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Comment Re: Wouldn't apply to Netflix (Score 1) 85 85

But the fat guy was promised all you can eat for a certain price (which he paid). Is he not then entitled to what was agreed upon?

Put another way, are you asking for sympathy for the restaurant that advertises a potentially money-losing offer, regrets it, but continues to offer it to new customers anyway?

Comment Re:Use it. (Score 1) 108 108

To be safe, you should never show ads if your domain name is close to an existing trademark. Especially if it's a reasonably valuable name that is worthwhile going after, whether generic or brandable.

If you own apples.com and a Mac ad showed up in the ad feed, you'd significantly hurt your defense in the UDRP process if Apple submitted screenshots of it. The panel lawyers are notoriously inconsistent and this would just give ammo for them to approve the transfer. Even if your registration was earlier than the date when the trademark was granted.

Having said that, there are attorneys like John Berryhill that could still successfully defend the UDRP. But if we're talking about a defensive posture then ad feeds should be watched closely or not used at all.

Comment Re:Google It (Score 3, Interesting) 189 189

Imo, if you're an average-use household it's at least worth looking into the refill kits. I've had a Brother HL2280DW for over 4 years (?) and have never bought a new cartridge (or drum unit). As opposed to just popping a new cartridge in, it does take some time to reset the gear and refill from the bottle. But it solves both problems of recycling and high cost of a new unit/cartridge.

One of the keys to success may be blowing out the old toner before refilling (the refill vendor mentions this). So each refill I'll grab my compressor and head outside, give it a few good blasts then refill with fresh toner. Of course canned air would probably be fine too. Realize though that the low toner light on the printer lies. You don't want to be blowing out a ton of perfectly good toner so I always wait until the print is actually degraded before doing the refill.

All told, it takes about 15 minutes and the printer is up and running just fine again. We've never noticed any quality differences.

As far as finding a vendor, when you find one you like, be sure to bookmark them or save the receipt because their names all sound the same (i.e. I finally remembered mine is printer ink warehouse...and that's after placing more than 5 orders ;)

Comment Re:Count cards (Score 2) 89 89

I was also confused how this could work in holdem. After some googling it appears that "counting" in poker only refers to certain stud games where hands ahead of you are exposed.

In holdem the only (?) additional info you could have over a competitor is if someone in early position folded and revealed their cards (obviously uncommon). That's info that the small blind wouldn't have had, and could be very useful if you're in late position, especially on the button. But imo that's not really "counting", just gaining info to craft your betting strategy.

Decent answer here:

Comment Re:Make them pay (Score 1) 365 365

Not going to specifically defend what the AC said but perhaps the statement was related to alcohol's benefits being walked back recently:

Coupled with the resveratrol marketing scheme over recent years, it's getting very difficult to make any unequivocal comments about the benefits of alcohol consumption.

Comment Re:Speculated at for over a year (Score 1) 331 331

Officers of the company (i.e. insiders) would naturally want to exercise their options at the highest price possible. Increasing dividends makes the stock appear more attractive to institutional investors.

When institutions buy, that increases the pressure for the price to go up (retail investors don't move a market cap like this, only the big boys do). When the price per share goes up then that's more money that the officers can collect when they exercise their free options; in this case it looks like all the strikes were no higher than around $100. Or they simply sell some of their common position into the open market. The higher the stock price, the higher the profit. Tax strategies play a huge part too.

Any decent financial site will list insider transactions and their values, here's IBM's:

Comment Re:From the outside... (Score 1) 667 667

Just to clarify, it's not just the nutty Hollywood liberal types like Jenny McCarthy spewing this nonsense. Conservative Christian churches have been railing against vaccination too. This has directly lead to outbreaks of measles:


It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.