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February 25th, 2012 PEOPLE, RACES none Comments


I have been wondering about why Whites are racists, and no other race is……

Michael Richards makes his point…and whether we like it or not, he is telling the truth.
Michael Richards better known as Kramer from TVs Seinfeld does make a good point.
This was his defence speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act.
He makes some very interesting points…
Someone finally said it.  How many are actually paying attention to this?
There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans.. You pass………More

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F-Commerce has not delivered expectations.

Last April, Gamestop opened a store on Facebook to generate sales among the 3.5 million-plus customers who’d declared themselves “fans” of the video game retailer. Six months later, the store was quietly shuttered.

Gamestop has company. Over the past year, Gap, JC Penney and Nordstrom have all opened and closed storefronts on Facebook’s social networking site.

Facebook, which this month filed for an initial public offering, has sought to be a top shopping destination for its 845 million members. The stores’ quick failure shows that the California-based social network doesn’t drive commerce and casts doubt on its value for retailers, said Sucharita Mulpuru, an analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Closed: Gamestop shut its F-store.Closed: Gamestop no longer sells directly on Facebook.

“There was a lot of anticipation that Facebook would turn into a new destination, a store, a place where people would shop,” Mulpuru said in a telephone interview. “But it was like trying to sell stuff to people while they’re hanging out with their friends at the bar.”

A year ago, investors hailed so-called F-commerce as the next big thing, speculating that the company had potential to threaten Amazon.com and PayPal. Facebook is the most-visited website in the world. Some people thought that persuading visitors to shop would be easy, Mulpuru said.

David Fisch, Facebook’s director of business development, said in June that the site would make shopping online, previously a solitary experience, more social.

Hanging out

“This is where people are hanging out,” Fisch said at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Facebook planned to profit from retailers buying ads to drive traffic to their on-site stores. Business consultant Booz & Co. predicted in January 2011 that physical goods sold through social commerce would balloon to $US30 billion from $US5 billion by 2015, with Facebook contributing a majority of sales.

Even as some businesses shut storefronts, many companies continue to devote advertising dollars to the social network. Facebook’s sales surged 55 per cent to $US1.13 billion in the fourth quarter. The company aims to use e-commerce more as a way of getting users to stay longer than as a way to boost revenue, said Krista Garcia, an analyst at EMarketer in New York.

Chris Kraeuter, a Facebook spokesman, declined to comment.

Customers had no incentive to shop at Gamestop’s Facebook store rather than the company’s regular website because purchasing online is already convenient, said Ashley Sheetz, who is the Grapevine, Texas-based company’s vice president of marketing and strategy.

Shut quickly

“We just didn’t get the return on investment we needed from the Facebook market, so we shut it down pretty quickly,” Sheetz said in a telephone interview. “For us, it’s been a way we communicate with customers on deals, not a place to sell.”

Gap, which has 5.6 million Facebook fans from its namesake, Banana Republic and Old Navy pages, opened and discontinued a storefront last year, said Liz Nunan, a company spokeswoman. The San Francisco-based company also discovered customers preferred shopping on its own sites, she said.

“We will continue to evaluate if this is something we want to bring back in the future,” Nunan said in an emailed statement.

Nordstrom tested ways to make shopping “seamless through Facebook” and decided on a broader social media focus, Colin Johnson, a spokesman, said.

JC Penney featured assortments in a Facebook “shop” tab beginning in 2010, and took it down in December 2011, Kate Coultas, a spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

Other advertisers, such as Procter & Gamble, have kept their F-stores running, including Olay, Tide and Cover Girl.

An Australian online business, however, had a re-think about selling its goods through a Facebook store, after considering the costs.

Eugene Tan, director of Aquabumps, a business selling daily photographs of Bondi and other beaches, has a meaningful fan page on Facebook but declined the offer to create a new e-commerce engine or merge his current one on the social network.

“I had a look at some of the guys providing the service to create a shop and I thought (the site) was slow. A lot of apps that run on Facebook are slow. And I can’t control it. I’d rather people come to me (from Facebook).”

