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So, I ordered an ASUS branded GTX 1070 Founder's Edition video card from Amazon and this is what arrived instead.

So, either someone at the warehouse is so stupid/ignorant that they saw ASUS on the box and figured "close enough," or they deliberately put the wrong item in the box and kept the video card for themself.

I was able to get Amazon to give me an advance refund (because I balked at paying for a new video card while waiting for a refund on the old order — can't afford to float them, and it's their mistake). Ordered another card from them, identical except that it's MSI branded, and the rep was kind enough to expedite shipping.

I knew the box felt too light before I even opened it. And the packing tape looked wonky, as if the box had been opened and re-sealed, hence my suspicion of theft at the warehouse.

These cards might be in short supply, but come on!
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Ah, wait, I usually buy from Amazon (or Amazon Warehouse) directly... perhaps that's the difference. Yeah. Amazon is usually pretty good about things once you complain a little.

For instance, I was not able to get my daughter's kindle working ... I had bought it more than a month in the past, and they were a bit difficult. Then I complained, and they immediately sent me a replacement and gave me $15 credit.

There were other good examples as well where working with them has been a pleasure as well... but as I said, I think because I have Prime, I tend to shop only with Amazon... hmm...
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Reviewed this after purchasing through Staples. It's not bad for the price. 
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So there seems to be an uproar in the gun enthusiast community because the media seems to be repeating an erroneous detail about the Orlando shooting -- specifically misstating that the rifle used was an AR15. It wasn't.

What bugs me is that they are focusing their outrage on this journalistic error, and linking it to a supposed conspiracy to demonize the AR15. How could anyone confuse the two? They look nothing alike!

Well, I can't tell the difference between most sports cars, and if you asked me to describe the differences between two given sports cars, I would be hard pressed to articulate them. Most people can't differentiate between different pieces of hifi gear, and their eyes glaze over when I try to explain the differences.

Functionally, there's not a huge amount of difference between these rifles. Focusing on the minutiae doesn't address their misuse or the resulting tragedies.

See also: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/06/assault-rifle-used-by-orlando-mass-shooter
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To bring it around to your sports car analogy: while I agree that many people couldn't distinguish between makes, models, and years of sports cars like an enthusiast, there are two significant differences:

1) Nobody is really pushing to make Lamborghinis illegal.
2) No newscast is going to report definitively that the suspect was last seen in a black Porsche without some corroboration. And if they did, they would immediately report a correction if it turned out that the suspect was, in fact, in a blue Ferrari.
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You'd think I would learn, but I keep hoping people and corporations are more competent than they actually are.

For 2015, I had no health insurance for 3 months, which took a healthy chunk out of my tax returns. Since I was dealing with unemployment and underemployment late last year, I had some financial hardship. That's ostensibly a reason you can get your penalty refunded.

TurboTax is supposed to be able to help you with this situation, but in the PC version of TurboTax 2015 at least, that part of the app actually takes you to a website hosted by Intuit. There, you fill in all your information, and when you're done, the web app will generate a PDF file for you to mail to the Healthcare Marketplace.

This is great, except their web application seems to have at least one bug in it. For some reason, the generated PDF has me listed as female -- the wrong circle had an X placed in it. (Technically, those round bubbles are supposed to be filled in completely, like a scantron sheet. Presumably the forms are supposed to be machine readable. At any rate, using the wrong fill-type for the bubbles is probably not as egregious an error as having the wrong field filled in.)

The TurboTax forums are replete with people who, like me, are asking the seemingly simple question, "How do I report a bug?"

I tried calling Intuit for customer support, but their support staff are woefully under-trained. The guy I spoke to had no awareness of this part of the app, and he had no department or person he could redirect my call to. He also claimed he had no supervisor or manager he could direct me to. (I even asked him what he would do if someone, say, sexually harassed him at work. Surely there was someone he reported to...) This kid couldn't even remember from one moment to the next what platform I was on, even though I told him at least 3 times. In fact, it took me multiple tries to even explain the situation to him so he could actually understand what the issue is.

Needless to say, I got no satisfaction from this "support," and I am forced to make manual corrections to the form. Let's hope the Marketplace doesn't reject my exemption form.
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I have the original Ring video doorbell, but this new model is an improvement in almost every way that counts — except that it can't run off of a battery.  Glad to see the company finally added support for 5 GHz WiFi.
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The one on McDowell Road is pretty close to where I used to live.  Never gone inside, but always wanted to.

Frankly, I've been meaning to try Gojo on Thomas Road but haven't had an opportunity to do so.  (The Bacchanal used to be located in that spot.)
Central Phoenix, especially between McDowell and Indian School, is home to a small but, at least when it comes to food, prolific Ethiopian community,...
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An evening visitor. Some species of dragonfly, shot with my phone's mediocre camera.
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So, I'm becoming a bit disillusioned with the Affordable Care Act... or at least one aspect of it.
#aca   #obamacare  
Several weeks back, I sent in my application to the Health Insurance Marketplace to try and recover the penalty for not carrying health insurance for the last 3 months of 2015. The penalty was well over $300, which is a lot of scratch when you're flat broke. On May 18 th , they generated a form…
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Well, luckily I should be eligible for health insurance with my current employer very soon. But long-term, yeah, I may want to go for Medicaid.
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Megadeth mourns ex-drummer Nick Menza

We've lost a lot of great musicians recently. Lemmy of Mötörhead died right after Christmas. Bowie and Prince died earlier this year. Now this.

I recall with amusement listening to one of the cover tracks off of Hidden Treasures where Nick kept drumming after the song had ended, and Dave Mustaine started yelling "Nick! Nick!" to get him to stop...
Megadeth have paid tribute to former bandmate Nick Menza following his shock death.The group's ex-drummer - who joined the band in 1989 and played ...
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Ahhh, it's always nice to see my home town in the news! /sarcasm

Seriously, I have never seen this level of irresponsibility by a gun owner in Connecticut, or pretty much anywhere else in New England. I'm not saying it doesn't happen ever, but whenever I saw reports of gun-related crime in Connecticut in the past, it was a serious criminal enterprise, not some intoxicated idiot with poor self control.
Vernon police have arrested a man accused of firing a gun into a bathroom because he thought someone was taking too long using the facilities.
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+Robert Poole I'm talking shit. :p
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The new trailer features Spider Man near the end!
A second trailer has been released for the upcoming Marvel Comics film.
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I have to admit it, Windows 10 is actually a decent OS and seems to perform well in low-memory (less than 4 GB of RAM) environments.

The baked-in support for the most popular mail and calendar services (including iCloud and Google) was a pleasant surprise.  I usually install Thunderbird for mail, calendar, and a few related items, but the built-in default client in Windows 10 seems to work pretty well (and integrates nicely with the notification service and the day-at-a-glance view that hangs off the Start menu).

And no, I was not paid to write this...
#windows10   #gmail   #icloud  
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This MSI laptop only ever had Windows 10 on it too, but as  soon as I have backed up the OS, I will be making it dual boot with Linux.
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