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Comment: Re:So... Covenants (Score 1) 324

There is one other process. It's called a variance. The Board of Directors, at their discretion, can under certain circumstances grant a variance to the CC&R. Now, if your 22 homes are truly of the mind to get high-speed, why isn't the HOA via the Board trying to negotiate something? If the declaration is what's getting in the way, and everybody wants the service, it seems changing the CC&R would be easy, especially for 22 homes. Now, move up to 300 homes, and life gets harder. Barring that (each state is different in regards to reqs for changing the CC&R). Alternately, the HOA has one other tool -- Special Assessment. You all find out the cost from the ISP to wire you up & the HOA as an entity pays them to do the neighborhood. The ISP is more likely to be willing to deal with one entity and one payer than 22 individual ones.

Comment: Re:LOL, wrong question ... (Score 2) 177

by langedb (#43592571) Attached to: Richard Branson Plans Orbital Spaceships For Virgin Galactic

Assuming the cost is on the same scale, would you pay a few hundred grand for a few weeks in orbit?

Would I if I had it to spend? Absolutely. Can I or most of us afford to spend the cost of a house on this? Sadly, no.

I suspect most of us will never get to do this, which sucks. Because I would dearly love to do this before I die.

Folks said the same thing about:

  • Automobiles
  • Air travel
  • Computers
  • Cellular Phones
  • ... and much more
    • Give it 30-40 years or so and you'll be getting daily deal notifications about $1000 one-way tickets to Disney-Space on Southwest.

Comment: Re:A B1 visa is not easy to get... (Score 1) 332

by langedb (#38208064) Attached to: A Floating Home For Tech Start-ups

The US has some amazing restrictions and employment laws. For example, I am a US citizen born abroad. Because I was born abroad and lived abroad, I didn't sign up for "Selective Service". Well, duh. However, this makes me ineligible for most government jobs or indeed student loans. (Yes, I have been told this in person by government officials.) I may have lived in the US now for over half my life, paid taxes, yadda yadda yadda, but if I want additional schooling then I'd have to go back to my country of origin (England) because I'd be refused it here.

So, why not just sign up for the Selective Service & get on with life? It takes just a few minutes to fill out the forms.

Mozilla

+ - Firefox Plug-in Check Lends Rivals Security Hand ->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "Mozilla launched a Web-based tool that lets users of rival browsers to determine whether important add-ons may be vulnerable to attack. An extension of plug-in checking that Mozilla began adding to Firefox 3 last year — was originally slated for a late March debut, the 'Plugin Check' tool lets users of Apple's Safari 4, Google's Chrome 4 and Opera Software's Opera 10.5 scan their browsers for outdated plug-ins such as Apple's QuickTime or Adobe's Flash and Reader that are frequently targeted by hackers. Mozilla also made a plea for help from plug-in makers: 'If you're a plug-in vendor, we need your help! ... The directory is currently in alpha stages, and we need vendors to let us know as new versions come out, and old versions become dangerous.'"
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Comment: Re:Now to get rid of noncompetes (Score 1) 214

by langedb (#30157250) Attached to: AT&T Loses First Legal Battle Against Verizon

I didn't have a contract with my old Cingular/AT&T service, nor do I have one with my new VirginMobile service. I also don't have a contract with Netscape ISP, or Dish Network. I *chose* not to take their offered contracts, and you could do the same, if you don't like being locked-in for 1-2 years.

I did the exact same thing with Comcast for internet and Dish for TV. They came at me with a contract, I declined & told them I'm definitely going elsewhere then as their competitors contracts come with more stuff. They caved.

Comment: Re:Verizon is doubling the phone-subsidy to $350.. (Score 4, Informative) 520

by langedb (#30079920) Attached to: Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More

Also, unlike most other services, with TracFone you don't own your number. You decide to switch carriers and your phone number goes with it. Personally keeping my number is worth quite a bit more than $350. To each his own though.

According to TracFone's FAQ. They will allow you to transfer your number out of TracFone, but your personal information on the TracFone account must match the information on the new carrier's account. Source

IBM

+ - SPAM: IBM Webmail aims at Google, Microsoft

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "IBM has launched LotusLive iNotes, an on-demand e-mail, calendaring and contact management system meant to compete with the likes of Gmail and Microsoft Exchange, the company said Friday. Pricing starts at $3 per user per month, undercutting Google Apps Premier Edition, which costs $50 per user per year. IBM is aiming the software at large enterprises that want to migrate an on-premise e-mail system to SaaS, particularly for users who aren't tied to a desk, such as retail workers. It is also hoping to win business from smaller companies interested in on-demand software but with concerns about security and service outages, such as those suffered by Gmail in recent months. LotusLive iNotes is based on technology IBM purchased from the Hong Kong company Outblaze."
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Comment: Re:Mesh networks in Aviation (Score 3, Interesting) 131

by langedb (#29610967) Attached to: A Mobile Phone Mesh That Can Survive Carrier Network Failure
The HAM community already has this sort of thing. It's called APRS, and includes all the capabilities that you describe. All that would be needed is to put the necessary GPS and computer systems into the aircraft and wire them up to warn the pilot when another plane is getting too close.

Comment: Re:Now? (Score 5, Informative) 477

by langedb (#28698435) Attached to: US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux

"Not only that, I just checked and according to fedex it costs $7.39 to mail that same letter from coast to coast for their cheapest option. That's only what, nearly 17 times more expensive?"

factor in how much of your tax dollars when into that and then get back to us with a valid point....

Umm, the USPS is self-funded. None of your tax dollars go towards supporting their operation source

The Internet

+ - What do you do with a personal domain? 2

Submitted by bmerr71
bmerr71 (1310479) writes "I bought my own domain name to use as a self-promotion tool. I use a subdomain, "profile.mydomain.com", which I selectively put on my email signatures to link to my linkedin profile. I also loaded up Google Apps to use for email. But when you go directly to my domain name, there is nothing there. I didn't want GoDaddy getting ad revenue off my name (and it doesn't look very professional), so I killed the ad page, but it seems like I should be able to put something up on my main page. But, I am not interesting in blogging, I do not want too much personal information up there, and I do not want to spend a lot of money (none, if possible). Are there any free apps that I can load up on my domain to fill the blank space? What do non-bloggers do with their personal domains?"

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