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Submission + - Continued Cord Cutting Hits the Pay TV Business Hard 1

An anonymous reader writes: Customers cord cutting is not a new concern for the pay TV business but a recent massive sell-off in media stocks has many in the industry worried. Cable, satellite and TV companies suffered their worst-ever quarterly subscriber declines losing more than half a million accounts, sending stocks tumbling. Researchers say this may be the beginning of the end for the pay TV business. According to analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson: “A year ago, the Pay TV sector was shrinking at an annual rate of 0.1 percent. A year later, the rate at which the Pay TV sector is declining has quickened to 0.7 percent year-over-year. That may not seem like a mass exodus, but it is a big change in a short period of time. And the rate of decline is still accelerating.”

Comment Re:Crazy! (Score 1) 459

Can't believe this modded +4 informative. This is not informative at all.

Concerning Iraq, the US did not offer any kind of deal with Iraq to normalize relations, expand trade, or all the other peace-time feel-good stuff the US offered to Iran.

You're essentially saying that:

"Iraq, we're fairly confident that you have restarted a WMD program that we can't actually prove. Stop it, or we bomb you"


"Iran, we will lift harsh economic sanctions in return for greater international control over your nuclear program"

are the same thing. They are not.

Concerning Libya, the US did not offer Libya anything at all, and the US certainly did not start the civil war in Libya. They just joined in a bit later, dropped a few bombs, and that was that.

Comment Re:Crazy! (Score 4, Insightful) 459

It only works if you actually offer an out.

If you just say "sanctions, in perpetuity", then no that won't accomplish much.

So yes, the sanctions worked. It forced Iran to the table, and now they have a deal. So the next time the West decides to punish a country, at least that country knows there is a way out if they do something to change.

Comment Re:dependent contractors (Score 1) 273

> Don't use Uber,Lyft,AirBnB, etc. if you don't agree with their methods, don't work for them if you don't agree. simple. only those that agree on both sides of the transaction will be involved. No one is being required to take Uber instead of a taxi. I have never used them, I will probably never use them, but just let people decide on their own.

I love these American-style arguments of individualism as they are always based on the availability of choice.

Choice never lasts which is why regulations are needed in the first place.

Comment Yes, but had to stop (Score 2) 340

being tall is problematic.

For starters, I was not able to find any way with what I had at my disposal to setup a standing desk without having to look downwards all day long. Having your head tilted down all day is bad. The company doesn't want to buy us new monitors (I'm still on a 19in 4:3 Acer that only does VGA) and at the time, my laptop was too small to push far away. So I really had no means of being able to type comfortably, and look straight ahead at what I was doing.

Secondly, being 6'7 (200cm), standing up is a bit awkward in a cubicle environment. While cubicles are not 100% private, they at least offered some illusion of privacy. Standing up however, there is no question about it. You're pretty much out in the open. Kinda sucks to feel like everyone is looking at you.

So to get my standing, I just go out for a cigarette ;)

Comment Re:Unacceptable... (Score 1) 333

> I don't really have very strong feelings in this debate, but that kind of protesting isn't acceptable. Standing outside a government building or your company's HQ to protest, that's perfectly fine. However, once you start interfering with other people's lives (who aren't involved in this at all), I view that as unacceptable and utterly puerile. While I don't call for arrests like the other people who've posted ahead of me, I do hope the police force open the roads.

Democracy is about convincing the voting public. If you annoy the voting public so much, that they call on the government to give in just to shut up the protesters, then it's a job well done!

Of course though, it's a gamble. the police could use questionable (potentially illegal) strong-arm tactics to remove the protesters, with the blessing of the annoyed public. But this is France, a very pro-union country that regularly sees strikes by the public sector, and often with the public's support.

Comment Re:Liberty (Score 0) 609

> It's a pity that most folks either don't or won't realize this...

Most folks do realize it. They also realize how it's not really that great of an idea in the 21st century and that some collectivism/socialism is a necessity in a modern state in order to help individuals achieve success.

Comment Maybe, but that doesn't imply the future is bleak (Score 2) 250

Microsoft is pushing .net in directions no one thought it would five years ago in terms of being an open development platform. I think this will help boost c# popularity if anything. C# is a nice language to work with, and Visual Studio is a nice IDE to work with for the most part (it's virtual filesystem has got to go, and needs better RCS integration a la Eclipse).

Variables don't; constants aren't.