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This is my pet peeve, not just with OpenTable but with restaurants everywhere in the world. It used to be confined to the US, but now even in Paris, they call you up to confirm. My question is: have people just become so phenomenally rude and inconsiderate in the last 10 years? How difficult is it to make a call to cancel or change a reservation? Nevertheless, OpenTable and other reservation engines like LaFourchette should have the feature you describe and have a reputation meter.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2015 on What Open Table Needs to Do Better at VoIPWatch
So true. There was no pressure at all on us to write nice things about the gadgets. Nokia respected the independence of the bloggers. The program was very transparent and extremely well run.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2012 on How Not To Work With Bloggers at VoIPWatch
A recently launched site called Shop Gossip Girl: allows fans to shop for clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags and other accessories worn by the characters on the show. They get people to tag the items - some are exact matches, others are similar.
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I agree with you that Google Voice is an excellent application and worth paying for but only if they allow you to forward calls to an international number. Right now, Google Voice is utterly useless to me. I have two mobile phone numbers, one in the US and another in the Netherlands. When I am traveling I use my Dutch number. I'd like to use Google Voice to ring my Dutch number. But I can't do it right now. That's why I have not been impressed (yet) with Google Voice and I find that it has received a disproportionate amount of hype.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2009 on Traffic Pumping or Pimping at VoIPWatch
Low density is only one cause. Explain to me why people in New York City, which is very dense, do not have access to $30 per month 100 Mbps symmetrical FTTH broadband service, which is possible in European cities. In Europe, it's a combination of factors that led to the deployment of fiber networks and upgrades in DSL/cable service: - the European Commission's (and national regulators') persistent pressure on telecom incumbents (note: in the US, regulators believe in the magic of free markets and self regulation); - public investment in fiber networks which allow the network owners to wholesale access to Internet service providers (lowers the costs for everyone, allows small operators to survive). In Asia, governments have a very strong role in pushing the deployment of high-speed fiber networks. They realize that you need low-cost, high-speed broadband access to encourage entrepreneurs to develop the next generation of applications. The US model is to wait around for the "free market" to do it. Note that "free market" is in brackets because it's nothing close to a free market - rather it's a series of regulatory decisions that favor large telecom and cable incumbents at the expense of true competition. I am not singling out the US government on this. Municipalities have been particularly stupid about granting exclusive cable franchises. Talk about mortgaging your future.