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Comment: Re:I can see their response already (Score 1) 97

by Macrat (#46678143) Attached to: FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee
Also keep in mind that Comcast keeps the serial number for that modem in their database, so if you try to sell it or give to someone else to use on Comcast they will refuse to activate it and accuse the new owner of being a thief Even when you are no longer a Comcast customer and haven't used the modem with them for over 12 months.

Comment: Re:Apple has JUMPED THE SHARK (Score 1) 172

by Macrat (#45473227) Attached to: Cupertino Approves New Apple Spaceship HQ

Sign that a company is jumping or is about to jump the shark: Build a huge lavish HQ.

Although, Google didn't mind when SGI did it.. they got a great deal on the real estate.

Apple actually has revenue and cash in the bank.

What do you say about a small company like LinkedIn putting up brand new buildings instead of just moving into existing vacant buildings in the area.

Comment: Re:Import duties (Score 1) 206

by Macrat (#45296677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Package Redirection Service For Shipping to Australia?

Note, a high Australian dollar means that we should be paying less for our imports not more!. Sadly we aren't. The excuse from the retailers has been that they originally imported goods when the AUS dollar was low and anyway the dollar to go back to "normal" at some point soon. Of course, the ignore the fact that we've have had a strong AUS dollar for a number of years now.

You do realize that there is more to it than just the exchange rate, right?

Import duty. Private copying levy. Etc.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.