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Comment: Re:Auditing (Score 1) 262

by alcmena (#48948773) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults
I don't know... I almost had the power cut at my house because some idiot called up and 1) asked to turn on power at my address and then 2) called back a few days later saying, "oops, I gave the wrong address, please turn power on at my correct address instead." So clearly, the power company went back, looked at the long-running multi-year record that I had with them, figured out the mistake, and silently fixed things; right? No... They marked the account as canceled and promptly mailed a letter saying my power will be turned off in 3 days if I do not call and set up a new account by then. If this can happen with something as critical as electricity, it's entirely possible Comcast really does have no idea who made these changes.

Comment: Re:If support calls you an A, it's a badge of hono (Score 2) 262

by alcmena (#48948729) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults
Having worked Tech Support for a dial-up ISP years ago, I can attest to the "100 idiots for every intelligent person" problem. You call and believe the CS rep to be an idiot, but you need to understand that the CS rep probably thinks the same about you. Don't get me wrong, in my experience, most CS reps *are* idiots. But having worked as one briefly, most customers are too.

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by alcmena (#46330147) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
Mine says it has an 85 mile range on a full charge. However, I make it a point to reset the trip meter every time I charge it. One mile driven != one mile off of the distance countdown. That's probably the most annoying part of the car. I typically charge to 80%. I start with 75 miles. I drive 30 miles. And I end with 35 miles. It's the same commute day after day, and pretty much the same result. I've learned to expect it and pretty much ignore the "miles remaining".

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by alcmena (#46330079) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
I have a 2012 model and I tend to be closer to the 50-60 range, and my commute is typically 45-55mph on back roads. I live in FL so cold isn't an issue. Granted, I keep the charge at 80% to help the battery last longer, but even with a full charge, I think 80 miles is a fairy tail. The last time I took it to the airport (about 65 mile round trip, mostly freeway @ 65mph), it started with a full charge and made it home with 2 miles remaining on the indicator.

I don't say this to complain about the car. I actually love it. I've been to a gas station about 5 times over the last year. My average commute during my work day is 20-30 miles (depending on where I go for lunch), and a busy day tends to max out at 50 miles. I just recognize the limitations. My second car is a Prius and that's what we use for long hauls.

Comment: Re: Hey US... (Score 1) 650

by alcmena (#44387719) Attached to: US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden
Also, keep in mind that it is the debtor and not the lender who truly holds the power. Don't believe me? Look at the massive losses that banks took during the lending crisis. One single f--k you to the lenders and the lenders have lost their investment. Sure that causes losses for the debtor (see Argentina) but those losses are only real if the lender has the ability to force the issue. Most don't.

Comment: Re:Eh, that's it? (Score 3, Insightful) 619

by alcmena (#43178741) Attached to: Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4
To be fair, it's more like buying a new car and just replacing the software on the touchscreen computer. A custom ROM is just software whereas everything else you listed is hardware. The hardware for the S3 is fantastic. I'd love to get a S4, but I think I'll wait until Cyanogen, or someone else, manages to clear out all of Samsung's "awesome software". I know I may not be their target audience, but I would really prefer to have the option to get a vanilla Android install one of their devices. The Galaxy S3 has better hardware than the Galaxy Nexus, but the Galaxy Nexus runs just so much better than a stock S3.

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