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Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 2) 402

I think that what they are doing is merely terminating the contracts of possibly unprofitable customers. These customers are on monthly contracts, which can be terminated by either party.

Although, what if they have equipment purchases still being paid off? I guess Verizon is going to have to eat that cost.

Comment Re:It makes sense (Score 1) 197

I know that many people claim that companies must everything they can to maximize shareholder value, but this is a clear example of the opposite. A couple of years ago, perhaps more, Blackberry should have shut down and distributed its cash to its shareholders. Instead, a steady bleeding of cash means that shareholders are losing their investment.

Comment Re:"Democracy" (Score 3, Insightful) 230

Don't forget that Hitler was initially democratically elected to his position.

Erdogan is clearly following Putin's play book. After terming-out as Prime Minister, gets elected to a mostly ceremonial position (President) and then turn that position into something like dictator for life.

Why are judges being arrested? Clearly, Erdogan is using this situation to get rid of many opponents.

Comment Re:My tax dude is more efficient than my doctor (Score 1) 322

The dirty secret is that if you have a 10% copay, you pay that 10% and then the insurance company company pays a fraction of their "90%".

Once you hit your deductible and start paying only the copays, the doctors receive a lot less payment for their services.

It sounds like your tax accountant is expensive. I was paying my accountant about $700, but that included rental houses overseas and a multi-page FBAR filing.

Comment Re:Slogan (Score 2) 322

Not everyone operates on a medical system like the weird one in the US....

In the UK, GPs working for the National Health Service have all sorts of financial incentives, which means that when you visit your GP, 2/3 of the time will be spend on things unrelated to whatever took you to the office in the first place, but very closely related to those incentive payments that the GPs can receive.

Comment Re:Test mode all the time? (Score 1) 123

The test mode does have reduced levels of performance

I think it might be more accurate to say that the "road" mode had better performance. I believe that both the MPG figures and the emissions figures are based on the test mode. The ads hinted that, unlike other cars, real-world ("road" mode) MPG was better than the quoted MPG, unlike other cars.

Road mode wasn't engaged unless the ECU was sure the car wasn't running on a dyno -- in other words, test mode was the default.

Comment Re:Not a surprise... (Score 3, Informative) 269

Water rates are also getting quite high...Unfortunately, the solutions (controlling imigration/total population, overall development density, and using nuclear or low-cost fossil fuels energy go against the orthodoxies of the prevailing ruling class)

Water rates have nothing to do with immigration. Most of CA's water is used by farming. As for nuclear, it's the NIMBYs who don't want it. And finally, those subsidies for residential solar: they will be much lower next year. The big corporations (in this case PG&E and the other energy companies) hate residential solar.

I recently put in solar panels. I estimate payback in 5 years, perhaps even less, if energy prices increase by 5% per year.

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