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Comment Re:This is why Verizon wants Yahoo (Score 1) 70

This is more insightful than you may realize.

http://fortune.com/2015/01/10/...

From the link:
"Today marks the 15th anniversary of one such calamity when media giants AOL and Time Warner combined their businesses in what is usually described as the worst merger of all time."

I think you're right, though. This is very much like TimeWarner + AOL.

Comment Re:ungrandfathering? (Score 1) 450

Call it what you will, but they are increasing people's rates and trying to tell them they didn't because it technically happened two years ago...

Wait, they're doing what? This is what Netflix sent me:

When we raised prices for new Netflix members in 2014, we kept your price the same for two years. Your special pricing is now ending and as of 8/10/16 your new price will be $9.99 per month.

Looks like they're pretty plainly telling me they're increasing my rate. Which is fine. Sure, I'd rather any service I pay for be cheaper, but is Netflix still worth more than $9.99/month to me? Absolutely.

Comment Re:What was the kid doing? (Score 1) 255

Granted, the robot should have been designed to take little kid craziness into account, but I'm betting the direct cause of the incident was said craziness.

I'm sure that's true, but all that really does is highlight what SHOULD be part of the design spec of that robot. You're going to turn it loose in a mall. It has to avoid running over people, whether they're crazy kids or not, whether the parents are paying attention or not, etc. If you can't do that, don't turn it loose in a mall.

Comment Re:It's Simple Economics (Score 1) 180

You don't. Even in the heart of SV, you can rent your own room for about $1000/month.

Or you can buy a decent house here for that. So am I surprised most software developers don't live in Silicon Valley? No. For the same reason I never moved there.

Aside from that, as mcmonkey quite correctly pointed out, most of everything is outside of Silicon Valley. Most of anything is outside of any given city.

Comment Re:Cultral Vandalism? (Score 2) 119

Worse, some people are pissed off that someone else isn't continuing keep servers running at their expense to keep giving stuff away.

It's not "vandalism" to stop offering a service. It might be akin to vandalism to damage someone ELSE offering a service, but that's not happening here. Someone's just feeling entitled and whining.

Comment Re:Errrm, ... don't rent from these landlords? ... (Score 1) 371

Bottom line: Don't put up with shitty/ilegal contracts. It's that simple.

Sure, this, when it's only a small percentage of companies that do things like this. Stuff like this is concerning because if it becomes widespread, "don't put up with shitty/illegal contracts" becomes "don't rent anywhere". I put mandatory arbitration agreements in this category. If you don't want to accept a mandatory arbitration agreement, that's synonymous with not having a credit card, for example.

Comment Re:management (Score 2) 258

What is good about process is that while in many cases it's not required its good at rounding up the edge cases. It assures fairness in opportunity.

This is so not true. I've worked for giant companies most of my career. They all have "processes". Those performance review processes have been universally terrible at actually rewarding performance. In one of those companies, I'd swear there was zero correlation between my performance and my raise/compensation/incentive/whatever. You know what actually did make a difference? Having a good manager.

It's a time when a manager can tell you that if you want a certain new job what you need to change to get it.

If you need a formalized time once a year for your manager to tell you how you're doing, you don't need a process, you need a better manager.

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