Putin riding a bear action figure, $69.95 on Amazon

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“A shirtless Vladamir Putin riding a Russian Bear.”

I hear Donald Trump buys them by the gross.

Top review:

Anytime I need to emphasis that I mean business, I just pull out my Putin Riding a Bear. This will usually result in submission by the aggressor. My landlord was being a jerk while trying collect the lot rent. When I pulled this out, his drunk butt fell off my block step.This talisman will also make the ladies throw themselves on you. It’s really not fair to them that this exudes so much testosterone. I mean really….what chance do they stand with this in your pocket?

Buyer beware! Do not carry this while wearing a lone wolf t-shirt. I made the mistake of doing that (because I forgot I had the Putin in my pocket) and there was almost a riot in the Walmart cigarette line. Thank goodness my wolf shirt got ripped off (maybe it leaped off to defend me…i will never know) and I was able to get away.

Via reddit.com/r/shutupandtakemymoney

Millions and millions

Billing by Millionths of Pennies, Cloud Computing’s Giants Take In Billions

Quentin Hardy at The New York Times:

SAN FRANCISCO — Imagine building an enormous beach resort, maybe the best in the world. Instead of renting the rooms, you charge guests based on the grains of sand they touch. You charge very little per grain, but if they lie on enough of them, it adds up.

That is one way to think about what is going on at the world’s biggest cloud-computing companies.

Good article. Good metaphor.

Amazon’s Lofty Profits Open Cloud to Rivals – Shira Ovide / Bloomberg

Amazon, which has  used razor-thin margins to undercut rivals, is susceptible to the same competitive pressure because of its fat AWS profits.

“Your margin is my opportunity.”

It’s a quip often attributed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to explain his zeal for high-volume sales at teeny-to-nonexistent profits. It’s ironic, then, that in Amazon’s cloud business it is Bezos’ margin that is providing an opening to rivals like Google.

Amazon’s Lofty Profits Open Cloud to Rivals [Shira Ovide / Bloomberg]

If you want to keep using your pre-2012 Kindle, you need to update it right away

The new update is required for pre-2012 devices that haven’t connected to the Internet since Oct. 5 2015. Do it by Tuesday.

Failure to do so, the company warns, and you won’t be able to connect to Amazon’s Cloud, access the Kindle Store, or use any other services through the device. After March 22nd, you will also have to update the device manually, by downloading the patch and updating it through your computer.

[If You Want To Keep Using Your Kindle, You Need To Update It Immediately / Andrew Liptak / Gizmodo]