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Comment: Re:Confucius say: (Score 1) 353

by praxis (#48163289) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Considering that my Black MacBook (2006) lasted eight years, it was a good investment.

My XPS from 2006 is still with me, but the equivalent Macbook would have been far more expensive. What is your point?

Today that price difference is not nearly as much. Looking at (as best I could find, not exactly) comparable systems, a Dell 15" XPS laptop is $0.99 MORE than a MacBook Pro 15". The Dell has a touch-screen but the MacBook Pro has an SSD and other differences. Perhaps if you took more time than I just did to build as close a system as possible the Dell would be cheaper, but I didn't find that.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 832

by praxis (#48160315) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Never mind this being the stupidest idea on earth, we already have a wealth tax, and it has a name: inflation

How does inflation fund government services to the general populace? Genuinely curious. I like taxes, I get a benefit from them. I don't see much benefit from inflation (that I am aware of but I am ignorant of much macroeconomics).

Comment: Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (Score 1) 139

by praxis (#48160225) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Why would I want Comcast internet service? We're talking about the cheapest way to get HBO today.

From your link:

Comcast’s current monthly service charge for Internet Plus is $69.95, HBO® is $19.99, and Streampix® is $4.99 (pricing subject to change)

Which is $95 a month PLUS:

Equipment, installation, taxes and fees, including Broadcast TV Fee (currently up to $1.50/mo.) extra, such charges and fees subject to change during and after the promotion.

An unknown amount of fees they don't disclose on that page, which might change during your TWO YEAR CONTRACT. No idea what the termination fees are.

So, according to what you linked, I was wrong about the $140/mo + whatever fees cable package and indeed you can get HBO cheaper by having a cable internet connection going into your house that's going to sit there unused for $95/mo + whatever fees.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ESPN (Score 1) 139

by praxis (#48159679) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

If they were increasing their subscriber numbers they'd make more money unless the new subscribers were only giving them a fraction of what they make. I imagine, with ESPN being pretty much the one thing keeping cable subscription fees so high, that they make a LOT more than $10 a month per household that has cable. I might be wrong, but I remember reading that ESPN is the backbone of cable subscriptions.

Comment: Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (Score 1) 139

by praxis (#48159629) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

In my market for me to subscribe to HBO it costs somewhere north of $130 a month, ....

And out of those 130 USD, HBO makes maybe (maybe) 10 USD, or so... if not less...

I don't know how much HBO makes, I care about my cost and value received. Now that there is an option to not pay $120 for other crap I don't care about, I'll give them money. Until then, my only option was $140 a month.

Comment: Re:Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (Score 3, Insightful) 139

by praxis (#48155405) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

HBO $20/month tv + straming

In my market for me to subscribe to HBO it costs somewhere north of $130 a month, though they can't actually tell me how much before selling it to me. Of course, I would get all sorts of other channels, but if I only want HBO, that's the cheapest I can get it today. That's why HBO selling directly to me might actually get money out of me. HBO is not worth $130 a month to me.

Comcast’s current monthly service charges for Digital Premier TV, ranges based on area, from $127.99 to $143.49 (pricing subject to change).

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 246

by praxis (#48155323) Attached to: Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

I agree that there are many better solutions than the system we have in the US today but there are options if one disagrees with the social norms (birth control is a social norm, for example). One could opt out of employer purchased health insurance and buy ones own from a company that does not cover birth control. Insurance is a shared experience by a group. One has to balance their views with the views of the group. It's silly to insist that the rest of the group follow one's worldview when one could join a different group.

I'm a man and I'm glad that insurance covers birth control for birth control does society a truck load of good.

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