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(CBC)   Canadian media magnate Ted Rogers dead at 75. In the event of zombie uprising, roaming charges may apply   (cbc.ca) divider line
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2008-12-02 07:26:13 AM  
Brutal.

I wonder what this means for the Blue Jays.
 
2008-12-02 08:08:47 AM  
*stands up*

Nice HL Smitty!

Truely inspired... well done!

/... "roaming"...*snicker*
 
2008-12-02 08:10:00 AM  
Oh man, I loved 3-2-1. So sad.
 
2008-12-02 08:21:13 AM  
Ted, as a man you were a leader, an innovator, and an inspiring leader. You will be missed. RIP.

However, the cable company you leave behind? It's being run by a bunch of cheating, lying scoundrels who do whatever they can to rip off their customers and provide the worst service possible. They are a disgrace to your legacy and I only wish you will haunt their dreams.
 
2008-12-02 08:43:20 AM  
as someone who just was raped by rogers roaming charges...i'm getting a kick out of his death.
 
2008-12-02 08:44:44 AM  
+1 subby
RIP Ted
 
2008-12-02 08:47:33 AM  
There goes a business savvy chap.
 
2008-12-02 08:49:48 AM  
That's not Ted Rogers! that's the bird from the abbatoir that's getting married to Cannonball Taffy O'Jones!
 
2008-12-02 08:50:25 AM  
Who?
 
2008-12-02 08:53:47 AM  
are magnates attractive?
 
2008-12-02 08:53:54 AM  

DslainteC: Ted, as a man you were a leader, an innovator, and an inspiring leader. You will be missed. RIP.

However, the cable company you leave behind? It's being run by a bunch of cheating, lying scoundrels who do whatever they can to rip off their customers and provide the worst service possible. They are a disgrace to your legacy and I only wish you will haunt their dreams.


I echo this sentiment, and DslainteC has found a way to put into words what I am not eloquent enough to do so myself.
 
2008-12-02 08:56:30 AM  
 
2008-12-02 08:58:00 AM  
The funeral will be held on Friday anywhere from 1 to 4pm.
 
2008-12-02 09:00:09 AM  

beve: Oh man, I loved 3-2-1. So sad.


Heh heh... +1 to you.
 
2008-12-02 09:00:26 AM  
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Devastated

/beeblinked
 
2008-12-02 09:05:15 AM  

DslainteC: Ted, as a man you were a leader, an innovator, and an inspiring leader. You will be missed. RIP.

However, the cable company you leave behind? It's being run by a bunch of cheating, lying scoundrels who do whatever they can to rip off their customers and provide the worst service possible. They are a disgrace to your legacy and I only wish you will haunt their dreams.


Isn't that the role of every cable company? I know Comcast is the same way...
 
2008-12-02 09:06:13 AM  
Maybe Canadian data rates will come down to reasonable levels. At this point in time we are more expensive than some 3rd world countries.

From Rogers.com:
iPhone $75 per month for 400 minutes and 2GB data ... and these are the new, lower rates.
 
2008-12-02 09:07:36 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Brutal.

I wonder what this means for the Blue Jays.


I wonder what this means for the Bills? The Buffalo Bills, not the cable bills.
 
2008-12-02 09:09:19 AM  
Incredibly rich man, well, not anymore....
 
2008-12-02 09:11:40 AM  
I've actually been getting great service from Rogers. I've got my phone, internet, and HD cable through them, and they've been really good to me so far. I set up my appointment to get my stuff installed over the phone, and they didn't show up, so I called to complain. They sent someone over the next day and I've got a locked-in killer deal from them. Something like $120 for the whole package, including box rental.

Every time I call, I've gotten great service from them, and any of their subsidiaries.

HOWEVER, this was not always the case. My fiance had Rogers home phone when she lived with some of her friends, and her service was crap. I feel that my experience may be an aberration and not the norm.
 
2008-12-02 09:12:51 AM  
Mr.Rogers just left the neighborhood.
 
2008-12-02 09:14:44 AM  
Did anyone understand 3-2-1? It was the most convoluted game show I've ever seen.
 
2008-12-02 09:15:38 AM  

GavinTheAlmighty: I set up my appointment to get my stuff installed over the phone, and they didn't show up, so I called to complain.


