I think the biggest loser as a result of Netflix charging separately for streaming and DVD by mail isn’t going to be consumers or Netflix. If people really stop having DVDs delivered to their homes, the real victim is going to be the U.S. Postal Service.
Outside of Netflix, the only reason I need the USPS is to deliver thank you cards for kids’ birthday parties. I think I could deal with hand delivering those a couple times a year or sending them over long distances through FedEX.
After reading this article on the USPS losing $8.5 B (yes, that’s $500 million AFTER THE DECIMAL PLACE!). With all the hyperbole over evil corporations, at least their management has to answer to shareholders…at least they have to answer to someone. I was talking about it with a couple of people on Twitter:
Obviously, they aren’t huge fans. Come on…what’s a few billion amongst friends? But then I saw these articles about the Swedes storing emails and texts and our own government getting ready to grace us with an Internet Czar and a light bulb went off…
USPS Stimulus package!
Just set up (yet another) federal agency to track and log every single piece of electronic communication. This will have the (un)intended consequence of forcing…err…encouraging people to go back to sending coded messages through the USPS and hoping they are delivered within a few days. Think of how many USPS jobs this could save or create!
Higher education bubble poised to burst – "The people running America's colleges and universities have long thought they were exempt from the laws of supply and demand and unaffected by the business cycle. Turns out that's wrong."
Testing Teachers On Math and Reading – I can just hear their excuse now…"I may not be able to lay an egg, but I can tell a good one from a bad one" or "Do you think Tiger Woods' golf coach is better than Tiger at golf?"
Stop Repeating Yourself: Set Up a Workplace Wiki – I tried this at a former job a few years ago. The result–I used it. Then we had the middle management who would copy the contents of a help file somewhere and paste it into the wiki. That gets you bonus points for authorship when you show it in your PowerPoint!
The Missus and I were talking about the comments President Obama made the other day about Fedex/UPS/USPS and competition. Lots of people are laughing about it, but here’s someone breaking it down to levels beyond scientific.
It’s fascinating how it all comes down to the post office, again and again, in the history of public policy. And so it is in our time, with Obama’s admission/gaffe/slip concerning the post office and its analogy to what he wants to do with healthcare.