top Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery
Purolator has a form called "Customerâ(TM)s Authorization to Waive Delivery Signature Single Shipment Use" (a PDF is the first result in Google right now).
Whenever I'm expecting something from them, I print out one of those and put it on my door.
The only time that I've had trouble is when the shipment notification from the retailer gets to me after the delivery attempt has been made. In that case, I usually just go get the package at the depot (25km, sigh), but it may be possible to just call them and ask them to try again (and leave the form above on the door).
top Have eBooks Peaked?
Even the new Kindle Paperwhite is meant to be used with a backlight, increasing the likelihood of headaches and eyestrain.
Nope. It's got a front light.
http://www.extremetech.com/electronics/137158-amazon-sheds-new-light-on-kindle-paperwhite-display about a year and a half ago
top Napster: the Day the Music Was Set Free
If you were in your 20s in the 70s, it's not out of line to think your Dad was in his 20s in the 50s. People sure were listening to 50s music in the 70s.
Happy Days started its run in 1974, and I remember listening to Buddy Holly etc in the 70s.
top Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'
New Macbook batteries can be purchased at the Apple store for the white/black Macbooks that came out in 2006.
If you prefer to go online:
This is the white one, I recently bought a black one)
top Dell Said To Be In Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms
Shouldn't that be
Dude, you're getting Dell!
top Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers
No problems, I was just being a pendant.
top Amazon To Pay Texas Sales Tax
Fee simple is subject to taxation and eminent domain. Allodial ownership isn't.
top Canadian Media Companies Target CBC's Free Music Site
Just finished listening to Train, Hey Soul Sister, and now it's Bangles, Eternal Flame. Those are both pretty well-known songs.
top What's Not To Like About New iPad?
RE reflowing text, check out Atomic Web Browser. It almost makes Slashdot on the iPad pleasant.
top Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring
Posted from my MacBook Pro
top 7000 e-Voting Machines Now Deemed Worthless By Irish Government
I've never done it, but I understand that here in Canada you can hand your ballet back and say that you refuse to vote. This is counted. Spoiling your ballet results in it being tossed and not counted at all.
top EV Fast-Charging Standards In Flux
The diesel ones are bigger because the fuel flow is usually faster. It takes a long time to fill up 200 liters (big truck or snowplow) at the gas pump rate.
top Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol
I have a TDI. I live in a semi-rural area and work in a city. I get about 700-800km (depending on the time of year and whether I've summer or winter tires on) out of 50l of diesel. Interurban highway driving gets about 1100km. Those are real numbers, and they're about half again what I would've got out of the gas engine.
top Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol
Mine's 8 years old and has 160000km on it. Outside maintenance (oil every 16000km and a timing belt), I've had to replace a sensor. Best car I've ever owned.
top Nook Color Is Now a $250 Honeycomb Tablet
I just returned one to Costco ($160CDN). It was just way too slow to use as a tablet. It did work pretty well as an ebook reader but had a few bugs (mostly remembering where you left off a book when you shut it off). It was a nice email reader and picture frame.
It was pretty slow as a web browser, and couldn't play video without stuttering.
I decided it was a nice novelty, but that I'd be better off putting the money toward a nicer tablet.
top Apple Support Company Sues Customer For Complaint
With regard to Samsung's customer service, I had a 23" display develop stuck pixels after about 8 months. I called Samsung. They set up a pickup with Fedex (who collected my monitor), and two weeks later I had a brand-new display. My only issue was that they didn't update me. I called them and the new monitor arrived the next day (it had been shipped a few days previously without notice to me).
The new monitor is fine, a year later.
Happy camper here.
top DOJ Ramping Up Crackdown On Copyright-Infringing Sites
It also falls apart when you think about books like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What if someone writes a great novel and then drops dead? Why shouldn't his/her estate make some money from that?
top Google Loses Street View Suit, Forced To Pay $1
Someone getting unjustly brought to court and/or sued, where the charges are false, and proven false in court shouldn't have to be out of pocket a single dime
I live in Ontario. Around here, you can get a cost award at a few rates: partial costs, which run around half of your costs and is the usual award; substantial, which is about 80%; and full indemnity, which is 100%.
The reason they award at different rates are basically twofold. It's not usual that a case is a total slam-dunk for the winner, so going to court could be reasonable even if you lose; and also to ensure people can afford justice.
top Some LA Coffee Shops Are Taking Wi-Fi Off the Menu
I'm at the office now. We have a business class connection. I'm pretty sure our cost would go up if we started offering Internet service to the public, and that we'd get in trouble if we simply put on a router and told everyone to go nuts.
top Ex-SF Admin Terry Childs Gets 4-Year Sentence
My responsibilities and duties as an IT worker end the moment I quit or someone fires me
Not true. Contracts last until the contract is satisfied.
If you sign an employment contract that says "upon termination, you must A, B, and C", and you don't A, B, and C after termination, you are in breach of contract and can face civil penalties.
If you had custody of your employer's property, and you fail to return the property to your employer on termination, you can further face criminal charges including theft or (as in this case) denial of service.
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