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One of the most frustrating things that I find about on line shopping is that there are still companies who don't understand how much more they could sell by actually participating in the on line market place.

I was recently looking on line for pricing and features of ZTR mowers.  I found that many companies such as #hustler  and others don't allow their partner stores to provide prices directly visible on line.  Now, I am sure that they think that this is beneficial to them in some ways.

I think of some of the more silly thoughts are concepts like:

1) If we don't show our price, our competitors can't under price us.
2) If we don't show our price, our customers will come ask questions and learn more about our product before not buying it.
3) If we don't show our price, our customers will think they are buying into a much higher end market system which will be valuable to them and make them look good to their neighbors.

I don't know, maybe there are other stupid ideas for why prices should not be visible to customers.  In the end, I will just not waste my time to go looking for prices by putting products into carts and clicking through several pages and filling out some minimal collection of data just to get a price.  To me, that's disrespectful of my time and pretty much seals the deal that I will go shop somewhere else or for some other brand.

I wonder how many people actually find it beneficial to them to have to chase down prices?
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i share your frustrations Gregg.  Just show us the price... don't mind-game us. We're smart :-)
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I have been setting back watching Microsoft struggle to maintain any presence in the market related to "what's next" in the internet of things or IoT as people like to write it.  The IoT is all about trying to get rid of large computer systems doing lots of things, and instead create smaller computer systems doing dedicated things.  This has been possible for decades now using micro controllers like the MicroChip brand PIC micro controllers and many others.  Those devices provide several key interfaces such as serial ports and analog and digital I/O.  

The Microsoft Windows, old OPC (OLE for Process Control) stuff is still popular in the industry just because people believe that as a standard, it will "just work" for them.  The update to that, OPC-UA which attempts to open the standard by removing OLE and the COM/DCOM based communications mechanisms and use networking transports on top of TCP/IP networks is still popular.  But, it is still running on proprietary implementations.  The standard is not open to the public, only to payed members of the OPC foundation.

Now, we have things like IFTTT (IF This, Then That) as well as just general, RestFUL interfaces to lots of different things.  Devices are going to be doing less and less using protocols like Modbus.

On this page, https://dev.windows.com/en-us/featured/raspberrypi2support, Microsoft mentions the much discussed availability of Windows 10 on Arm and specifically the RaspPI-2.   If Microsoft is only going to make Windows-10 free for developers to use to target the PI and they don't have a plan for how to put PIs running Windows "out there", what are developers going to do?   

Windows is typically viewed as an general application platform more than a dedicated application platform.    I don't think that developers want to create software for a small platform that is expensive.  There are already plenty of embedded windows platforms for doing that.

Developers will want to sell $50 solutions in the IoT, not $500 solutions that they have to sell now.  That price point is keeping things from happening.  All the home automation platforms that are going for $300 to $500 or more keep the masses from jumping in.

Things like Open Z-Wave and other automation platforms help make it easier to create viable products.  But, they still require $100 USB radios and other excessive costs.

I am not going to hold much open of Microsoft getting into the IoT in any large sense except because of particular developers picking the Windows platform for IoT management apps.  Windows won't be running on the majority of devices in the IoT until Microsoft understands that it's not the OS that makes money, but rather having intelligent designers providing platforms and solutions for solving problems with software.
Microsoft announces Windows 10 runs on the new Raspberry Pi 2 developer board.
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This community is a place to go for help with something that you just can not figure out for yourself.  Many times, there are things that just don't work as advertised.  This community is a place to lift those items into view for others to glean the knowledge that others have about why something should be avoided, or how to save yourself further headaches by finally understanding how to make it work in some way useful to you.
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If you are serious about Bigfoot research, you might find this community to have some interesting things to learn more about.
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+Best Buy +CVS/pharmacy +Walmart I am not going to use CurrentC.  I am going to use whatever payment method I want, which must be secure, and must be something that I can control your access to my meta-data.  If you want to deny me access to that right, I will vote with my feet and shop somewhere else.

BestBuy, I am already annoyed by your complete inability to sell quality products with reasonable prices.  Amazon has a good price and can bring things to my door.

Walmart, I am already annoyed by your poorly managed customer relations at many of the stores where I shop.  Amazon has better quality products available for next day shipping, and I can get better quality food items at other grocery stores.

CVS, there is a Walgreens on every corner near your stores.

I don't really need much more reason to stop shopping at your stores.  You need to stop now with the CurrentC nonsense, and let the consumer use their choice of payment system, and I in particular, want to use Apple-Pay, so you need to be getting on board with that, or looking for new forms of income...  Customers are going to vote with their feet, and their wallets.

http://gizmodo.com/the-horrible-no-good-apple-pay-war-no-one-signed-up-fo-1652228334? utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
Earlier this week, we walked you through the stridently awful Apple Pay alternative being cooked up by Walmart, CVS, Best Buy, and more. It is dumb and bad, but as a recent New York Times report indicates, it's also not going anywhere any time soon. But not because anyone necessarily wants it.
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A man after my own heart!  Good stuff.
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When I was stopped at an intersection in OKC, I saw one of these come down the street, go across the parking lot and dump a whole ton of sand and trash on a convertible that had the top down.  The woman driver came out just after that and the look on her face was just hilarious.   She had no idea what had "dumped" on her car, and I am sure it was significant in quantity of sand and trash based on what I saw.
 
When I was only 13 years old we lived on a dusty old dirt road here in Alexander County and used to if we kids saw a small dust devil, nothing ever as intense as this one in your video post, we would sometimes run into it and close our eyes. I ran into one that came up the road one hot summer day and closed my eyes tight and that was the last time I ever did that because I felt it lift me off the ground slightly and that scared me half to death! No more dust devils for me after that!
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Flash memory goes 3D. 3D NAND cell technology has been developed by a partnership between Intel and Micron Technology that they claim can produce a flash drive the size of a gum stick capable of storing 3.5 TB of data.

"Intel officials claimed 3D NAND has achieved price parity with spinning disk storage."
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There are some interesting things being discovered by the investigation discussed here.  It really seems obvious what is going on.  Will be interesting to see if local and state government jump on board to try and find and eliminate the potential mass destruction of personal property that seems to be looming on the horizon.  These top side quakes allow thumping of the lower strata in ways that could knock some fairly large faults into action it seems to me.

http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tulsa-world-reporter-ziva-branstetter-discusses-her-current-quake-debate-series-articles
On this edition of StudioTulsa, a discussion with Ziva Branstetter, the Enterprise Editor at the Tulsa World, where she's also the lead reporter for a
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i recently met a science teacher from OK and i asked him what he thought about fracking and Earthquakes.  He basically said that many people are willing to have the Earthquakes for the extra money coming into the state.  Kinda blew my mind...
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This is a great example of how much you can actually teach a dog.  Wow, that dog is all in!
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This is a great story about my home Churches organ and our organist, Susan Panciera.  Clive Driskel-Smith is featured in this, as he was performing in our annual Fred Elder Recital series at the time.  

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