented 1-Click shopping [gnu.org] (Pat. 5,960,411), which everybody sees as trivial [gnu.org], and then starting a turf war by suing Barnes and Noble [wired.com] for it.
Before, when the New York Times had complained that they were infringing on its trademark by offering 50 percent discounts on titles that were on the newspaper's bestseller list, they sued them.

Re:What's with the Amazon bashing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855849)

Their patent nonsens, and their past spamming activities makes them bad internet and FOSS citizens. And a fscking concert amd streaming video doesn't make good on this. We aint that cheap to buy.

Get over yourselves! (5, Insightful)

Stu Charlton (1311) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855606)

Amazon puts up a free concert, and Slashdot idiots go nuclear. What a surprise.

This isn't deserving of thanks or, 'gee look how kind they are' -- I think of it as an extra service provided by a company. Some will enjoy it, some won't. Why is it deserving of such scorn?

When AOL did this several times over the past years, with the Rolling Stones, for example, did that deserve scorn?

Music is highly subjective, but it's the height of adolescent immaturity to slag off Bob Dylan and Norah Jones as crap if you don't like their style of music.

Get the fuck over yourselves.

(It was time to burn the karma anyway)

Re:Get over yourselves! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855657)

Stu Chariton? more like Stfu Chariton...

I would still be a customer, if ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855818)

... they wouldn't have spammed the shit out of me. That, and total ignorance by their "service" when repeatedly asked to stop spamming, made me an ex-customer. So Jeff, with all due respect, stick your video where the sun never shines. Sideways.

Oh, and before you ask, I had set all my account preferences not to receive "newsletters".

Can we expect to see a new patent application? (1)

TerminalSpin (766133) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855857)

Amazon's new patented "one-click" birthday celebration concert streaming technology...

wow (1)

maryjanecapri (597594) | more than 8 years ago | (#12855860)

a streaming video of a "concert" they probably pulled off the shelf, dusted off, and converted to a format they could easily push into your system.

now that's a celebration.

Don't Work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12855922)

if you rob them they award you and if you give money to them you gain an excellent streaming video... good!
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