I had to read that one twice. I wondered why someone would need to show up if you had it installed over the phone.
 
2008-12-02 09:16:38 AM  
love it
 
2008-12-02 09:22:42 AM  
a couple kids just filthy stinking rich ,,,,
 
2008-12-02 09:24:32 AM  

lenfromak: I had to read that one twice. I wondered why someone would need to show up if you had it installed over the phone.


Heh, I called via my mobile phone, which is on the Bell network.
 
2008-12-02 09:25:53 AM  

GavinTheAlmighty: HOWEVER, this was not always the case. My fiance had Rogers home phone when she lived with some of her friends, and her service was crap. I feel that my experience may be an aberration and not the norm.


Yes, yes it is. I recently moved into a new Condo building where I had a one year free service from Rogers. Good luck getting THAT setup. I was given a number for their 'Major Accounts' department, which they never picked up, always got redirected to voicemail (respond within 48 hours!) which they never answered. I tried calling their main support line, and they redirect me to their business solutions dept, who redirect me to Major Accounts again ('we'll direct you to a direct number!'). Call back to their main support line, that guy 'opens a case', the week after I hear nothing, call their main support line, they tell me they see the offer credited on my account (with no call from the Major Accounts group asking me what services I wanted! I was eligible for more). I ask to speak to a supervisor, they say they can't transfer me directly but one will call back in 24 hours. Two days later, no call so I call again, they tell me they can't transfer me (even though the person is putting me on hold to talk to him) and one will call back in 48 hours. STILL no call. Bloody useless service.
 
2008-12-02 09:31:42 AM  
Wow, and the first game of the Bills in Toronto series is Sunday. He paid 78 million for it.
 
2008-12-02 09:34:41 AM  

HeathSteele: The funeral will be held on Friday anywhere from 1 to 4pm.


Ok, THIS I laughed out loud at. Not LOLd. Actually laughed. Out loud.

I work with someone who used to work at Rogers and we were discussing a project we were trying to pitch to upper management and he said that in Rogers it was just that you had to sell Ted and then it happened. As he put it: "never underestimate the power of a megalomaniacal billionaire to get things done".

Words to live by.
 
2008-12-02 09:37:20 AM  
So Rogers is dead and Paul effin' Godfrey is going to run the National Post. Maybe the Jays can start winning again.
And yes I'm still mad about the Skydome ripoff. How can real estate be sold at 90% less than original cost due to depreciation?
 
2008-12-02 09:38:37 AM  
I didn't read the article, but could someone tell me if he Died In A Fire? 'Cause that would be great.

/was on hold with Rogers Wireless for 2 hours 50 minutes about two weeks ago. His 'legacy' is the worst customer service in the history of Canada.
 
2008-12-02 09:41:45 AM  
when he and the others raise from the dead, for the love of god please dont pick up the shotgun unless you know how to use it or you will just end up shooting the other three hostages in the back, and then you will get owned by a hunter
 
2008-12-02 09:41:48 AM  
It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood.

Good riddance.
 
2008-12-02 09:49:52 AM  

theinsultabot9000: when he and the others raise from the dead, for the love of god please dont pick up the shotgun unless you know how to use it or you will just end up shooting the other three hostages in the back, and then you will get owned by a hunter


I see what you did there.

/L4D FTW.
 
2008-12-02 09:57:29 AM  
DslainteC
Ted, as a man you were a leader, an innovator, and an inspiring leader. You will be missed. RIP.

However, the cable company you leave behind? It's being run by a bunch of cheating, lying scoundrels who do whatever they can to rip off their customers and provide the worst service possible. They are a disgrace to your legacy and I only wish you will haunt their dreams.


Sad, but true. The corporate culture there is seriously f*cked up. I have a friend who works there (in management training) who is the sort who likes to do the right thing. She doesn't fit in well. Her performance is too good for her to ever be let go, but she misses out on promotions because she's not willing to unfairly screw over the people under her. She's lost out on said promotions to people who are.

I think over the long term that so long as corporate culture continues to primarily reward people who can make the appearance of doing well over people who actually do their jobs well that the economy will stay in the crapper.
 
