Right now it is prohibitively difficult to watch live sports online, especially local teams. I feel are in the "Napster" age of watching sports online. It takes a semi-techie to pull it off and it is of questionable legality and quality. The league or network produced online services like NBA or MLB Pass are poorly executed. They black out in-market local games (this is pretty easy to bypass with DNS or VPN). Playoffs and national games aren't included. They don't even bother to draw advertising revenue, as you often see one commercial over and over or a blank screen during breaks.
Sooner or later Content providers (like sports leagues) will just sell their broadcasting direct to consumer, a la carte. I think they have to do this or they will lose their audience. But for now, they will take the Cable Co's Titanic full of money.
I once lost it and snapped at a manager during an outage, in front of many suits in the "war room" and on the conference call. It went something like "I am actually trying TO FIX THE PROBLEM so BACK OFF!" He was irate, but was soon fired for his newly-exposed uselessness....Disclaimer: I don't necessarily recommend this tact
Sorry....Any reason to use that link.
The only hope is that enough people cut the cord so that cable companies cannot afford to buy up all the content any more. Then the content creators realize they don't need cable and can offer content online without moronic rules like blackout locations and required cable subscriptions. Then devices can be created to neatly aggregate your online content (the stuff you want and nothing else), and cable TV can RIP next to land line phones.
And yes, I recently cut the cable in case you were wondering.
PS sorry for the double post, was not logged in the first time
People don't like flopping in sports. Sure guys that flop look like douchebags, but they are just taking advantage of the rule. So change the rules!
The corporate douchebags work VERY hard to influence lawmakers to pass laws that go easy on them....We unwashed masses do not do our due diligence....ie vote these crooked lawmakers out and elect officials who will overhaul of the political lobby system. Because, you know, that would require effort on our part.
A developer stole the code he was working on? How does that work?
The same way it works if a mechanic that works on your car doesn't own your car, and the carpenter that builds my house doesn't own my house.*
*This analogy applies to everyone except Mark Zuckerberg.
Yeah, I hate these binary people, the truth is that the world is ternary.
I agree. Some people seem to classify others based on little information, and use extreme classifications such as"hate".
- I generally am okay with the environment. I do feel it fosters better communication. I know everyone in the office, mostly by passers by stopping and saying hi. I do like this aspect if I'm not in the middle of something. I can see how this would slowly kill very introverted people.
- When I really need to focus on a difficult problem and come up with a creative solution, I dislike this environment due to the distractions. I usually work from home when I need to do these tasks.
- I work in the US. My company is HQ'd in Denmark, presumably where this idea came from as the HQ office is also open. After working in both places one thing is clear: We Americans are f*cking loud. Loud on the phone. Loud when conversing with people 50 feet away. Loud. The open environment may not be for us.
- Execs still get offices with glass walls and doors. Conference rooms and even phone booths are very scarce. I often have to take private calls in my car, which is pretty ridiculous.
- The HQ office does have more common areas for collaboration and private rooms for isolation. I think this setup is ideal. You cant simply be 100% open due to the need for both individual focused productivity as well as collaboration.
- My desk has foot traffic around it on all sides. I have a standing desk. Needless to say I use a privacy guard on my monitors. Not surprisingly everyone wants the desks where your back is against a wall.
- I use headphones when necessary. My coworker coined this "going under the knife", as people seem less inclined to interrupt. I often fake being on a phone call (with a headset) for the same effect. Hey it works.