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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Richy_T Re:What? (200 comments)

Just like it would make no sense to run cable when TV is already provided by satellite or phone lines where there is already mobile coverage.

Oh wait, that stuff happens. Maybe the main reason there aren't multiple last-mile solutions is government interference (as usual)

10 hours ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Richy_T Re:.7% (168 comments)

Yup. I would prefer if companies returned dividends rather than grow into huge behemoths but I understand why they don't (government) and to investors, it usually makes little difference (Though I think if government interference were removed, dividends would provide better value).

5 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Richy_T Re:I'm doing my best to keep them afloat (168 comments)

One could be reading for a test or pleasure or some imminent need. It probably is in how the question is asked.

5 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Richy_T Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

Amazon is unionized? That's why the auto makers got the bailouts.

5 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Richy_T Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

Unfortunately, when cyber Monday does come around, between them and the other retailers using their services, they often seem to have insufficient capacity. We frequently were unable to spin up new instances around that period. When you have people sitting around waiting to do work, that quickly starts to eat into any savings.

5 days ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Richy_T Re:Question for Amerifats (195 comments)

It can depend. There are reasons that bridges or underpasses cannot be put in some locations but the most likely explanation is that the bridge makers and politicians in Virginia share several of the same relatives.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Richy_T Re:And? (195 comments)

How much lower? I get pretty close (around 22mpg)

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Richy_T Re:The death of trains (195 comments)

You woefully underestimate the efforts that vested interests will go to to ensure that money goes into their pockets, I mean hard-working (cough) Americans can keep their jobs.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Richy_T Re:And? (195 comments)

He has the heart of a teacher.

He keeps it in a box under his bed with the other trophies.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Richy_T Re:Stephen Elop (383 comments)

So who will buy Microsoft? Facebook? AOL? Taco Bell?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Richy_T Re:Employees are assets - in a good way (383 comments)

It is correct but not politic. I don't know who thought it was a good idea. It sets the ground for an "us vs them" mentality which is probably not a bad idea from the employees point of view (many of whom have a fantasy-land vision of the employee/employer relationship and are frequently the most shocked when it comes to the rude awakening) but not from the company's point of view which has an interest in nurturing such delusions.

Concern for you employees is like sincerity. Once you can fake it, you have it made.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

Richy_T Re:A Century Ago (195 comments)

But you move your routes around and suddenly there are people who have lost service. Your service is now known as something that can't be relied on so people have to obtain their own vehicles "just in case" and so your service becomes even less popular.

Buses are a losing game and most only really survive through subsidies.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Richy_T Re:A Phone call wouldnt of hurt (277 comments)

I actually ran across this in one of GRR Martin's books the other day. Very sloppy proofreading. He sometimes writes the accents but this wasn't one of those cases.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Richy_T Re:Not the first time! (277 comments)

Last I saw, he has the check from Microsoft hanging on his wall.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Richy_T Re:Special email addresses ... (277 comments)

Because domain guy is responsible for the domain names and mail guy is responsible for the mail stuff. Trust me, no company neglects email and it turns a one-person requirement for failure into a two-person requirement for failure.

Not to mention if you have a specific address for such things, you can do all sorts of tricks like having the address forward to both your domain manager *and* inserting a ticket into your ticketing system.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Richy_T Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

The best way is to scrape (or API) the domain registrar. Sometimes takes a bit of work but you have a 100% up-to-the-minute completely accurate list.

about two weeks ago

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