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Comment Cellular is the business model (Score 5, Insightful) 424 424

What up to now has been unlimited data for one price over cable will become a set of plans with different rates for different data caps. For those who have been screaming about a la carte channels on cable, you'll effectively get them - you'll only pay for what you watch. But it will be on a GB basis, not a channel basis.

Comment Re:Pffft (Score 5, Informative) 723 723

Patently false. The problem is that the city leaders ignored the National Weather Service and relied on local forecasters. The 4AM NWS release clearly stated 1-3 inches of snow for Atlanta area and upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Warning. That was plenty early enough to have schools closed and the local TV/radio stations to warn people to not venture out. SNOW/SLEET AMOUNTS WERE INCREASED A LITTLE OVER NW GA TO CATCH FIRST BAND THIS MORNING...BUT STILL 0.5-1.0 INCH. IN MAIN BAND FOR THE AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...HAVE SNOW/SLEET AMOUNTS OF 1-3 INCLUDING ATL METRO. GREATEST AMOUNT ALONG A BROAD LINE FROM LA GRANGE TO THOMASTON TO LOUISVILLE. BUT SOUTH OF LUMPKIN TO MACON TO SWAINSBORO LINE...ACCUM WILL BE 0.1-0.3 INCH MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WITH UP TO AN INCH OF LIGHT SNOW ON TOP. ALL THESE ACCUMULATION... OTHER THAN THE NW GA LIGHT BAND...WILL MEET WARNING CRITERIA SO HAVE CONTINUED WARNING AND EXPANDED THIS TO ANOTHER TIER OF COUNTIES INCLUDING ATL METRO AREA.

Comment Re:need biochemists (Score 1) 137 137

As they did with bodybuilding they should have both a "clean" and an "anything goes" Olympics. Any and all forms of drugs, genetic mods, etc. are allowed in the latter. I would love to see a human run the 100m in 6 seconds, then burst into flames after crossing the tape, swimmers with gills, etc.

Comment Re:The TSA needs to be stopped (Score 1) 427 427

Not just the TSA. Here in North Carolina you can be stopped at a "license check" roadblock. A thinly veiled attempt to catch drunk drivers, but requires you to present your driver's license to the officer. He may as well say, "Your papers please", just like in Nazi Germany.

Comment Re:We should know in about two hours. (Score 1) 503 503

8PM 3-day cone is out. Doesn't reach Miami. Center of 5-day cone passes well West of Tampa early Tues morning (2AM). If the hurricane were to follow that track Tampa won't experience anything worse than it gets during a heavy afternoon thundershower during the summer. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/234951.shtml?3day#contents

Comment Way too early to predict (Score 1) 503 503

The track and strength of this storm are way too uncertain at this time to project where and when landfall will occur and what kind of damage will be done. The computer model runs have had it hitting everywhere from New Orleans to the East Coast over the past few days and still haven't locked onto a repeatable solution. Another sign of the times when an over-hyped storm forecast gets hijacked into a quasi-political/religious argument.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 2) 666 666

Not clear why Amazon is involved here. Quick Amazon search doesn't turn up said SIG716 and I don't believe you can purchase guns from Amazon on-line anyway. Sounds like guy places order on Amazon for TV, carrier delivers wrong package to his apartment, guy tags Amazon for screw-up.

Comment Re:Providers aren't dummies (Score 1) 285 285

Re-read my post - I am advocating government getting out. The carrier lobbyists are perpetuating oligopolies and collusion. Best approach would be to decouple the infrastructure from the content. Personally I don't have a smartphone and take your approach, but that doesn't apply to many other consumers.

Comment Providers aren't dummies (Score 5, Informative) 285 285

You can be assured that there are people within the cable and satellite TV providers that run this math to help them set their pricing. If you have cable the satellite promo pricing always looks better until you start to match it box by box and channel by channel. Same goes for satellite users that look into switching to cable. Every time I do the math it's so close it's not worth the trouble. Unless you are willing to give up content expect to pay about the same no matter what path you take. The only true break in costs can't come until governments stop enabling collusion. Same story applies to cell phones.

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