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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

matunos Re: To Summarize (211 comments)

From what I can tell, Amazon is still offering the products for sale, but not stocking it as they don't have a contract with the publisher. So if you buy one of the books not in stock, they have to order it from the publisher on demand.

I don't see why a retailer should unilaterally compromise their business (stocking large quantities of books without a contract from the supplier) in order to serve customers just because the publisher doesn't accept the proposed terms.

Both companies are playing hardball maybe, but the fact is there's no supplier contract and that's what's they need to agree upon for business to proceed as usual. In the meantime, there's plenty of other places one can buy Hachette's books from.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

matunos To Summarize (211 comments)

Both parties admit they're in contract renegotiations. So the current public spat appears to be about whether a retailer should be obliged to continue to stock the goods under negotiation for resale without a contract, because... authors?

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

matunos Re: Books aren't special (211 comments)

That word is "fungible". Look it up,

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops

matunos Re: May as well get SOME money (176 comments)

Yeah the objection voiced above seems to be based in the premise that people won't know about Kindles if they're not on display in their bookstore. Sort of like how if I close my eyes, you can't see me.

about a year ago
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

matunos Or... (924 comments)

...or, they could have a zero-tolerance policy for all screenings and people who can't put their phones away during a movie can take their 'private screen' and go elsewhere.

about a year ago
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Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

matunos Re:IBM to the rescue (405 comments)

In my opinion, this is a pretty serious change in stance for Oracle and amounts to killing free Java for certain types of applications, at least if you care about accuracy.

If there are free alternatives, then why would that amount to killing free Java for certain types of applications?

about a year ago
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You Can Navigate Between Any Two Websites In 19 Clicks Or Fewer

matunos Re:Like most overgeneralizations... (185 comments)

If you know what to type to reach it, is there a link to it in your brain?

about a year and a half ago
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Internet Poker Could Make a Comeback By Going Brick-and-Mortar

matunos Re:be nice if... (93 comments)

The big banks launder far too much Mexican drug money to allow that to happen.

about a year and a half ago
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You Can Navigate Between Any Two Websites In 19 Clicks Or Fewer

matunos Re:Like most overgeneralizations... (185 comments)

Is an object with no external links to it truly online? Is it offline? Is it in a superposition of online and offline?

The mind boggles.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Apple Shop Forced To Change Its Name

matunos Re:So by forced, they mean chose (174 comments)

I'm guessing they're happy selling cider and don't have any interest or expertise in servicing computers.

about a year and a half ago
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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

matunos Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

A parking brake on an automatic and a handbrake on a manual are not built the same.

At any rate, at those speeds, the handbrake probably wouldn't have helped much.

about a year and a half ago
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Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

matunos Re:printf (425 comments)

assert should be compiled away in production code. :-)

about a year and a half ago
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Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

matunos Re:printf (425 comments)

And yet, unchecked input is the root of almost all software vulnerabilities

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

matunos Re:No more time travel! (735 comments)

Except for the causal loop.

Personally, I liked 12 Monkeys.

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

matunos Re:No more time travel! (735 comments)

All I know is that I'm still waiting for my goddamn hover board!

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

matunos Re:No more time travel! (735 comments)

As long as he doesn't create an alternate universe where Greedo shot first, Vader made C3P0, the Force-sensitivity is a bacterial infection, and force-ghosts got 20 years younger, we should be just fine.

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

matunos Re:No more time travel! (735 comments)

Right... polar bears it is then!

about a year and a half ago
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Opportunity Begins 10th Year on Mars

matunos And yet... (78 comments)

Still no sign of oil. What a f*ckin waste!

about a year and a half ago
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Pakistan Boycotting Call of Duty, Medal of Honor Games

matunos To be fair... (220 comments)

I don't see a lot of games released here in which you get to play a Pakistani agent conducting ops in the states.

about a year and a half ago

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