Tan said he also didn’t like to put a “hard sell” on his Facebook page. “We’re very subtle on the sell. My buyers would switch off.”

Tan stores about 1000 images on his site and offers 12 permutations in framing and sizing options.

“It’d be very difficult to have two stores, and expensive too. They (third party) wanted a monthly fee and a percentage of sales. With my own site I can control the costs – I paid a one-off fee to create it and pay the credit card transaction fees; that’s nothing,” Tan said.

Cracks in model

Wade Gerten, chief executive officer of social media developer 8thBridge, previously known as Alvenda, opened a Facebook store for the florist 1-800-FLOWERS. Minneapolis-based Gerten went on to develop commerce strategies for Delta Air Lines, Diane Von Furstenberg Studio and denim-maker Seven for all Mankind.

Cracks in the model showed quickly, Gerten said in a telephone interview. Clients “have taken a different approach,” shutting stores or scaling back their offerings.

“It was basically just another place to shop for all the stuff already available on the retailer websites,” Gerten said. “I give so-called F-commerce an ‘F’.”

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A security flaw in web-connected home security cameras made by Trendnet, which distributes in Australia, is allowing internet users to spy on the private video feeds of thousands.

Trendnet, a US company, issued an update to fix the flaw on February 6 but it requires owners of the cameras to take action, which has led to some speculating that many will not install the fix unless they are made aware of the flaws.

That speculation may well turn out to be true as links to thousands of live video feeds that are claimed to remain vulnerable have been posted on internet message boards such as 4chan and Reddit in recent weeks.

The security hole, which was revealed nearly a month ago by a blog called Console Cowboys, allows for real-time online access to the cameras without the need for a password.

Director of Trendnet’s Australian agent, BAX IT services’ Matthew Mann, said he had sold 53 affected cameras to 13 customers and that he found out about the security flaw yesterday. He was contacting customers today to get them to install the fix.

“They will have to do a firmware update which is very minimal,” he said. Another 70 cameras in stock remained affected by the flaw but would have a fix installed by technicians before they were sold.

He said there could potentially be more cameras in Australia that were vulnerable which people had purchased overseas using sites like eBay but said he was the only Australian agent for Trendnet and that their web-connected cameras hadn’t been a focus for his company.

What internet users claim they saw

One Reddit user, “Gl0we”, claimed many owners of the affected cameras were using them in private spaces, including in living rooms and bedrooms. The user added that some were using them as baby monitors and that “a lot of work places” appeared to be using them too. “Some look like they might be spying on employees even,” they claimed. “It’s not even funny.”

Tech blog The Verge claimed nudity was viewed, saying a woman taking off her pyjamas in her bedroom and a young mother standing next to a baby crib at night were seen by accessing the vulnerable cameras.

Trendnet addressed the problem in a statement.

“Trendnet has recently gained awareness of an IP camera vulnerability common to many Trendnet SecurView cameras,” the Torrance, California-based firm said.

“It is Trendnet’s understanding that video from select Trendnet IP cameras may be accessed online in real time,” Trendnet said.

“Upon awareness of the issue, Trendnet initiated immediate actions to correct and publish updated firmware which resolves the vulnerability,” it said.

In the statement, Trendnet listed 22 camera models sold since April 2010 which may have the vulnerability and provided a link to a site where camera owners can download a firmware fix.

“Trendnet is aware that this IP Camera security threat may affect your confidence in Trendnet solutions,” the company said. “Trendnet extends its deepest apologies to consumers which may be impacted by this issue.”

Australian security analyst at IBRS, James Turner, said that the camera vulnerability highlighted the fact that when you plugged any device into the internet, other people could find it. “Australians should be thinking about this issue very carefully as we look forward to all of the capabilities that the [national broadband network] is promising,” he said.

As broadband became more capable and ubiquitous, he said people would “inevitably increase their use of internet-intensive applications and services, such as video conferencing.”

The resulting plethora of devices, which will be left plugged in and turned on, many with webcams and microphones, would be “an appealing target to opportunistic hackers”, he said

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