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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

rainmaestro Re:What about that stupid book is worth US$244? (166 comments)

Well, sort of. If the cost was included in tuition, then it would be presumably covered by scholarships (example: when I went through uni, there was a state-sponsored scholarship program that covered full tuition for four years, but didn't cover books).

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

rainmaestro Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Technically, that isn't theft. You've entered a private venue without permission (a ticket), so you'd be trespassing, but no theft has taken place.

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Sigh. (138 comments)

The repricing tool sent incorrect prices to Amazon for those products, according to the company's statements. Setting a floor doesn't exactly help if a bug with the tool means it doesn't respect it.

5 days ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re: How Hard is it to Price Manually? (138 comments)

It is an issue of scale. When you have sellers constantly entering and leaving a market as their stock is depleted, prices are not fixed and are adjusted with the market. You can do it just fine if you only have a few listings, but when you scale up to warehouse-level inventories you need software to manage it.

Hint: Amazon adjusts the prices of their own listings on a regular basis based on demand and the prices of FBA and MF sellers, and they don't do it manually.

about a week ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Sigh. (138 comments)

News at 11: Repricing tools are used to match prices as well as undercut them.

about a week ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

rainmaestro Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (594 comments)

The worst commute hell I've seen is DC. Worked with a company up there for a while whose morning routine was: drive in from the suburbs, park in a garage at the end of a metro line, take the metro in, walk the rest of the way.

You know the commute is shit when companies won't schedule meetings before 10:00AM because fuck knows how long it will take their employees to get there on any given day.

about a week ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (138 comments)

If you walk up to a cash register and hold out a handful of money, is the store contractually obligated to accept your money at that point? No, they are not. And that's all placing an order online is. No money has changed hands until the card is charged, and that happens later on for Amazon orders.

about a week ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:How Hard is it to Price Manually? (138 comments)

Repricing manually is great when you have 50 listings. Bump that up to 500, or 5000, and you need software to do it. The problem here is that a bug meant the third-party tool didn't respect the minimum bounds that had been set by the sellers.

about a week ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Sometimes sellers do truly ask for 1 cent (138 comments)

Sort of. The "buy box" that shows up on a listing uses a bit more complexity than just list price. It also factors in FBA vs MF, seller rating, etc. You'll sometimes see cases where the seller in the buy box is not the cheapest offering.

On the "all sellers" page for a listing the default sorting order is List + Shipping, so a $2.01 w/Free Shipping would appear above a $0.01 + $3.99 shipping.

about a week ago
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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

rainmaestro Re:Hmmmm ... legality? (138 comments)

You can already do that. Amazon even has a policy of holding processing of credit card transactions for a short window (usually 30 minutes) so that people can cancel mistake orders before the charge occurs.

Even after that, until a product has physically been shipped, both the seller and the buyer can cancel an order. Depending on the reason there may be penalties (a ding to the performance rating for the seller, for example). Buyers generally are never penalized for anything, particularly on Amazon.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

rainmaestro Re:Simple (720 comments)

Could have been. The 780 has double the cores of the 760 and uses a lot more power as a result. That one is definitely a 600W PSU.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

rainmaestro Re:Simple (720 comments)

Still not true.
eVGA OC'ed 760 (500W): https://www.evga.com/Products/...
MSI OC'ed 760 (500W): http://www.microcenter.com/pro...

Overclocked models aren't OC'ed *that* much. For the OC versions, you're talking about bumping TDP from 175W to 200W-ish. That's still a 500W PSU range. To see 600W recommended PSUs, you need a card with a TDP that tops 250W, and none of the 760's I've seen will hit that number in their factory state.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

rainmaestro Re:And... (720 comments)

Nonsense. You can't be a gamer AND dislike noisy fans? I'm a gamer, and I'd be annoyed if an SO dropped a noisy box next to mine. I built a quiet gaming rig for a reason.

Especially if, as he mentioned in the original post, he uses the machine as a media server. Noisy fans are a shitty backdrop when watching movies or listening to music.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

rainmaestro Re:Simple (720 comments)

They don't even call for that much. Both the 970 the OP specced and the 760 mentioned above only call for a 500W PSU according to Nvidia's spec sheets.

about three weeks ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

rainmaestro Re:I want slower for cheaper (88 comments)

I'm in the same boat. I'm paying $60/mo for what is typically 11-12mbs. I've never found a need to have anything more than that. Sufficient to download games in 1-2 hours, stream Netflix, and do my job (typically involving VPN and a few RDP sessions). I guess going up to 100mbs or gig would be worth it if there were 5 people in the house all trying to stream video and play games at once.

I'd rather see the low end packages get cheaper than get higher speeds that I have no use for.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rainmaestro Re:Mod parent up. (549 comments)

There is, sort of. Each port is largely separate but provides binary compatibility with the database, but there can be issues. For example, the Droid version doesn't work properly with v2.0 KeePass databases (nor does the QT port at this point), only the older 1.x branch. You can get things to play nicely together if you are careful about which ports and which database versions you opt to use, but it isn't hard to get yourself in a situation where you have a nice database that can't be accessed on some new device.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rainmaestro Re:Mod parent up. (549 comments)

Yeah, I tried KeePassDroid, but it always ran into issues trying to open my DB. Dunno why, I could open it everywhere else. Had to resort to typing it manually.

about 2 months ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rainmaestro Re:Mod parent up. (549 comments)

Not having the manager available is a big problem. I redid all my passwords after the Heartbleed issue, and pretty much maxed out the password for each of my important accounts. Was great on my PCs where I had KeePassX, but the first time I had to enter a 24-character randomly generated password with special characters on my cellphone to log in, I realized why it will never work for the average person. Big, long complex passwords are great until you have to type them in on a tiny ass keyboard.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

rainmaestro Re:Angle brackets ... (265 comments)

Yes, and an intelligent text parser can differentiate between markup and angle brackets in text. Half-assed parsers assume that all angle brackets are surrounding markup, even when they aren't. Modern parsers tend to be of the former, Slashdot's is still the latter.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

rainmaestro Re:WTF? (265 comments)

Should have read "unwanted marketing from some random company that still does opt-in-by-default and block that". I forgot that /. still runs off 1970's technology and can't handle angle brackets.

about 2 months ago

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