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Comment Re:exactly the same as Blockbuster (Score 5, Informative) 371

Maybe you're on your first phone contract or have simply never owned a phone out of contract, but I can say for absolute fact that you do not get any special treatment for owning your phone outright. The cost of the plan is a fixed amount, subsidized or not. If you bring your own phone you are only aiding the carrier hedge their bets by paying the same monthly rate as a contracted user but posing zero repayment risk.

That's true with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. But not T-Mobile. As soon as you pay for the phone, you're monthly bill goes down. Also, if you bring your own device, you get that dropped rate immediately.

Comment Re:News at elleven (Score 2) 290

T-Mobile has a truly unlimited data plan, which is on their HSPA+ as well as LTE, if available. Granted, their LTE coverage pretty much sucks as of right now but should be much improved by the end of the year.

And, I agree about the downgrading the voice experience though. Not a very elegant solution. However, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) should solve this, and most major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile) are planning to implement this either in 2013 or 2014.

Comment Re:Not so simple (Score 1) 108

I agree. I'm not even sure if you could call a General Manager and a Director part of "IT". They're management. Yes, they may have worked in the IT department, but they're not really IT. I've seen too many organizations, including my current company, where there are just way too many "Directors", and none of them have a clue, and, personally, I wish we would get rid of some of these "inefficiencies" around the office.

Comment Re:Mmm-mm! (Score 2) 299

Probably a lot more accurate than a person, as long as it's entered correctly. If the order-taker can adjust things like light this, extra that, or hold the mayo, then the robot can also adjust how much they put on. Not that difficult.

Comment Re:Seems perfectly reasonable (Score 1) 1591

That is absolutely not true. Just because the Fed can regulate something, doesn't mean the states can't. Look at alcohol. The Feds regulate alcohol, but also states have their own laws for alcohol. The NY law is actually a great example of how it's supposed to work. More laws should be passed at the state level instead of looking for the federal govt to pass sweeping changes that applies to everybody. This is what is killing our legal system. Maybe the people in NY really want those laws but the people in Georgia or Montana find them completely unreasonable. Well, if we leave it up to the states, then each state can do what it wants. We need to quit looking to the federal govt to pass laws like this.

Comment Re:Viability of ocean mining? (Score 2) 170

Basically, it's just like extracting oil from tar sands. Until very recently it was just not economically viable to get oil that way. However, once the price of oil hit a certain mark, then it was. Ocean mining for minerals is the same way. At the moment, it's not economically viable. At some point in the future, it will be.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 851

Or you just put all the patients together that have the flu and assign the nurses who didn't get the vaccination to them. They'll all eventually get the flu and can then be moved back to regular rotation. Or you just assign those nurses the crap jobs around the hospital that don't involved patient interaction - scrubbing toilets, doing laundry, data entry, etc....

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