Deductive Reasoning for the Utterly Stupid

November 22nd, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  1 Comment

Engadget: Kindle sells out in 5.5 hours:

“Amazon isn’t disclosing how many Kindles it actually had ready to go, but apparently the idea of a tiny e-book reader with free EV-DO and the visual flair of an Apple IIc hit home for quite a few people, because they sold out in just five and a half hours. Amazon’s site says they’ll be back in stock on the 29th, but availability is first-come, first-served, so it looks like you’ll have to act fast if you want to get one before gift-giving time sets in.”

Where “quite a few” is a value somewhere between one and infinity.

Availability for everything else in the Amazon inventory, by the way, is based on a principle other than “first-come, first-served,” so don’t bother hurrying for other popular stuff … your chances are quite good you’ll get one anyhow thanks to a sophisticated random order granter.

Then there’s CNET:

“Despite much skepticism–and some downright harsh criticism–on the part of observers about the looks and marketability of Amazon’s Kindle electronic book reader, consumers seem to be giving it the thumbs up.”

I like that “observers” is the new “bloggers.” Sounds less lazy, so I expect it’ll be a hit.

Oh … and Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. dot unplanned » The Things Make Us Stupid says:

    November 24th, 2007 at 10:22 am (#)

    […] So calling the enthusiasts at Engadget “utterly stupid” was not in keeping with the mild, pleasant demeanor I imagine people find appealing. And […]

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