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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Countdown to 40 on: March 15, 2014, 08:44:41 PM
Get off my lawn, you kids!
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Suggestions for a great mattress on: February 05, 2014, 12:14:45 AM
The mattress I bought took almost an hour to pick, because I tried every one at the store. If you have one side where it's uncomfortable to lay on, use that side to check the mattress out. Take your time and don't be rushed. Avoid mattresses that are too hard - they cut off the circulation in your arms and you end up smacking yourself in the face when you roll over.  icon_eek
3  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Microcenter powerspec PC? on: January 19, 2014, 12:43:44 AM
Isn't it nice to get a computer that isn't half full with bloatware too? icon_biggrin
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 04:16:54 PM
I'm curious as to how the mail is transported. Is it handed off to MATS? Does it go through the local po?
As far as the lack of insurance, we offer that option for the cheapskate. Again, why should we be dunned because the customer chooses that option? It is always offered at the retail b&m level, whether it's at a station or one of those mailbox stores. If you don't understand the phrase, "Would you like tracking or insurance" and English is your only language, I don't know how to help you.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 07:31:16 AM

Quote from: Lee on January 09, 2014, 05:59:50 AM

Quote from: Default on January 09, 2014, 05:30:56 AM

And two reasons why Amazon uses the USPS, a: we are cheaper and b: we have a greater capacity than UPS does by far.

But a lot less reliable and slower. Granted I worked on the military side of things, but I lost a lot of fiath with USPS while doing so. At least all UPS shipments include decent tracking and insurance while USPS does not. I had to deal with numerous customers daily who never received their packages but since the sender neglected tracking/insurance there was nothing we could do.
Ok, that explains a lot. You were on the military side, not the actual USPS. Overseas? That's a nother kettle of fish. Were there more losses shipping to the soldiers or from the soldiers?
 FWIW, I'm not happy about the tracking system myself. There is a definite gap between postal facilities, when it is in the hands of the contractors and the airlines. About the insurance... We do offer insurance, but if the customer don't want to pay for it, that's on them. I don't see how you can blame the PO for the customer's lack of foresight. icon_confused
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 05:30:56 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 09, 2014, 12:48:48 AM

Like some others here, I order tons of stuff from Amazon and rarely have had issues.  But I also live in an area where I think there are quite a few delivery hubs.  

I have also noticed Amazon has started using USPS more lately, which certainly is a concern for me.  I hate to bad mouth the USPS, but I have had some absolutely horrible service from them in the past at my current address.  Getting other neighbors' mail regularly, getting my own mail lost, late deliveries, ignored posts to leave packages, and the best was when they totally stopped delivering my mail for a week or two with no explanation.  Needed multiple calls and trips to the local office to finally get the mail delivered again.  

My recent mailman seems pretty good, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  But anyway the point being that in my experience the USPS does whatever the heck they want, and acts like you should just be thankful to bend over and take whatever they decide to shove up your ass.  No bitterness here though  ninja  So while I agree it's Amazon's responsibility, I also think they have limited ability to influence the USPS.  I'm actually quite curious why they started using them more now, is it significantly cheaper for them?

Hard to know what the issues are but it sounds like you had an open route, i.e. no carrier assigned to it.
Getting other people's mail, getting your mail lost and late deliveries are all signs that the route was being carried by a CCA or as overtime by a regular. Late deliveries are an indication that the route is definitely going out as overtime and is being delivered after the carrier finishes his regular route. Why don't they get it to you earlier? Because it's cheaper to pay people overtime than to hire people.
As for the non-deliveries- are you a house or an apartment dweller? Do you have a place to leave the mail or parcels? Were they items of obvious value(tvs, computers, etc)? Did they require a signature?
If you have a mailbox, do you pick up the mail every day or do you let it build up? If I deliver an apartment building and the mail builds up over the course of the week, that's 95% of the time somebody that skipped out on the rent.(IMHE, of course) In that case, you bring the mail back and hold it for ten days, waiting for a change of address.

Not trying to be snotty, just trying to troubleshoot the issue without any first hand knowledge.

