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Comment Re:Why do this? (Score 1) 112

Subsidies that never end. One of the issues with these contracts is that the prices do not go down after the phone is paid off. The carriers love people that stay on plan after the initial contract expires. Some customers were catching on and looking to get a new phone as soon their contact expired and often switched carriers while shopping.

One of the next hurdles US customers need to face is the differing phones by carriers. They may not have a contract but having a phone that is pretty much tied to a carrier due to the tech is very limiting.

Submission + - Amazon is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers->

Monoman writes: The high price of two day shipping, streaming video service, and a future drone delivery fleet??? "At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one anotherâ(TM)s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are âoeunreasonably high.â The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one anotherâ(TM)s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: âoeI felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.â)"
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Comment Re:It's been going on...for months (Score 1) 112

Please don't put Aereo in a category with Sling. Aereo rented hardware and provided a service that delivered broadcasted content (unaltered) only to the people that already had the permission to view the content. Unfortunately the SCOTUS did not see it that way.

Sling is inserting ads in some fashion.

Comment Re:The cost of doing business (Score 5, Insightful) 215

In the end the customer always pays.

The theory is that if they screw up enough and they keep increasing costs that customers will go elsewhere. That's all nice on paper but some industries have little or no competition so the customers never really leave .. or not enough of them. Corporate/Government behavior is not likely to change unless individuals are held responsible.

In the end the customer/taxpayer always pays.

Comment Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 360

Unfortunately there is no Foobar 2000 for Mac. I tried a Mac for over a year and I could never find a suitable program for managing and playing my very large music library ... thousands of tracks in various audio file formats. Some programs couldn't deal with the number of files, some couldn't play all of the different audio formats. None could hold a candle to FB2K so I switched back.

Comment Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) would be a lot less risk (Score 3, Informative) 170

... and it would pay less. I highly suggest it for everyone though.

I started learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) about 6 years ago. One of the first things I noticed was that there seemed to be a higher percentage of technical/professional than I found in other athletic activities I had done in the past. Yes the UFC has made BJJ a bit trendy but it is more than that. BJJ is great for a smaller and weaker person because it effectively demonstrates technique over strength from day one.

Comment On the other hand (Score 1) 104

There are people that are pushing for systems to be accessible from just about anywhere (read Internet). We see countless headlines about systems (government and corp) getting hacked and most of us on /. realize the systems never should have been remotely accessible in the first place. Spies will be hackers or visa versa .. however you want to look at it.

Comment Re:Yes, I agree (Score 1) 564

I agree but I will give you one warning from a previous experience from way back in the Win3.x/95 days. We had a user that changed used file extensions as part of their random naming. Some were initials, some were 3 letter acronyms, etc. This user had no clue where they saved their files (scattered over the years) and it was a real PITA to find them so they could migrate them to a server drive.

We can predict everything, except the future.