That's why I rip the DVDs and Blu-Rays I own to video files I can put on my media center PC. I can just start them when I'm ready for them, and just watch the actual movie. Or if I change my mind and decide I want to watch something else? It's a couple seconds, not a 10 minute get up, put the new disc in, put the old one away, wait for it to get through the trailers and crap, and then finally get started dance.
I bought the damn movie. I bought it to watch it. I didn't buy it in order to be forced to watch or wait through advertisements. Even if I don't physically look at the screen, they're still forcing me to waste my time. F that.
Most of the speedup from Vista to 7 was moving to a non-locking graphics server. It's all in the perception... CPU intensive benchmarks can actually go slightly faster on Vista than on 7 because the graphics device isn't periodically given back control.
So... what are the companies doing with the profits they get each year? Why are they running low on capacity, when it's entirely affordable and within their capability to upgrade to deliver what they're selling?
So... what exactly have the ISPs been doing with the money the taxpayers have given them to build out their networks? It's not like the companies have been required to pay for it all themselves.
I'm also noticing that Comcast et. al. are increasing their profits year over year. How does that happen if they're investing at all in their networks? What it seems to me is that they're NOT investing in their product because they have monopolies on the lines, and simply adding data caps so they can preserve the profits without adding additional service because, hey, they don't have to.
Feel free to prove me wrong with citations, though.
If they're so dangerous, why aren't they in jail? Really... creating a class of humanity that's not dangerous enough to keep locked away from everyone else, but is so horribly dangerous that they basically can't be allowed to interact with anyone else... doesn't that sound stupid to anyone else? Because that's what we have now.
Seconded. Unfortunately, the other side is fielding Romney and Santorum, who are moral busybodies that are fans of small government as far as business is concerned, but big government as far as the bedroom is concerned. Which evil do you choose?
This really seems to me like the judge just legalized the bait and switch business model. Or is it just me? Get people using a product, then change the terms to be favorable to the company once they're invested in it.
Hmm... I think I have a business proposal to write.
The bundling isn't anticompetitive, it's the lack of competition and the amalgamation of businesses from different industries (Comcast+NBC, etc.) that is.
What pisses me off is that due to that control, it means if I want a DVR I need to buy the cable co's POS equipment made by the lowest bidder, build a system that uses the almost useless CableCARD standard (windows only, natch), or only record OTA stuff.
Guess that's why I'm happy with an antenna, BitTorrent and Netflix any more...
You don't seem to understand that this is a systemic police state issue, Mike. It's the mindset. They ARE using their "common sense" that they should treat everyone like a terrorist so the real ones don't try anything, and the end goal is to make people scared and compliant. Beat the citizens down and it makes the police's job easier, when they can just do whatever they want whenever they want.
I'm not saying it makes sense. But it's what happens when you have racist thugs going on their gut instinct instead of deferring to logic and facts.