So the terrorists now know to NOT drive through Tennessee. Good job TSA. What a brilliant plan!
Somehow the TSA must have caught the story about Tennessee law officers stopping cars and seizing any cash they "suspect" is drug money. So perhaps since the law in Tennessee is already violating the 4th amendment and getting away with it, then it must be ok?
The TSA has done nothing to PREVENT terrorist attacks. All the TSA has done is take away our Liberty. Now they are ignoring our 4th amendment.
It's about time to abolish the TSA. We have an election coming up, please vote for someone that is committed to abolishing the TSA. Ron Paul said he would, are there other candidates?
By Netflix being proactive with refunds, the company recognizes the art of customer service. Keeping customers is more important than gaining new customers and ,quite frankly, is much easier. Netflix has set a precedence so the next time it has an outage like this, their customers will expect an automatic refund, but I'm sure Netflix realizes this. In the world of business, good business ethics are hard to come by.
Disclaimer: I am not a Netflix subscriber and commend Netflix for their actions.
Couldn't the consumer rights organizations bring this to court or some sort of congressional hearing? Any 'treaty' to be made with other countries is not a 'state secret'. This isn't some sort of dictatorship and if actions like this should continue, then impeachment should be the end result.
The simplicity of Craigslist has made it popular in the same way that Goolge tries to keep things simple. People want simplicity, not flash advertisement that takes over your screen and even produces audio over your speakers. I use Craigslist with caution remembering the "buyer beware" motto.
I look at these sites like apartment complexes. An apartment manager is not liable for the actions of a tenant. If someone complains to the apartment complex manager, then the manager addresses the tenant. I'd like to see the police go after an apartment manager for criminal activies performed by a tenant. That just doesn't happen. I think this is the point that Mike was trying to make with his analogy.
I also agree with Mike on the point that Google provides a service not content. Using any of Google's services is much like taking a taxi cab. I certainly wouldn't blame the cab driver for a not so good meal at a restaurant.
Our country is becoming more service oriented and people are struggling with that, especially older generations that grew up during the industrial age. Porter should focus on companies that don't innovate or provide services their customers actually want. While the rest of corporate America struggles (and some crumble) in a down economy, Google is still going strong and will not be asking Congress for any bailout money.
Does this mean everyone should love Google? Absolutely not. There are plenty of other service providers out there for those that despise all things Google.
The Author's Guild has failed to realize that not everyone owns a Kindle. People still buy books and people still buy audio books. Text to speech is useful but does not replace a narrated story by a skilled actor.
One has to wonder if Microsoft focused more on Windows Vista and less on silly patents, then perhaps Vista could have turned out better? Focus effort on innovation. If someone copies your innovation, out innovate them.
I hope the new administration reforms the patent system. It is desperately over due!
People remove governors on their cars to get higher speeds and rpms. People even remove smog equipment and replace before smog inspections. Granted, not every person does that. But what makes them think that people won't disconnect their GPS devices? Or that they can't be cloned? I like the foil option, especially since it won't rust. :)
This baffles me because the cost to create the infrastructure and install equipment in every car does not justify the means. If the goal is to tax on mileage, then why not do that at registration time? Inspect the vehicle for mileage and tally the difference from the prior year. This would be more cost effective in my opinion.
And yes, people could crack their odometer, so there is no fool proof method.
I took extra measures to add the Google Lab in Gmail so the Reply All button appears by default. :)
In the business world, the Reply to All button should be removed from the quick menu bars but not the actual drop down menus. This doesn't prevent the use of reply to all, but rather makes it a more conscientious decision.
The university should reconfigure their email system. Most have an option to reject emails with more than X recipients. If this is a result of emailing a particular group, then that group should be eliminated or modified to allow allow emails from certain people. These problems occur in the business world as well, but the answer is not discipline, but rather teaching email etiquette.
Instead of modifying the policy for future abusers, why not be proactive and prevent issues like this by reconfiguring their email system?
I've been reading Techdirt for years and still love it. I love the way you guys instill humor by sharing your opinions. Journalism is an art that seems to be lost by many. Sure the facts are important, but reporting the facts without taking a personal position makes for a boring story. I say leave the facts and boring stories to the AP. Real journalists put a piece of themselves in the article. Good job!!
It would make more sense for BlockBuster to have a channel in my Entertainment On Demand with Charter Cable. Then I could just order the movie from it. Sure, cable is their competition, but why not form partnerships so they both win?