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Comment Back to the old SprintPCS model with a tweak... (Score 2) 112

Back around 2000 Sprint (then SprintPCS) had no contracts at all, but indeed the costs of the phones were higher than their competitors at the time iirc. It was one of the things that I liked the best about SprintPCS at that time, and though I've mostly stuck with them over the years (all the companies rip you off, it's just a matter of how they pluck your goose), I'm glad to see that we'll be getting back to having the option of a higher capital expense with lower monthlies as a result.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 1) 298

That heavily depends on the military in question and the circumstances. Not to invoke Godwin here or anything, but that was a recurring theme among rank-and-file when it came to the engineered destruction of around 12,000,000 lives in mass executions and graves at the hands of Nazis and their sympathizers during WWII. "Just following orders" is equivalent to saying "I'm just a robot and incapable of independent thought". How is that any different than an insanity plea which indicates that you do not have the mental capacity to tell the difference between good and bad?

Sure, as a lowly soldier you're less likely to receive seriously harsh punishment as [hopefully] your personal involvement is limited and some legal issues might not be known to you. But in some militaries - and this I know for a *fact* - you are NOT to obey a known illegal order even if that order comes from the Chief of Staff himself.

Comment Re:The search for yield (Score 1) 940

On a side note, I've had the opportunity to try to purchase some REO properties in my region. It turns out a lot of the forces buying up REO properties from HUD and the banks are groups like "Selene Real Mortgage Opportunity Fund" (SRMOF) and those like them, and they are by-and-large driven by the same folks who brought us the 2008 crash. In other words, they're double-dipping in the communal sauce.

Comment Re:$100,000,000 (Score 1) 205

You must be new here. :-) The telcos have "gentlemen's agreements" where they mostly collaborate to not rock the boat too much for anybody else in it. It's rare that some company really creates waves. Question: What's the most expensive bit of data to the telco? Answer: The one they didn't collect a fee on.

Comment $3.2 mil in savings? For voicemail? (Score 3, Interesting) 395

I have to question those numbers. Perhaps if you're in the stone age paying for a voicemail per-seat license per year or something like that, sure. But you're still doing it wrong. Voicemail is pretty damn cheap to run and doesn't cost much in storage space either (look at those AMR sound files that some cellphone providers save their voicemails in that your Android phone then downloads).

Comment Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032

Universities have gladly contributed to the concept that everybody needs a college education to work. Sorry, I'm going to agree with Mike Rowe on this one: you don't need a degree to keep track of my schedule or answer my phone calls for me. In fact, I'd guess that anywhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of all office type of jobs don't require a degree for competency either.

A freelance is one who gets paid by the word -- per piece or perhaps. -- Robert Benchley