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  • Nov 19th, 2015 @ 7:39am

    They are all about Customer Aquisition not Customer Retention

    One of the problems with the Cable Industry (and there seem to be many) is that they are not willing to mature. Most industries go through 5 phases, startup, growth, maturity, decline, extinction (remember I did say most). The Cable Industry does not want to enter the maturity stage.
    They want to keep growing. Note that it is hard to get away from the wonderful sounding "new customer" plans; however, once a customer the continuous rounds of price increases in continuous pressure to add new services.
    They seem to want to skip the maturity phase where customer retention is key. They don't do anything to keep their customer happy, especially where there is very little in the way of competition.
    At some point maybe they will begin to notice that the customer base is not growing anymore and they will need to start paying attention to retaining customers with retention specials and start reducing the new customer specials.

  • Nov 19th, 2015 @ 6:35am

    Poke that Bear

    Even magician and top Comcast lobbyist David Cohen couldn't fix what was broken.

    Cue the email stating that the Sr. Comcast Lobbyist David Cohen is not a lobbyist!

  • Nov 18th, 2015 @ 9:27am

    Re: Why Won't The Backdoor Concept Die?

    how is this the same John McCain who was on the other side during the last crypto wars?

    Why Won't the Backdoor Concept Die?

    I think the answer to both of these questions is actually going to be the very old saw "Follow The Money". It would not surprise me at all to find out who is constantly putting up the money to keep pushing this agenda.

    The bad part is that the supposed bad guys they want to catch are not going to use the broken encryption. They are going to keep using the existing good encryption and create more "NOT BROKEN" encryption and use that.

    Only those US citizens forced to use the broken encryption will be exposed (to everybody in the world) and anybody with a little bit of brains will be adding their own un-broken encryption on top of the broken encryption.

    One fall-out I hope they are preparing for is the increased costs to business as people lose faith in the "non" security of online transactions and banks, stores, and government offices are going to have to start hiring a lot more workers to service the people who have to come to the store/shop/office/tellers to transact business because all of the online security will be broken.

    Good Luck with That!

  • Nov 10th, 2015 @ 11:39am

    "Zarrelli Reputation" - Search this on Google

    Ok, I'm just a poor schmo gettin' by from day to day (impatiently waiting for the next chuckle from a TechDirt article). So just out of curiousity I did a search on Google (OK, I googled it) for "Zarrelli Reputation". I mean after all, his whole business is reputation management, right? So the first FOUR pages of results are about how bad he is doing a managing his own reputation and some of the articles are feeling sorry about the clients that hired him.

    Actually, this could mean that there is going to be more fun reading here. That's about 40 to 60 lawsuits against various blogs and publications that are (what did he say):

    harass, stalk, libel, and cyber bully me online

    Come on, I'm already starting to salivate at all the articles on TechDirt about this little "Zarelli Circus of Legal Entertainment".

    Strangely enough, in working some Google magic, I could not find an article with a "positive" reference to Zarelli. Only articles about how badly he has messed up. I guess with everybody talking about his clown act, maybe he is hoping that no one will remember his client's activities. He's created the "Zarelli Google Trick". It's heavily patterned after the Jedi mind trick but is not a story of fiction and doesn't actually work. It is however entertaining.

    I hope George Lucas doesn't sue him though; for creating a derivative work without paying for a license.

  • Nov 3rd, 2015 @ 11:57am

    No Comments Allowed on BULR

    Since the author and readers of the Boston University Law Review may not also be readers of TechDirt, I went to their website to post a comment so that they could react to your rebuttal of the author's claims. Funny, no comments allowed. It appears that the Law Review, you know, those lawyer types, don't want to deal with the pesky 1st Amendment problems of dealing with comments. They just want to post random opinions of lawyers, you know the ones that support the laws of the land in court. If they had some experience with comments, maybe they would have their own push back against her very one sided fact free article.

  • Oct 28th, 2015 @ 10:15am

    How About Real Accountability

    First: Define where there is a need
    Second: Obtain evidence that there is actually a lack
    Third: Allow an ISP to build out the network to alleviate the need
    Fourth: Verify that the network that WAS missing is NOW in place
    Finally: Then, pay a portion of the cost that is above the normal build out cost. After all, the ISP is going to be charging for this build out for years to come.

  • Oct 14th, 2015 @ 9:05am

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    Ignorance of the law is not an excuse - unless you are a meter maid or police officer. Then just a best effort is required or even just make it up. What the heck!

