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Comment How much does advertising cost? (Score 1) 231 231

I ask because I'd wager at least half of the advertising on the TV are by insurance companies. Geico, Progressive, State Farm, Farmers, and the list is endless. Not only do they advertise aggressively they advertise to different demographics on the same network. Geico has their 15 minutes and the Cave Man and their Gecko and they even spun off the pig from a previous campaign into one of his own. Progressive has Flo and now they have introduced the Box. I say all that to point out that advertising in prime time is EXPENSIVE! If they are spending that much money on advertising then how much are they making in profit that they can afford to air three 60 second spots in a 30 minute time span? I won't shed a single tear if they are forced to charge less for insurance.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 687 687

I never understood the hate for the Windows key.

Then you've never played a FPS on a PC. It would be one thing if the key could be disabled while you are doing a specific task but short of editing the registry it just sits there...mocking you; Waiting for just the right moment when you line up your shot and BAM your looking at the desktop.

Comment Re:If something like this slips through testing (Score 1) 57 57

I called to get support for software I was using. After explaining the problem the support person said they were confused and asked me to elaborate. I said the x was no longer working and I had tried a, b, & c to fix it. The tech was like our product doesn't do x! And I was like well I've been using it to do x for months. It seems a feature I had been using for months turned out to be a bug and gotten fixed in the newest release.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 213 213

Your comment helps support my assertion that the OP's market is a niche market at best. I am not an avid cyclist and had no idea there were special shirts just for cyclist with pockets on their backs. I am into fitness and workout regularly so I am not completely unfamiliar with athletic apparel.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 0) 213 213

Wait! Your shirt has a back pocket? Tell me more about this marvel of modern fashion.

So your saying that the market is for Strava users who own iPhones and don't already own one of the following devices:
Fitbit (Fitbit Surge)
Microsoft Band
Timex (Run Trainer 2.0)

I'm sure that number is in the gazillions! /s

The truth is since the watch is dependent on the iPhone to be fully functional its market is already limited. Any wearable that limits its target audience to one ecosystem is gonna have a hard time selling a sufficiently large quantity. Samsung has already run into that wall and conceded...several times. Apple wants to use the watch to increase iPhone sales but it may ultimately alienate potential watch customers because of this.

Comment Re:Sling me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast (Score 1) 112 112

I agree...the issue isn't retransmission although broadcasters would love to be able to make it about retransmission. It's about who is doing the retransmission. Even though Aereo was claiming they only rented the little antenna to you and you are doing the retransmission (legal) the law determined they were in possession of the antenna and therefore the ones doing the retransmission and rebroadcasting and reselling the service not renting antenna (not legal). Semantics to be sure but different enough in the eyes of US law to condemn them.

Comment Re:Sling me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast (Score 1) 112 112

Aereo got shut down because the judge ruled they were retransmitting the signal which they didn't have a right to do. Sling, SimplTV and Tablo do exactly the same thing as Aereo but the device is at your house so no retransmission issues. This is a different issue and yet to be vetted through the courts.

Comment Saw it, liked it (Score 1) 58 58

Ant Man does seem very different from the Marvel franchise. And to me that was a good thing. While the formula was still fundamentally unchanged the story was IMO compelling. The humor wasn't Paul Rudd over the top (OK a couple of places it is but they're mercifully brief) which is what I was fearing. It was more nervous tension humor which to me was balanced and complimentary to the story. The movie spends almost no time trying to explain the tech. Also a good thing. Action fans will get what they want but they will have to be patient because Marvel spends much of the movie developing the character's relationships. Had someone told me that prior to seeing it I might not have been so anxious to see it and yet I enjoyed that part as well. I went in expecting to be disappointed so I had set the bar pretty low. I emerged thoroughly entertained and looking forward to the sequel or next movie the character appears in (Hint: The post credit scene pretty much tells you what that might be)

Comment Re:Facebook destined for AOL Status (Score 2) 63 63

AOL was a dial-up ISP and died because of broadband.

I would love to be as dead as AOL is. Just because a companies original primary business dried up doesn't mean they didn't survive or thrive. The ability to adapt has served them well despite what the 3lit3 h@x0rs think about them.

As for Facebook they look to be dipping their toes into every new trend on the horizon just to cover their bases. Whether they can stay relevant or not remains to be seen.

Comment Re:Good point, but Uber is a bad example (Score 2) 432 432

If you're going to comment at least understand the arguments before throwing accusations out there. The majority of cab drivers are already independent contractors who lease the right to operate a cab from the medallion owner who in most cases is a large corporation or a billionaire who has never set foot in the front seat of a cab. The jobs aren't being lost they are simply transitioning from Yellow Cab to Uber where they can make up to 200% more annually. And if you think a drunk pays attention to the cost of a cab ride rather than say...just telling himself I'm sober enough to drive your loony. This is all about control. Uber is disrupting the monopoly city governments have set up with a select group of individuals. Medallions are more precious than gold or real estate but if drivers continue to defect the medallions become worthless. Hilary wants to keep her contributors who own medallions happy.

Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots.