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Comment Re:Gotta have a plan (Score 1) 330

They seem to take the Anonymous seriously at AA. I met a girl who was in it, she was actively working as a sponsor and phone counselor. But she wanted to become a clinical psychologist, but she couldn't list her experience as an AA sponsor or phone counselor because nobody would vouch for her because then that would destroy the anonymity of AA.

So it would be pretty hard to do a scientifically rigorous study when you have a subject pool that refuses to participate.

Comment Re:I'm amazed... (Score 1) 1737

Know how many white people are killed each year by black people? How many robberies? Why does race never come up in any of these crimes, but comes up every time a white person does anything to a black person? (And I'm not white).

Probably because the black person charged with the crime is convicted, regardless if he did it or not.

Comment It's about ownership.... (Score 1) 366

It's not about stupid consumers, or stigma or some other techie specific paranoid fever dream but Google doesn't want to be screwed over.

Who owns Linux? Not just the kernel, but the copyright? I don't know, but I'm sure it's not Google. And this has a serious implication, if Google promotes the linux-ness of their Laptops (and smartphones), you'll have copycats marketing their products with Linux laptops (Just like Google!!).

These copycats will poison Linux and Google. And ruin opensource for everybody.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 447

Wouldn't HBO profit better as a standalone channel purchase than a 6 or 12 moth subscription? If we have to pay a few cents per channel, a lot more people would be willing to drop the sports channels which come standard so as to buy HBO and Showtime.

The Cable business makes sense to people within the cable business. HBO gets paid twice from your local cable provider. HBO gets a flat fee from your cable provider, then they get a cut of all the subscription prices. It works out for the cable provider because they get to charge you for the 200 channel package and a cut of the money they send to HBO. This type of arrangement also goes for ESPN and pretty much all the channels an average cable viewer would actually want to see (and the flip side, the Home Shopping Network and others pay a fee to the cable providers to carry their station).

If HBO/ESPN/AMC would offer an internet only option, cable providers would be pissed and would demand terms costing HBO/ESPN millions.

In addition if HBO went with a monthly subscription model, they would be at the mercy of their hit shows and scheduling. People would add/drop channels every three months.

So instead of the $15 a month for the HBO/Cinemax bundle or the $3.99 per show on Itunes. It would be $30 a month for a la carte HBO or $8.00 per show on itunes.

And then we'd have all you crying about how you have to steal because the "Price isn't Fair." (Piracy is stealing, let us pretend to be adults here).

Comment Re:This is not a new idea... (Score 1) 566

The PLO did this first with the Black September Organization (Munich).

Finally they hit upon an idea. Why not simply marry them off? In other words, why not find a way to give these men—the most dedicated, competent, and implacable fighters in the entire PLO—a reason to live rather than to die? Having failed to come up with any viable alternatives, the two men put their plan in motion.

They traveled to Palestinian refugee camps, to PLO offices and associated organizations, and to the capitals of all Middle Eastern countries with large Palestinian communities. Systematically identifying the most attractive young Palestinian women they could find, they put before these women what they hoped would be an irresistible proposition: Your fatherland needs you. Will you accept a critical mission of the utmost importance to the Palestinian people? Will you come to Beirut, for a reason to be disclosed upon your arrival, but one decreed by no higher authority than Chairman Arafat himself? How could a true patriot refuse?

So approximately a hundred of these beautiful young women were brought to Beirut. There, in a sort of PLO version of a college mixer, boy met girl, boy fell in love with girl, boy would, it was hoped, marry girl. There was an additional incentive, designed to facilitate not just amorous connections but long-lasting relationships. The hundred or so Black Septemberists were told that if they married these women, they would be paid $3,000; given an apartment in Beirut with a gas stove, a refrigerator, and a television; and employed by the PLO in some nonviolent capacity. Any of these couples that had a baby within a year would be rewarded with an additional $5,000.

Both Abu Iyad and the future general worried that their scheme would never work. But, as the general recounted, without exception the Black Septemberists fell in love, got married, settled down, and in most cases started a family. To make sure that none ever strayed, the two men devised a test. Periodically, the former terrorists would be handed legitimate passports and asked to go to the organization's offices in Geneva or Paris or some other city on genuine nonviolent PLO business. But, the general explained, not one of them would agree to travel abroad, for fear of being arrested and losing all that they had—that is, being deprived of their wives and children. "And so," my host told me, "that is how we shut down Black September and eliminated terrorism. It is the only successful case that I know of."

Comment Re:Well they are both rectangular (Score 1) 696

Did'ja ever notice how when a bully is confronted with the truth, they get louder. They start to attempt to intimidate by any means at their disposal. When confronted with facts, they get confused, and don't know what to do as their audience catches on and begins to drift away. That's when they become more desperate and turn to larger bullying tactics. Then the bullied either stands their ground or meekly lets the bully win. There are times when the best course of action for the bullied is to walk away, and hopefully live to fight another day. IMHO, for this is not one. Apple has been losing their ardent followers for some time now. People have seen android as a very viable alternative, and are switching over. Apple knows this, or they wouldn't be resorting to these bully tactics. I root for the underdog in life, and love it when the bullies lose.

Really, Apple is the bully? In one corner you have Apple, a consumer products company that was left a little over 10 years ago, in the other corner you have Google, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, RIM, HP, Dell, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, LG, Acer, SONY, Amazon, Asus and a couple of dozen other companies.

And Apple is the bully.

You sound like one of those evangelicals who cry out "I'm being oppressed" when the cashier clerk says "Happy Holidays."

Comment Well what do you want? (Score 1) 848

You are terrified of getting screwed over by your boss. And that's the worst position to be in because you'll have nothing to show for it, but at least you weren't screwed over.

You'll have hours of work sitting on the hard disk of your home computer, everyday you'll have to deal with clunky processes, non-automated tasks and services and end users calling up asking where this or that service is, but you weren't screwed over. For your next performance review, you won't have to worry about your boss gushing about how you took initiative reducing the burden on your entire department, but at least you weren't screwed over. For your next job interviews you won't be able to show a fully functioning system which "streamlines several critical processes, allows for a central repository of FAQ, and provides end users with access to multiple systems all in one place," but you weren't screwed over.

In case the paragraph above wasn't clear: Only good can come about by going to your boss and offering to take on the project and using your personal code(assuming you are competent). In the best case scenario, you have your boss and the school by the balls because you are the only one who knows the awesome application which "streamlines several critical processes, allows for a central repository of FAQ, and provides end users with access to multiple systems all in one place." In the worst case scenario, you've got one hell of a CV for your next job. You've got one hell of an answer to the question: So what was your greatest accomplishment at your previous job.

Do you know why drug dealers have loyal customers? Because the first hit is always free.

Comment Re:How I understand the fee (Score 1) 562

To me, it's not in a company's best interest to start charging their customers fees like this and they should eat costs as a part of doing business. There are probably better ways to incentivize people.

Let's flip it around: Why should customers who use less expensive services subsidize the customers who use the more expensive services?

They could just as easily offer a $2 discount to the auto-pay customers, but that isn't an effective incentive.

Note: I'm a verizon auto-pay customer, they email me my bill about two weeks before my auto-pay is schedule, so I can look at the bill to make sure everything looks right and if there are any problems, I can fix it in time.

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