Interestingly, despite people spending less on Amazon, they haven’t gone back to buying stuff at local retailers. That’s what local retailers hoped for and is why they badger their states to make Amazon charge state sales tax. Instead, people simply buy things from other online retailers to avoid the sales tax. (And good for them for doing that!)

Personally, I’ve been buying a lot less stuff from Amazon this year, and I’m from a state where they have to charge sales tax. This isn’t so much due to the sales tax, and just that there haven’t been many games I need to get this year, and I haven’t needed much in the way of computer hardware either. Still, I know that having to scrape up even more money because of sales tax is annoying.

Comcast’s Spring Cleaning: More Rate Hikes, X1 Boxes, Wireless Gateways and Usage Caps

Sources tell Stop the Cap! Comcast intends to further expand its trial of usage caps (Comcast prefers to call them “usage thresholds”) to more markets this year. Comcast has settled on 300GB usage allowances for most broadband products in current test markets, charging $10 for each additional allotment of 50GB as an overlimit fee. Comcast has avoided trials of usage caps in areas where Verizon FiOS delivers significant competition. Verizon has no usage caps on either their DSL or fiber broadband products.

I’m not too psyched to see that 300 gig cap expanding to more markets. (Rate hikes aren’t exactly welcome either.) If there absolutely has to be some sort of cap, then something like AT&T’s 1TB cap sounds far more reasonable to me.

Comcast’s Spring Cleaning: More Rate Hikes, X1 Boxes, Wireless Gateways and Usage Caps

Sources tell Stop the Cap! Comcast intends to further expand its trial of usage caps (Comcast prefers to call them “usage thresholds”) to more markets this year. Comcast has settled on 300GB usage allowances for most broadband products in current test markets, charging $10 for each additional allotment of 50GB as an overlimit fee. Comcast has avoided trials of usage caps in areas where Verizon FiOS delivers significant competition. Verizon has no usage caps on either their DSL or fiber broadband products.

I’m not too psyched to see that 300 gig cap expanding to more markets. (Rate hikes aren’t exactly welcome either.) If there absolutely has to be some sort of cap, then something like AT&T’s 1TB cap sounds far more reasonable to me.

Kate Upton: I Hate My Big Beautiful Breasts

Ugh, I know. TMZ. Bleh. But the headline caught my eye on Reddit.

Upton told The Sun in Britain she wishes for a smaller rack everyday … because of her love for things like going braless in a spaghetti string top and wearing small bikinis.

She adds, “Every single day, I’m like, ‘Oh, man, it would be so much easier,’ especially if people didn’t constantly bring them up.” This coming from the girl who constantly flaunts her boobs in magazines like Sports Illustrated, Vogue and Vanity Fair and made a fortune off her floaters.

Seriously though, Kate’s got a reasonably pretty face, but her rack is what made her famous. Her hating those sweater stuffers of hers is like a singer hating their voice or Stallone or Schwarzenegger hating having muscles.

Whoa there! As the nice people from Comcast explained, It’s not a “cap” it’s a “data threshold”. How Comcastic.*

In all seriousness, I hope one of the conditions the government includes if they allow that merger to go through is no caps/thresholds with overage charges. Or if there absolutely has to be some sort of cap that it’s much bigger than 300 gigs. Even 500 gigs sounds more reasonable.

* There really does need to be some sort of universal sarcasm font or HTML tag.