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Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 386

That's probably a ClearQAM signal that he is receiving. Most HDTVs in North America have dual-standard 8VSB/QAM64 tuners so they can receive both broadcast and cable channels. No CableCard required.

It's more likely that it's a mix of that and analog. In Las Vegas at least, Cox makes all channels below 100 available as unencrypted analog video, receivable by pretty much every TV built since the '40s or so. Local channels (including the subchannels many of them have offered since the digital transition) are also available in unencrypted digital form. It works out to probably somewhere around 70-80 channels, with maybe a half-dozen in HD, a dozen or so in digital SD, and the balance in analog SD.

I cut off TV service about a year ago, switching to data-only service. They've not bothered blocking these channels, so they're still available. My TVs are set up to tune them in, but I can't remember the last time I watched something that wasn't streamed from across the Internet or played back from the file server on my LAN.

Comment: Re:Using NASA's dictionary (Score 2) 362

by jdavidb (#48283087) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

what if this happens because Branson wants some results to show to investors and pushed too much? Would you still say he was a brave pioneer or just an abused employee?

In that case I'd say he was both. He was made a pioneer by his intentions. He wouldn't be the first pioneer to be abused and mistreated, just as he is not the first pioneer to give his life trying to get humanity to the next frontier.

Comment: Re:Using NASA's dictionary (Score 2) 362

by jdavidb (#48282151) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

May we mourn the loss of this brave pioneer and honor his or her legacy. I think this is a perfectly appropriate time to quote these words:

I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The [SpaceShipTwo] crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them...

The crew of the [SpaceShipTwo] honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

Comment: Re:Let's rewrite that (Score 1) 36

by smitty_one_each (#48280063) Attached to: [TCM] Communist Manifesto Reading Club Part 3
". . .love government too. Remember, Jesus associated with lepers and prostitutes and tax collectors"
People are individuals. Government is a derived bureaucracy riding atop the people. Government is never more than a necessary evil.
This is an important conceptual modeling issue.

All evidence points to that Jesus is a statist.

My head 'splodes on this one. Have you read the Gospel? Born a peasant, worked as a carpenter, built His church of fishermen from the backwater of Galilee, his cousin John the Baptist decapitated by Herod, runs afoul with Chief Priests (collaborators with the Roman government), totally punts on interacting with Pilate, is crucified by the Romans, and you want to call him a Statist, based upon subsequent events?
Dude: that is The. Troll. Of. The. Decade.

Comment: Re:Let's rewrite that (Score 1) 36

by smitty_one_each (#48276517) Attached to: [TCM] Communist Manifesto Reading Club Part 3
To go an unusual route with the Sage's utterance, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's," points out that even Jesus wasn't trying to preach the removal of government here under the sun.
Rather, that the Kingdom of Heaven is orthogonal to all the evil that men do.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Re:No. Just no.) (Score 1) 204

>strangely enough there's a section in the constitution that actually makes vague laws of no effect. Can't remember the section.

That's funny.

Vague laws are the bread and butter of prosecutors.

If you want to read more on the subject, check out the book Three Felonies a Day.

+ - 'Ebola coffee cup' puts plane on lockdown at Dublin Airport->

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Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Nowadays 'Ebola' has become such a powerful bogeyman any mention of 'Ebola' will sure to cause a massive panic

For example: An unidentified man who scribbled an Ebola warning on a cup of coffee caused quite a stir on a Dublin-bound flight. After putting the plane on lockdown for nearly an hour in the Irish capital, authorities determined that it was all a hoax

The incident occurred on Air Lingus Flight EI 433, which had set off from Milan on Thursday. Upon arriving in Dublin, passengers were held onboard for roughly 50 minutes until paramedics were able to investigate the matter

"As a precaution, the incident was fully investigated before passengers and crew disembarked as normal. The incident is now a matter for the gardai (police).” According to the Irish Mirror, a passenger who was on the flight got in touch with their daughter to say a man had written "Be careful, Ebola" on a coffee cup"

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+ - Iconic photo shots of Moon and Earth by Chang'e 5 T1->

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Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "China's Chang'e 5 T1 space mission has sent back iconic photos of the Moon and Planet Earth

In the photo, The Earth hangs like a white and blue bauble in the black of space, distant and heart-achingly beautiful. You can see it here — http://planetary.s3.amazonaws....

The spacecraft's trajectory will carry it back to Earth at about 21:30 UT on October 31. Happy Halloween!"

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