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Comment: Re:This is common. (Score 1) 206

by Xeno man (#46415767) Attached to: How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%
Monopoly, duopoly, Oligopoly. It's about the same. You might have some choice but it's not really much of a choice. The thing is that it's not just a profitable business, it's fucking ridiculously profitable business. Here in Canada we have Rogers and Bell. You can threaten to leave Rogers and they will give deep discounts to keep you because something is better than nothing, but if you do actually leave it's not the end of the world. Someone pissed at Bell just left and joined Rogers. Customers go back and forth. There is no real incentive to actually drop prices because not competing with each other is better for their bottom lines and not using their services is not an option for most of the population.

Comment: Re:So why is this here? (Score 2) 387

by Xeno man (#46384439) Attached to: Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000
Don't talk about this means don't talk about this. While telling his daughter about what is going on is not unreasonable, not hammering home that fact that she shouldn't say anything about it is his fault. Regardless of how the information became public, his daughter, his wife, himself, the source of the information came directly from him and that violates the agreement.

Comment: This is common. (Score 4, Informative) 206

by Xeno man (#46373545) Attached to: How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%
The reality is that expenses are not linked to individual customers to provide service. If a cable company is servicing a neighborhood of 1000 houses, it cost the exact same if 10% are customers or 100% are customers. They will charge you up the ass because most people will pay for it but if you threaten to go elsewhere they will give deep discounts to keep you. It's called customer retention. It's better for them to cut a bill from $100 to $50 because $50 a month is better than the $0 a month.

It just goes to show what a monopoly they have because they could easily cut their prices in half, still be profitable and would have more customers as people would be more willing to keep cable tv as well as have phone and internet.

Comment: This will be funny. (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by Xeno man (#46352227) Attached to: Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It
The MPAA doesn't care about right or wrong or looking stupid. They will stand in front of the exact same judge and argue the exact opposite of what they argued last time and do it with a straight face. There are no beliefs or moral guidance. No mission statement describing good things they want to do. The bottom line is making more money. They will campaign for laws that hurt competition or reduce their own taxes. They will destroy lives and anything that stands in their way to make more money.

Comment: Re:Not pro-business? (Score 1) 917

by Xeno man (#46341131) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation
Yes, fuck the religious people. When states and laws try to cater to religious groups, you create several different rules for different people just by claiming something is against your religion. Muslims don't have to wear helmets when riding motorcycles because they wear their turbans for religious reasons. Christians want to be able to refuse serves to gays. I though we were all supposed to be equal? Laws apply to everyone. Religion comes second.

Comment: Re:So..... (Score 1) 445

Holy shit! You can use the internet for research?

Yes clearly you're being an ass, but that's just because you really want to be. I never said I couldn't find one, I said I haven't seen one. The fact I haven't seen one doesn't mean they don't exist, but highlights the lack of public education and not my inability to so an internet search. Look at the links the replies have provided. Dry data and safety related. Yea, people that point lasers at aircraft spend a lot of time on sites like that.

The fact I haven't seen a video casually up to that point mean public awareness is incredibly low. What is needed is more public education. Education in schools, more news stories, even some safety commercials. I don't mean the level of drinking and driving safety but more than the next to none that we have now.

Comment: Bugs are not mistakes. (Score 3, Insightful) 716

by Xeno man (#46223501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
When a builder builds a wall, all the factors are known for what the wall needs to endure. Weight it must support, elements and temperature it will be exposed to. The builder should know how to mix mortar and the steps involved with building a wall as he has probably done it many time before. If bricks are falling out, he has made a mistake, too much water in the mortar, too cold to work, something a more experienced worker would not have done and known about.

When a developer writes software, all factors are not known. Each piece of software is unique and designed to meed the clients needs. When bugs are discovered, they are factors that were never originally considered possible. People with names longer than the character field, leap seconds, changing daylight savings hours, operating system changes, network growth, hardware upgrades. Regardless of the developers experience, no one will be able to account for these unknowns and how new code for new features will interact with older code. Bugs usually are not from screw ups but from changing factors beyond anyone's control.

Comment: Re:So..... (Score 1) 445

by Xeno man (#46220957) Attached to: FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft
No, not quite. Education is a better tool than disproportional punishment. Despite all of the stories and warnings, I have still not seen a video on the effects of lasers from the pilots point of view. People learn from experiencing the consequences, either personal or seeing other people. Telling people not to do something without an explanation isn't going to stop people from doing things.

Comment: Re:Disingenuous and manipulative summary, article (Score 5, Insightful) 367

by Xeno man (#46200313) Attached to: EA's <em>Dungeon Keeper</em> Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole
Except that it is not well intentioned. What they are doing is per-filtering people and anyone that says they would rate 5, they direct them to the rating site. Anyone that does not want to rate 5 they direct away from the rating site. Regardless what they may or may not do with user feed back, they are still artificially inflating their games score by hiding the rating site from anyone that doesn't want to give full ratings.

Comment: Re:What kind of idiot (Score 2) 822

by Xeno man (#46082393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
Goes to show the lawyer mentality. All that matters is that Edward gets a guilty plea. He gets that and it shows that he was right. Another mark in the victory column. The reality is only a complete idiot would even consider the offer made for more than a moment. It's basically the equivalent of being held at gun point and telling the gunman, "If you give me your gun now, I'll consider not shooting you."

Comment: Re:Age discrimination (Score 1) 213

by Xeno man (#46053193) Attached to: Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?
Age discrimination is legal for many instances. We discriminate based on age for when you can get a drivers license, when you can consume alcohol, when you can vote and when you can have sex. Many places offer senior discounts that the young are not eligible for and if I was selling an adult product, I want to be damn sure that only adults will see my offers.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long