Friday Four: Cable Legislation, Working for Amazon Sucks, Tesla Model S, and a WiFi-Enabled Magazine

Posted by · May 10, 2013 7:00 am
English: John McCain official photo portrait.

John McCain (wikipedia)

I never thought I would say (write) this, but John McCain gets it. The senator from Arizona introduced a bill to unbundle cable and allow for a la carte selection of channels. The Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013 is designed to give consumers decision-making control over the channels they pay for.

“Whether you watch ESPN or not, and admittedly I do all the time, all cable subscribers are forced to absorb this cost,” McCain told the Senate.

McCain called out companies like Disney (who owns Disney Channel, ESPN and ABC) and Viacom (MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and more) for creating the current bundling system. The all-or-nothing tiers make consumers pay for extensive amounts of channels they don’t want. These corporations have tried to make the case that the bundles create an overall discount for people.

While we can dream of creating a personal selection of channels, there’s no way this legislation will pass with those companies paying for big lobby groups to act in their interest.

This week we learned that people who work in Amazon’s behemoth warehouses have to go through TSA-like security checkpoints on their way out of work for the sake of loss prevention. During high traffic times like the holidays, Amazon brings in workers from temp agencies and the lines to leave work number in the hundreds. Long lines cause wait-times of nearly half an hour, unpaid, each workday.

The situation has led to a lawsuit from workers Jesse Busk and Laurie Castro to recoup unpaid wages. However, since they were employed through an agency, Amazon is not technically named in the suit.

teslaConsumer Reports named the Tesla Model S the best car in the whole wide world. The $50,000-$90,000 electric vehicle gets top ratings due to environmentally friendly features, spacious interior, as well as luxurious and futuristic options.

“Inside, the car looks like something Marty McFly might have brought “back from the future” in place of his iconic fusion-powered DeLorean,” exclaims the report.

To give you an idea of what the general attitude toward this car is, Mashable called the Tesla’s innovator, Elon Musk, a real life Tony Stark. Please do yourself a favor and check out the infographic they put together.

Microsoft has an ad in Forbes magazine that was wifi-enabled, promoting Office 365. The four page ad contains a mini router and gives the reader 15 days of free Internet access through T-Mobile. The wifi hotspot magazine also came with also came with a micro-usb port to charge it back up to its two-three hour capacity.


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