2008-12-02 09:58:52 AM  
I wrote this this morning and posted it on my Facebook profile, purely for kicks:


"Ted Rogers to 'Take It With Him' to Heaven

Angelic authorities and the estate of recently deceased billionaire media mogul Ted Rogers today confirmed the existence of a special 'post-mortem wealth-transfer' arrangement between Rogers and senior representatives of Heaven that will allow him to move substantial amounts of his large personal fortune into the celestial plane.

"The agreement has been in place for some time," said the angel Gabriel, CFO of Heaven. "Though it runs contrary to our typical business model, we feel confident Ted has the wisdom and business savvy to use his wealth in an effective and prudent manner under our close supervision."

Despite a long-standing tradition of requiring all entrants to Heaven to leave all personal belongings and possessions on Earth, lawyers for the Rogers Communications empire were able to negotiate the agreement over the course of several years as the media baron's declining health became apparent. Under the terms of the contract, Rogers will be able to bring up to $200 million in cash and another $600-$750 million in stock with him into the afterlife. The assets will be managed on his behalf by a 4-angel team of Seraphim, a class of angels known for their business acumen.

"It was a massive challenge, but we did it," said one of the Rogers family's lawyers, who asked not to be named. "It was hard to negotiate with Heaven, as they have no lawyers of their own to handle the contracts." A special choir of angels was convened by celestial authorities to manage the negotiations.

Early reports indicate Rogers is already hard at work improving and expanding upon Heaven's relatively primitive communications infrastructure. "Under his leadership," said Gabriel, "we hope to increase the range and quality of our clarion calls by at least 33%, while improving our prayer interception and response systems to make them more flexible and dynamic. We welcome Mr. Rogers as the newest member of our ever-growing team."

God was not available for comment.
 
2008-12-02 10:03:44 AM  

big-shamus: Did anyone understand 3-2-1? It was the most convoluted game show I've ever seen.


Numberwang.
 
2008-12-02 10:30:01 AM  

Farking Canuck: Maybe Canadian data rates will come down to reasonable levels. At this point in time we are more expensive than some 3rd world countries.

From Rogers.com:
iPhone $75 per month for 400 minutes and 2GB data ... and these are the new, lower rates.


Well, depends on you look at it. I pay a total of 80$ a month for my iPhone plan (Everything included)

6GB data
200 daytime minutes
Unlimited weekends and weeknights starting at 5PM
Caller Id, Visual Voicemail, 2000 text messages

Still pricey but better then the crappy iPhone plans they've got.
 
2008-12-02 10:33:19 AM  
This is bad news... for the Bills
 
2008-12-02 10:33:25 AM  
so the bills will probably stay in buffalo? long term i mean.
 
2008-12-02 10:52:29 AM  
The only thing Rogers has going for it is that they are less crooked than Bell.

/would like to throttle them all
 
2008-12-02 11:12:17 AM  

HeathSteele: The funeral will be held on Friday anywhere from 1 to 4pm.


Well, now everyone in the office is looking at me wondering why I'm lauging uncontrollably.

Absolutely outstanding, sir!
 
2008-12-02 11:20:30 AM  

HeathSteele: The funeral will be held on Friday anywhere from 1 to 4pm.


This is the correct comment.
 
2008-12-02 11:29:37 AM  

DslainteC: Ted, as a man you were a leader, an innovator, and an inspiring leader. You will be missed. RIP.

However, the cable company you leave behind? It's being run by a bunch of cheating, lying scoundrels who do whatever they can to rip off their customers and provide the worst service possible. They are a disgrace to your legacy and I only wish you will haunt their dreams.


well put. Rogers, the company, is terrible to deal with. I've used them for cable and internet and my girlfriend currently uses them for internet and home phone and they have been nothing but hassle. They have phoned her at least 2 or 3 times a week since she signed up (4 months ago) asking her if she would like to add cable to her bundle.

However, without Ted Rogers, this country would still be in the dark ages technologically. A great man, he will be missed.
 
2008-12-02 11:42:05 AM  

GavinTheAlmighty: . I set up my appointment to get my stuff installed over the phone, and they didn't show up, so I called to complain.


