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  • Jun 24, 2016 @ 09:26am

    Re: Zero rating means "usage" caps are nonsense

    Actually, Binge On works better than data usage caps. Binge On cuts your bandwidth, whereas data caps don't. Not arguing for or against Binge On, just saying, that technically, it helps alleviate stress on the system. Stream 480p (or 360p or whatever) is less stress than streaming full HD. Now, yes, you can argue more people will use it, but ultimately, you're getting more people using the same bandwidth as opposed to less people on the same bandwidth in regards to data hogs.

  • Jun 24, 2016 @ 09:47am

    How high is the barrier of entry?

    If the algorithm is really so simple that it messes up, how high is the barrier of entry for small start-ups to Binge On? T-Mobile has stated absolutely anyone can join as long as they meet the technical requirements (ie: they have to be able to flag what is video and what isn't). Does anyone have a more detailed explanation of the requirements to join BingeOn? T-Mobile doesn't seem to be playing favorites and I think that's one reason why customers aren't absolutely against it. And its hard to be against it when the alternatives are worse. It kinda puts consumers between a rock and a hard place. In many scenarios its either choose "not T-Mobile" and pay more for less, but support net neutrality, or it's choose T-Mobile, pay less for more, but cruise into gray net neutrality territory. Is there anyone here who is against Binge On on principle, is a T-Mobile customer, and has Binge On turned off?

  • Apr 15, 2013 @ 10:16am

    if i dance somewhere, it does not necessarily mean i was given the opportunity by the club to do so. i could have taken the opportunity from them. i could go dance in the lobby of the office of these auditors and that doesn't mean they gave me the opportunity. the simple observation of someone dancing is not enough.

  • Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:08am

    Re: I actually like this law...

    These weren't pirated copies. These were authorized copies of the book. This in no way protects anything, but in fact, gives incentive to create these works abroad so as to retain more copyrights than if they were created here.

  • Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:00am

    Re: Re:

    Are you kidding? This gives more incentive to book manufacturers to produce their product outside of the US. It gives the copyright holder more rights than if it were produced here. Luckily it still only applies if you bought the book outside the US, or at least that's how it sounds. Otherwise, it would be even worse.

  • Jul 27, 2011 @ 10:39am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Mike didn't blame Fox for the actual infringement. He blamed them for increasing the value of piracy. Fox went out of their way to make piracy more valuable to someone. If you want to complain about infringement, going after individual users will never get you anywhere (RIAA sorta learned that one, but haven't let it go completely). You gotta figure out why its such a problem. If there is a void in the market that is created by restrictions (government or corporate), the black market will fill it.

  • Jul 27, 2011 @ 10:31am

    Re: Re: Re: I actually disagree this time

    for clarification, they are increasing the value of piracy because originally piracy was just ad-free and could be location-shifted. Now it's ad-free, location-shiftable (?) AND available sooner.

  • Jul 27, 2011 @ 10:26am

    Re: Re: I actually disagree this time

    This is not a reasonable adaptation. They made piracy *more* valuable. That is not how you compete with piracy. There has *ALWAYS* been a black market for *EVERYTHING*. Piracy is *everywhere*. However, piracy only fills needs that are lacking. In general, for physical goods, piracy only fills the needs of people. If people don't need piracy, it goes away. There's no reason for piracy to exist if the manufacturer/producer/etc. has the customer's best interest in mind.

    You do *not* provide value to group A by taking away value from group B. The value of the product to Group A is the same. It's now just that it's more value than Group B.

  • May 25, 2011 @ 05:11am

    the way I figure, he may understand fully that they are contradictory. he gets the best of both worlds. he helps pharma while at the same time being able to tell people that he's trying to help them out, even though in reality, it'll probably be pointless, but the people don't know that.

  • Jan 18, 2011 @ 10:28am

    Re: Re: Maybe this explains it

    If the press knew about it, so did the enemy. How much worse would it have been if the US thought they were surprising the enemy when in fact the enemy knew the US was coming?

