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  • Jun 19, 2010 @ 06:53am

    Interesting idea, not sure how practical, but certainly can't make it worse. While i've issues with the execution, i certainly have no problems with the existence of speed cameras, and perhaps this will have a better effect on driver speed and behavior.

  • Feb 22, 2010 @ 05:05am

    Re: BBC Users are forced to pay, newspapers have to charge again.

    I suppose that then begs two obvious questions:

    1) Is the app free? If you're paying for the BBC, then you should get the app free.
    2) Does the BBC have to share the technology? After all, if they're a part of the government funded by the people, then their technology should be open source, no?

  • Dec 08, 2009 @ 08:41pm

    Interesting law suit, considering that i would swear on a stack of bibles that my Sprint phone came with a little yellow flyer warning me that i should use a hands free set while driving, although i could be mistaken i suppose.

  • Nov 10, 2009 @ 10:23am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Holds up his hand, "Me too, i did for the longest time record my shows when i wasn't home, but after a while it got to be a pain, having to change the tape when it was full, which if quality was important, was quite often. Or if you wanted each episode on a tape, or if you wanted each show. Somewhere around the nineties i gave up (around the end of ST:TNG), if you worked a lot, had odd hours, etc, after a while i found m'self not wanting to be bothered with more work on top of work, taking care of my apartment, shopping, etc, it already seemed like the day was too short, and adding even a few more minutes work just to make sure that i didn't miss shows that i might be home for, or home for a re-run, quickly became more trouble than its worth.

  • Nov 10, 2009 @ 09:57am

    Laughs, "This is news? Five years or so ago, i was one of the few drivers at Allstate Cab who took credit cards. It was volutary, but you had to give the company a 10% processing fee, so most of the drivers didn't want them. I looked at it as an oppurtunity to get more calls, and more than once, i became the only car that could take a call, because no one else logged in took credit cards. Sure, it cost me 10%, but i pay the company that, lease and gas, and keep everything else, so being able to get more calls puts more money in my pocket, so why not accept credit cards? Heck, in NY, its easier and offers more features, including the aforementioned tip recommendation feature, built in card swipe, and so on (back then we did it manually and phoned dispatch to get an approval number), which makes it quick and easy. Frankly i can't see why they resisted, especially with Visa pushing for increased credit card use (with policies such as not requiring a signature on card swiped transactions under $25).

  • Oct 12, 2009 @ 06:35pm

    Just remember, you pay the AP for such quality content as this: http://probablybadnews.com/2009/10/12/funny-news-headlines-psst-this-isnt-your-inbox/

    Yeah, dunno how you would confirm that as real, but if it is, that's damned hilarious, considering that they feel their content is so valuable and unique that you have to pay for it. Well, that's certainly unique, but i doubt its worth much.

  • Sep 23, 2009 @ 06:43am

    Hmmm, one reason Apple may have approved this is to get a free guinea pig. Apple has stayed away from the subscription model on the basis that its a poor deal for the consumer, and most consumers don't want it. How better to find out if you're right, then to allow someone else to prove it? Apple should they choose to can beat Spotify at their game, but doing it this way allows Spotify to take all the risks first.

  • Aug 14, 2009 @ 10:17am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Or it'd be like Phoenix. Taxi insurance starts at $350/mo, weights and measures taxi 'license' $24/yr, you can run any car you want, and all you need is a D class license, a meter, and name/phone number/rates posted on the door in approved size. Nobody makes money out here but the big companies, and those that have an established clientele (a cheap weekly lease is $250).

  • Aug 11, 2009 @ 05:49pm

    Kink.com

    They're also notable for their solution, instead of doing a script, filming it, and releasing it on a schedule, kink.com has heavy switched to live shows, releasing the edited version on the site later. Obviously the only way to see the live show is to be a member, and its somewhat tricky (not impossible obviously) to pirate. While kink.com isn't doing as well as they used to, they're still doing quite well by adjusting to the market, and diversifying (considering that their studios are the San Francisco Armory which was purchased for a reported $14.5 million).

  • Aug 11, 2009 @ 05:33pm

    This is reminiscent of a fight between the Phoenix New Times and the Maricopa Sheriff's office here in AZ. Basically state law makes it illegal to publish a law enforcement offers info online. Since the paper is also available online, they were charged with violating the law. To make the law really weird, its legal to put that info in a newspaper, on the radio, on a billboard, basically any way you like, except online. I think law enforcement is scared of an informed public.

  • Aug 06, 2009 @ 07:49am

    Pedicabs here in Phoenix do that, but its actually because of the law, they're not allowed to charge for their service, though i'm not sure why. Obviously they can't be metered like a taxi, but livery cars charge on a non-metered basis and that's legal.

  • Apr 09, 2009 @ 11:43am

    Hmmm, so i take it its some manner of forwarded number? I know when we had Verizon i asked about the possibility of having two lines to the same phone, and was told that the phone could have access to one line at a given time, rather i'd need two phones if i wanted to numbers.

  • Dec 15, 2008 @ 04:40am

    I wonder why they're targetting Red Box. Out here in Phoenix, we've also got Movie Cube, though Red Box is far more common (they've a genius franchisee out here), which offers the same $1 movie pricing. I wonder ifn there's something more behind this, after all, you'd expect Universal to go after everyone in this market.

  • Mar 06, 2008 @ 06:50pm

    Hmmm, the only things good I can see here is that it makes it easier for a restaurant to offer a much broader menu, a paper menu means that even if they have the ingredients to make other less popular items, the finite space in the menu limits them to popular items and the occasional experiment, otherwise the menu becomes too formidable for customers. Also this could allow a much more interesting presentation of the food, no longer would the images be static. Lastly, this would allow longer more complete descriptions of the items including nutritional information.

    While this wouldn't reduce staffing, it might make it more efficient, now they could concentrate on the guest experience and presentation, I can name one restaurant (and have in my LJ) that could use to learn that.

  • Feb 01, 2008 @ 07:44pm

    Laughs, "One of the radio stations here in Phoenix has been taking pot shots at the NFL, they refer to the game as the Superbowl followed by 'Oops'"

  • Jan 18, 2008 @ 05:25am

    Re: 9/10ths

    You know, I've always said that ifn the government needs more money from us, they should up the tax 1/10th of a cent, most of us would never notice it (2.99 9/10ths aka 2.999 is how different from 3.00?), yet it'd give the government more money. Mind you, I don't think we need more taxes.