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|6 weeks 6 days ago||That's some pretty incredible||
That's some pretty incredible free recruiting from just the short segment.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||then you have read some very||
then you have read some very naive views of the merger. The real reason behind the merger is not leverage directly at the customer side where both companies already have either real or de facto monopolies, but in the back side where the combined entity would have even more market concentration over both the internet as a whole and content providers. This will allow the combined entity to stiffle or outright kill any competition such as netflix et al and to prevent any competition from sprouting up in the future. It will also allow comcast to outright kill any potential of an existing content provider adding an unbundled internet option in the future. These three things are certainly significant incentives for Comcast to complete the merger.
Its all about increasing their market power and concentration on the back end. And a significant enough amount of people can see that very clearly already. This merger will likely be opposed by a who's who of the internet along with various content providers (though likely covertly).
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Except that's not the market||
Except that's not the market strategy for a combined Comcast/TWC. The strategy is to keep control of content, which means keeping content tied to cable. They will use their market power to prevent the transition of TV from a subscription bundle model to an internet a la carte model.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||This is an entirely incorrect||
This is an entirely incorrect way to look at their market power. The market power of comcast/twc isn't in their EXISTING monopoly control of markets, but their increased bargaining power and control of the nation wide internet and content markets. The combined entity would have 1/3 or greater of the TV and internet content market under their control, allowing them to dictate terms to pretty much any other entity.
This would allow them for instance to lock in deals that no competitors would be able to get or simply and effectively block out competition like netflix from having access or effective access to customers. We won't even get into their market power over content providers like Disney/ABC/ESPN or HBO. The main hurdle to HBO having an online only option is companies like Comcast et al as an example.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Oh I remember that class,||
Oh I remember that class, also many years they not only gave out the answers, the exams were open book/open note. Myself and a couple other people actually had a contest for that class: Least number of class hours for an A. I think the average was something like 12 hours, including the exams, an no one got less than an A-.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||And ironically, that $3M||
And ironically, that $3M constitutes breach of contract by the ACC, likely allowing Maryland off the hook completely!
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Well there are a lot of||
Well there are a lot of issues with the ACC exit fee including the process to increase the fees not actually following ACC bylaws in two cases: notification and date of effect. Then there is the blatant violation of contract by the ACC of withholding revenue and denying Maryland their voting rights under the ACC bylaws. The withholding of revenue and removal of voting rights show real and valid breach of contract by the ACC which will likely cause any exit fee to be very hard to actually collect legally.
The ACC really backed themselves into a corner by their actions in violation of the contract. If the ACC had received proper legal advice they would have either maintained the letter of the ACC contract until formally notified by Maryland that they were leaving OR sent Maryland a formal request for their future status and requested negotiations for legalities and actions going forward. Anyone who has any inkling of contract law and business relationships knows that especially when two parties are on the outs, you follow the letter of all contracts to a T. The ACC did not do that in this case and it will likely come back to bite them.
This will be an example case going forward of what not to do as an organization when a member decides to join another organization. The ACC did just about everything wrong that they could do wrong.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||For more than half the runs I||
For more than half the runs I wasn't just calling out the run, I was able to call the the intended direction and holes. As an example, that set where they come out with a FB/TE tight stack on one side, shift them to the other, and then run away from the FB/TE. Consequently, NB seems to know that play as well as I did and oversold the weak side every time resulting in stuffing the play.
Every once in a blue moon the actual play was a misdirection, but it was rare and as a defense, once you saw the misdirection play, you could pretty much bank on the next 5-6 plays being completely straight forward. And that's part of the problem. The flow of the plays that Borges calls are completely predictable. When the announcers are on TV running down Borges tendancies and they are playing out on the field completely the same way, you have a problem.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||A better solution is to||
A better solution is to increase student ticket prices by 25-50% and then give the student ticket holders a credit if they are in the stadium 15m before kickoff.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||I'd take Larry putting in the||
I'd take Larry putting in the monorail he lobbied for while he was at school between central and north campus. He's could pay for it with pocket change now!
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Don't worry, Buffalo will be||
Don't worry, Buffalo will be dumb enough not to run that every play.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||If the order basically barred||
If the order basically barred the action of the emergency manager or effectively says the emergency manager does not have standing, then the supremancy issue does not apply. The Chap 9 was a voluntary action which requires standing to do. The Michigan court is basically removing standing from the governor and emergency manager wrt bankrupcy court.
So in effect the court is nulifying the filing by making it as if I filed your bankrupcy without your approval and as you.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||The series isn't planning to||
The series isn't planning to go ahead of the books. Books 4 and 5 will likely be double season books like book 3. Given the wealth of new places and material in them, this seems very likely. By that time even GRRM should have book 6 out. And the show producers and runners have previous discussed putting in a pause or doing an interlude based on other content GRRM has produced in the ASOFAI universe.
So it is highly unlikely that HBO will start writing new plot. At worst, they'll work with GRRM to do pre-production based on what he's finished of the next book. FYI, book 6 is apparently 1/3 done with the first 500 pages roughly ready.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, but parts of book 3,||
Yeah, but parts of book 3, book 4, and book 5 all run parallel to some regard, so linear wise the reese/theon events aren't totally out of timeline.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||The single biggest change||
The single biggest change from the books to TV, was in the first book, it seemed like every other line was "Winter is coming". The TV series while having that line, doesn't have the same intensity of it. I think it is safe to say, that any thread related to GoT is going to have book spoilers at least to that point in the timeline of the books. Its like people need to be reminded that Spoilers are Coming!
