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Comment: Re:Is $2 too much? (Score 1) 434

by LemonFire (#33796856) Attached to: Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials

I looked at current advertising costs to see whether $2/episode is justified. Right now advertisers pay about 3.3 cents to put an ad in the face of a 25-54 year-old adult during a prime-time show. In an hour-long show, there are about sixteen minutes of non-program material, though some of that is promotions for other shows and local advertising. Let's say that ten minutes of every prime-time hour includes national advertising. That means advertisers are willing pay about thirty cents per show; two dollars seems like gouging in comparison.

Well Google must make money too. One dollar and seventy cents sounds like a more than reasonable fee to me.

Comment: Re:Hands-free is allowed (Score 1) 364

by LemonFire (#29576825) Attached to: For New Zealanders, No More Phones as Sat-Nav Devices

Yes, but people with passengers in the car WITH them actually recovers a bit from risk from what you would see with cell phones, as apparently passengers, during a tricky driving moment or such, know when to shut up or may even alert the driver to dangers in the road.

You sir have obviously never driven with kids as passengers in a car. ;-)

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