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We may be in the early days of the end of the human race as DevOps automation helps technology take over the world.
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People (especially who work for old school retailers) seem to begrudge Amazon for lower prices, insisting that their lower prices will come back to bite us in the end.

New flash: I don't shop on Amazon.com just because I get lower prices there. I shop there because I get the best value there. I hate going to stores, I pay an annual subscription which makes all of my shipping costs neglible, but most importantly, Amazon has pretty much the best customer service of any company on the planet.

There is a decent chance that I would not have remembered or noticed that I didn't get this credit, but here they are, proactively correcting the "problem* anyway. No phone calls or emails from me to customer service asking for the credit, no hoops to jump through. They just delivered on their promise, when I didn't even realize they hadn't. This is how you delight your customers.

*We're writing because you were eligible to receive a No-Rush Shipping promotional credit for your recent order(s), but it didn't apply correctly. To correct this, we've issued a $1 promotional credit to your account. This amount will automatically apply the next time you buy an eligible item shipped and sold by Amazon.com.

We value your business and hope to see you again soon.

Sincerely,

Customer Service
Amazon.com*

Step up your game, everyone who is not Amazon.
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Amazon and Uber have this much in common: they both have their problems, but they're generally tons better than what they're replacing.
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So you can hack a Chrysler over the internet, but Chrysler can't patch your Chrysler over the internet.

That makes sense.

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hackers-remotely-kill-jeep-highway/

Unfortunately, Chrysler’s patch must be manually implemented via a USB stick or by a dealership mechanic. (Download the update here.) That means many—if not most—of the vulnerable Jeeps will likely stay vulnerable.
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Living in a country with the highest educated waitresses and bartenders in the world, an increasingly vocal underground feels they’ve been lied to. Academic credentials no longer live up to the promise implied with every new student loan that’s being applied for.
 
Will coworking replace colleges? "Colleges are in a scaling-down mode, many fighting to survive, while coworking is in a massive scaling up mode with big time investment money paving the way for rapid expansion."

"In this rapidly escalating battle for talent, coworking is becoming cooler, trendier, less expensive, and far more fun than spending countless grueling hours in a classroom memorizing troves of terminology and squishy theories while watching the tuition meter in the front of the room click another notch higher with every word uttered from the professor’s mouth."
When I first brought up the idea of coworking taking over colleges, it seemed like an absurd notion. But there is a secret reason that very few people are grasping. At first glance, the highly structured ivory towers of academia seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from the unstructured anything-goes world of coworking. But the more Continue Reading
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i might have to finish reading the rest of the books---and i think my kids would love this!!!
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Who didn't love when Jurassic Park hit in 1993?  Hot damn if I didn't own that on VHS as soon as it came out.  Velociraptors. T-Rexes. 3-D GUI Unix operating systems.  It was the shit.  There have been some downturns, but whe...
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Candidates like Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul are using Stripe, a San Francisco payments platform, to power their donation websites.
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5 year old stories like this should have suggested that car manufacturers were not ready to give their vehicles public internet connections.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2010/08/cars-hacked-through-wireless-tyre-sensors/
Researchers have shown that the tire pressure monitoring sensors found in new …
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John Conners told me this video compilation is why they decided to wipe out humanity.
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Gmail users, check your spam folder. You might need to.
 
Dear Google Mail Team,

  I've said very nice things about your spam filter in the past, but I'm afraid I am going to have to take it all back. I'm currently going through the spam for the last week, and have gone through about a third of it.

Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster. Of the roughly 1000 spam threads I've gone through so far, right now 228 threads were incorrectly marked as spam.

That's not the 0.1% false positive rate you tried to make such a big deal about last week. No. That's over 20% of my spambox being real emails with patches and pull requests.  Almost a quarter!

I don't know how to even describe the level of brokenness in those kinds of spam numbers. There were a few pages of email (I've got it set up so it shows me 50 threads per page) where more than half of the "spam" wasn't.

Quite frankly, that sucks. It's not acceptable. Whatever you started doing a few days ago is completely and utterly broken.

It's actually at the point where I'm noticing missing messages in the email conversations I see, because gmail has been marking emails in the middle of the conversation as spam. Things that people replied to and that contained patches and problem descriptions.

They didn't try to sell me a bigger penis or tell me about how somebody is cheating on me. Really.

You dun goofed. Badly. Get your shit together, because a 20% error rate for spam detection is making your spam filter useless.

[ Edit: looks like it started four days ago. As of July 13, it looks like a big swath of lkml has been marked as spam for me. ]

[ Edit 2: final numbers: out of around 3000 spam threads, I had to mark 1190 threads as "not spam". So the numbers actually got worse: about 30% of my spam-box wasn't actually spam. It started around 1pm on Monday, July 13th. The problem really is that clear, that I can tell pretty much when it started ]

[ Edit 3: it wasn't just patches, and it's not just lkml. There were things like Junio's recent git v2.5.0-rc2 announcement etc. The new gmail spam filter hates any mailing list emails, apparently. In the time I wrote the last note, I got seven more emails marked as spam, two of which weren't. ]
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Agreed. I wonder how much of that mailing list mail is from the same mail servers (github, etc).

Though I don't seem to be having any trouble getting mail from Github issue tracker, etc.
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What's this?!? What's this?!?
 
Prepare for your relationship status to change on July 28th. ‪#‎HelloMoto‬ www.motorola.com/hellomoto
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That sounds rather dire... 
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