And two reasons why Amazon uses the USPS, a: we are cheaper and b: we have a greater capacity than UPS does by far.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Problems with Amazon Prime on: January 09, 2014, 05:07:34 AM
Just so you know how Amazon Prime works via the USPS. Amazon ships to the individual stations, Amazon Prime parcels already shrinkwrapped onto a skid. These packages have a higher priority than any other packages we handle. They are sorted to the carrier routes at the station before any other packages. The station manager will hold the carriers at the station if a late truck is coming up with AP packages. They go out the same day that they are received.
 UPS smartpost is dropped off at the bulk mail center to be sorted and we also have UPS drivers dropping off parcels to be delivered at the individual station. Smartpost sucks because they intentionally place their internal tracking stickers over the address and delivery confirmation number. I then have to very carefully peal the sticker off or the address and tracking become unreadable. Most delays and delivery failures are due to that.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 22, 2013, 08:06:48 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 20, 2013, 11:19:03 PM

That kleenex story is hilarious.  Also, I will refer to it as "journaling" from now on.


No love for "hoeing your own corn" anymore? crybaby
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 14 on: December 10, 2013, 11:30:00 AM
Eagles have been a pleasant surprise this year. Quite a transformation from the team that quit playing last year. Chip Kelly inherited a horribly drafted, badly constructed team and somehow managed to get them winning.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Friday: GTFO!!! on: October 05, 2013, 11:15:58 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 04, 2013, 04:09:18 PM

damn, we're at 75 here in Northwesternish Ohio, and it is kinda humid.  we're supposed to get up in the mid 80's today and tomorrow.

Ohio? It all starts to make sense...
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: September 17, 2013, 01:25:38 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 16, 2013, 09:01:27 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 16, 2013, 08:41:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 03, 2013, 04:13:56 PM

it's a harsh reality in Kirkman's world.  any one who's read the books knows not to get attached to anyone in particular.

I've been keeping up with the series and I have to say, it's not quite that good anymore.  He seems to be attempting to recreate the Governor storyline over and over again.  I hope he gets off that kick and isn't turning out to be a one note writer.

I don't read the comics beyond the blurbs that show up on news sites, but it sounds like he has a big shake-up coming soon.
Problem is, this is tv. Too many fans alienated and and it's history.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Life on: September 12, 2013, 09:35:52 PM
I like guitars.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: September 11, 2013, 10:36:31 AM

Quote from: Razgon on September 11, 2013, 05:56:02 AM

The MMO will be great!

Free to play, but you only have the protoceratops at first.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 30, 2013, 12:15:14 PM

Quote from: KKBlue on August 30, 2013, 03:05:30 AM

eek
Default! Gross!

Cheetos lotion is a well respected and time honored OO meme. It's part of our heritage!
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 11:36:18 PM

Quote from: KKBlue on August 29, 2013, 10:59:51 PM

Quote from: FishPants on August 29, 2013, 09:52:09 PM

... Unless the old OO server comes online this weekend, I probably won't much around much until Monday is what I'm getting at aside from letting these jobs run in the background and checking results after the fact.
FishPants, I honestly hope you don't feel any pressure from us. We are fine. Do what you can and expect many cheers in the near future. XO

What are you talking about KK? I'm almost out of

16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: August 29, 2013, 01:26:49 AM
This is what happens when I lie to a woman in yoga pants. crybaby
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Non-Sequitur (aka CeeKay's Playhouse) on: July 04, 2013, 02:59:54 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 03, 2013, 03:34:29 PM

Quote from: Arclight on July 03, 2013, 02:34:37 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 24, 2007, 06:55:14 PM



...so I says to the guy, forget the funnel. I'll just take the 3 boxes of Ex-Lax, a sack of beets and that Elmo colouring book.


Emo coloring book?  (you spelled coloring wrong, btw)  Isn't that just black crayons?

In Canada, where Moose roam the streets waiting for buses, we spell colouring, colouring.

Where the hell is my bous?
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And "clunk" went the chicken!
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: July 04, 2013, 02:51:01 AM

Quote from: Enough on July 03, 2013, 10:24:54 PM



Way to kill the brand, Oldsmobile!
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: June 25, 2013, 10:57:18 PM
I look forward to the sequel, where they fly their seaplane into Montana to enlist the the aid of Bigfoot. This sequel will be called,

WORLD WAR Z - SHADES OF GRAY


Should be awesome! It'll pull in the teenage boys and menopausal women too!
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: World War Z Movie on: June 23, 2013, 12:39:58 AM
Saw it last night. I will see it again with my sons. Then we will spend an entertaining hour and a half ripping it to shreds for being relentlessly stupid. 
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gene Wilder-'Willy Wonka' remake was an Insult on: June 17, 2013, 10:25:16 PM
Remake   thumbsdown

Maybe we can get a remake of Wizard Of Oz with Scarlet Johanson as a runaway New York callgirl.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Star Wars Rebels on: May 23, 2013, 08:43:38 PM
Shame HBO isn't doing it.

