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Comment: Re:What about (Score 4, Informative) 230

by CreatureComfort (#47502165) Attached to: Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads
The biggest issue I have with Verizon Fios is the TV service. All of the video channels are so compressed that you inevitably get pixelation and tearing. This is particularly infuriating when it happens during playback for video on demand shows that you are paying extra for.

And Verizon customer service is a complete joke. They don't even understand that it is their compression causing the problems, and their only solution when you call to complain is to reboot the cable box. After never less than 35 minutes on hold, then 30-50 minutes working with the idiot in Mumbai, then getting "accidentally" disconnected... makes me want to scream.

But the 75/35 is pretty flash.

Comment: Re:Questionable? (Score 2) 83

by CreatureComfort (#47470279) Attached to: Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty
That's why he's not suing under libel or slander, but under the publicity clause.

He doesn't want it removed, or reparations for damage to his reputation, He just wants to be paid for the too accurate representation of him. If EA had just mad it some random jungle military guy, they'd have been fine.

Comment: Re:A four million year orbit (Score 1) 74

by CreatureComfort (#47332515) Attached to: Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup
"English inventor Thomas Parker, who was responsible for innovations such as electrifying the London Underground, overhead tramways in Liverpool and Birmingham, and the smokeless fuel coalite, built the first practical production electric car in London in 1884, using his own specially designed high-capacity rechargeable batteries. Parker's long-held interest in the construction of more fuel-efficient vehicles led him to experiment with electric vehicles. He also may have been concerned about the malign effects smoke and pollution were having in London. Production of the car was in the hands of the Elwell-Parker Company, established in 1882 for the construction and sale of electric trams. The company merged with other rivals in 1888 to form the Electric Construction Corporation; this company had a virtual monopoly on the British electric car market in the 1890s. The company manufactured the first electric 'dog cart' in 1896."

Comment: Re:Seems like a bad idea to me (Score 1) 61

by CreatureComfort (#47324229) Attached to: Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget
Because getting out on the road with thousands of totally untrained idiots who are texting, talking, eating, changing CDs, falling asleep, drunk, high, etc., is such a naturally safe activity to begin with.

Please. The more automation, even in baby steps, that can be deployed quickly the better and safer every mile of roadway will get.

I'll trust this, sight unseen, a whole lot more than I trust you, or your wife, or your 16 y.o., behind the wheel.

Comment: Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (Score 4, Interesting) 162

by CreatureComfort (#47324109) Attached to: Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients
Nurse Joke: "You know what you call the guy who graduated last in his class at medical school? Doctor."

Angie's List was created because separating the lousy doctors from the very few good ones is almost impossible. The AMA has lobbied successfully to make it illegal for a patient to find out the malpractice history of physicians.

If you're looking for a new doctor, the best thing you can do is talk to some local nurses. They know which ones are on the ball, and which ones are flat out dangerous.

Comment: Re:What The?!? (Score 1) 216

by CreatureComfort (#47248631) Attached to: US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles
Look, those dollars are gone. It's over. You're never getting them back. Let them go.

Now, if the government is going to waste the dollars they take I wish they would spend MORE money on silly stuff like this rather than blowing craters in the sand or giving it for free to big banks. Yes, it would be great if this money went to NASA, or disease prevention and cures, or creating a more educated populace, but really, there are so many worse areas they could have spent this time and money, you should be grateful.

Memory fault -- brain fried