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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: Ant books on Amazon (was Re: something else)
Date Wed, 29 May 2002 22:24:52 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Moore" <>
To: "Ant Users List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 3:07 PM
Subject: Ant books on Amazon (was Re: something else)

> Chris Bailey wrote:
> CB> What I heard is that somehow this is an automated thing on Amazon.
> CB> Supposedly it knows the two books are about the same subject, and
> CB> that a recommendation for one, is praise over the other...
> I think it's just a bad idea on Amazon's part--since these
> recommendations don't cost anything, they're just a new
> kind of spam--and I expect (hope) they'll figure that out
> soon and drop it.
> As for this particular phenomenon (two cross-discommendations
> for the two Ant books), I think it was just a joke.  Steve,
> Erik, is there anything you want to tell us? ;)

yeah, I buy from fatbrain cos they give me free postage,or our local Borders
cos you can browse over a coffee, though I dont like their 'laptops cant
plug in to our AC policy'.

I find amazon too pushy, the way they remember what you looked at an in
previous visits and remind you all the time. Could you imagine a supermarket
that did that? 'Steve, you looked at beer last time, here is some that
somebody you have never heard of recommends'. "People who bought beer, also
bought Pizza,...".

Lots of friends of mine are actually employed by amazon, in the imdb
subsidiary. So I know who to complain to about the popunder ads, usually
getting replies like 'we hate them too, and wish marketing would stop it,
like as if any ads bring in enough revenue to justify the effort'.

Nb, there is another Ant book, that I have not seen, Ant Kurz and Gut, it
being a german quick reference guide. I'd like to see it actually, as it may
be the only german book since Lucky Luke that I stand a chance of

Anyways, back to the httpunit tests, and my attempts to debug code running
inside catalina from intellij.


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