Rebel breastages! drool
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: April 12, 2013, 03:06:24 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 11, 2013, 11:23:48 PM

plan withdrawn.

Quote
The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it would cancel plans to end Saturday mail delivery this summer, saying the new stopgap budget that Congress recently passed would prohibit the move.

The postal service’s board of governors made the decision Tuesday, according to a statement from the agency.

“The board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time,” the board said in the statement. “The board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.”

Translation:
Quote
The shit we threw up against the wall didn't stick.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: April 04, 2013, 11:16:29 PM
The more time I have to think about the season finale, the lamer it seems.  finger <=to AMC


It felt cheap and lazy.  
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Won? on: February 28, 2013, 04:42:41 PM
Yay! I win the thread!
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Won? on: February 26, 2013, 05:17:49 AM


Me winning a guitar that is one of only twenty in the world. My "gift from God".  eek
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: February 07, 2013, 10:21:17 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 07, 2013, 10:11:53 PM

Quote
AOL (America On-Line): You could pave the nation with the free discs these people send out, call 1-800-605-4297 (24 hours a day) to get off the list.

Thanks, Default!  Now I'll never have to get one of those again. 

But where will you get free floppy disks from????? crybaby
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: February 07, 2013, 10:20:05 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 06, 2013, 11:39:08 PM

Quote from: ATB on February 06, 2013, 03:44:47 PM

I think they should take it one step further and go ahead and cease delivering packages that day as well...

They can't, at least not easily, just closing on Sunday creates a huge backup in packages. The occasional national holiday weekend where they are closed two days makes it even worse and the transportation networks had to press on anyway. (Source: I managed a post office last year.)

Also, the carriers getting pummeled with two days worth of mail on Monday is bad enough. God only knows what three days worth would be like. And the parcel end is exploding. Between Ebay and online shopping, it's like what the Christmas rush used to be, only every day. We have a couple of people injured and one guy out with cancer. In order to cover the routes, I was out delivering til 7 PM. I've heard of stations where guys are out til 8:30 every night because it's preferable to run people into the ground than hire temporary workers. That situation will be exacerbated when Obama care kicks in and it's noticeably cheaper to work me 12 hours a day than to pay healthcare costs for another employee.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: February 07, 2013, 10:07:17 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 07, 2013, 03:05:43 AM

I just wish there was a way to opt out of getting all of the junk advertisements from the grocery stores, Penny Saver, etc.  Those come every week in my mail and I personally never look at it.  When I lived in an apartment I also saw a ton of it go directly into the garbage can such that they were overflowing on that day.  What a complete waste of time and resources.

[giyf]http://www.obviously.com/junkmail/ [/giyf]
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: No More Saturday Mail on: February 07, 2013, 10:04:55 PM
 Note the bolded statements in the quote. Just think where your finances would be if you were mandated to pay for your kids' college expenses, your grandkids' expenses, your greatgrandkids' college expenses and their children's college expenses as well. Oh, and since we don't know how many children they'll have, we'll set it at six per generation.


Quote
The U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue first class Saturday mail delivery, marking another milestone in the decline of the once-ubiquitous government service. But it isn’t a switch to online mail that’s causing the postal demise — it’s Congress.

Under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, Congress has for years forced the USPS to pre-fund 75 years’ worth of pensions for its employees, a requirement not made of any other public or private institution. That means that the Postal Service is footing the bill for employees it hasn’t even hired yet.

The USPS doesn’t actually receive money from the government, but still needs Congressional approval to make any changes to its structure. An analysis in July showed that the USPS, without its pension requirement, would have a $1.5 billion surplus.


But Congress has repeatedly failed to address the issue. Last year, the Postal Service defaulted on a pension fund payment for the first — and then second — time in its history, and political infighting stopped Congress from bringing any remedy to the floor.

