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Comment: If only Prime were a premium service... (Score 5, Insightful) 298

by SavvyPlayer (#46127693) Attached to: Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

As a Prime member, for every non-prime eligible item I find, I look for a Prime eligible counterpart. The price for the counterpart is _always_ about $3-5 more expensive, usually by the same amount as the quoted shipping price on the non-Prime eligible item. So what we are getting here is the 2-day upgrade for free, not the entire cost of shipping. Most of the time, 2-day vs. 4-day shipping makes no difference to me.

We do occasionally stream Prime content, but the vast majority of titles on Prime are also on Netflix. If I could cancel my Netflix subscription and replace with Prime, the $120 pricepoint might not look so steep, but alas, it often seems Amazon's library is only about 25% the size of Netflix, so that's not an option.

So as it stands, I feel I am not really getting $80 in value from Prime as it stands. $120 with no improvement to the service is out of the question. I like the idea of a premium Amazon service, it just needs to actually _be_ premium.

Comment: Re:Big deal. (Score 1) 449

by SavvyPlayer (#46072745) Attached to: 23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

Exactly. Remember the opportunity cost for BG to stop and pick up a $100 bill on the sidewalk ( This entire appearance on this show was likely a money-losing endeavor. Dragging it out would not only have cost more in terms of dollars but likely prestige if the munificent captain-of-industry began to show any sort of optimism or frustration in the fated match.

Comment: Re:I remember (Score 3) 150

by SavvyPlayer (#44482299) Attached to: Jeff Bezos Buys the <em>Washington Post</em>

Three more reasons for Jeff to buy any newspaper:

  - Augment the Prime program with new premium content.
  - New (free or free w/Prime) content for Kindle
  - Show NYT and WSJ how to properly model a digital subscription program as they have clearly not yet figured out just how overpriced they are for a nearly zero-overhead distribution medium.

Comment: Re:Philly Flash Mob != Flash Mob (Score 1) 377

by SavvyPlayer (#37014282) Attached to: Philly Answers Youth Flash Mobs With Curfew Enforcement

So when a kid trying to be good is asked by his thug friend to go out, he goes and does whatever he can to fit in. Otherwise he will be called a pussy and get his ass beaten (or even killed) on a daily basis.

This is nature problem, not nurture. Good people choose right over wrong, regardless of personal cost. Blaming others, the family, community or system is merely a convenient, and unfortunately effective way of dealing with the ensuing personal guilt, which ultimately destroys the only natural corrective force available to combat the problem: ones sense of personal responsibility.

Comment: Re:Sarbanes-Oxley (Score 1) 214

by SavvyPlayer (#36970280) Attached to: What 'Consumerization of IT' Really Means For IT
In the enterprise, the tablet will replace the laptop once efficient docking, keyboard, mouse and multiple monitor support exist. High-end (as opposed to the current cadre of browser-based office apps) productivity software will also be paramount (esp., the bastion of finance, the spreadsheet).

New systems generate new problems.