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Comment: Commission (Score 2) 238

by sunderland56 (#48858373) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

So commissions are $50/$481 = about 10%. In other words, a fairly minor factor; you can usually save that by switching companies. Sure, it would be nice to chop 10% off your bill; but that is hardly a "major disruption". Even a caveman can chop 15% off your bill; who needs technology?

Most major carriers are moving towards online services already. If Google enters the market, their efforts can quickly be matched, leaving no net advantage for Google.

Comment: Re:Who knew? (Score 2) 62

by sunderland56 (#48427009) Attached to: Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

If Google really wanted to help out, they would scan their database to find your blog/twitter/facebook/etc. postings about your family; then they could make much more useful suggestions, like "Hey, Uncle Norm is a real pain - why don't you relax and stay at home this Thanksgiving?"

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl