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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Yebyen Re:Blame Comcast/Verizon? (350 comments)

So I'm curious. When your business' expenses increase in one department, and there's absolutely nothing at all you can do about it to stop that increase from happening, what do you do? I'm pretty sure at Netflix, they either raise prices for a segment of their customers dramatically, raise prices more slightly for their customers across the board, cut their expenses in another department, or shore up operations and close the doors for good.

They are one company over at Netflix, not like Time Warner/Time Warner Cable/Time Warner Telecom/AOL/FifthMealCompany which are all independent and separate from each other nowadays, unless you're asking some jerk on the street who doesn't know any better. Those companies are all free standing and profitable. Netflix has only one money pit.

And you think the primary expense of the mail division that operates six days a week is only postage? You're even more clueless than I thought!

5 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Yebyen Blame Comcast/Verizon? (350 comments)

Kind of surprised to not see anyone at all here blaming Comcast, Verizon, and the other extortion artists trying to get an extra buck out for Netflix' rising costs and ever decreasing service level. This is the very start of what we all predicted with the decline of Net Neutrality, no?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Yebyen Re:Corporate culture (272 comments)

Hahahahahah thanks for that, I LOL'd

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Yebyen Re:Really? (231 comments)

I think this is what he's talking about:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Yes, NSA spies on Congress. No, Congress doesn't like that, but they don't mind the rest of us being spied on. She was only pissed off about the spying once she realized she was also targeted.

about two weeks ago
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Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Yebyen Re:Void warranty (77 comments)

Service locations then...

http://www.teslamotors.com/ser...

It looks like Tesla "ranger visit" is $100 per trip with the service plan, presumably since it's not explained on the page a "ranger" is someone who comes to you, like AAA, only Tesla.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Yebyen Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

NB: From what I'm reading today, the energy stored in a modern Li-Ion battery is about equivalent to the stored energy in a hand grenade. So if you can rewire it to blow up, that's enough. You don't need to replace any of the materials in the battery itself.

about three weeks ago
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Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists

Yebyen Re:Don't worry, be happy (86 comments)

I had never heard the story that Bobby McFerrin committed suicide and had to google to figure out wtf he was talking about :) so yes, woosh indeed.

about a month ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Yebyen Re:This means nothing without context (265 comments)

OK, I wasn't going to say it but now I'm going to say it. Black people are good at sports. Better than me. By the numbers, anyway.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Yebyen Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

I think the judges are applying a little-known standard called "do you have any wires"

The legislation that causes cable companies to need to pay broadcasters to re-distribute their broadcasts should apply equally to businesses that "don't have any wires" connecting them directly to their customers.

Just because you don't have any wires that belong to you and connect you directly with some customers ("the last mile"),

even if you can't pull a Comcast and charge Netflix for the privilege of reaching your customers who pay to receive "The Internet" which Netflix is a part of,

doesn't mean you shouldn't be responsible for bearing some of the cost of funding broadcast activities that you derive your business from. Sure they are broadcast signals, and "anyone" can get them for free, but if you take them away, you don't have a business... then the court says you have to pay for them.

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

Yebyen Re:They hate our freedom (404 comments)

You think the same people are both buying and selling spaces? I envision a person driving around looking for spaces all day and pulling into them, bringing up the app on their way back from the newsstand to re-sell the space as soon as they have secured one for free/with some delay so as to promote some appearance of not being a plain old squatter abusing the commons and rent-seeking with free public resources. A second person with more money than time enables him by installing the app and buying the space from him, because it's easier than driving around looking for their own space during prime-time parking hours. Especially now that we have this app!

At no point did I imagine anyone buying a space who has enough time to wait around for someone else to buy it back from them later.

about a month ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

Yebyen Re:You know ... (358 comments)

I am pretty sure you can get away with inspecting your car only once, when you buy it, even still in New Hampshire. They are probably not the only state. Don't know about liability insurance, but I don't know if I'd want to drive (or walk, or even be near a road) in a place where individuals were allowed to wing around a half ton of metal at 50+MPH without carrying some automotive liability insurance.

about a month ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

Yebyen Re:$5000 per worker before lawyers fees? (150 comments)

Then I would wager that you are not a member of the affected class of workers. I promise you they didn't collude to keep our salaries low because they just don't care about profits and their shareholders told them not to worry because they already had enough money in the bank for dividends.

about a month ago
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Judge: $324M Settlement In Silicon Valley Tech Worker Case Not Enough

Yebyen Re:More (150 comments)

I actually recognized this as Trading Places :D a movie that came out before I was born

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Yebyen Re:Mod parent WAY WAY UP! (135 comments)

Wow, who knew, the best way to get people to read your comment was to be wrong!

The last time I had this many replies to a comment was ... probably never!

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

Yebyen Speaking of editors (135 comments)

Hey editors, when Fall in a sentence refers to the season, it's capitalized.

about a month ago
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Time Warner Sells Telecom Business to Level 3

Yebyen Re:You sure its Time Waner? (38 comments)

Yes, agreed, we are TW Telecom customers and my boss, who has been around long enough to know, reminds me every time I say "Time Warner" that "It's Not Time Warner". The name of the company is TW Telecom or TWTC. It has nothing to do with Time Warner or Time Warner Cable these days. Submitter.Insert(foot,mouth), Editor.Shame()

about a month and a half ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Yebyen Re:Is it is? (153 comments)

OK, so Portland Oregon is almost 10x larger than Portland Maine. The more you know...

about a month and a half ago
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Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

Yebyen Re:What is the alternative? (75 comments)

He's talking about re-crypting the data on disk, not taking a backup copy of the (encrypted or decrypted) master key.

In other words, if any of the more important bits are lifted by someone (presumably someone who knows your passphrase to decrypt them, or they wouldn't be much use at all) you can't just re-key the store. You change your passphrase, they can still access the data with that master key. Need to create a whole new store now.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Yebyen Re:Is it is? (153 comments)

Am I the only one who thought this might be an announcement about Portland, ME? Or any one of the 25 places called Portland in the US alone? I guess they must have already fixed the headline, they've started fixing these things as they get reported (apparently they actually do care about looking like buffoons).

about a month and a half ago

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