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Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: Today at 01:49:37 AM »
The thermostat company. Ecobee, really has their act together --in product design AND online presence. 

 "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Yup, magic.

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Water Cooler / Re: 'Murica
« on: Today at 12:09:44 AM »
In my late teens, I used to party hard out on our (now resort) coastal islands.  One pier had a greasy restaurant & beer bar. In the morning I usually looked as if I fit right in with the stubble-beards (though I had a baby-face). They let me stay.

BTW, Trav, we're down to about half -maybe less- of the piers we had back in the 60s.  And some of the remaining ones are shorter after taking hits from hurricanes.

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Water Cooler / Re: 'Murica
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:56:25 PM »
>bullies

In the 60s if you'd taken one of those out on a public pier, one of the stubble-bearded, beer-drinking, old-timers would have thrown you over the side. That's if you were lucky. Otherwise, you'd have been cut up for bait.

Nowadays, we're sadly lacking in stubble-bearded, beer-drinking, old-timers.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Amazon working on home robot
« on: April 23, 2018, 01:40:49 PM »
Where's my damn robot puppy?

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Water Cooler / Re: Travoli, I see your paper towels and raise you...
« on: April 23, 2018, 12:43:32 PM »
I do rough/crude metal fabrication often enough that I needed one of these. So, go on craigslist and pick up a cheap one, right?  Wrong.  Anvils are apparently much sought-after and easily fetch $400+ (though they are heavier and anvils are priced by the pound).  After over 2 years of scanning craigslist to no avail, I happened to wonder if Amz had one.  Damn, they did!  Good size and reasonably priced with FREE SHIPPPING.  Bingo. Done.

And it was $79 when I ordered it.

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https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2018/04/22/selling-products-amazon-severs-ties-customers/

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Thereís one key point that is being forgotten among the talk of 30-minute drone delivery and ordering your kitchen roll via Alexa: when you sell through Amazon, these customers are Amazonís, not yours. 

True. With a very few exceptions for vendors who have a track record of providing great value, I'm vendor agnostic. In fact, one of the main reasons I use Amazon is that they usually give me more clout as a customer than buying it through a vendor directly.

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Water Cooler / 'Murica
« on: April 21, 2018, 04:48:00 PM »

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Water Cooler / Travoli, I see your paper towels and raise you...
« on: April 20, 2018, 09:11:39 PM »
...an anvil.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075YVZ3GQ/


Yes, it's true, Amz will ship anvils.

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Water Cooler / Re: Retailpocalypse is about to get worse
« on: April 19, 2018, 11:04:42 PM »
Overbuilt, yes, but I still contend that something has changed that has wiped out budding mom & pops from the market.  They are the plankton of retail. That's where our shopping diversity comes from.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: On shoring in tech
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:41:47 PM »
I suspect being able to use bots to at least take the edge off of payroll factors heavily into on-shoring.  If I were cynical & distrusting, which I'm certainly nothhh I'd expect bots to slowly displace workers once the plant is established.  Regardless, I think right-to-work states will benefit most unless a union-friendly state offers ridiculously massive incentives.

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>You sure?

Pretty much.

Borrowers Fear Higher Financing Costs as US Debt Balloons

https://commercialobserver.com/2018/04/higher-financing-costs-us-debt-balloons/

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Reporting in from Ground Zero
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:18:44 PM »
>borged

Too late.  I AM silo-ing the number of vendors and am currently severely limiting the time window the Broadlink IR Blaster calls home to China.  (I plugged it into a TP-link smarthome receptacle which kills the power after the Blaster has executed the command to Roomba.)

The issue now is whether I want to assume support for a smarthome system running only on the local network or let the vendors do it via apps.

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