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+ - Did Ananymous stop Karl Rove from Stealing Ohio (again) for Romney?->

Submitted by Newer Guy
Newer Guy (520108) writes "In 2004, the Ohio vote count was going for Kerry — until the Ohio election site went down and came back up a minute later. Then suddenly the count was reversed to Bush — and Bush won Ohio. This year a similar thing happened but when it came back up it remained Obama. Thom Hartmann has an interesting take on this — especially when you consider how insistent Karl Rove was on Fox News election night that Romney would be winning Ohio even after Fox called it for Obama."
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Comment: I had to do this once. (Score 1) 362

by Newer Guy (#41292337) Attached to: One Company's Week-Long Interview Process
I work in broadcasting. A company essentially wanted to 'try me out'. They flew my entire family (4) from Boston to Oregon, put us up in a Holiday Inn resort (upscale from the usual HI), rented me a car and gave me 50 dollars a day for food. I had to work 8:30 - 4:30 for ten days for free. On the last day they offered me a job. I almost took it, but decided to go to Los Angeles at the last minute. Unfortunately, I burned a bridge with them.

Comment: My Ex wife's trick.. (Score 4, Interesting) 400

by Newer Guy (#39128431) Attached to: Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook
I moved to California after my wife lied to the police and got me arrested for Domestic Violence. The charges were dismissed, but my arrest record still exists. After the Family and Probate Court ordered visitation, and I would fly back to Massachusetts to visit with my 3 kids, she would go to court A in the county, tell them she was 'afraid of me' and get an emergency Restraining Order, making it impossible for the visit to happen. The Family Court would get this dismissed, but not until AFTER I had gone back to California. Then the pattern would repeat, this time she'd go to court B, etc, etc., etc. This continued for over 3 years until she literally had RUN OUT OF COURTS! She even had the balls to have me served with the Restraining Order in the hallway of the Family Court, but had the server wait until AFTER our Judge had gone home for the weekend so it couldn't be fixed until Tuesday (3 day weekend) and I was flying back to CA on Monday! BOY was the judge's clerk pissed! I couldn't even call my kids to explain why we weren't meeting-so the clerk called them for me. As a result my oldest not only will not see or talk with me, but also changed her last name to my ex's maiden name when she turned 18. Now she wants to be my friend so I pretend to be (Keep your friends close AND your enemies closer!).

Divorce sucks and the courts are SO biased against men/for women that it's pathetic

Comment: I can't afford to change my plan (Score 2) 851

by Newer Guy (#38462768) Attached to: Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?
I have a 10 old retention plan from Sprint that's too good to replace. I get 2500 anytime minutes shared among 5 phones (in 4 different area codes), nights and weekends starting at 7 PM, unlimited long distance, unlimited phone to phone minutes, unlimited texting, unlimited 3G data pack, unlimited photo pack, and an Airave hot spot-all for 110 dollars a month, including all taxes and fees. To change my plan so I could use a smart phone would at least double my monthly cost, si I have the smartest dumb phone I can have, an LG Rumour Touch.

Comment: Charter schools CAN be part of the answer (Score 1) 496

by Newer Guy (#36873758) Attached to: Gates: Not Much To Show For $5B Spent On Education
My daughter went to an inner city charter school in Los Angeles for kindergarten (Gabriella Charter School)-and got an excellent education. They integrate dance into their curriculum-which is quite rigorous. We moved to the Philadelphia area (New job) and she goes to one of the best public schools in the Philly area (Ithan Elementry School in Radnor, PA). She loves her new school, but what I find interesting is that she had more homework as a kindergartner at Gabriella then she had as a first grader at Ithan!

One thing I used to find where we wanted to live was Greatschools (www.greatschools.org) They base their ratings on standardized tests and parent input. I think it's better then nothing. What also is interesting is that teachers WANT to work at Ithan and the other schools in the Radnor School District-even though they pay quite a bit less money then the school district next door (Lower Merion School District).

In Philadelphia proper there are a lot of charter schools-some good, some average and some poor. Many of them are 'culturally diverse', meaning they teach a particular culture (unlike Gabriella which though the students were mainly Hispanic taught the 3 Rs plus English). I think that schools should concentrate on EDUCATING children more and LESS on celebrating cultural diversity, because good grades and a degree are more important to a future employer then that.

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+ - Netflix down tonight

Submitted by Newer Guy
Newer Guy (520108) writes "Apparently Netflix has been hacked. Their streaming doesn't work, their customer service number doesn't answer and none of your registered streaming devices show up on their web page. Someone is obviously upset over their 80+ % price increases within the past 10 months."

Comment: Good audio does not have to be expensive. (Score 1) 450

by Newer Guy (#35296342) Attached to: Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads
There are many reasonably priced audio components that produce great audio..As an example, the Grado SR60 headphones make great sound-and list for 80 dollars. Ebay has many hybrid tube/mosFET headphone amplifiers that sell in the 50-70 dollar range (including shipping). An example is here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Valve-Class-Tube-Headphone-Amplifier-pre-Bravo-V2-h-/250778333891?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a638db2c3. Or, for piortable use, this one is great-and also inexpensive: http://cgi.ebay.com/Micro-Cmoy-headphone-amp-Opamp-2227-Amplifier-/250777688383?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a6383d93f If you know how to, you can also roll your own pretty cheaply-start with the National Semiconductor LM4562 dual opamp.True audiophile performance for $1.10!

Comment: IBOC is a joke! (Score 2, Interesting) 134

by Newer Guy (#33700394) Attached to: Digital Radio Mondiale, a Better Standard Than US-Adopted IBOC?

I am a broadcast engineer with over 30 years of experience.

IBOC is a true joke. It's the FIRST broadcast service ever authorized by the FCC that actually CAUSES interference-mostly to your NEIGHBORS above and below you on the dial! IBOC is also an FCC sanctioned PRIVATELY owned system that costs broadcasters over $25K in upfront licensing fees-and then more in continuing royalty payments.

What most of us want (broadcast engineers) is for the FCC to authorize TV channels 5 and 6 for a dedicated digital radio band using DRM. Low band VHF is the WORST place for Digital Television (it goes in order UHF channels 20-40, UHF channels 14-20, UHF channels 40-51 , VHF channels 7-13 and finally VHF channels 2-6). Right now there are about 25 DTV stations on channels 5 and 6 in the entire country-and it's been proven that EVERY ONE can be accomodated on UHF (To accomodate the station in Philadelphia on channel 6, a station in Reading, PA would have to move to a different UHF channel and give Philly its current channel, OR Philadelphia can move to channel 3 if they insist on staying on low band VHF-a BAD idea!).

If the FCC got off their ever widening ASS and did this, every AM station that wanted a digital FM could have one-with enough left over for every FM station too-AND a nationwide FM frequency for the National Weather Service/Homeland Security to operate on!

Comment: Innocent until proven guilty? HAH!!! (Score 1) 350

by Newer Guy (#33643826) Attached to: New Legislation Would Crack Down On Online Piracy

This joke of a bill assumes you are guilty and punishes you until YOU prove yourself innocent-at THEIR timetable of course!

The RIAA can target anyone they want-the judge says: "yup yup yup" and POOF! you are out of business!

Of course you can have the order lifted-right? Let's see...your appeal date is is scheduled for six months from now-until then you REMAIN out of business! What do you mean you don't have enough money to operate without any business that long? TOO BAD!!!!.

Every day...every single day I see another one of these-taking away freedoms from PEOPLE and giving them to CORPORATIONS! We truly ARE fast becoming the Corporate States of America!!

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