Postal access is, ultimately, a rights issue for rural Americans; since they live in areas where internet coverage is inconsistent, post office closures and slowed-down delivery can mean big limitations on communication. A lack of access to postal services can lead to a growth in economic inequality. The new rules for Saturday delivery, set to take effect on August 1, 2013, will continue delivery of packages, but discontinue basic first-class mail.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/02/06/1547551/postal-service-saturday-delivery/?mobile=nc
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's Your Typical Evening Like? on: January 29, 2013, 01:18:55 AM
Beer. Bang on the guitar for a while. Eat. Go to bed.



Yes, I'm a wildman. crybaby
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lance Armstrong to be charged with doping by USADA on: January 15, 2013, 04:33:50 AM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on January 15, 2013, 04:16:25 AM

I would much rather have rooted on a drug-free athlete who doesn't ever win than some cheater with zero integrity and 7 bogus jerseys.

His name is Clyde Finaker and he works in the Walmart in Paramus.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My dirty little secret. Reading posts at ign. on: January 13, 2013, 10:17:35 AM
Quote from: Vic
   

the debate about balanced people is difficult for drugs are sold by who? who control the drug cartels in the first place? CIA ? go ask Oliver Norton and the Nixon scandle? why is military invaded afganistan? they want the drug control over there no?

a fight of dictators who want it all??

CIA and military have been working on mind control manshurian candidates????
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NRA Blames Video Games For School Shootings on: December 30, 2012, 04:46:03 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 29, 2012, 08:15:14 PM



Exactly.  I don't think anyone is arguing that it would ever go away completely, but with Countries that have gun control laws in effect, it has been reduced quite a bit. The big thing is with how Americans view guns in general, which is something that will need to change over time. I think it's the only Country I've seen that is so adamant about gun rights, with those owning guns so proud of it. Both the attitude and the perception towards guns need to change in order for the country to change.

I've been arguing quite a bit about this with my son, the 19 year old neo-con. After bringing up the example of the Chinese guy who stabbed 22 children, his reply was "He wasn't very good with a knife."  retard Guns make it insanely easy to kill a lot of people in a very short time with high capacity magazines. The point is taken about bombs, but there isn't the cultural imperative to own explosives.

The perception toward guns can and will change, but it with take time. There is hope and I point to the change in attitudes toward smoking. Most smokers accept that they have to light up outside if they want a cigaret. When I was a kid, there was cigaret smoke everywhere...
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: ebay issue - buyer says it never arrived on: December 06, 2012, 12:17:27 AM

Quote from: Canuck on December 05, 2012, 11:55:08 PM

In the US do they just leave something sitting outside the door if you're not at home? In Japan, if it doesn't fit in the mailbox or is any kind of package then they'll leave a slip of paper with the details on how to arrange for them to come again and when they do you have to sign for the package.
Policy is, leave it if the parcel can be left in a door. If the label contains a disclaimer "leave if no answer" then it has to be left if there is some sort of concealment. You never leave a package in an apartment building. Normally, a letter carrier will know where it's safe to leave parcels on his/her route and where it's not safe to.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ebay issue - buyer says it never arrived on: December 04, 2012, 02:04:30 AM
Delivery confirmation proves that it was delivery to the address. Not sure what you mean by abysmal performance. $200 of insurance is less than a dollar, iirc. Signature confirmation proves that somebody signed for it, and I would use that if I were shipping something pricey. If you were shipping something with a very high value, register mail is the most secure.

I would take the position that the nexus was delivered and it was either stolen from the residence, or palmed by the buyer.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 09, 2012, 12:53:38 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 06, 2012, 08:53:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 06, 2012, 07:54:42 PM




Lol, are those objects from the planet Krypton?

Kmart's new "Chuck Norris" collection.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Another musical project... on: October 24, 2012, 02:14:15 AM
Social mediaed.

Good stuff! nod
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Apologies on: September 21, 2012, 11:09:07 AM
Congratz to your lovely wife too!
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NGD! on: July 06, 2012, 03:08:16 AM
"new guitar day"

Left is my '90's Starfire 4, right is my limited edition Starfire 6. Yes, it looks too much like a Gibson, but it truly kicks ass! Cost a bit, but you only turn 50 once. icon_wink

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