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Comment Re:I thought this was fairly standard (Score 1) 338

Back when I was with T-Mobile (on an old plan long out of contract), my bill went up twenty or thirty cents every couple of months like clockwork, despite the base price never changing. By the time I left them, I was paying well over $50 a month for my $35 plan (which, being an old plan, was 300 minutes a month and no data service). Now I pay $25 a month plus sales tax for a Virgin Mobile plan with 300 minutes and unlimited data, and the price never changes.

Comment Re:One word: Lawsuits (Score 1) 253

I'll usually give someone a honk if they do something stupid and dangerous that nearly causes an accident. Most bad drivers will be too oblivious to know (or care) why you honked at them anyway, but there's always a small chance the offender will hear it and think "oh hey, I must have done something dumb there..." and then be more careful in the future. Getting all angry and laying on the horn and cussing at 'em incessantly doesn't do anything useful, though, and just makes you more likely to do something stupid yourself.

Comment Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 192

I used to work for a web hosting company, and it was amazing how many of our clients would submit support tickets demanding that we make their $15/mo shared web hosting accounts PCI compliant. We even had some actual *banks* hosting their web sites on our cheap shared accounts. I suspect a lot of the problem was that these customers had no IT staff or knowledge and didn't understand that their requests were ridiculous or what a terrible idea it was to store unencrypted financial data on a third party shared hosting platform. (Unfortunately, since we'd gotten out of the dedicated server business and only sold shared hosting, we weren't even supposed to tell these poor folks that it was a terrible idea and they really needed a dedicated self-managed system of some sort at a minimum, since that would mean we'd lose their account.)

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 313

There is little or no profit in selling sub-$10 hosting accounts. Your cheap hosting is subsidized by upselling other high-margin services, especially advertising services, to hosting customers, and often by monetizing your site itself. (Have you checked your site's default HTTP error pages lately? Odds are good that they're full of targeted ads based on your domain name.) If those revenue sources become less profitable, your hosting costs will eventually go up (or your hosting company will go out of business).

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist