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Comment: Surprised they called to cancel (Score 1) 536

As someone who had Comcast call to cancel on the day of my closing (two days before my scheduled install) because they didn't offer service to my house after all, I can sympathize.

They called you to cancel? You mean you close on the house, take a day off work to meet the installer? You didn't sit there for half a day waiting for them while CS rep claims they can't escalate until after the 4 hour appointment window? Then they say they have no idea why the installer did not show, can you hold please, then your disconnected after 20 mins on hold... fuck me I've been through this way too many times.

Comment: Re:The H1B mills will put a stop to this (Score 1) 233

My experience is the same. H1Bs are pretty much just like American engineers, good & bad. One guy I worked with was really good but I couldn't understand a thing he said. Another spoke great English but couldn't do anything without being micromanaged.

I used to teach a CAD class at a local community college & what I learned was people are the same no matter where on this planet they are from.

Comment: Re:So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 1) 107

My experiences are slightly different. I use Google out of habit. But looking for a torrent download, Bing seems to be better. So much better that when I can't seem to grab something I want to watch through normal channels (On Demand, Netflix, Hulu Etc.), I go straight to Bing to find the torrent. Maps seem better also. All my own opinion of course!

Comment: Re:Oh just stop already (Score 4, Funny) 201

by Bruinwar (#49165521) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

It depends - is it the sound of Beiber choking to death on a ham sandwich? (RIP Mama Cass, yes, I know the ham sandwich is an urban legend, but the media never let the facts get in the way of a good story :-)

If Mama Cass has just split that sandwich with Karen Carpenter, they both could be alive today.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 225

by Bruinwar (#48865421) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Remember ElfBowling.exe?! It was one of those .exe's that all IT people just love their users executing. Yes this was a really long time ago & we were all having fun with it until that email came that said it was a VIRUS & would CRASH YOUR HARD DRIVE on XMAS DAY! I replied, with links & even the number to the software dev that made the game. Of course they had a message right off about the hoax when you called.

Even after all the proof that the game was harmless I overheard someone warning someone else to that it was a virus. I confronted him & he said "you don't know for sure it's not a virus". My point is, the people that post, send, promote these stupid hoaxes don't care if they are true or not. They believe & that is all that matters to them.

Side note, sanity prevailed & we removed all those cool little games. They were fun while they lasted. Snowcraft.exe! I've played that one (at home) not all that long ago. We had to stop playing Quake 2 during lunch around that same time.

Comment: Re:dark chocolate hazelnut truffles (Score 1) 224

by Bruinwar (#48744253) Attached to: Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

Is there any question of chocolate's benefits? I mean, really?

Jesus wept. Chocolate has been one of mankind's go-to pantydroppers for centuries. Some guys get beer goggles, I get chocolate goggles. Three truffles with >72% cocoa content and I'm yours for the asking.

True. But you make it sound like centuries are a long time.

Comment: Re:surprise, surprise, surprise (Score 1) 224

by Bruinwar (#48744247) Attached to: Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

How do you explain vegetables? They're good for you, but taste terrible.

Some actually like the taste of vegetables. However, you actually make a great point here. 10,000 years ago like bears, people ate mostly grubs, edible plants/fruits (nasty compared to what we get today). We lived on that crap & when lucky we got meat/honey to fatten us up to prepare for when there was little to nothing to gather. What we lived on as staples might be good for us but what really tastes great fattens us up to survive the winter.

Comment: Make better movies (Score 2) 400

by Bruinwar (#48717269) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Make better movies. Yep, that's it. Imagine. Better movies. I was standing in the cold in front of a Redbox just yesterday. I've not seen a movie in months & there was still nothing that I wanted to see. Just crap movies. They even had sequels of crap movies!

Good thing there are still writers writing new good books to read. Kina makes me wonder why we still have good writers & good actors, but they can't seem to make good movies.

Comment: Would one of these cards... (Score 1) 131

by Bruinwar (#48659565) Attached to: Comcast's Lobbyists Hand Out VIP Cards To Skip the Customer Service Wait

Would one of these cards fix my billing errors? We just changed our service to a better & cheaper plan holding the "change to another provider club" over their head. It helps a little but we still pay too much IMO. They came in with the new X1 boxes with a new DVR & gateway & all installed by a typical cable guy. Internet lasted a few hours & started failing. I figured it was a bad box, went to a center & changed it out to a non-X1 gateway & it worked. 6 days later a new tech comes & adds a amplifier so the X1 box would work. Long story longer, they charged us for the installation & service call.

After a long talk with the CS guy, they promise to fix it on the next statement. Yeah OK, yep heard that before. Fucking Comcrap! My very long history of problems with them could fill a notebook. My current alternative is Uverse.... oh god no.

The new X1 UI? Comcrap finally updated their UI that was pretty much the same since the 1980s. It's shit, nothing like intuitive, but it's an improvement. I don't know who they get to design these things but they might wanna run it by some focus groups now & then to see how usable it is.

Comment: How long has the War on Drugs lasted? (Score 1) 484

by Bruinwar (#48632885) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot


Trillions spent on it? And I can still go down the street & score. Why are people crossing into Colorado to score when Billy next door grows it? This really makes no sense.

Stressing their law enforcement resources my ass... Nebraska is making money on these busts, we know that. Now they want to double dip & get some of Colorado's tax windfall.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 4, Interesting) 218

Yep, my total cost of healthcare here went up by about 40% but not as a result of the ACA. My employer's raised it but not because their costs went up my 40%. They raised it because they could. We are a Fortune 500 company & are self-insured. Their costs did not rise by anything close to 40%. OH, the HR asshole brought up the ACA, hinting around about reasons why we got such a huge increase, but when I brought up current healthcare inflation, he had no straight answer.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 5, Insightful) 218

In the states, health insurance skyrocketed after obamacare forced insurance companies to carry high risk people as well as the 'rights' demanded by special interest 'social justice' groups that the rest of us must now pay for.

A fast search led me to where they disagree with you. Anecdotally I know of not one single case where this is true. Everyone I know got a better deal under Obamacare. Some stories are remarkable how much Obamacare helped them. This is personal experience only. But after a decade of alarming inflation of health care premiums, we are finally seeing it slow (4%).

The Affordable Care Act has it's problems. It could be fixed. But return to lifetime caps, dumping high risk clients, & no coverage for existing conditions, no thanks. & yes, we did have "skyrocketing premiums" regardless. Become a cancer survivor & your opinion will change.

Comment: Re:What we actually Need is some Bloody Panic (Score 1) 329

by Bruinwar (#48563219) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

Back in the real world, all the computer models completely failed to predict the last twenty years or so of nothing much happening. Just as the models that predicted a new ice age in the 70s completely failed to predict twenty years of warming.

What models? Computer models from the 70s? Citation please. Or did you mean the pop science in the media? It was never a real theory, it was entertainment.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?