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I can promise you that AT&T does not do this for its customers.  They invented the on hold and layers of control just to keep customer's from bothering them.  AT&T:  we are now offering combined billing for all your customer service needs.  Not mentioned was the billing is combined for charges on your late payment, but it is not combined for rebates to separate types of account credits.  AT&T owes me for overcharging me on my cell bill, but they expect me to still pay them...
We certainly don't have a fair taxation system today. Rather than give the government more ways to collect money unfairly maybe we could simply make the current system less complex and less easy to game. Better government is certainly better than no government. Just look at Irag or Syria if you need a refresher course on why we need a government. The only new tax I would add would be a tax on having more than one child. The need for a permanent reversable form of...
It is not hard to see a monopolist at work here. Kill any creative part of the revenue stream and claim that ebooks are nothing more than a word file for sale. A book is much more than a simple word file. It is a creation from idea to sale that involves way more than just the author's voice. How is the author going to come out ahead here? The price Amazon is offering is still below market value. There is no provision here for the editor, art work, type setting, and...
I was really struck by how prescient the speech by Steve Jobs was in 2001 after the introduction of os X.  I looked it up because I forgot exactly when he made the presentation.   He was talking about how he saw the Mac as a digital hub way back then.  I think the how of what Apple does with home automation tech is way more important than the choice of device.  Apple laid the groundwork for a bunch of new devices at the developer conference this year.  The software is the...
My Mother has always been a big fan of the NYTimes. I have subscribed for a short while, but never seemed to get enough to warrant the high cost. Last time I cancelled they kept sending us papers and bills for 3 months. NY Times is dying and this weak journalism is strong evidence of how painful their situation has become. We need strong journalists to keep an open society. This is not a good thing, but it is real.
"I'd do a simplified two-tier flat tax. I would be carving into regulations with the aim of getting govt. out of the way of capitalism. No complicated VAT or weird mumbo-jumbo that no one understands. No need for accountants. And, bonus, very difficult to politicize. The labyrinth tax code gives rise to political favors and endless tinkering as one party or another shoves benefits to their base of voters (such as this suggested tax holiday).   Get politicians out of it....
I agree with the more common sense reports here. Some times I wonder if Eddy Cue has the chops to handle all Apple's internet businesses. Apple has never been as strong here. Jobs was not as Internet savvy as the guys at Google.
Even Congress is beholden to the income of top corporations. Letting the government see their data was probably just fine when it did not hurt their bottom lines and everybody was having to do it. This is no longer the case so they are expecting a much stronger privacy screen from the government while they are still going to be allowed to collect all the data they want on "their" customers. Amazon not being on this list probably shows how serious they are about directly...
GQB I think you are on to something. It certainly fits the profile of a company that uses it's cache with Wall Street to sell at a break even price. There is not much profit motive left if someone becomes more efficient then Amazon. Amazon knows they are the big dog and don't want competition. Hammering suppliers is the first sign of a monopoly. I can definitely imagine Mr Bezo's asking for 90 days to pay for supplies sold in 5 days. That doesn't sound like such a...
Can someone find a way to automate online ID and password production, and replacement? All I want to do is simply be myself in my browser and occasionally be asked whether I want privacy with this web site or that comment. It is not an easy problem to crack, but replacing ID and passwords because someone else was sloppy is pretty aggravating.
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