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Comment $30? No thanks. (Score 2) 148

$30 for less than or equal to a single watching of a movie? No. For a physical copy that I can watch whenever I want? No, still too high. But the fact that it is streaming over the internet and may be subject to buffering, disconnects, jitters, bad encoding and all manner of other issues? No way.

Comment Not viable (Score 1) 293

Smartphones are not reliable enough to be used as the only source of entry to a vehicle and not secure enough to be an alternate source of entry to a vehicle. Nor is the user interface efficient enough that you would want to use them for controlling vehicle functions rather than using a knob or button on the car itself. Nor do you want people with their head buried in their smartphone while trying to drive the vehicle. Nor does everyone have nor want a smartphone. A many times better solution which already works is a keyless entry fob with a physical key inside in case the battery dies. Stop trying to make smartphones do tasks which are better done with tools specific to the task. Yes, a smartphone can drive a nail, but you will go through a lot of screens before the nail is completely pounded in.

Comment Re:Print/Save Them? (Score 1) 167

Why not just print and/or save the file locally?

Good idea. Since they are saving the postage and printing, you can just print it locally and they can reimburse you for it. of course, a million people printing or saving locally is a lot more expensive than sending out statements in mass from a central location.

Comment Re:Not Advantage, it's Labor and Postage Costs! (Score 2) 167


I agree with you entirely. Although my bank claims to make statements available for 7 years, immediately after one of my credit cards was suspended due to fraud, I wasn't able to log in and see any transactions. Paper copies don't have this problem.

Yes, and if you are a victim of identity theft, your paper statements will be your salvation. You will be unable to prove who you are and thus unable to access any of your online accounts.

Comment Re:Not Advantage, it's Labor and Postage Costs! (Score 2) 167

Yes, and they don't really save THAT much money compared to how much money in time hassle and opportunity cost that it costs the customer. They don't actually have staff print that stuff out and stuff envelopes. That is all done by machine. The postage for presort is much less than the price of a stamp. in truth, a large bank may save a few hundred thousand a year by going paperless. Their customers, however, will have expenses in the millions for their own hassle, record retention, paper costs, printing (if desired), etc.

Comment I've been "crammed" several times (Score 2) 167

I've had several accounts "cram" me into electronic statements by sneaking some wording in somewhere that if you look at a statement online or something that you are automatically enrolled in electronic statements. American Express did it to me, Best Buy did it to me. Then the problem is that they don't bother to send you statement reminders in email either, so at some point you just start getting calls from them asking why you haven't sent a payment and start racking up huge late fees.
Even if they did send a statement, which they didn't, I checked spam and everything, it is not just the technically clueless who get the shaft, it is the technically competent as well. I get dozens of e-mails a day. If I get an email from a credit card, unless I am at that very moment prepared to deal with it and pay it, it is just going to get put on the back burner and ultimately forgotten. My paper bills sit in a pile on my desk, in date order and get dealt with.
Also, paper statements are not available online forever. If the government comes after you, they can demand paperwork for in some cases 7 years, and in some cases, from the beginning of time. It is up to you to have that information available, and if you depend on your third parties to keep that for you, you are SOL. Basically you need to save a local copy electronically, or print it out and store. So they are outsourcing their cost of doing business to you without providing you a nice discount for performing their job for them.
As far as banks go, I go to my bank about 3 to 4 times per week. Most of those are for deposits. Yes, my bank has a mobile deposit app. Yes, like most banks, they charge a convenience fee for something which is a convenience for them and an inconvenience for you. The tellers are still free, so I make my deposits in person at the bank, where the tellers all know me and personally greet me by name.

Comment Re:Caller ID Blocker (Score 3, Insightful) 253

But this does answer, and it answers with "Hello? Hello? Hello?!?!" if that doesn't get you transferred to a live agent, the dialer is a failure.

These days a lot of autodialers ARE failures. If you actually answer it, about half the time it either hangs up on you or there is nothing there but silence and you eventually get tired of saying "hello" and hang up.

Comment PINO (Score 1) 213

Some of Porche's current offerings I could see getting the self drive treatment. Like the Panamera and whatever the heck they call their SUV/XUV/whatever they are called this week. I could see people who want the Porsche label for name only, but want a sedan or minivan totally picking the self drive option. They could rebadge these models as the Porsche PINO edition and all the hipsters would fall over themselves to get one. At least until they find out it means Porsche In Name Only.

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 213

And not to forget you need an automatic transmission for that.

Not necessarily. BMW makes a dual clutch manual transmission with an automatic clutch. You can use the paddles, you can use the bump shifter. It has no torque convertor. It WILL roll backwards on a steep hill.
I would have rather had a full manual with stick shift, but we are a two car family and we occasionally have to swap cars. My wife will not learn standard. Sigh.

Comment Re: APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 0) 213

Because Republucans are lazy, and typically the only people that can afford such things.

Actually, it is mostly nouveau rich lottery winners, flash-in-the-pan musicians, actors, and reality TV stars that tend to buy supercars, and most of them are usually democrats.
But back to the original false statement. Republicans are lazy so they like to buy cars that don't drive themselves? Um, what?

Comment Re:Time to give the consumer total choice (Score 1) 164

Netflix is quickly becoming an over-the-internet only service. The problem with that is that you have to already have internet to your home to be able to make use of that. In most places, you have few choices for internet, and one of them is the cable company. The cable company makes it price prohibitive to JUST have internet with them. So, even though netflix is only $12.95 a month, in reality, it is actually about $80 a month.

Comment Re:Discovery Channel is all BS reality TV now (Score 1) 164

Exactly. Discovery used to be one of the reasons I had cable. Now, I hardly watch it anymore because it is a bunch of shows about building custom motorcycles, searching for gold in the snow and other extremely low budget reality shows. How do they keep making shows more cheaply, with people who are so desperate to be on TV that they don't even have to pay them, and then expect us to pay more to watch them?

Comment Re:been done (Score 1) 133

Another factor: How efficient is it - I predict a considerable transmission loss too, and in this era of energy saving dictates it might be a bad idea.

And the same people that buy electric vehicles and look down their noses at all the inferior people are the same ones that buy wireless everything and would use one of these wireless chargers.

Comment Re:Forbes again (Score 1) 118

I love how it keep trying to convince me to turn off my ad-blocker.

"Hey, turn off your ad-blocker so our malvertisers can give you something special!"

Really. I wasn't going to click on your ads anyway, so to save both of us some hassle and bandwidth, I am blocking them up front. You should be thanking me for lowering your cost of doing business.

Comment Re:superior liability coverage (Score 1) 113

a more proximate cause is Yellow Cab losing a $8 million accident liability suit by a passenger who is now paralyzed......So much for the medallion cab argument that they offer superior liability coverage.

To be fair, they did cover it.

Maybe they need bankruptcy insurance :-)

The lesson is that ANY cab-like co better be ready for an 8-mil zinger.

Exactly. A REAL cab company doesn't need liability insurance because they are going to have $8 million in a bond somewhere that can be used to pay for a catastrophe such as this.
An independent contractor HAS to have liability insurance, because they probably are lucky to have $5,000 sitting around in case of a catastrophe.

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