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Jen is pumping them out.  We have three sizes available, small (child), medium (fits the ladies of our house) and large (head as big as mine).  DM me with your address and what you want.

 

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Economics & Investing / Amid COVID-19, UBI starting in Spain
« on: April 06, 2020, 10:59:21 PM »
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The move has been prompted by the coronavirus crisis, but Calvino told Spanish channel La Sexta that the measure, once rolled out, will remain after the pandemic is finally over.
   
No date was given for the rollout, but Calvino assured that the measure will be launched as soon as possible, and that the government is working out the details.

It is not yet known what the amount would be, but it is expected to be geared toward families and complement other social security measures pledged by the Spanish government, to support the population through the crisis.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchezís government rolled out a Ä200 billion package ($216 billion) last month to boost Spainís economy, in line with stimulus packages introduced in some of the worst-hit countries.

Mortgage payments have been paused and struggling businesses will be given a cash boost as part of the ďgreatest mobilization of resources in Spainís entire democratic history,Ē Sanchez said.

Spain saw record job losses in March, with 900,000 people losing their jobs over a three-week period since the start of the lockdown.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/isabeltogoh/2020/04/06/spain-to-roll-out-permanent-universal-basic-income-soon/#4ff4673f316f

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Water Cooler / Buy first class USPS shipping online
« on: April 06, 2020, 09:50:43 PM »
I ship first class for our Amazon/eBay FBM orders, neither interface allows shipping to addresses unless they are associated with orders.  The USPS website took down their first class label printing service and forces people to purchase Priority shipping unless they want to wait to buy stamps or are willing to go into a post office.  Doing some digging I learned that it is possible to buy first class labels from Paypal.  It is pretty straight forward, and is at a discount to boot (like Amazon and eBay).  Anyway, I think it is possible for anybody with a Paypal account to ship this way -- I assume most of us do.

With CV-19 and everyone avoiding human contact right now it is nice to have an at home option.  We're using this to ship some masks to friends and relatives.

http://www.paypal.com/shipnow

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Water Cooler / Covid Humor, the cynical thread
« on: March 26, 2020, 08:25:58 PM »
As to not pollute the other thread, but still using gloom and doom to have a laugh.

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Marketplaces / FBA changes due to COVID-19
« on: March 17, 2020, 09:37:25 PM »
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Temporarily prioritizing products coming into our fulfillment centers

We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees.

We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.

For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors.

This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. Shipments created before today will be received at fulfillment centers.

You can learn more about this on this Help page. Please note that Selling Partner Support does not have further guidance.

We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly. We are working around the clock to increase capacity and yesterday announced that we are opening 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in our fulfillment centers across the US.

We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the above products for our customers.

Thank you for your patience, and for participating in FBA.


This might hurt personally, however I will be able to ship items via FBM as long as the post office stays functional.  FBM tends to convert less, but if everybody else is in the same boat it might counter that.

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Traffic / Google's Do the Five inadequate
« on: March 15, 2020, 07:21:32 PM »
You'd think a multi-billion dollar company would be more on top of it.

1 HANDS Wash them often
2 ELBOW Cough into it
3 FACE Don't touch it
4 FEET Stay more than 3ft apart*
5 FEEL sick? Stay home**

*clearly not enough distance according to everything I've read, should be 2 meters (6.5 feet)

**they should be encouraging everyone to do as little public activity as possible

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Water Cooler / Upgrade Electric Bike
« on: February 27, 2020, 09:07:47 PM »
Sort of related, I've been looking at the cost of electric bicycle hardware recently and the cost have come down significantly from last time I paid attention.  The battery packs and motors are less than half the cost of a few years back.  I'm looking to upgrade my 36v/10ah and 300w motor to 52v/20ah 1200w motor -- the entire conversion shoud set back about $750.

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99 second hand smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps.Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route to avoid being stuck in traffic.


http://www.simonweckert.com/googlemapshacks.html




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https://lightcommands.com/

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Light Commands is a vulnerability of MEMS microphones that allows attackers to remotely inject inaudible and invisible commands into voice assistants, such as Google assistant, Amazon Alexa, Facebook Portal, and Apple Siri using light.