My girlfriend and I set hers up online, because they were offer some deal for setting it up online. I think it was free phone installation and 3 months of free internet (self set-up on the internet). The first step was to go to the Rogers store to pick up the router and everything else we needed, which is no problem since it was around the corner from her place. I get about half way through setting it up and I realize that we were never given the sign-in name, so I had to phone in and they told me that the guy who installed it for us had left it, which made no sense. Eventually I got it out of them. Then, when her bill comes, she was charged for everything, installation, all the services that she was supposed to get free. everything. She phoned, and they told her that since she picked up the router in the store (which she was told was the only option), it become an in-store activation, not a web activation, so all the discounts were nullified. She called in 2 or 3 times (actually her roommate did it after the first time because she is too much of a pushover) but was told there was nothing she could do but pay them (which came out to well over $100 considering what they charge for installation). Then, as I mentioned above, she has gotten phone calls every couple days asking her if she wants cable TV.
 
2008-12-02 12:03:19 PM  
I recently had the "pleasure" of dealing with Rogers after a few of the execs at my company took their iPhones to the US for a three day trip, and ended up with $1700 in data roaming charges each.

I didn't know Ted, but part of me hopes he's pulling a train in hell.
 
2008-12-02 12:05:51 PM  
Although they suck, they use GSM. And that's pretty well the only reason I stick with them.

/ Telus and Bell use CDMA.
// Way to go, idiots.
 
2008-12-02 12:08:50 PM  
Now maybe the Bills will stay in Buffalo.
 
2008-12-02 12:16:38 PM  

Farking Canuck: Maybe Canadian data rates will come down to reasonable levels. At this point in time we are more expensive than some 3rd world countries.

From Rogers.com:
iPhone $75 per month for 400 minutes and 2GB data ... and these are the new, lower rates.


You just gotta call them, they have better plans, they just don't advertise them, like the douchebags they are.

I have a Blackberry with them. For $89/month (and thats after tax & system fees & everything else they tack on) I get 100 daytime, 1000 evening & weekend mins, unlimited incoming calls (anytime), 6gb data, voicemail/call display/call waiting, 2500 text msgs & 1000 MMS.

I think all that is respectable, really. Would still like it to come down more ($30 for 6GB? C'mon, that's just not right!), but we'll see what happens.

/RIP Mr. Rogers.
 
2008-12-02 12:56:03 PM  
I only use Rogers for Internet and basic digital television. From this, I find Rogers is overpriced, has crap television and Internet packages, and is full of hidden fees and mandatory crap.

For instance: sign up for the movies package - TMN with MPIX and the extra Super Stations - for $22.95 a month (on top of the basic digital cable package). You end up getting sent the useless Entertainment magazine which you cannot opt out of and costs you an additional $2 a month. It always goes into my recycling bin the moment I receive it.

Not to mention the digital access fees that get slapped onto everything you sign up for, and then the rental charges for your cable box.

Over the past year, though, I've found TMN to be crap. TMNOnDemand and MPIXOnDemand were both useful, but they never loaded them with good movies. TMN would be flush with tons of B-movies and Canadian films nobody has heard of and MPIX would just recycle the same movies over and over, especially the Bond films which have been listed on MPIXOnDemand for two years. I finally canned the movies package and signed up for Zip.ca (Canadian version of Netflix). Cheaper service, wider film selection, and getting to see the movies I want to see.

(I know there's actually an unadvertised $14.99 movies package, but that doesn't get you MPIX which is often better than TMN.)

Once upon a time, I also had Rogers Home Phone, but it was garbage. Echoed all the time and eventually switched to Bell, who was the lesser of two evils at the time. Turns out, when installing home phone, Rogers screws up your phone line and Bell had to send a man out to fix it (though they did it for free).

Having said all this, I've never had a problem with Rogers' Internet service. It's been reliably fast with little to no downtime over the five years plus that I have used it. My only gripe here is that their packages are highly limited. Either you can have Lite or Ultra Lite, which are uselessly slow but only around $25, or Express or Extreme, which are ungodly fast but pushing $50 or more. There's no middle ground.

But, in the end, there's no alternative. Bell is no better and has the same price points for their services. I'm just glad I don't have a cell phone....
 
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