I worked as a phone agent at DirecTV for a while, and I heard from customers all the time as to why they have to pay for packages with all these channels that sucked. The most basic package (that they never advertise) has about 30 channels plus locals for 30 bucks a month. Some people looking to reduce their bills go to it, and complain that NOTHING is available. The next step up? the 70 channel pack for 60-70 bucks. And still very few movie channels.
The REAL meat of TV packages come ala carte already: HBO, Starz, Showtime, Encore, etc. However, those cruise on their success (and have to pay for modern movie rights) and charge about 15/month for their packages each.
I'm in favor of pay-per-channel programming, but once you got it, would you REALLY shell out for the one or two channels that you - while waiting for that movie to start - clicked over for half an hour? I'm talking about Discovery, History, TLC, and other channels like that. They have something neat to watch once in a while, but when you're looking at your bill, it's hard to justify paying for them, even $1/month (which I doubt it will be that low).
Everyone, everywhere, wants to take out the channels they don't watch (GodTV), but somewhere there is someone that doesn't want AMC and watches only GodTV, so they want to strip out AMC. It's a lose-lose situation for programmers, now that I think about it.
Re: So either don't use it or don't complain of corporate control!
Um, you're telling us not to do these articles that inform us of abusive "language filtering" settings. You are trying to claim that if we don't like it, to not support the behavior (by purchasing the product).
These two arguments DO NOT MIX. If sites like this did not report on the issue (as you are so apt to demand), then people would not know about the issue, thus wouldn't be informed enough to avoid it. In this day and age, return policies are slim to nil, and by the time a customer knows about it, it is too late to refund.
So, Blue, you should NOT be arguing against these articles. They aren't the site itself "complaining, yet still supporting" the behavior. If the site didn't "complain" (or what is called REPORTING), then nobody would know.
Interesting. My (admittedly) semi-incoherent angry rant I made up on the spot full of now-obvious declarations has at least sparked some debate.
Yeah, I lumped the NSA in with other enforcement agencies, but it was primarily because they have the power to enforce laws they want to (selective assassinations) or pass that information to other agencies. So in my mind, they are just an enforcement agency with the capability to spy on me.
And yes, we DO have what we call "impartial" judges and not machines judging our cases, but all too often to avoid any argument and debate they turn to the letter of the law only for judging a case. How often do you hear of a case getting a bad result, and even the judge them-self upset at it, but feel "restricted" by the law?
This is a serious problem in a black and white justice system. The problem with our society is we don't want EVERY law enforced EVERY time, because we all "bend the rules" from time to time here.
For example, how often do we hit a stop sign in a empty intersection every day, and occasionally roll through it at 5 MPH or so? How many of us have gone even a single MPH above the speed limit? How many crossed a not-busy road not at an intersection? How many have poured a bird-bath filled by the recent rainshower out in the yard?
What we want is a law on the book, so that when someone does something REALLY bad, we have something to charge them with. We can point to the big book of laws and say "you can't do that" and get someone that is driving recklessly.
Unfortunately, the NSA and various other "enforcement" agencies have taken it upon themselves to enforce every law blindly and entirely. If we REALLY wanted speed limit laws enforced, why are we complaining about speed traps and not equipping every car with a GPS hooked up to the car computer? If we want a car to NEVER run a red light, why are red light cameras being shouted down in cities across the country?
What we all need to agree on and understand, are that laws are for the benefit of making society work, but aren't ironclad. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer a solution to how we can effectively "selectively enforce" laws to everyone's agreement, but I thought that is what judges were for. Impartial observers that look at the SPIRIT of the law and determine if a persons activity breaks that. Forget the letter of the law.
Well, you can hardly claim this is the government doing it. People who work on behalf of it, sure. But they were undoubtedly abusing their power, and this is in no way the official policy of the police department or the government on the whole.
Government can have great uses, you just have to have a LOT of checks in place to stop anyone who has power from abusing it.
Um, the middle article is (now) worthless. Less than worthless, as the actual sound file with something to listen to was taken down in March, and the same artist is selling a version of it for (inexplicably) the same cost to purchase the files separately, but it isn't the song. So to "patron" the article of it's product would leave you with 8:22 of something I can make with sound recorder (and he likely did).
Pity they didn't see this as fair use (replacement for the actual product? Yeah right, only if you have the amazing ability to discern 226 different sounds at once).
Yeah, great points. The court amount is an absurd amount, but anything less (and even this amount) would be mere pocket change for big corporations that stomp on little guys all the time. It's only through luck and through such blatant wrong-doing by AFP that the little guy won in this case. If even a few things changed, I wouldn't be surprised to see the fine reversed, in which case it's not a slap on the wrist, it's one ruined life.
Why don't we make fines be based on a percent of an entity's worth? That way, the fine scales evenly no matter your means. This way you can't out-rich the rule of law if breaking a law still takes away half your possessions.
This. Exactly this. Stop blaming the Post Office's "seventh straight year of red ink" on "less letters being written" and blame it entirely on an arbitrary law passed by congress that REQUIRES the Postal Service to pre-fund, within the next 10 years, retirement benefits it would have to pay out for the next 75 years.
In other words, it has to expect to pay out benefits to an employee it may gain 5 years down the road that retires in 30 years and have enough funding on-hand to pay for 40 years of his retirement.
It's a good idea for companies to have retirement obligations paid for, but 75 years is WAY too far forward looking, 10 years is too short a time to gather it all up, and people should not forget why this is happening.
Why is it the companies we GIVE REAL MONEYS TO in exchange for a product try to get more out of use that they can then sell for MORE MONEYS?
As an alternative to a smart TV, you can get a dumb TV, a set top box, and load up a FREE open source XBMC that does NOT phone home, does NOT sell your information, does NOT give you shit, and does NOT cost you anything. Oh, and it likely supports way more video formats and codecs than any smart tv out there.
Why anyone pays big companies anything any more to be spied on just astounds me.
Uh, has anyone asked the KID what happened? So far, all we seem to have going here is what the cop says, but I don't recall reading what the kid's version of events say. Sure, can't trust the suspect, yada yada yada. Still, worth a shot.
Ugh, as if Yahoo doesn't have enough on their plate, fixing the "improvement" to their mail site that has nothing but slow-downs, glitches, and complaints from day-one. Hey, let's add in encryption to it all!
That last item, the buzzing belt (audible buzz, or a "oohoohoo that tickles" kind of buzz?) sounds like that one ankle strap that constantly zaps you on the north side of your leg, giving you - eventually - essentially a 6th sense in a built-in compass. Why not change a belt (worn on the outside of pants so has to be strong enough to pierce) with a under-the socks/pants light shock on ankle?
Re: 10 years is plenty long for a video game copyright
Notable releases in 2003:
Wind Waker BF1942: Secret Weapons expansion Warcaft III: Frozen Throne Star Wars: KOTOR Homeworld 2 Beyond Good & Evil Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire internationally