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Look up the origin for the term "bakers dozen" and you'll see this issue was considered serious enough for the creation of weights and measure laws going back to the 13th century. The penalty for shorting your customers could be losing a hand!
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Clearly you're not a regular reader of Cracked online then. They do indeed often make use of some edgy wordage via a youthful vibe but many of their articles which make it to the front page of Digg are full of lessons in history and contain relevant social commentary. What really makes them great is that they actually employ quirky writers with strong personal styles to create original content *gasp* rather than being just another humor themed link farm. While still more irreverent than Mad magazine... they've also created an infinitely stronger web presence that appeals to a much broader demographic and I often find myself interested in their article titles enough to click through for a read.
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@Alex - It's likely that digital downloads were going to significantly offset CD sales anyway (let's face it... mp3's are more convenient to acquire as well as use and it's not only more cost effective for consumers but also for producers/distributors) so it appears that the record companies did an excellent job of maximizing profits on that older medium right up to their so stated demise. Customers were willing to pay the premium so that pony was ridden hard right until it dropped.

My impression was that the article was pure speculation as the author wasn't present in any of the record company board rooms to know what decisions were being made and certainly didn't present any numbers that back up his particular claim. If I were to make a WAG it would be that apprehension about emerging tech, new mediums and the business models needed to support them were also integral in keeping their bread'n'butter CD market pricing high as they were probably unsure of what resources they'd need to make the transition and remain profitable.

Anyway, it was inevitable for the CD to be replaced by other mediums and looking at this in hindsight shows that aggressive pricing for that mearket most likely brought in more revenue than if they had lowered the pricing sooner.
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It's hard to put this all into a comment box but pre-60's stuff like this is usually portrayed humorously while it makes me kind of sad as people actually seemed to care a great deal more about what they could do to make a marriage better back then as opposed to the last few decades.

Ok... so some of these things are what we consider to be sexist today but at least the general attitude was that couples had responsibilities toward each other which were emotionally, financially, etc. beneficial in many ways. Now we have media that mainly portrays how to catch a mate but not what to do with them along with the idolization of youth, stupidity and trendiness which seems to produce selfish and lazy people with unrealistic goals who are more concerned with, "What's in it for me?".

Now I do realize that this is painting a broad brush-stroke but I've found it hard to meet someone who is even considerate enough to do things like... if one person cooks dinner then the other offers to help with the dishes. Little things like that earn huge merit points with me anyway.
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As a fan of old school sci-fi, I've often thought that several authors from that time were referring to themselves when writing of gods. (Asimov in particular.) For instance, this could be read as Clarke simply tossing a story he wasn't happy with and therefore the universe he had created on the pages gone.
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Good possibility with supporting evidence! If they didn't use this method then I bet they wish they could have. Those stones be heavy!
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It already extends the range of conventional naval guns by 10x (with the potential to be guided) which helps to keep us safe, fat and lazy and you ppl are forgetting that military tech like this often finds its way into the aeronautical and then private sectors which creates other useful technologies (as well as jobs) as it may very will be a less costly and next method for launching materials into space. This project is full of win.
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Lists... the vile ink-bait I always fall for. Anyway, where the hell is Trainspotting?

"Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday night. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life . . . But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?"
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If you're like me where you simply want to know how a pair of pants will fit, there's an easy trick that works for most people. Simply take a buttoned pair of pants and wrap the waistline around your neck. If the ends come together just right... the pants should fit around your waist perfectly.

You can of course have your own gauge such as "an inch short fits me perfectly" or "I like an inch of overlap for a comfy fit". You'd also be surprised by the variation in different pants of the same size and this quick check will save you several trips to the dressing room.
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This reminded me of one of my fav all time Bugs Bunny cartoons where he goes up against Dracula and mixes the magic words to hilarious effect.
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Congratulations... you just made a comprehensive list of all the prison movies seen by most people. Next time... leave an important one out to serve as ink bait for better comment numbers.
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They apparently didn't talk to any Italians where being hit with a wooden spoon and told to go play in traffic are accepted forms of parenting.
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I'm not sure what's worse... people with zero social manners or people with an overinflated sense of entitlement like this author. Two year old children are exempt from both but my reaction, were I to be on the aircraft, would be directly proportional to how hungover I might be at the time.
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The system won't change until restaurant policies change. I have two perspectives on this...

1) Tipping has reached a point where it is now often an uncomfortable part of the patrons overall experience and unfortunately one of the most memorable as it's one of the last things experienced. Since the customer experience is just as important as the food... privately owned restaurants should definitely consider doing away with tipping as it might be better to just let your customers leave full and happy rather than being overly judged at tipping time.

2) I've traveled a great deal and the best service by far were in those nations where waiting is a profession. They receive an education, have to pass governmental requirements, are paid a professional salary and therefore take their jobs very seriously. Bad service? There are many others waiting in line to take their job so competition weeds out the bad ones and the restaurant, staff and customers are all the better for it.

This probably wouldn't be implemented in chain restaurants but at least people would have options and know what to expect from both types of systems.
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If you adjust the squelch from the media and put the nomination in the context of the world wide response upon winning the election... the nomination makes perfect sense. Perhaps he hasn't personally made Ghandi like contributions to peace yet, but what he represents in the eyes of the world was historical and deserving of the recognition. After the initial "shock" wears off, I think that you will see more people actually thinking about the message that the Nobel people are trying to convey with this award.
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