In our paper we demonstrate this effect, successfully using light to inject malicious commands into several voice controlled devices such as smart speakers, tablets, and phones across large distances and through glass windows.

Video demonstrations of the technique

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Marketplaces / List of nefarious practices on Amazon
« on: December 06, 2019, 08:56:25 PM »
From Here; a comment on an article about Chinese sellers are manipulating Amazon

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tl;dr

    Fake reviews - compensating/reimbursing real customers for leaving a positive review,making fake orders and leaving positive reviews through zombie Amazon accounts, selling fake reviews to others

    Zombie accounts - fake review companies (almost always in China) open hundreds or thousands of fake Amazon accounts known as "zombie accounts", they then emulate "real" customer browsing behavior so as not to arouse Amazonís suspicions

    Counterfeit products and listing hijacking - no barrier to entry for Chinese sellers to sell counterfeit products on your listing, Amazon does not actively audit items to determine if they are genuine or not, malicious sellers can print a fake UPC bar code, apply it to counterfeits, and Amazon will deem it genuine

    Sabotaging competitorsí product listings - any seller can potentially edit a listing, cause consumer confusion, and destroy your sales

    Variation abuse - any seller may potentially add a variation to an existing product, since all variations in a listing share the same reviews, sellers add completely different products to existing listings to mimic high review counts, Amazon shuts down active listings frequently so sellers target discontinued listings instead

    Stealing internal Amazon data - mid to senior-ranking employees within Amazon China have direct access to Amazonís internal network that allows them to access private information related to all sellers, corrupt Amazon employees steal and sell competitor business reports on the black market

Not mentioned, other common strats:

    Merged listings - sellers open support cases to merge inactive/discontinued product listings contain high amounts of positive reviews with their unrelated product listings, acquiring high review counts for brand new products

    False IP claims - sellers file false IP claims on product listings to shut down your listing, causing loss of sales while Amazon forces you to submit appeal documentation

    Product listing sabotage - article failed to cover sellers who will change your product listing to have your listing shut down for policy violations, this may include changing your product images to porn or changing your product category to adult products

    Manufacturer disloyalty - Chinese manufacturers will turn around and either resell your private label products to other private label brands on Amazon or sell your products under their own brand on Amazon

    Burner accounts - sellers buy old Amazon seller accounts, old accounts have daily bank deposits (as opposed to bi-weekly) and do not hold payments, some sellers use these as burner accounts to mass sell counterfeit goods and deposit funds immediately before they are caught and banned

    Multiple accounts - Chinese sellers are known to have multiple accounts and brands at any given time, allowing them to still sell on Amazon after suspensions and bans

    Trademark abuse - some competitors will register your brand name as their trademarks, forcing Amazon to shut down your listings for trademark infringement, forcing you to rebrand entirely and start over

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https://markosaric.com/google-amp/#dont-use-amp-on-your-own-sites

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Highlights:
    Don't use Google search
    Don't use the Chrome browser
    Don't use AMP on your own sites
    Why are so many sites slow in the first place?
    Treat the cause: Third-party requests slow down the web
    How to make your sites faster than AMP without using AMP

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Hardware & Technology / Python libraries caught stealing SSH and GPG keys
« on: December 05, 2019, 07:01:17 PM »
Any Python people here?

https://www.zdnet.com/article/two-malicious-python-libraries-removed-from-pypi/

python3-dateutil

jeIlyfish

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The two malicious clones were discovered on Sunday, December 1, by German software developer Lukas Martini. Both libraries were removed on the same day after Martini notified dateutil developers and the PyPI security team.

While the python3-dateutil was created and uploaded on PyPI two days before, on November 29, the jeIlyfish library had been available for nearly a year, since December 11, 2018.

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https://www.yang2020.com/policies/data-property-right/

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    The right to be informed as to what data will be collected, and how it will be used
    The right to opt out of data collection or sharing
    The right to be told if a website has data on you, and what that data is
    The right to be forgotten; to have all data related to you deleted upon request
    The right to be informed if ownership of your data changes hands
    The right to be informed of any data breaches including your information in a timely manner
    The right to download all data in a standardized format to port to another platform

This is a pretty radical departure from what we have right now.

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