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Comment Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (Score 2, Interesting) 202

While as a consumer I'll bemoan paying more, the reality is, to deliver quality content they need to find the price sweet spot. It's still way below the cost of cable TV, so I don't think it will hurt them in the long run.

Yes, it seems like it will mainly benefit shareholders, but with the lack of ads and low price, even after the increase, who can really complain?

Comment Great idea, unfortunately... (Score 1) 166

Until there's widespread FTTP (GPON or AON) it will be more pain than it's worth.

I have run a Linux server for years with just these services on ADSL & ADSL2. Mail is fine, even a Jabber server is fine, even private file hosting is ok, if a bit slow, but once you start hosting websites your ability to actually use your own Internet when you're home is diminished.

I was hoping that the National Broadband Network (NBN) would stay 93% FTTP here in Australia, but unfortunately with the change in government that's looking less & less likely.

Comment Re:How robust is Twitter (Score 1) 75

In Melbourne, until recently, the Telstra network in the CBD was essentially falling over. During lunch hour you were lucky to be able to send a tweet or even refresh your incoming tweet stream. One thing that did work is push notifications, which is the intention of this system.

I see it as a smart use of the medium. The key with emergency response is to have the same message spread on as many mediums as possible to ensure the message gets out there.

Anyone being snarky about this has no idea what they are talking about & should look at how current emergency systems work (read: redundancy).

Comment Re:Stupid comment... (Score 4, Informative) 154

Exactly it. No matter how much effort you put into music, most labels retain copyright over the works. Smaller indie labels don't tend to do this, but the big players all do it.

Then again, most of these synthetic bands/artists don't write their own music or lyrics, they're just glorified cover bands. Not to say Phoenix is like this, I quite like their music, but I'm not sure how I feel about their label now.

Comment Re:Victim Card (Score 1) 1501

Maybe don't make "stupid fucking mistakes" publicly & you won't get humiliated publicly. Sorry, but if you're going to act like a moron, expect people to ridicule you as a moron.

As someone who doesn't suffer fools lightly, I'm with Linus all the way on this one.

Call it being a prima donna, call it being mean spirited, I call it "having no fucks to give".

Comment Re: Not if it is for a computer (Score 5, Informative) 329

The OP has it wrong. Extended warranties last 3 years, during the lowest chance of failure time, electronic devices will generally die in the first few months (manufacturer warranty) or after 3 years (after extended warranty). Add to this that extended warranties have convoluted terms that attempt to stop people getting warranty repairs.

In Australia, extended warranties are useless due to Australian Consumer Law, which protects consumers by making manufacturers repair goods if they fail before a reasonable time. Essentially, if there's an extended warranty available, the item should last as long a the extended warranty.

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