  • Jan 10, 2011 @ 07:14am

    Re: Re: IHOP

    No, your original comment is correct. You can't order it without giggling. I ordered it and the entire table pretty much laughed, including the waitress. But hey, it's only proper to order it by its given name.

  • Dec 16, 2010 @ 07:12am

    Re: bad link --- and PLEASE fix you web site - - it really sucks,, big time..

    pain is a different sense than touch. pain is caused by a different set of nerve cells. i believe there are people who can feel, but can't sense hot/cold nor pain.

  • Aug 07, 2010 @ 08:38am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I'm not commenting on whether its a good or bad policy, but just because it's been leaked virtually everywhere does not mean its unclassified. Military is just following protocol. Until its been declassified by an authorized entity, it stays classified. If spillage occurs (even if its already occurred elsewhere), it still has to go through normal protocols. All they're doing is avoiding the problem of deciding how large a spill needs to be for them to ignore it and assume its classified.

    It's also serving as a reminder that any classified information that is similar or even identical in nature to the leaked info is *still* classified.

    I'm guessing they just feel its best to treat spills in a black & white nature as opposed to grey areas. The spill itself is being treated as any other spill.

  • Dec 07, 2009 @ 04:19am


    I did and they were the first hit. I assume you meant search for Macpro using Google AU... cause doing otherwise would be stupid.

  • Nov 25, 2009 @ 03:28am

    I always enjoyed 30 Rock's over the top, in your face product placement. They always did it in such a way that it was actually part of a joke. While they didn't try to hide it in any way, quite the opposite in fact, it also wasn't intrusive.

  • Nov 06, 2009 @ 05:41am


    wouldn't the ability to drive the car in a video game want to make people want to drive them even more in real life and therefore make them even more envious? your reasoning makes no sense.

  • Nov 06, 2009 @ 05:40am

    Re: In mikee's world

    "I highly doubt you will ever see anything from him though, and especially nothing that is free...."

    dude... you just read and responded to a free article written by him. he writes articles all the time and lets you read them for free. he lets other folks copy them and doesn't force them to license it. how dense are you?

  • Nov 03, 2009 @ 06:44pm

    music club = awesome

    I wouldn't sell the music thing short. If you split it up, you probably would have sold more. To be honest, the artists don't really go well together except for those with quite eclectic tastes. I purchased it based off of not just Amanda Palmer's signature, but Neil Gaiman's as well. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed the other artists too. I hadn't even heard any of their things until after I received the package. The music box was a nice touch, obviously not something to be repeated exactly as such, but it was creative. The handwritten lyrics was also nice too. It creates a kind of connection with the artist to have something you know they did personally, even if they did it quite a lot.

    I hope you keep the music club or some form of it around for awhile. Try to pick up new artists, etc. Maybe even have a cheaper music tier for those that don't want to dish out so much for an artist they haven't heard of, but possibly just help various artists get their name out there. It'd be really neat if you could get Trent Reznor.

    I enjoyed the music club greatly. Definitely one of the best and well-remembered purchases of the past year.

  • Oct 19, 2009 @ 10:20am

    Re: A Solution to Credit Card Problems that Works...

    It's not that they don't believe in it, its just a matter that some people can't afford it. Some people will always live in debt because they don't get paid enough (or, less sympathy for those who just can't spend wisely). It happens.

  • Oct 19, 2009 @ 06:37am

    at least they didn't give him a problem with getting a new card

    my credit card was charged a few bogus charges from paypal. paypal actually contacted me and asked me about the charges because it was suspicious to them. they canceled the charges and recommended i get a new card. capitalone actually tried to convince me not to get a new card and said somebody probably accidentally typed in the wrong credit card number. after enough insisting, they finally issued me a new card, but seriously, i never would have expected that.

    until identity theft is deemed as just another way to steal from a bank or moneylending institution, they won't offer free credit watches and what not. when the problem falls squarely on their shoulders and they have to deal with the fallout instead of the customer, then they'll start being proactive about it.

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