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Well, if you've read any of||
Well, if you've read any of the books so far, you'd understand that while the show is decent, it has changed various things or left things out, generally for the worst unfortunately. And quite honestly, the wife not dying in the books is not a pleasant surprise, at least not when you combine it with the plot of who his wife and her family are in the books.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Last act?.....||
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Texas ticket prices must be insane||
What is scarry is the amount of revenue that Texas got from ticket, 61 mil, compared to the amount that UM got, 41 mil. Considering that we have a larger stadium than they do, their ticket prices have to be through the roof!
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Some somewhat dated perspective||
I used to do a lot of travel back and forth to india in the 2004-2007 timeframe. Jobs such as a live in cook/house keeper or full time driver (and I really do mean full time, like sleep in the car full time) paid on the order of $100-150 US per week iirc and were generally considered reasonably desirable jobs by many people there. In many parts of the world, what is considered a sweatshop in the US can actually be a fairly highly desirable job. And reasonably make the difference between homeless and/or starving and living a survivable life.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||short answer, yes. Via||
short answer, yes. Via multicasting for distribution and distributed mem caching for functionality like replay, pause, rewind.
|1 year 1 day ago||Which is funny cause when I||
Which is funny cause when I was in school, my friends house basically kept Jet's in biz for their first year. It was a manditory training stop for all new delivery drivers.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Lots of great beer in cali||
Lots of great beer in cali and the west coast. If you can find it, the Sierra Nevada Estate is well worth checking out when they do a release around end of summerish. Then there is always Rogue, Stone, Russian River, Widmer Bothers, and a whole host of smaller and specialty beweries.
There was a couple years back a place that basically bootlegged Bell's into cali but they were unfortunately shut down. But there is still a ton of great beer out here. In SF there are a couple stores with catalogs in the several hundreds(upwards of 800) of beers including many very very hard to find beers from both the west coast and the world.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||The normal profiles will||
The normal profiles will likely only work for recent grads. There is a delay between leaving/graduating and them updating the VPN permissions but eventually alumni without an ongoing attachment to the university will get moved to only being able to use the alumni profiles. The alumni profile doesn't present itself as a local UM network and therefore won't work for IPTV.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Legally, the NCAA didn't give||
Legally, the NCAA didn't give anything. PSU and the NCAA came to an agreement voluntarily in which PSU agreed to a level of punishment and the NCAA agreed to enforce and monitor that level of punishment.
No due process was ignored. PSU always had the option of not signing the consent document and either withdrawing from the NCAA or going through the normall infractions process. PSU, with full capability of council, waived their right to due process and plea bargained.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Only has legs in the holy grail||
PSU *voluntarily* accepted the punishment. In effect, they self imposed than as part of that self imposed punishment entered into an agreement with the NCAA so that it couldn't be undone.
They were of sound mind and body. They had sufficient access to legal council.
They are in a legal binding document.
They cannot appeal to the NCAA because they went outside of that system *voluntarily* and self imposed.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||If you don't want spoilers,||
If you don't want spoilers, watch live. If you aren't watching live, no right to complain. Now if you want to complain about how back NBC is at the Olympics, go for it, but that has been true for a decade+ now.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Death penatly takes too long||
Death penatly takes too long and costs too much money. For capitol offenses and the like, lifetime solitary seems to be a better idea. Just need to streamline the prisons and fix the CJS such that the overcrowding is significantly reduced. In a lifetime solitary situation, costs could be significantly reduced if done right.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||last year the top 4 teams||
last year the top 4 teams according to ESPN where:
Those 4 teams sat upon the top of an ESPN ranking.
Granted it was the ESPN Bottom 10, but it is a reputable ranking put out by ESPN.
The problem with using polls or rankings is there isn't enough information to make even a biased subjective ranking. There is so little interleague play and so few games played period that any ranking or poll claiming any level of accuracy enough to provide a top 4 is completely unbelievable.
Given that, the only realistic way to go about it is to use the conferences as an elimination system. Didn't win your conference? You don't count. You have been eliminated.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||#2 is simply people with no||
#2 is simply people with no possible way of making any determination about relative ranking effectively just writing down whatever BS has been spoon fed into them by the media and boom #2. Conference champion means infinitely more than ranked #2 or even ranked #1.
I think the issue is, you seem to believe that the polls and various other ranking are valid objective measurements when in fact they have no basis in objectivity. They are purely subjective. 100% subjective and that 100% subjective is based on so little information that even as a subjective ranking they are critically flawed.
AKA polls are WORTHLESS. basing anything on polls is basically the same as just rolling the bones and calling yourself a seer who can see the future.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||You seem to be of the opinion||
You seem to be of the opinion that the polls are worth more than feces that the bird puts on them when they line the bottom of the cage. On the other hand, I think the feces are worth measureably more.
Polls are the LEAST valid way to rank things. They are almost 100% subjective. There certainly isn't enough interleague play to make a valid ranking of teams. The only place where there is enough intra-play is within the conferences. As such, winning a conference provides a valid first tier of elimination for consideration.