…but when it does, it’s funny.
Although, given what I need the book for, maybe it didn’t mess it up in the first place.
I’m not gonna ask you why that happened; I’m not gonna judge. But I am gonna tell you how to get out of this hole:
…This is perfect: you add a photo to the card, send it to your target, and voila! It looks like you meant to give an Amazon Gift Card all along. And nobody will ever know. It’s foolproof!
No, no need to thank me: I’m a giver.
I mean, it’s kind of blue-sky.
Not content with next-day delivery service through its Prime program, Amazon wants orders to land on people’s front porches in as little as half an hour.
Just when you thought the technology industry couldn’t get any stranger, the latest idea from the retail giant is to offer an audacious delivery-by-drone service.
In a Sunday evening “60 Minutes” program aired on CBS (ZDNet’s parent company) Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos unveiled the new service, dubbed Prime Air, to CBS anchor Charlie Rose.
I mean, they’re not loading in Firefox. I was wondering why the Amazon.com affiliate revenue has been awful so far this month.
Testing (mind you, this [Sorry: The World's End] was a great flick that’s coming out on DVD in two weeks):
…huh. Not showing up, but that’s the embed HTML. Better send it over to the tech half of this site…
PS: Sorry to bring it up, but Amazon is a large part of the revenue that I get from this site.
Sorry about the title, but I want to make sure that Jeff Bezos – more accurately, his research team – sees this post. Mind you, I’m assuming that Bezos plans to introduce the Amazon customer service paradigm to the Washington Post, but surely this is not an unreasonable assumption, hey?
Anyway, on to the purpose for this post. The Washington Post is doing it again – and by ‘doing it again’ I mean ‘trying to recreate its macaca high from 200 by trying to incite another controversy about a Republican.’ Ed Driscoll has the details:
“The Washington Post Has a Fever, and the Only Cure is More Ted Cruz Birtherism,” Ace writes at the Breitbart.com group blog. “It’s breathtaking,” he notes, and really, you do have to see the post to believe it, since it features screen shots of over a dozen Ted Cruz birther-related stories, which if I’m looking at the date stamps correctly, all ran over the course of only one or two days at the Post.
…Apollo 11 rocket engines:
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos rescued sunken treasure in the Atlantic this year: components of two F-1 rocket engines. Now he says he has verified that they are engines from Apollo 11, the first mission that took U.S. astronauts to the moon.
The timing, as Bezos is aware, is appropriate. Saturday is the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing.
“44 years ago tomorrow Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, and now we have recovered a critical technological marvel that made it all possible,” Bezos wrote on his blog.
I can’t say that I’m upset about that, honestly. Just remember, Jeff: those belong in a museum.
The entire post by BeldarBlog analyzing the law decision behind Apple’s antitrust spanking is well worth perusing in full, so do so. But here’s a taste.
[Apple CEO Steve] Jobs was bragging in public about the price-fixing conspiracy that his company had organized and executed to fix ebook prices. The reason the publishers were threatening to withhold their books from Amazon altogether was because that was the key term in the conspiracy that Apple was proposing. Unless Amazon agreed to knuckle under to the “agency pricing” model that Apple wanted (because it would eliminate retail price competition in ebooks, to Apple’s benefit, and let Apple compete with Amazon on the basis of hardware, never price) — Amazon wouldn’t be able to sell ebooks at any price.
This whole fact pattern would never make a good exam question in an antitrust course in law school. It’s way too easy. There’s an arsenal of smoking guns. It’s like no one at Apple ever heard of the Sherman Act.
…with any luck it’ll be the last time. Amazon is just going to replace the whole dang thing, with no shipping charges*, the new computer will be here tomorrow, hopefully this one won’t have a defective motherboard.
Gotta say: there’s something to be said for economies of scale. Now I just gotta figure out how to save all my bookmarks, then wipe all the passwords, cookies, yadda yadda.
*Amazon has a somewhat hardcore attitude about customer service, it seems. We’ll send you a new one now; just get the old one back to us within a week. Yes, free shipping. Yes, we’re wonderful. Mind you, if I didn’t send back the old unit they’d probably just charge my credit card or something, so there’s that.