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Comment The equity is a red herring. (Score 2) 349

If you're as essential as you think, raise your rates -- you're the seller, after all. If they seem ready to consider going with a price hike, offer to take it in the form of equity (because you believe in the company's future and want to be part of it, blablabla. Asking for options in lieu of a rate hike or straight equity would be an easier sell, as it gives them a stronger hold on you and gives you more motivation to work at the top of your game. But the real question is, are you getting paid less than you deserve, and are you willing to demand more. The form of the increase is secondary.

Comment This is the best demonstration possible (Score 1) 230

of the conflicts of interest that will become entrenched with the Comcast/NBC merger, if it's allowed to happen. Comcast is obviously incapable now of separating its responsibilities as an information carrier from its interests as a content marketer. Comcast's "anti-piracy" sabotage makes it clear as day that allowing it to add one of the country's largest content providers to its mix will be a disaster for freedom in information in America. The FCC, Congress, and the DOJ need to head this one off at the pass.

Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee 2058

Dthief writes "From MSNBC: 'Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks' grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.'"

Comment It could be the center of television's future (Score 1) 321

IF hardware develops to enable this kind of choice. With all the hype about convergence, we're still nowhere near the point where Joe Couch Potato can point the remote in the living room, pull up a program menu of network, cable, and Net-based shows and play/record whatever he wants transparently. And without having to set up a separate "media center" and figure out all the connections, config, and access. It's not really a tech problem, it's about power struggles between cable and telco, content creators, search companies, DRM trogs, and corporate dimness. The so-called libertarians will howl, but the plain fact is that we need national standards aimed at finally bringing the communications age to the folks who don't want to know any more about what their "TV" is doing than they know about how the cable or satellite picture gets to their house.

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