  • Sep 18th, 2015 @ 1:19pm

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    Time Warner Cable isn't particularly in-tune with the value-needs of his typical customer, but executives like Marcus are going to have to pull their collective heads of of the sand post haste if they want to minimize the impact of the Internet video revolution, and the cheaper, more flexible channel options they insist nobody wants.

    Nope, executives like Marcus are putting their $85 million in the bank and looking the other way. He/They don't care what anybody else wants, they got their money. How else are they going to get all that money if they don't take it from their customers?

  • Sep 7th, 2015 @ 6:41am


    Does this mean that Facebook has now "Jumped the Shark?"

  • Jul 29th, 2015 @ 12:48pm

    It's Time for us Peaons to talk to our Gov'm'nt Representives

    Let's pass a real consumer protection law that requires manufacturers to put on very large print that a product they sell include a "watch you" feature that may include a "phone home" and talk about you feature.

  • Jul 29th, 2015 @ 12:19pm

    Google drops Spain.....

    Net Profit drops .00000000000000001% and nobody notices.

  • Jul 29th, 2015 @ 12:16pm

    Wouldn't be so bad if they gave you the TV

    and you agreed to be "sold". But a TV purchaser (you know someone who gave them money for the TV) is now going to be analyzed and have more ads forced on them. NOT COOL.

  • Jul 29th, 2015 @ 12:08pm

    It's not just GOOGLE, keep repeating, it's not just GOOGLE

    PLEASE, it would be one thing if just Google were the problem. However; MOST IF NOT ALL news aggregators got out of the business because of this new law. SO WHAT if Google was one of them.

    Would the Google haters please read the whole article and stop focusing on just Google. Many new aggregators went out of business to avoid this mandatory tax under a very vague law that just tries to give publishers money for other businesses sending them more business.

    Now Google AND MANY OTHER news aggregators stopped and the publishers have a lot of spilt milk to cry over as they end up with large drops in revenue because the advertisers are not getting page views anymore and ad rates WILL drop.

  • Jul 29th, 2015 @ 8:44am

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    Ahhhh, but isn't it great. Google isn't making any money off of those Spanish newspapers (and really who cares that they are all making A LOT less money themselves). Those Google leeches aren't going to make any money off of Spanish newspapers even if they all have to close up. Cue the nose/face joke here.

  • Jul 22nd, 2015 @ 7:34am

    How about a "Schmobbyist"

    He's a schmoozer that lobbies (but less than 20% of his work time).

  • Jul 21st, 2015 @ 8:47am

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    OK, one more thought. If your driverless car is parked at a meter that has a 2 hour limit with no renewal and you've told your car that it's 10:00 now and at 12:00 the meter is up, can the car go find a different parking spot on it's own? Or, is there going to be a new law that prohibits that?

  • Jul 21st, 2015 @ 8:45am

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    In many ways, the driverless cars are going to be a huge boon. Even the poor who "may" bear some additional cost IF they even have a car but will benefit from the driverless taxis that could be more responsive (no meal or potty breaks) and cheaper. As for the change in "revenue" from police departments, tere will be less accidents, less tickets and then there will be less need for police personnel to write up traffic reports (and less time investigating highway fatalities), but also there will be less judges and all of the associated courthouse personnel required to process tickets and other driving violations. So the cost to the public should be reduced. In Maryland, cars already have to have a vehicle environmental inspection where they check the vehicle milage. In the future, it will just include a mileage tax (assuming that there is a reduction in the gas tax anyway). There will be a huge rebalancing of money flow by the driverless cars. The cars will cost more initially, but as mentioned body shops, insurance rates, parking fees, and many other costs will go down drastically.

  • Jul 15th, 2015 @ 2:29pm

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    One other angle, most McDonald's stores have security cameras now. They better get copies of those films so that timings can be done to determine what "fast enough" really means.

  • Jul 15th, 2015 @ 2:26pm

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    The reporters need to keep quiet for a little while. They can't even get the names of the officers that "charged" them with the crimes (I mean assaulted them). If the county prosecutors are actually stupid to file court charges, at some point they are going to have to name the officers. At that point, the false arrest and illegal detention charges can be filed against those officers.

    Just let that hubris and prosecutorial stupidity run rampant just a little longer.

  • Jul 14th, 2015 @ 2:39pm


    Let me fix that for you, it's the USA:

    United Sadist of America.

    Let's face it, all thats missing from her detainments is the gratuitous body cavity searches.

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