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It occurs to me that this is quite true, even with companies that aren't startups.

For example, +T-Mobile was like this throughout 2013 and most of 2014. But that was a symptom of strong execution to bring forth a vision (Uncarrier value proposition, HSPA+ and LTE across its footprint), rather than carelessly spending money without any way to produce a return.

On the other hand, +Sprint has been burning money for many years, starting from when it acquired Nextel, and maybe even before that. Unlike T-Mobile, Sprint has never been known for having a strong vision and good execution on anything it wants to do. That has led to very wasteful spending and needless support of a dying platform (CDMA, EvDO) instead of a smart conversion to the platform with life in it (UMTS, HSPA+).

Now here we are, and T-Mobile has proven to be remarkably successful, while Sprint continues to flounder in their wastefulness. Sprint is attempting to attract customers on price and value, but the lack of value in the network has made it impossible for it to stick.
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I love my new hat... My +Red Hat​! 😊
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This is a perfect example of unintended consequences of judges being elected. Of course, non-elected judges aren't great either. However, if you want a reasonable expectation of judges being above politics, they can't be elected like this, as it brings politics to the fore all the time.
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This video from just before the mid-term elections concluded in November shows how much democracy has rotted across so many states. And the worst part is that there aren't any options for alternatives because there's no "true" election for most of these guys...
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So it's that time of year... +Deutsche Telekom AG is running its annual stakeholder survey to solicit feedback about how it approaches corporate responsibility. This year, Telekom is donating €3 to the "Yes, I can!" initiative to support disadvantaged children and young adults for every survey response.
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Happy New Year!
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Two years after my last revision to my deep dive into LTE for +Extreme Tech, I've revised it yet again! Check it out for an updated picture on LTE.
Think you have a pretty good understanding of LTE? This article takes a deep look into how LTE is deployed, how LTE works as a radio technology, the types of LTE, how LTE affects battery life, what carriers will do with LTE, and the future of 4G as a whole.
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That's totally insane...
 
Ugggghhhhh.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/16/virginia-school-suspends-an-11-year-old-for-one-year-over-a-leaf-that-wasnt-marijuana/?postshare=9451426553517708

Situation: Eleven year old child in the "gifted and talented" program found with a leaf in backpack that the school believes is marijuana.  (It's not marijuana.)

Result: Student kicked out of program.  Student kicked out of school.  Student evaluated by a psychiatrist for "substance abuse problems".  Student charged in juvenile court with marijuana posession.  Student becomes withdrawn and depressed and suffers panic attacks.  Student finally reallowed to return to school under the conditions that (a) it's a completely different school without his friends, (b) he remains under probation for six more months, and (c) he is searched twice a day for drugs for all six months.

This is AFTER the school finds that the leaf was never marijuana to begin with.

Please, when you see ballot issues urging "zero tolerance" on drugs, consider that this sort of insanity is the possible result.
A Virginia 6th grader was suspended for bringing pot to school -- even though authorities know he didn't.
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+T-Mobile is running a big contest to win +Samsung USA stuff, like the Galaxy S6, Samsung TVs, Gear watches, and more. Enter for your chance to win!
I just pre-registered at T-Mobile for the #SixAppealSweeps for a chance to win sweet @Samsung prizes. http://t-mo.co/1GjYuff
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Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. See the photos, articles and tributes here: https://plus.google.com/explore/LeonardNimoy
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Let's do a good old-fashioned book giveaway

Here's the deal, plus and reshare this post to enter in the random drawing for an ebook version of The Crooked City. Even if no one else enters, you get a free book, which is a good deal. If we get past 20 entries, I'll give away two ebook copies. If we hit 40 entries I will also give away a third copy made of dead trees. Yes, a physical copy of The Crooked City. I will even deface it with my signature. Drawing will happen in 24 hours, so about 10PM ET tomorrow. 

All drawings will be random. Don't hold me responsible if lady luck hates you. Please feel free to reshare and stuff even if you don't need a copy. You can always re-gift or have me exclude you from the drawing. Also, physical book shipment restricted to contiguous US. Not because of cost, but because I hate the rest of the world. 'Murica.

Also, make sure to leave me reviews. I need some more on the Kindle store in particular. Thanks. 
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Say what you will about +Barack Obama, but the man definitely knows how to get the word out! He's set a high bar for future presidents to connect with the public.
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