Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Netflix Sukz

When Netflix first came out I thought it was the coolest thing since microwave ovens. Pay $19.95 a month (at the time) and you get 3 movies to watch whenever you want - keep them as long as you want - and when you are done send it back and they will send the next one on your list. It was easy, fast and convenient. I raved about the service and got several family members and friends to join the service as well.

Several other companies got into the business and Netflix decided to lower their rate by several dollars in order to compete. Great! Only I started to notice that the movies were taking longer to get to me than they were in the past and I wasn't getting my first choice very often. For a while I chalked that slowness up to the post office until I read an article about a practice Netflix was using called "throttling". Netflix decided they could make more money if they slowed down the amount of movies you receive because they would save the postage. They do this for people who view a lot of movies. They prefer those customers who pay the membership dues and then only rent 1 or 2 movies a month. How's that for customer service?!

Well I think it SUKZ! I canceled my membership and joined instead. Pretty much the same deal but hopefully they won't manipulate my account in such a way. I'm guessing Blockbuster values their best customers and will treat their accounts with respect.

Netflix had a good thing going - but their greed will be their ruin.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Republican Slavery

The new immigration policy which would (eventually) allow some illegal immigrants to gain citizenship seems an unlikely cause for the Bush administration. But it's totally Republican if you read between the lines. Bush argues that these people are needed in this country to do the jobs Americans are unwilling to do.

Here is the real motivation. Big business does not want to pay a rate that would make Americans willing to do the job. It is in the interest of business to let illegal immigrants stay here and work for terrible wages while businesses increase profits.

There is no job Americans are not willing to do - for the right price.


My friend and I (both new car owners) are convinced that birds simply love the sound their droppings make when it hits a vehicle. After all, how often do you see bird crap on the ground?

Friday, March 17, 2006

You Can't Win If You Don't Play

True - You can't win if you don't play.

But it only takes one to win. I always buy two - one for me and one for my spouse. Since I don't have a spouse right now I guess that's two for me!

I get so irritated waiting in the line for my two lottery tickets. There is always someone in front that is ordering every type of ticket they have. They are spending more on their tickets than I was hoping to win!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ports Saved?

Well it seems a lot of people thought the Dubai Port deal was a bad idea. We have all been assured that the port management will now be bought by an American company. But why will nobody say who that company is? Something smells fishy.

The managment of the ports is only a minor part of this issue. The real issue that came up once again is that very few containers are ever inspected which is a huge national security risk. But for some reason the Bush Admin. doesn't seem concerned about it. That's just plain stupid.