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  • Nov 19, 2018 @ 04:24pm

    Netflix DVD

    I went old school and actually pay Netflix for the DVD service. I use them to rent the premium cable series. I watched GoT and Silicon Valley this way. Worked out great.

    Yes. I'm 6 months to a year behind my HBO subscribing coworkers. But I don't care. I have more than enough in the back catalog to consume until Netflix DVD rents the next season.

    And with the Netflix DVD, I also fill my queue with heaps of nice foreign films that we enjoy.

  • Oct 31, 2018 @ 12:32pm

    Why Google?

    If they want to know who was near a crime scene, then why are they asking Google?

    Wouldn't it be better to find out from the telcos who own the nearest cell phone towers what phones registered themselves with their towers in the time frame they are focused on?

  • Aug 06, 2018 @ 05:17pm

    Better Term

    "...cash-compromised lawmakers..."

    I prefer to call them "Coin Operated Legislators".

  • Feb 07, 2018 @ 02:14pm

    A failed attempt to construct an alternative reality

    What are the chances this cop knew to pull over this car and check the spare tire?

    I've been pulled over, even ticketed, a few times in my life. Not once has a cop every checked my spare tire.

    It is very obvious to me what happened. The cop got a tip, probably from rival, about this car and its cargo. He just did a really bad job trying to construct an alternative reality for justify his probable cause.

  • Dec 08, 2017 @ 10:36am

    Re: Local Antenna TV

    I've wondered the same myself.

    A TV network has to pay to broadcast OTA. They have to pay a license for the spectrum. They have to pay for the transmitting hardware, land, and operations staff. And they have to pay for the power needed to operate the transmitter.

    They have no idea who is consuming their OTA signal. Instead they have to pay companies like Neilsen Ratings to find out.

    On the other hand, they get paid by cable TV operators to get their content. The cable TV company pays for the transmission infrastructure. And digital cable knows exactly what is being watched and by what subscribers.

    If 85% of their market was getting their produce via cable, then why were they even bothering to pay to deliver it via OTA?

  • Dec 04, 2017 @ 09:21am

    Can a minor be held to the terms of a EULA? Isn't that a contract? And a minor can't sign a contract.

  • Dec 04, 2017 @ 09:19am

    No seeded data to test with

    So they don't have test data seeded into their production database that they can use for training? Why can't they have a Mickey Mouse account?

  • Sep 18, 2017 @ 02:47pm

    Totally legal man

    This was stupid of Motel 6 to allow. But I fail to see that Motel 6 did anything illegal.

    It is well known and established the companies in the US can do anything they want with the information they collect on you. There are some constraints, such as HIPAA. But if a company can make buck off of selling your details, then their isn't very much that will prevent it.

    I read the ICE was paying Motel 6, or at least these branches for the information. They didn't pay much.

    I first thought that this was rouge employees selling customer details out the back door to ICE for money. It doesn't appear to be that at all. It sounds like the branch owner or managers approved.

    If Motel 6 corporate contractually prohibited the selling of customer details by its franchises, then the owner of the franchise risks loosing their franchise, being fined, or somehow punished. This is between Motel 6 and the franchisee.

    If Motel 6 didn't prohibit this, then there is nothing contractually wrong.

    It doesn't sound like ICE demanded this information under the threat of law. And as noted, they could not compel the motel to surrender this information without a warrant. So ICE was smart and just asked them with a small bounty per arrest being paid in consideration.

    I don't think that Motel 6 is special in this regard. Common sense says that this policy would apply to any and all hotels that ICE might want to target. And I'm sure their success with cooperation varies. Cheap hotels take the money. Expensive hotels probably don't think it is worth the downside.

  • Aug 17, 2017 @ 08:53am

    The Ocho

    "...All the good stuff — big-time college football, professional basketball, the Monday night National Football League game — will remain exclusively on ESPN’s cable channels. The streaming service will get, well, other things..."

    They might as well call their new ESPN streaming service "The Ocho".

  • May 17, 2017 @ 08:06am

    The awards are a side show

    Isn't the Cannes Film Festival actually a trade show? Similar to Sundance? The core purpose is for producers to sell their films to distributors? The awards ceremony is just a side show. The whole thing is a match-making meeting.

    When Netflix is its own producer and distributor, then it doesn't need Cannes. The only thing it needs from Cannes is find new content to buy.

    In other words, Netflix isn't at Cannes to SELL their films. So it does make sense that only films being sold should be screened for the awards ceremony.

