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Comment: timing - which year (Score 2) 72

by SteveWoz (#47628049) Attached to: Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

I travel a ton and stay in dozens of different hotels every year. Domestically, and in maybe 50% of the foreign cases, the high priced hotels had worse and slower internet up until a couple of years ago. For the last 2 years they have gotten better, on the average. Oh, I was in a 5-star Vegas resort last night that had horrible bandwidth. In the past, my joke was accurate that the difference between a Four Seasons (just an example) and a Super 8 is that at the Super 8 the internet worked and was free. The most important thing to me in a hotel is computer use. The fancy suites in major hotels are often set up for entertaining friends and DON'T even have a computer desk. I ask my wife to book me into Super 8's whenever possible.

Comment: Re:The question to me seems to be... (Score 1) 148

by SteveWoz (#47357639) Attached to: Lawrence Lessig Answers Your Questions About His Mayday PAC (Video)

End goal: change the constitution. We need a start. It's easy to see how hard this will be and to give up early, but some of us feel the imperative to fight for it. We can change things. The vast will of the masses (corporation political donations are not equivalent to the free speech we enjoy as individuals) needs to be strategically gathered. Critical mass could take decades, as with things like gay marriage.

Comment: Kitty Thyroid medicine (Score 1) 279

by KatchooNJ (#46123819) Attached to: Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

Thankfully, I am 100% confident that my kitty's thyroid medicine does work; she has hyperthyroidism from a benign tumor on her thyroid. It was VERY obvious that it was having a positive effect when the vet put her on it and I saw her plump up and feel tons better. Vomiting was another symptom... and that ceased. Another symptom was that she was dropping weight, which was scary because she was always hungry despite getting skinnier and skinnier. In fact, once she was on the medicine, she got a bit chubby and we ended up having to lower her dosage. She then trimmed down to normal weight and we keep her on a managed dose; she needs to be on it forever. No doubt at all that this particular med works. Forget the name offhand, though.

Comment: Re:Collecovision (Score 1) 178

by KatchooNJ (#46094741) Attached to: IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

You are right about the C-64 power supplies. I went through a few of them, myself. I remember ultimately getting a 3rd party model that was advertised in Compute or Compute's Gazette back in the day. They touted that it was far more reliable. I think it was pricey... I have a weird memory of it costing $35 back in the 80s. (My grandmother was kind enough to spring for it.) I still have it to this day and it still works like a charm, so I guess it was worth the money. :-) Solid and sturdy... unlike the stock ones that came with the system.

On the other hand, you won't get me to easily praise much about the ADAM. heh I remember the commercials for it made it look great, though. Dragon's Lair looked quite good on it for the time! And it did play Colecovision game cartridges, so that was always a good thing. :-)

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