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My advice to Netflix


I just sent this message to the PR department at Netflix:

I have been a Netflix customer for several years and am generally very happy with the service. Today, however, I discovered that Netflix only allows users to have a maximum of 500 movies in their queue. While 500 would seem to be quite a few, I just reached that limit and would like to be able to add more.

Did Kafka Write the Parking Rules for San Francisco?

About six months ago I visited San Francisco, where among other things, I gave a [ tech talk at Google] on "The Wires the Control the Public Mind." The talk itself went fine, but during my trip, I stumbled into a [[w:Franz Kafka|Kafkaesque]] situation with the local parking authorities.

The problem happened when I visited Ted Nace, who organizes the [ CoalSwarm portal] on SourceWatch. I parked my car in a one-hour free parking spot half a block from Ted's home. After we had talked for a bit, we left the apartment to grab some lunch. Mindful of the one-hour parking restriction, I moved my car across the street before we ate to a separate location. The lunch was quick, because I had to get to another meeting. We were back at my car in less than half an hour, only to discover a ticket with a $50 fine for overtime parking.

Well put

The best quip I saw on Twitter during the McCain/Obama debate came from Chuck Lasker, who wrote, "McCain says he knows how to get Bin Laden, knows how to fix SS, knows how to win wars - why is he holding all this back?" He makes an excellent point. McCain repeatedly declared that fixing those big problems was "easy" and that he knew how to do it. Basically he was claiming that he has a record of doing great things, and on that bases we should assume that he has the ability to fix those particular problems as well.

Rising Above Politics

For the good of the country, John McCain has announced that he is [ suspending his campaign for president]. I applaud this decision, which is certainly in the country's best interests. It is probably too late to actually remove his name from the ballot, but hopefully his supporters will get the message and suspend their plans to vote for him.

Balancing Financial versus Social Returns

Roger Frank, partner, Developing World Markets

"Human impact capital. ... The yield on this is 600 basis points plus 200 basis points of human capital."

Preval Shah, President, Kiva

Kiva is an internet marketplace for MFIs such as Pro Mujer. Today Kiva is a really bad investment or a really great donation, depending on how you want to look at it. Kiva in the future would be something where you could get a risk-adjusted financial return.

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