I have to question the basis of that Sunlight Foundation report. The "3,500-to-1" figure is apparently based on spending from 1990 to the present. That's an immensely flawed dataset - Uber was founded in 2009.
Hmm, could be. Good eye. Here's the relevant part of the Sunlight Foundation's post:
While this imbalance in campaign spending, calculated from data between 1990 and present maintained by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, may seem staggering, it also understates the advantage the taxi companies have. Insurers are also fiercely opposing companies like Uber that allow customers to hail rides via their smartphones.
Well, that does seem like a bit of an issue. I'm going to dig into that a bit.
When it comes to buying things like computers from them, any reactions?
I admit I wasn't aware that this was a thing, so I can't speak to the question of whether their goods are of a high quality, etc.
But I would generally say that you shouldn't buy a tech product that you're going to use every day without some sort of risk-free, hands-on period. In some cases, that means haunting your local Best Buy or Staples. In other cases, that means having a risk-free return period in which to mail things back. You should always be able to do that, regardless of where you buy.
Yeah, that's what I'm saying. This assertion that it "understates the advantage" is also garbage, because the 3,500-to-1 figure actually *overstates* the difference in lobbying spending. Really sloppy.
If one were to craft a bitcoin wedding ring...how would one go about doing so?
Should, I should now feel a lot better about bad OKCupid dates, right?
Yes -- although as Brian points out, you might feel a little worse about OKCupid's business practices...
There are good OKCupid dates?
Actually, of the five weddings I've been to in the past few years, four met on OKCupid. So there must be some good dates. All the OKC marriages are still going strong, so they can't *all* have been based on lies.
Back when I was on the market I had a handful of pretty well, okay, OKCupid dates. But met the future husband IRL.
When will there be a new iPhone already? My employer refuses to upgrade me until then.
In the fall, probably October or late September. They're actually pretty regular about these things, you know.
I think Uber and Lyft have something as powerful, if not more so, than a well-financed lobbying effort, and that's popular support. The public, in general, appears to be welcoming the emergence of the "sharing economy" and sympathize with its goal of disrupting entrenched service industries, like hospitality and transportation. Whatever gains a politician may make from taxi lobby money, they could lose in overall public opinion.
I wondered if you guys are keeping up with Bruce Kushnick's research into Verizon;s "title shopping" when it comes to their FiOS service. While they vehemently oppose Title II at the FCC, they invoke it at the state level to get the right-of-way permissions.. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/the-title-ii-services-to_b_5610557.html
Passing this along without real vetting, but it does seem like a point worth digging into. On first read it does seem like they're leaving themselves some wiggle room -- they're operating under Title II because they're a common carrier, even if they're not using that authority to build Title II services (which, I know, makes the brain hurt) -- but that is, admittedly, a very quick read. Worth a closer one.
So much of the juicy stuff when it comes to broadband is happening on the state level. I do worry that a lot of it goes overlooked.
Yeah, I've been following it. The Verge had a really fantastic feature on this, too.
In some ways, what Verizon is doing is not inconsistent. Any rational business would want to get away with as much as it can under the current rules while arguing against those same rules in a separate rulemaking process. One is an activity taking place within an established regulatory regime; the other is activity designed to shape a future regulatory regime.
That said, however, the "take-as-much-as-you-can-but-don't-give-an-inch" approach to playing this game should strike most consumers as pretty galling.
It's a new month, so new crap on Netflix. What should I be watching?
So much 80s and 90s goodness. Both the Mighty Ducks movies, which were partially filmed in my hometown of Bloomington, Minn. Spice World. All of the Rockys.
The Cable Guy -- which would make even that one Comcast rep seem reasonable is also up and the new Cosmos will be streaming in about a week. But I plan on losing this weekend the the new season of The Killing.
Wait, the new season of the Killing starts this weekend? That's very exciting. It's one of my favorite shows of recent years, even if it often makes you want to throw a shoe at the screen.
Sorry I couldn't make it!
Another interesting story this week was ICANN's response to the writs of attachment issued by U.S. Courts that seek to have ICANN transfer control of the country code top level domains (ccTLDs) of Iran, Syria and North Korea to plaintiffs in various legal actions. In a Circle ID article Philip Corwin looks at the implications for the proposed transfer of the IANA functions to the global multistakeholder community. Corwin concludes it's opened a legal "can of worms". http://www.circleid.com/posts/20140730_icanns_ir_response_opens_legal_can_of_worms/
Thanks for this. It's going in my Instapaper.
Should I forget about any smartphone other than an iPhone synching with my iMac? I can't get my Galaxy S3 to synch. The Windows 8 phone doesn't even synch with Office for Mac. Synching calendars and contacts are my priorities.
Syncing across platforms can be tricky, but contacts and calendars shouldn't be too hard. You might try moving all of your information to a Gmail account, which should get along better with your S3.
Like they care.
I tried it a couple years ago because I liked the physical keyboard on the Blackberry. The guys at the AT&T store laughed (with me, not at me) and said "see you tomorrow" knowing I'd be bringing it back. They were right.
Trying to get things made by different manufacturers is a bane of modern existence, to be sure. The problem is that companies have no incentive to make it easier -- in fact, the monetary incentive is really to make it as difficult as possible, so that you'll give in and buy everything from them.