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Comment: Re:Well Deserved (Score 1) 195

by Mitreya (#46699583) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

I've had a lifetime of customer dissatisfaction in just a few short months of dealing with them.

Well, what do you expect?
Why would a monopoly bother to serve their (captive) customers well?

If we don't create significant viable competition, this will continue. No amount of public shaming will help.

Comment: Re:Download (Score 1) 243

The issue was that UltraViolet is buggy. It provides downloads in theory. I think there was some region restriction also with the service.

Oh, how I hate those streaming services and the assumption that such delivery is convenient for the user.

It's hard to find a downloadable movie trailer nowdays (and you'd think this is something movie studios WANT me to have, because it is an advert for their product).

Comment: Re:We need to stop big tax dodgers useing loop hol (Score 5, Insightful) 300

We need to stop big tax dodgers useing loop holes to pay no taxes.

No, no, no!
We need to force politicians to eliminate the loopholes, which are all legal and often intentional

To create legal loopholes and then to expect people to voluntarily pay more (than they have to) taxes is a losing and pointless battle.

Comment: Re:Replaced by what? (Score 1) 712

This plan doesn't fund replacing the power from those plants with anything, just some hand waving about "renewable energy" being expanded in parallel.

Indeed - this money would be better invested in these "renewable energy" alternatives.
As soon as something renewable and cheaper is invented, coal industry will be phased out naturally

Comment: Re:It's the *Pot & Kettle Show* (Score 5, Insightful) 187

by Mitreya (#46460849) Attached to: CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

Assholes accusing scumbags of torturing people, but in the meantime it was the assholes who defended the scumbags when they violated the Constitutions, ignoring the Bill of Rights, invading the privacy of Hundreds of Millions of the American Citizens, and billions more people outside of America.

No, I think it is far simpler than that.
We have a bunch of people who think anything goes "for the good of the country" (in the name of War on [*Something*]), until the second it affects them directly. Then, they suddenly remember laws/Constitution/human rights/etc.
This is not new, for example Video Privacy Protection Act.

Comment: Re:False advertising. (Score 4, Informative) 273

by Mitreya (#46443111) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

I don't understand how businesses are allowed to tack on fees to bills without disclosing these fees in their prices. Somehow they can't quote these fees when you are booking the service, but they can calculate them when billing for the services.

That's right, this should definitely be illegal. Airlines played those games for years and years ($50 ticket fee, but with taxes it works out to $100 or maybe even $300). A rather recent regulation had ended that crap

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 2) 256

In the US jurors can acquit for any reason and aren't required to say what it was.

Yes, but I hear if you utter the words "jury nullification" during selection, you won't make it into the jury. Might actually be a good strategy if you want out.
Apparently you might even be accused of jury tampering for spreading the word

Comment: Re:I never liked insane sales (Score 1) 212

by Mitreya (#46407309) Attached to: PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

Steam has for me drastically lowered the value of a game, because while it is ONE thing to see game slowly decrease in price over a number of years, it is another to find prices slashed to 1/4 of the price seemingly at random.

What difference does it make what the price of the game is? The re-sale value of the game is zero because (as far as I know?) one cannot sell or even give away Steam games after purchase.

As an owner of a bunch of used games (both PC and console), I think that's too bad.

Comment: Re:Fraud? (Score 4, Interesting) 367

by Mitreya (#46200125) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

Actually, since EA is publicly traded, couldn't this count as a material misrepresentation to the stock market?

Well, it is still possible to leave a lower rating (hence the average is below 5), you just need to edit the initial 5-star rating. So I imagine they have a defense even if someone tries to pursue that issue

Why can the rating be hijacked, anyway? I am surprised it took so long for someone entrepreneurial to notice that bad ratings can be intercepted to skew the results.

+ - A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic 19

Submitted by unitron
unitron (5733) writes "Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience"."

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis