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Comment: Re:next up (Score 1) 232

by NormHome (#48156421) Attached to: Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

I understand what you're saying but on the flip side if enough communities say "The Consumerist says you're the worst company in America and we don't want you here" at some point the board of directors and upper management or even the franchise authorities, state and federal consumer watchdogs or other regulatory authorities will take notice and say you guys need to shape up. I swear that every three to six months I find my bills going to by some $2 or $4 charge and my choices are limited as the only other company that provides similar service in this area is Verizon who is the runner up worst company.

Comment: Re:Sheesh, what's the problem? (Score 1) 367

Yeah right, did Google abuse the animal?; work it too hard?; not feed or water it enough?; not give it regular breaks as it's traipsing across the hot dusty desert?

You make a good point on the environmental issue. Also Google's helping out the local economy by employing local people and resources, doesn't that count for anything.

Comment: Re:I still don't get this. (Score 1) 304

by NormHome (#48009747) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

I'm pretty much with you on this; I wouldn't ever carry a bare phone or one with just a silicone bumper in a front pocket let alone a back pants pocket. But I also feel to some extent that this is a "mobile" device and it should be designed with a certain ruggedness in mind, especially considering the retail replacement cost.

Comment: Re:Third option (Score 1) 421

by NormHome (#47988105) Attached to: Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

That case is only about $17 US and I wouldn't trust a case that cheap; the Otterbox Defender case I use on my iPhone 4s was something like $35 and it's been great; the Defender for the 6 / 6 Plus is probably going to be between $60-$75 but it's well worth it to protect your $600 plus dollar phone.

Comment: I'm not optimistic.. (Score 3, Informative) 191

by NormHome (#47914469) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

I see so many problems with the world and very little being done to work those problems out; one of the biggest (in my opinion) being the energy crisis and the dwindling supplies of fossil fuels. What the world needs is clean, cheap energy i.e. hydrogen fusion or something similar. You see articles in the science news every once in a while but many of them turn out to be frauds or nothing ever comes of them.

Comment: Liar, Liar... (Score 1) 330

by NormHome (#47908511) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

"Of course, the promise is to keep all products supported as they are" so many big company's say that to help smooth over any objections to the purchase but those promises are seldom kept. To quote one of my favorite movies, what's the community to do after the fact use the "Liar, liar pants on fire defense".

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 418

by NormHome (#47907821) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

It may depend on the state, consumer protection is much better in some states than others i.e. "void where prohibited". So parts of Comcast's boiler plate TOS may not be enforceable in some states. But in my opinion this kind of strong arm behavior is reprehensible and limits on what services a person is able to run on his connection should not be legal. Although I would say that if one person was doing something with his or her connection that used so much bandwidth that everyone in the neighborhood was being negatively impacted then something would have to be done.

Comment: Re:Saw it at the Smithsonian a few years ago (Score 1) 99

by NormHome (#47902189) Attached to: Original 11' <em>Star Trek Enterprise</em> Model Being Restored Again

Hmmmmm.... interesting, I'm not sure if I saw it before or after the 1980 restoration and it was just hung from the ceiling at the time (in the gift shop if I remember) but if it was after I don't know what the restorer did to it but it looked like it was about to fall apart. I remember seeing pictures in the "Making of Star Trek" book where it was on a floor mounted stand like you say, it's never occurred to me that it wasn't designed to withstand being suspended by wires.

Comment: State Attorney General? (Score 1) 355

by NormHome (#47769811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

If they are overcharging you or miss-measuring, this could be a consumer protection issue and possibly your State Attorney General or possibly the U.S. Attorney's office could help you. But you're going to have an uphill battle all the way, just like Slashdoters roll their eye's every time a judge makes a crazy ruling in technology related cases that's clearly wrong because they don't have a good grasp of the technology involved you're going to be speaking a foreign language to these people and you're going to have a very hard time getting them to understand the issue i.e. "What's DD-wrt?" or even "What's a router?".

Comment: Re:They used to call me paranoid... (Score 1) 427

by NormHome (#47652057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

I'm willing to give anything a try but none of my friends or customers who have Verizon service use DSL and have FIOS instead. I can probably find and disable the router and wireless part of the Verizon Actiontec but my question is, if I do that will the channel guides still work on the houses cable boxes? The Verizon people made it seem that if the Actiontec were not the router on the network then the channel guides and DVR's wouldn't work right.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe