“Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away,"
Here's what Comcast didn't say in their official press release, but should have-
Now that we no longer have to 'play nice' to help get the merger approved, you can all expect big price increases in our monopolistic markets, reinstated data caps with BIG upcharges for those of you that stream the bulk of your video content instead of paying us for cable access, and further obfuscation of that silly agreement we made to provide low cost internet access for low income families!
We are still the 6000 lb gorilla of the industry and we will do anything we please. Just try to stop us!
a) Unsuccessfully? - Why would I vote for a failed businessperson to represent me in government?
b) Successfully? - I would question the motives of anyone who is successful in ANY endeavor that would give that up to go in to politics...
"candidate who has spent decades getting elected to one political office after another"
Precisely what I am advocating. By forcing 'career' politicians to have to keep getting reelected to different offices, you stop them from becoming entrenched into a long term political position that encourages the current "influence for sale to the highest bidder" situation that constitutes modern "politics as usual"
1) Go out and get a real job
2) Run for office again after you've discovered what it means to try and EARN a living in this country.
3) If lucky enough to get re-elected, try to remember that your obligations to your voting constituents is supposed to take priority over granting political favors to campaign contributors.
Voting against all incumbents is kind of like "Informal Term Limits". Politicians will never pass the laws required to institute mandatory term limits. So the voters have to institute them at the voting booth instead. If the PRESIDENT can only serve 8 years, no one else should be able to serve in the same office for any longer than that.
We actually added a very "limited basic" cable TV/Internet bundle back into our service this past year because the bundle saves $30 a month over Internet Only service. I did not let them reconnect all of the internal house wiring back to cable, which I had completely converted over to use the OTA antenna system. I only let them add the one outlet in the living room for cable. The cable service is provided from a deliberately crippled digital box that will only output in SD resolution unless we pay for additional upgraded service. But to be honest, since our OTA setup provides excellent HD programming, we don't care. The toddler happily watches SD cartoons on the cable box some times, and the rest of the time, we watch great HD programming on our own antenna system in every room in the house.
The MythTV setup allows TONS more HD recording capacity than any cable company provided DVR, with viewing options in every room in the house, plus the ability to start watching in one room and resume watching in another, multiple viewings of the same recordings in different rooms at the same time, and a whole host of other features. The cost of the OTA antenna setup, the MythTV backend, the hard drives for 3-5TB of storage, and muliple MythTV frontend machines was not inconsquential. But MythTV can use older hardware effectively enough that the entire cost of this switch over has been entirely recovered from the reduced cable bills. And it can be done in stages. The old cable system did not have access to DVR functions in every room, but evolution/expansion of the MytHTV system provides all of the functions that the previous cable company DVR system offered and much, much more, in every room in the house.
If/when they try to bump the rate on the Limited Basic cable/Internet bundle, we'll happily ditch the cable to go back to Internet only service. But as long as we can save money with the bundle ($300-400/yr) we'll keep signing up for a service we barely use. And the cable company gets to doctor their numbers to make it look like they are not losing as many cable tv subscribers as they really are losing to their stockholders
But I have used this same approach for creating a dedicated device to assist with tracking my diabetes.
A used $20 phablet + android diabetes tracking app = great diabetes tracking device
I suspect that the studios probably don't want Netflix and other similar providers to cut into those profits, nor deal with any possible backlash from the all-to-powerful cable giants.
1 XP machine was replaced with a different machine running Vista Home Premium.Their UPS shipping data was migrated to the new machine, as well as updating the software.
1 XP machine was upgraded to a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional.This machine also had to have a 'forced upgrade' from Quickbooks
1 XP machine was replaced with a re-certified Dell running Windows 7 Professional.
And since they had a certain piece of software they could not do without on that last machine, software that would not run/install on Windows 7, I set up a fresh XP install, fully patched and updated, on a SFF machine dedicated to that one task, which has no Internet or network access.
In the process of the migration, I also discovered torrent software installed on one machine by an as yet unidentified employee. All machines are now locked down to prevent unauthorized installation of any type of software.
Next-gen “Archival Disc” will squeeze 1TB of data onto optical discs
Either that, or install a duplicate RAID to back up the first one....