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June 8, 2012
14:50 // 2 years ago
March 4, 2012
Harry Potter Wizards Collection announced. The cost? Your soul.
So will you pay $500 for this Harry Potter Blu-ray bundle? We’ll admit, it’s certainly cooler than your standard Blu-ray packaging. But five hundred dollars? That seems a bit steep to us. source
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So will you pay $500 for this Harry Potter Blu-ray bundle? We’ll admit, it’s certainly cooler than your standard Blu-ray packaging. But five hundred dollars? That seems a bit steep to us. source

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20:41 // 2 years ago
July 5, 2011

Data roaming price caps in Europe don’t go far enough

  • 2.23 the average cost, per megabyte, of roaming data charges throughout Europe — $3.22 a meg!
  • 0.90 the price cap currently being proposed, also per meg, for data usage — starting in July 2012
  • 0.50 the price cap suggested after by 2014 … which is way lower only in context source

» To put this in perspective: If you hop on your iPhone and reload this page roughly 80 times, that’s about a megabyte. If you hop on Pandora and listen to half of a two-minute Ramones song, that’s about a megabyte. When AT&T implemented its capped data plan a year ago, many people were upset about the 2 gig data cap for $25 dollars. Doing the math, that plan is roughly 82 megabytes per dollar. If the half-Euro-per-megabyte roaming price cuts in Europe take hold, those 82 megabytes would cost around $59 U.S. dollars, considering current exchange rates. Now multiply that by 25. Exactly our point.

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20:32 // 3 years ago
June 8, 2011

Senate goes back-and-forth fighting over debit card fees

  • 44¢ the average cost of debit card interchange fees to merchants; this should make you feel guilty every time you go to 7-Eleven, because that cuts into profit margins heavily
  • 12¢ the limit that the Feds plan to impose upon banking companies about this matter; this is a $16 billion/year business, and banking companies are fighting to protect it source

» A fight that directly affects small businesses: We’ve been to many small businesses in our day that have gone out of their way to avoid using debit cards, specifically for this reason. We’re with them in this case; really high charges for every purchase, even tiny ones, is straight up greedy. Fortunately, a key senator, Dick Durbin, agrees with us: ”Honestly, are we going to stand here and say we can’t protect small businesses across America struggling to survive?” The fight for keeping the fees has bipartisan support; the main guys backing banks in the Senate are Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jon Tester (D-MT). They claim that banks will have to replace the interchange charges with higher fees on consumers. Maybe they should; the benefit to small business as an economic driver makes it worth it.

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11:21 // 3 years ago
February 6, 2011

Quick facts: Three strikes against Motorola’s new Xoom tablet

  • strike The device, based on Android 3.0 and getting a lot of attention, has a starting price of $799 – which is way higher than the entry-level iPad.
  • strike The data plans are really expensive for 3G usage – 1 gigabyte is $20, and the plans go as high as $80 for 10 gigabytes. That’s right – $80 a month!
  • out And don’t think you’ll get around this with a hotspot like you can with an iPad. Wi-fi won’t be activated unless you buy a data plan! source
23:39 // 3 years ago
December 19, 2010
11:55 // 3 years ago
October 29, 2010

The U.S. spends LOTS of money on intelligence, defense

  • $80.1
    billion
    the amount the U.S. spent on intelligence in 2010
  • $664
    billion
    the amount the U.S. spends on its total defense budget source

» Why this is a big deal: Two reasons. First of all, the intelligence spending numbers were never reported during the most recent Bush Administration – this is the first time we’ve gotten new numbers here in nearly a decade. Secondly, the intelligence budget has effectively doubled in the ten years – which makes sense if, you know, you account for 9/11 happening in the meantime. If you’re a high-spending government looking for something to cut to correct years of fiscal irresponsibility, though, this might be a good spot to look.

17:11 // 3 years ago