Re: [FS32NGModelrail] YAHOO and US - A wake up call ?
- Well said Frank !
Vlad NYC USA
>From: "Frank Savery" <thefatcontroller@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [FS32NGModelrail] YAHOO and US - A wake up call ?
>Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 23:09:13 +1000
>I wonder If you would be good enough to allow me to pinch a few minutes of
>your time and climb on my soapbox ?
>As many of you will know, the 1300+ members of the 0n30conspiracy yahoo
>recently got an unwelcome wake up call when they woke up one morning and
>discovered that close to 60MB of the groups photos and files had
>Unfortunately, due to an oversight no warning had been given and this was
>the first thing they knew about it.
>Admittedly a proportion of it was rubbish or had passed it's use by date,
>but a lot was well worth preserving. Efforts are being made to recover some
>of it, some has been recovered and hopefully, in the coming months, we'll
>recover more from the original sources. But inevitably, a good percentage
>it is gone forever and will never be seen again.
>This only effected the conspiracy members, but I think it should be taken
>a wake- up call for all us members of Yahoo Groups. Even where the
>list-owner or moderator has a policy of deletion being the last resort, not
>one of us has the slightest influence on what YAHOO does or plans to do.
>Last week it was the 0n30conspiracy group, but what If tomorrow we woke up
>to find, maybe
>a) YAHOO has gone bust - all its computers are switched off and memory
>wiped ? or maybe,
>b)YAHOO decides it's FREE service is losing it too much money, and pulls
>plug, or maybe
>c) YAHOO decides it's FREE service is losing it too much money and
>arbiteraly reduces each groups storage area by what ? 25% ? 50% ? 75% ? 95%
>Sounds far fetched ? But is it ? Have a think for a moment, but think with
>your business man's head NOT your modellers heart.
>As far as I know, YAHOO is not listed as a registered charity in the USA,
>One thing and one thing only drives YAHOO -
>$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
>Does YAHOO make a profit from its FREE service ?
>I don't think so. I think I've read they make substantial losses, but even
>If they make BIG profits, it counts for nothing in 2003.
>As an example, look at banks worlwide ~ making obscenely BIG profits from
>it's customers. ~ In theory the profitmakers should be falling over
>themselves to reward their customers with freebies, increasing services and
>reducing fee's to the barest minimums. Does it work out that way ?
>Surely, there must be a point in every business where losses become
>unbearable, and a point is reached where they pull the plug.
>Does it still sound far fetched ? To me, to be honest, scenarios similar to
>a), b) or c) above not only sound possible, I'd say they, or other BIG
>changes are inevitable, sooner or later.
>So, finally, the moral of all this is :
>There is ONLY ONE way to make sure that those model photos you plan to
>next weekend are going to be there for you to look at ~
>DOWNLOAD them onto YOUR computer NOW ~ tomorrow may well be a day too late
>Thank you for your time, Gentlemen,
>Have a good day,
>Picking up his soapbox, tucking it under his arm and walking into the
>PS - Sincerest apologies to those of you who get this hot air several
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