  • May 02, 2017 @ 08:30am

    Not the only one?

    Wadda want to bet the NO Parish DA's office isn't the only DA's office doing this? DA's talk to each other. They relocate. They have conventions.

  • Mar 15, 2017 @ 06:17pm

    Old School!

    I know this is old school. But I recently added DVD service to my Netflix. I don't have cable. Just OTA + Netflix.

    Adding the 1 DVD plan added $10 to my price. So now I'm paying about $20 a month to Netflix. My internet is about $70. So $90 total out of pocket for all our TV/Movie supply.

    This gives me access to HBO's content, but on DVD, for $5 less a month. Plus I get ALL the DVD content from all of the other studios too. I get to see the Showtime series. The cable network's series. Overseas series. Good movies. No shortage what at all.

    True, I don't get the latest episode. But there are so many good shows that I haven't seen yet that there is no shortage of excellent, ad free, TV series that I can watch.

    Another benefit of this is that I can't extreme binge. It forces a media consumption diet. I can't blow off going to the gym to watch one more episode because I have to wait for it to show up.

  • Mar 10, 2017 @ 10:23am

    Bottomless Pit of need

    Smart. They finally realized that the MPAA and RIAA are both bottomless pits of need that will never be satisfied.

    The right solution when dealing with BPON is to stop trying to satisfy it.

  • Feb 21, 2017 @ 03:24pm

    Protecting the cash cows!

    There are heaps of examples of companies that drove themselves in to the dirt because they had to protect their cash cow at all costs.

    For example: Kodak - Protecting its profitable film business, refused to switch to digital.

    BlackBerry - Refused to invest in smart phones. Stuck with their profitable BB Service.

    Digital Equipment Corp - "No one needs a computer in their home...". Nuff said.

  • Jan 31, 2017 @ 10:09am

    Can the Bar Assoc get involved?

    Can a lawyer send out legal threats that they know are illegal? Shouldn't that be reported to the Texas Bar Assoc?

  • Jan 26, 2017 @ 01:23pm


    Just like your company's HR department is there to protect the company, not you. The Bar is there to protect lawyers from the public, not the public from lawyers. After all, it is lawyers who are paying the dues.

    I have zero faith that a bar association will do anything to sanction a lawyer as long as he pays his dues.

  • Dec 22, 2016 @ 08:28am

    Low Blood Sugar

    The co-owner who did the blacklisting and threats blames it on low blood sugar. Seriously.


  • Nov 18, 2016 @ 11:21am

    The State Bar

    Remember folks. Your state's Bar Association is just like your company's HR department. The HR department is there to protect the company, not you. The State Bar is there to protect lawyers and their industry, not you the public.

  • Nov 16, 2016 @ 08:20am

    Re: Lottery 2.0

    Same thing on the Nevada/Cal border on I-15. There is a shopping mall with a large parking lot on the border. On the Cal side of the border, there is nothing but one small store that sells Lotto tickets. During the big lotto draws you see a nice long line of Las Vegas residents winding through the parking lot waiting to buy a Cal lotto tix.

    (FYI: Nevada does not have lottery).

  • Nov 08, 2016 @ 09:17am

    The current ticket purchasing system is not benefiting either the artist/performer or the audience. The middle men, either it be Ticketmaster, or scalpers, are the ones making the money.

    The answer would appear to be to get rid of the middleman. But that is not correct. There is nothing wrong with an artist selling their tickets to middleman as long as the middle man assumes the market risk. In the current setup, I'm not sure that the middlemen (Ticketmaster) even does that. I suspect that they stick the artist with the cost of unsold seats.

    An analogy would be agriculture future options. A farmer knows he need $100K to grown a crop of soybeans. So he sells an option for those beans for $150k which guarantees that he will not lose money. The option buyer is betting that he can sell the beans for more than he paid. But if he loses that bet, it is the option buyer, not the farmer, that takes the loss.

    That is the proper use of these middle men in the ticket industry. And the scalpers do this far better than the official ticket brokers.

    An artists doesn't need to sell their risk. Very successful artists should be able to auction their tickets and keep the money themselves. In other words, they could bet on themselves.

    Artists are being swindled by believing that they are buying "goodwill" with their fans by agreeing to sell seats at fraction of their market value. The reality is that these cheap seats always get taken by middleman and resold at a huge mark up.

    Bottom line. This industry is as corrupt as it can be, and now they want the government to condone and protect their scam.

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