5 digits ain't a low user id...
You allude to satellite in your post (Ie. the 2 year contract bit)
Nope, it's not just the satellite folks anymore. The cable companies have caught on.
A coworker nearly had to hire a lawyer a few months ago to get out of his cable contract after they dramatically changed the ToS on his Internet service.
As a shareholder, I am not interested only in making money, but also in owning a cool company.
That seems like a very, very poor strategy.
As a shareholder, I am interested ONLY in making money. It is in my role as a customer where I consider whether the products are "cool" or not.
And, yes, this does and has led to many instances of me being a shareholder in one company, while purchasing their competitors products for my own, personal use. If Microsoft stock can make me some money (as it has several times in the past), I'll purchase Microsoft stock, even though I think their OS is pure shit and don't have any interest in using it. I've also made a decent amount off of Apple stock, while having no interest in owning their products, either.
If a product or company is "cool", that might make me want to be a customer (*might*), but the one and only thing that would make me want to be a shareholder is the likelihood of making money off of my stock. Sure, sometimes coolness can help bring in profits, but so can many other things.
I like the money I made off of "boring" pipeline companies every bit as much as money I've made off of "cool" tech companies.
with Ubuntu and Firefox and the bones of Blackberry being ready to step into the fight it would be stupid to piss off
I agree that pissing off the manufacturers wouldn't be the brightest move, however nobody you listed has a product that can step into the space and compete. The smartphone world currently consists of Android and iOS. Anybody and everybody else are just "me too" blips on the radar with no realistic chance of making an impact.
Believe me, I'd love an alternative to Android, but at the moment iOS is the only one, and even it is a significant step down for my usage patterns.
Apple was working on a tablet since 2001. But Apple refused to release one until they thought they could do it right.
Apple was working on tablets long before that.
And when they "thought they could do it right" and released the first one, the market let them know loud and clear that they had NOT gotten it right.
They didn't get it right until MUCH later. (It's debatable whether they have gotten it right yet.)
It's more that most of us didn't see a need any longer to keep two timepieces, so we ditched our watches.
Speak for yourself. There's no way I want to dig something out of my pocket and turn it on just to check the time. And, yes, seeing someone using a phone as a timepiece does affect my assessment of their intelligence.
performed with a simple mouse click.
Don't administer many servers, do you?
Here's a clue: The overwhelming majority of Linux machines running in the world don't have any graphical environment installed at all.
I've dealt with fleas, as well. One bedbug bite itches like a thousand flea bites stacked on top of each other.
Honestly, I understand everything you're saying about trading convenience for expense, etc.....
I'll skip the glue traps as well and go nuclear on them (call an exterminator).
My only point is that the bean leaf idea is just flat out retarded for at least 99% of the population.
After 5 to 8 days,
This is 5 to 8 days to long, as anyone who has ever been bitten by those little bastards will know.
Mosquito bites are nothing compared to bed bug bites.
Having been bitten by both, I am not exaggerating when I say I would rather sleep in a room full of brown recluse spiders than a room full of bed bugs.
Any solution that cannot be acquired and implemented within an hour or two is simply too slow.
Seriously, at the most extreme, you will get two seed leaves per bean in 6 days. You will get around 6 to 10 leaves per bean in 12 days.
And how long to get enough to cover my whole floor? With a fresh batch every night?
Sorry, the whole bean leaf idea is interesting, but nowhere near practical.
Yes, that was my entire fucking point. They don't import the damn leaves and sell them here, because nobody buys them.
Which makes the whole "we already have a solution, just use bean leaves" argument pretty fucking stupid since there is no realistic way to acqure them in quantity in any sort of reasonable time frame.
1) you grow them, genius.
Ever had to deal with bed bugs?
Waiting weeks/months to grow a sufficient supply of leaves is not an acceptable solution.
So now I need to travel to Argentina to handle a bug problem? Because I'm reasonably sure that there are no businesses around here actively importing kidney bean leaves. I've definitely never seen them in WalMart or any of the grocery stores I shop at.
What local chain do you typically purchase your truckloads of kidney bean leaves from?
Bedbugs are immune to most common poisons.
Read this as: "The only poisons that work require a license to purchase".
Where do I buy a large quantity of fresh kidney bean leaves? Particularly in winter?
And what if the hotel I'm staying in doesn't like the idea of me burning a pile of leaves in their parking lot in the morning?
A solution that can't be implemented is just as useful as no solution at all.