New release this weekend. It's b0rked. Ten million calls holding. And every single one of the employees fucks off to a christmas party, leaving the three contractors who have nearly no access to anything alone. Did I mention ten million calls? And of course every one wants to start by telling me how long they've been on hold, as if I A) cared and 2) had the ability to go back in time and tell them to not waste their time.
Fortunately, most of them are reasonable, and I have the ability to connect to their computers to unfuck them if possible, but there are more bugs than a VW enthusiast show presented by an entomologist's society.
The icing on this cake; we're invited to go to the party at Stiff Stone Cafe once we get off work (three hours after the employees left), and gamble and drink with our own money.
From Huff Po:
NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.
For the first time since sales began nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites.
But only if their scout councils and guardians say OK.
"Girls have been telling us that they want to go into this space," said Sarah Angel-Johnson, chief digital cookie executive for the organization covering about 2 million girls. "Online is where entrepreneurship is going."
And the best news for these digital natives: They can have cookies shipped directly to your doorstep.
More than 1 million scouts, from kindergarten-age Daisies to teens, were expected to opt in as cookie-selling season cranks up this month and the scouting organization gets digital sales underway. But the tactic is intended to enhance, not replace, the paper spreadsheets used to generate an estimated $800 million in cookie sales a year — at anywhere from $3.50 to $5 a box, depending on scout council.
There are important e-lessons here, scout officials said, such as better articulating and tracking goals, learning to handle customers and money in a new way, and more efficiently processing credit card information.
"A lot of people have asked, 'What took you so long to get online?' We spend a lot of time thinking how do we make this safe, scalable and smart," Kelly M. Parisi, chief communications executive for Girl Scouts of the USA, said at a recent demonstration for select media.
Councils were offered one of the two platforms but not both. For web-based sales, scouts customize their pages, using their first names only, and email prospective customers with links to click on for orders. They can also put up videos explaining who they are and what they plan to do with their proceeds.
The mobile platform offers tabs for tracking sales and allows for the sale of bundles of different kinds of cookies. It can be used on a phone or tablet.
"They can get them quicker than waiting for me to deliver them because sometimes it takes me a long time to deliver," offered 11-year-old Priscilla at the preview. The adults at the event asked that only first names of scouts be used.
Added 7-year-old Anna: "My favorite part is that now I can sell more Girl Scout Cookies." She pulled down about 200 boxes last year and has upped her goal to 600. Girl Scouts use their cookie money to pay for community service work or troop activities such as camping and other trips.
The websites will not be accessible without an email invitation, requiring the girls to build client lists. And personal information is as protected as any digits out there, for both the scouts and customers, using encryption in some cases.
Much of the responsibility to limit identifying details about scouts online falls on parents.
Troop Leader Karen Porcher of the Bronx has an 11-year-old scout and is particularly psyched about the digital options. They live in a house rather than an apartment, and she and her husband work at home, eliminating at-office cookie and neighborly building sales.
"During cookie season my daughter is wearing her (scout) vest on the subway and people are so excited to see a Girl Scout," Porcher explained. "Strangers actually will buy a case of cookies and wait for her to call. This is going to be amazing because now she can just say 'Give me your business card,' or 'I'll take your email address,' send the email and they can be delivered. This is gonna be sweet."
Porcher also sees word-of-mouth value in getting cookies delivered quickly.
"People are going to be walking around with cookies and others are going to say, 'Whoa, how did you get those already?'"
Zack Bennett of Manhattan has a 9-year-old scout who sold more than 1,000 boxes last year. She hopes to increase her goal to 1,500 this season and went through training to learn how to set up her new cookie website.
But dad won't be letting her loose alone.
"I'll be sitting in the backseat to help her, certainly when it comes to credit cards, things of that sort," he said. "But it makes perfect sense to have it be on the computer. It's definitely time the Girl Scouts came into the 21st century."
From Huff Po:
NEW YORK (AP) — Online shoppers set a set a single-day spending record on Cyber Monday, despite deals being stretched out this holiday season.
Online sales Monday jumped 17 percent from last year, totaling nearly $2.04 billion, research firm comScore Inc. said Tuesday. That represents the heaviest online spending day in history and the first to surpass $2 billion in sales, said the firm, which tracks online sales.
