Obligatory XKCD. It seems that Randall Munroe is the Nostradamus of our time, having predicted all future events in his humorous comic strip:
I lived in the US for 3 years, and this doesn't come as a surprise to me. Big corporations will screw you as much as possible, and the sticker price is NEVER what you end up paying. Internet is $20/month... plus line maintenance, phone regulatory fee, tax, something I just made up charge that sounds legit, the "I wonder if they will pay this" levy... it goes on forever! I laughed/cried when 911 showed up on my phone bill as a line-item charge. WTF?!?
Seriously, US consumers get the worst deal on the planet for most things... but it's sold as if you're getting an absolute bargain.
Personally I'm more than happy to be back in boring old England where things cost what they are advertised as, and I have *REAL* choice of Phone, Internet, Electricity, Natural Gas, etc.... and not just the city-endorsed (aka. "Bought and Paid for") local monopoly that is all too common in the US. The government recently outlawed excessive Credit Card fees, like when you buy a plane ticket and they charge you £15 to use a credit card when it only costs them £0.50 or something similar. At least our guys have the balls to stand up to big-business... when will your corrupt politicians follow suit?
Thanks for the tips, but actually, I like to help Slashdot generate some revenue from their advertising... so I've chosen to leave advertising on (even though Slashdot will let me turn it off with a single click), and thus I have no need to block it.
Is it just me... or does anyone else find having this banner avert at at the top of this story funny, and a little bit creepy:
It links here if you're interested:
Fear is the greatest salesman. -- Robert Klein