At $10, perhaps even $20, I would consider streaming a new release at home.
A $50 price range is much different. I would only consider it if I invited a huge group of friends over to view as well. And it would have to be an excellent movie. At $50 I'm not willing to take a risk.
Multiple mixes of a channel (HLN / CNN Headline News, CNN Airport) can be only a minor additional cost over producing the primary channel, while potentially multiplying the advertising and carriage fee revenue.
The producers don't schedule the content to optimize for viewer convenience. Their goal is to get you to watch the advertisements, not the channel contents. A good example is the Weather Channel "local on the 8s". It claimed to give a weather synopsis every ten minutes. It shows it very briefly, and constantly shifts the actual start time over two minutes so that people aren't likely to avoid seeing the commercials.
I wonder if number of channels in a package has been verified by an unbiased observer.
From my observation when visiting other areas, the unique video content hasn't increased. Every 'channel' now has at least two copies, some three (SD, HD, UHD). Eight years ago only a select set of channels had an HD version, and 4K UHD didn't exist.
Some systems also had far more audio channels, with the new ones being foreign language. No doubt they are counted as part of the bundles, but they shouldn't be counted with the video 'channels'.
It will take another decade or so, but I expect that Snowden will end up on the right side of history.
Joe McCarthy repeatedly lied, destroying the careers of truly patriotic citizens. His name became descriptive of the evils of the whole era. I'm wondering if Clapper's phrase "least untruthful" will be remembered as the emblematic phrase of this era.
Younger people understand that it's now possible to not only watch most people all of the time, but to go back to when they were not being actively investigated and piece together amazingly complete details of what they were doing.
In such a world it's even more important that warrant requirements be strictly observed. In the past you might have been able to think that the ends justifies the means when there is an immediate result, or information is quickly discarded. Now when personal information is collected in bulk and stored indefinitely, the privacy violation is immediate and persistent.
Apple (and most others) use 'water damage indicators' that turn pink. If it's pink, they deny warranty coverage.
The indicators turn pink immediately with water, but they also turn pink from just the humidity of a being carried in a pocket for a few months.
If only Apple has the information to diagnose and repair their phones, there is no legal way to challenge their "pink means no coverage" policy. You can't have a third party repair place document that a part failed with no evidence of water damage.
He is not a moron. He built large buildings in NYC in the 1980s and 1990s when 'the trades' controlled all construction, especially concrete. And by 'the trades', I mean organized crime.
Building large buildings is not easy. There is a lot of profit in it because it's very difficult to pull everything together. And once you are close to succeeding, you are shaken down by everyone that thinks they have the leverage to do it.
Why was a representative from Iowa Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy surreptitiously undermining a legal awareness group?
It's right there in their name.
National Organization for the Reform of X Laws
As long as they are doing what the name suggests, promoting the reform of specific laws, that's clearly political speech. It's exactly the kind of speech that government employees shouldn't be interfering with in their official capacity.
It's easy to miss the proposal to offer tax credit or charitable contribution deductions for "donating" to support local news.
It doesn't take much imagination or foresight to predict the outcome. Wealthy people using this for taxpayer-subsidized PR. Companies doing tax-deductible advertising and lobbying for special advantages. Politicians being even more beholden to corporate-controlled media outlets.
Certainly they were not using write blockers. The whole point of the 'service' is to fix problems and remove malicious software.
The very nature of the business meant that the customer had no way to prove what was on the disk before turning it over. For instance, in this case the customer's machine wouldn't boot. The technician was tasked with modifying the disk contents so that it would boot.
Business Insider is a not a reliable journalism source either. It is mostly paid-by-the-piece, which attracts hack writers and stock price manipulators (pump/slag stories).
But in this case they have uncovered a dirty corporate structure. The employees are working for the money-losing company that will be sold for the value of its development losses. Presumably their stock options will be worth zero, and and non-connected investors will be screwed.
The designs and patents will be transferred to the offshore company, which is where all profits will end up.
This isn't actually legal, but it's really difficult to enforce fair-value transaction accounting.