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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

jratcliffe Re:shortsighted (78 comments)

Yeah, because employees totally stopped using email because employers can and do archive it and read it when/if they want to.

2 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

jratcliffe Re:Genius. (284 comments)

So, your argument is that someone:

1. Created a page at Amazon listing a $400 game console at $80, which would net them maybe $70, after fees.
2. Went into Walmart, and used that page to get the console for $80, plus tax.
3. Planned to sell that same console to whoever bought it through the Amazon link, losing $20 or so on each console.

Yes, that's theoretically possible.

It's also theoretically possible that they were purchasing test units for the Archons of Centauri 7, who will then gift us with their technology for unlimited clean energy, but have a religious objection to paying more than $80 for a PS4.

Retailers have the right to correct pricing errors, if they were clearly errors (i.e. Xbox for $40 rather than $400). This was no pricing error - there's no way the Amazon seller/Walmart buyer can argue that he made a pricing error on his webpage, but at the same time demand that Walmart match the pricing error.

2 days ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jratcliffe Re:The American Public (82 comments)

Very good point. Was trying to keep it simple. If I recall, the expected relocation costs are in the range of $6B for this spectrum.

2 days ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jratcliffe Re:Only 65 megahertz? (82 comments)

Just because you can't believe it, doesn't mean it's not true. 65MHz, covering 315 million people. Spectrum's usually priced per MHz-POP (i.e. 10MHz of spectrum covering 1 million people is 10 million MHz-POPs).

There's a huge amount of variation in pricing, though. The most expensive license right now (on a MHz-POP basis) is for 10MHz covering the Chicago area (8.3M people) - $5.50 per MHz-POP. The most expensive license on an absolute basis is for 20MHz covering the NY Metro Area (27M people): $2 billion.

On the other hand, there are some licenses in rural Louisiana and South Dakota going for under $2k, or less than $0.01 per MHz-POP.

2 days ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jratcliffe Re:Not sure if it adds up (82 comments)

True, but in this case, the top bids, combined, are $34B. In other words, if the auction ended today, the government would receive $34 billion.

2 days ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

jratcliffe Re:Noooooooo! (57 comments)

Hey, a deal's a deal. We didn't get Sun 2, the aliens don't get Europa as their private playground.

5 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

jratcliffe Re:wont last (284 comments)

Walmart's cost of goods sold (i.e. the % of revenue that gets spent on the products they sell, doesn't include cost of labor, rent, light, etc.) is 75%, slightly above Amazon's 73%. So, WalMart is, on average, charging a SMALLER markup than Amazon.

5 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

jratcliffe Re:wont last (284 comments)

Quite a number of states (Cali and Wisconsin come to mind) have laws prohibiting loss leaders, usually only if they're viewed as predatory pricing (i.e. trying to drive competitors out of business).

Wisconsin has a law that sets a minimum margin for gasoline. Idea is to prevent large operators with other revenue streams (i.e. a supermarket with a couple of gas pumps) from selling below cost to bring in shoppers, thereby driving out small operators

5 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

jratcliffe Re:Genius. (284 comments)

"they talk about people with amazon seller accounts creating sales in order to have them matched"

No, they're not creating "sales." They're creating sales pages they have no intention of actually delivering. Unless you think that the people pulling this scam would have happily shipped out hundreds of PS4s at $80 each, when the orders came in.

5 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

jratcliffe Re:Oh, boy! (284 comments)

The underlying data (through 2012) is here. Minimum wage (in 2012 $) peaked in 1968 at $10.34, has averaged (from 1938-2012) $7.09/hour in 2012 $.

In inflation-adjusted terms, the minimum wage was lower than current levels until 1956, above current levels from 1956 to 1984, and then mostly below current levels again since 1984 (with the exception of 1997-1998).

5 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

jratcliffe Re:Genius. (284 comments)

There's "gaming the system" and there's fraud. This isn't clipping Home Depot coupons and taking advantage of Lowe's willingness to accept competitor coupons. This is forging your own Home Depot coupons on your computer, printing them out, and using them at Lowe's, since you know that Home Depot won't accept the forgeries.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

jratcliffe Re:How much more screw up can our government get? (119 comments)

They're not selling them on the exchanges precisely BECAUSE they want to avoid sharply pushing down the price of Bitcoin. $20M is about five days worth of volume on the USD/BTC exchanges. If you tried to dump that much volume into the exchanges, it would crush the price of Bitcoins vs. the US$.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

jratcliffe Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

Ignore my post, I've got this completely wrong. Oh, for an edit or delete button.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

jratcliffe Re:Anonymous (119 comments)

Who says the money isn't "real?" Bitcoin clearly do have value.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

jratcliffe Re:I bid $10 (119 comments)

Essentially, they're just converting currencies. If they had seized a large pile of Yen, they could just convert it to US$, since there are highly liquid markets to do that. With Bitcoin, there isn't the liquidity to run a transaction of this size through any of the exchanges, so they're auctioning them off. Investors do similar things with stocks every day - if you're a mutual fund, and you want to sell 10k shares of AAPL (which trades about 50 million shares a day), you just sell it through an exchange. If you want to sell 10 MILLION shares, you probably negotiate a price with a major bank, since trying to dump that much stock on the open market will crush the price.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

jratcliffe Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

They're auctioning them off because Ulbricht has explicitly denied that they're his. He's in a tough position - if he claims them as his own, he's acknowledging that he was running Silk Road.

about a week ago
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

jratcliffe Some really weird results (55 comments)

So, based on this algorithm, the #1 priority author would be Sherrilyn Kenyon (who writes paranormal romance), followed by Al Sarrantonio (who writes horror, and puts together a bunch of anthologies), and Muammar Gaddafi (yes, that Muammar Gaddafi). Number six is Gardner Dozois, who's also (like Sarrantonio) an anthologist.

If this is designed to be popularity-based (e.g. designed to determine what people most want to see get scanned/uploaded/entered/produced by something like Gutenberg, rather than an assessment of the aesthetic/historical value of the works), an algorithm that puts these folks at the top, and puts massively popular authors like Stephen King (867) and Tom Clancy (1883) far down the list, is more that a bit suspect

about a week ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

jratcliffe Re:Any info on the original court case? (120 comments)

The case was brought by a number of parties, who have separate claims against Iran, North Korea, and Syria. All have gotten judgments, now they are trying to collect on them. For the North Korea judgment, the claim results from a 1972 terrorist attack in Israel. The attackers were actually Japanese, part of a Japanese terrorist group called the Japanese Red Army, loosely linked (if I remember correctly) to the German Red Army Faction, and backed by a Palestinian terrorist group (offshoot of the PFLP), the same folks who hijacked the plane to Uganda, resulting in the "Raid on Entebbe." The court ruled that the terrorists' training had been funded at least in part by North Korea.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about two weeks ago

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