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Re: [FS32NGModelrail] YAHOO and US - A wake up call ?

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  • field Bahn
    Well said Frank ! Vlad NYC USA ... _________________________________________________________________ Send instant messages to anyone on your contact list with
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2003
      Well said Frank !

      Vlad NYC USA


      >From: "Frank Savery" <thefatcontroller@...>
      >Reply-To: FS32NGModelrail@yahoogroups.com
      >To: <FS32NGModelrail@yahoogroups.com>
      >Subject: [FS32NGModelrail] YAHOO and US - A wake up call ?
      >Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 23:09:13 +1000
      >
      >G'Day Gentlemen,
      >
      >I wonder If you would be good enough to allow me to pinch a few minutes of
      >your time and climb on my soapbox ?
      >Thanks.
      >
      >As many of you will know, the 1300+ members of the 0n30conspiracy yahoo
      >list
      >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
      >disapeared.
      >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
      >of
      >it is gone forever and will never be seen again.
      >
      >This only effected the conspiracy members, but I think it should be taken
      >as
      >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
      >banks
      >wiped ? or maybe,
      >b)YAHOO decides it's FREE service is losing it too much money, and pulls
      >the
      >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,
      >So,
      >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
      >study
      >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,
      >
      >Frank Savery,
      >Picking up his soapbox, tucking it under his arm and walking into the
      >setting sun.
      >
      >PS - Sincerest apologies to those of you who get this hot air several
      >times.
      >

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