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Amazon Drone Delivery Services

Dec 16th, 2013

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Amazon has always been an envelope pusher — they’ve furthered online shopping to a point where most expect goods to be ordered and delivered with one mouse click. Earlier this month, Jeff Bezos (Amazon’s CEO) announced that Amazon was making moves to create a drone delivery network to further decrease that delivery time… to thirty minutes.

For me, the mere possibility that a drone service with thirty minute delivery time would even be considered, says something rather worrisome about what our society is coming to. Not only are there concerns for safety and privacy, with thousands of automated flying-spinny-blade-package-dropping-thingies hovering around in the air, but it also generates concerns for the level of impatience that one would have to have, if one required such speedy delivery of their items (which I’m sure are very creepy). All that, and it also creates worry for the current delivery providers (namely UPS and FedEx). Amazon is by far the largest online distributor currently around, and most likely one of the largest users of the aforementioned companies.

Amazon is currently awaiting FAA approval of their system — which, if approved, will most likely be released in a small scale in some location. Drop a comment, if you’re interested in the close-shaving delivery method.

Dreamhost Reviewed

Jun 9th, 2013

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Website hosts are something that should be trusted in, they should also provide an excellent customer service experience, alas—DreamHost doesn’t provide such a service. For the past year or so, I’ve been using their service to host a plethora of websites, including this one. About a month ago, I found myself at a small disadvantage in terms of loading speed – website graders were giving me “improve server response” messages, as such I took the community to release my troubles upon them. Having found another user with a similar issue, I commented to see if I could receive a response from the staff, unfortunately I was met with an administrative member with an eager trigger-finger and a very large ban-hammer. Feeling mildly violated, and disgruntled, I took to the other form of company communication – their support line. With an extremely cantankerous attitude at this point, I wrote a message. After several days I received a response from an extremely apologetic customer service representative, that stated the aforementioned staff member had been reprimanded and the ban lifted, I also received one month of free service.

Feeling rather contented with myself, I took the forums once more, ready to “improve server response”, however, much to my dismay—I was still banned. At this point, I was exasperated with the service, I immediately took to the great Google, and started the search for a new host, one that wouldn’t ban its users for voicing opinions, or give false information in custom-service responses. I’m now happily hosted on Knownhost, with great customer service department, and even more control of the server’s functions.

If at all possible, I would recommend avoiding DreamHost and switching to almost any other service. If it was in question, this is not a sponsored post, and I’m not necessarily recommending any other host, simply providing a word of warning against using DreamHost’s services. Drop a line below with other host horror stories.

Hosts: Dreamhost, Knownhost

Zuckerbergs don’t understand privacy

Dec 27th, 2012

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Facebook’s privacy policies have always been slightly malformed, starting as one simple line of text back in the day, then leading to a mountain of legal terms longer than the United States’ Constitution. In fact, it’s so confusing, that even Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi Zuckerberg was confused. She stumbled on the idea that Facebook’s privacy policies and online etiquette are equal or greater to “human decency”, which I’m hopefully correct in assuming, we all know to be a falsity. The sister Zuckerberg posted the above picture to her Facebook feed, assuming that it was a private photograph. One of the Zuckerbergs who was tagged was friends with Vox Media Marketing director Callie Schweitzer, who tweeted the picture to her ~40,000 followers. Randi Zuckerberg was then hit in the head with the same astonishment many other Facebook users have over privacy policies. However, attempting to center the blame anywhere other than Facebook, Randi Zuckerberg took to the battlegrounds of Twitter to defend her actions, blaming Mrs. Schweitzer for not following the practices of “human decency”. Saying: “Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend’s photo publicly. It’s not about privacy settings, it’s about human decency” and later defending this statement with: ” I think people often forget that there is a human on the other end of a post or tweet! Sometimes they need reminding :)”. All of this goes to show that even Mark Zuckerberg’s sister can’t fully understand the monstrosity that is Facebook’s privacy policy.