Retailers from Target to Amazon have been offering online deals since the beginning of November, and are promising "cyber" deals all week.
Some anticipated the extended period would hurt Cyber Monday sales. And the lackluster start to the holiday shopping season in brick-and-mortar stores also lowered expectations. But shoppers appeared to be eager to go online.
The weekend after Thanksgiving was popular for online shopping too, with sales up 26 percent compared to the same weekend last year. The two-day period raked in $2.01 billion in online sales, according to comScore.
"Any notion that Cyber Monday is declining in importance is really unfounded, as it continues to post new historical highs and reflects the ongoing strength of online this holiday season," comScore Chairman Emeritus Gian Fulgoni said.
This may be part of a larger shift toward online buying as mobile phones spur the practice known as "showrooming," Fulgoni said in a statement. The term describes the practice of a consumer going into stores to see an item but then buying it, or a similar product, online.
"The data we're seeing suggest it may be more a change in shopping behavior than a lack of consumer demand," Fulgoni said.
Other organizations measured a more muted response for the day: IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark reported that online sales rose 8.5 percent this year compared to last on Cyber Monday. That is less stellar growth than last year's, when IBM says online sales jumped more than 20 percent by its measure.
"As the holiday shopping season becomes less concentrated on a single day, retailers and marketers took advantage by making it easier for consumers to find the best deals on the go, whenever and wherever they chose to shop," said Jay Henderson, director of IBM Smarter Commerce.
Still Cyber Monday is the busiest U.S. online shopping day of the year — a title it has held since 2010.
The name Cyber Monday was coined in 2005 by the National Retail Federation's online arm, called, to encourage people to shop online. The name was also a nod to online shopping being done at work where faster connections made it easier to browse.
Some retailers painted a rosy picture of the day. Walmart.com said it received the most online orders in its history on Cyber Monday. It added that mobile made up about 70 percent of the traffic to its website between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.
But some shoppers were disappointed by the deals. Preston Neill, 28, from Philadelphia, took advantage of early online deals over the weekend like 40 percent off board games from Amazon and clothing that was 40 percent off from Banana Republic. But he said the deals on Cyber Monday seemed similar to what he had already seen earlier.
"I haven't seen anything that jumps out at me," he said. "I feel like (Cyber Monday) is the Super Bowl of shopping, there is a lot of hype, then it doesn't quite live up."
From Viral Viral Videos:
Who would have thought that a crazy product on Kickstarter would actually be awful? Tech company Logbar launched their idea for a bluetooth enabled ring to control an array of technologies on Kickstarter back in the spring, and quickly amassed over $880,000 in crowd-sourced cash. They promised users to ability to control nearly any technology with just a wave of the finger.
From Fail Blog:
Well, there goes the workday.
The Internet Archive, a non-profit working to build a library of the Internet, has added over 900 originally coin-operated arcade games to its site this week, all playable in your browser without any additional downloads.
"A lot of people are going to migrate to games they recognize and ones that they may not have played in years. They'll do a few rounds, probably get their asses kicked, smile, and go back to their news sites," writes Jason Scott the man who put this all together, effectively destroying workplace productivity across the country.
Last year the Internet Archive added a "Console Living Room" section, that included games from Atari and Sega.
From Mail Online:
Walmart has come under fire for using the description 'Fat Girl Costumes' on its website. Earlier this morning, the disrespectful costume description could be seen above a selection of plus-size outfits for women, however Walmart appears to have re-worded it to 'Women's Plus Size Halloween Costumes' as of 11:30am. A Walmart representative told MailOnline: 'This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize. 'We are working to remove it as soon as possible and ensure this never happens again.' Wonder Woman, The Queen of Hearts, a witch and a female vampire were among the costumes in the section.
Despite the offensive label, which presumably was never meant to be seen by the public but rather just by the internal Walmart team, the models pictured all appear to be a very healthy size.The retailer removed the rude category after it sparked an outcry on social media.A firestorm of tweets this morning asked questions such as 'Why?' and 'How did this happen?' 'Stay classy Walmart,' wrote Autumn Mochi, while Dave Jones commented '... and that's how you get fired as a Walmart web developer.'