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Comment Re:Perfect for Hotels! (Score 4, Interesting) 170

Not worried at all. The cell sites are generally very poorly protected and monitored leaving them open to attack. Piss enough users off and you are bound to get more than a few that are willing to "free up spectrum" from the hijackers that run the cellular companies. These assholes have already managed to grab nearly half of the old UHF TV spectrum after the next auction to verizon and at&t is completed. I suspect that it will only be a matter of time before the cellular companies are able to get the FCC to relegate WiFi to secondary use status behind their own services. In this though they may have a fight on their hands from the cable companies like Time Warner and others that use the installed cable/WiFi routers of their customers to extend their "free" WiFi services to their customer base. Speaking of which, we are aware that cable companies not only charge us to rent their cable routers with WiFi but then turn around and open a WiFi link to service their customers and make you pay for the power to run the service to boot?

Comment Re:Translated (Score 1) 451

Really? To bad it has to come to this. The reality is that this is being driven by the fucking assholes being distracted by the driving from their all important texting. The car should punch the assholes in the face every time is has to save them and the innocent other driver/s from an accident. I drive allot and dodge at least a couple of idiots a month while they are busy texting.

Comment Re:Not T-Mobile (Score 1) 142

Really the two options are Verizon and AT&T. Verizon generally seems to have the better coverage and is a bit more reliable. AT&T by far has the faster network if you are looking to move data. Both are stupid expensive for what they provide which is very little to be honest. To the best of my knowledge there really is no option from any of the carriers here that doesn't include a hefty serving of ass rape.

Comment Hate to say this but... (Score 1) 106

Likely this is true until the trackers built into the base go tits up. There were a number of these systems in the California desert in the 80s, don't hear about them any do we? To complicated and maintenance intensive to be practical and ultimately damages the reputation of solar. Simple high efficiency solar panels are most likely to disrupt the present power generation monopolies and allow us a bit more freedom from the handful of those that literally have the power in their hands. Consider this, where is the greatest growth in power generation happening throughout Europe and America, It ain't heliostats!

Comment Re:Happily married? (Score 1) 286

Really? Temptation is when you randomly connect with someone at say a store and feel an attraction to them that you may or may not resist. In the case of these assholes we have a group of generally deceitful individuals that not only actively signed up for and payed for the service but chose to seek out the very temptation. I feel no sorrow for those caught by this, only for the manner in which their partners are likely to be finding out about the shitty person they have been living with. Let us also keep in mind that there are medical consequences to cheating too. How many innocent partners have found their lives turned upside down permanently by an unfaithful partners transmission of an STD for which there is no cure. I will not get into the tearing up of the family and the hurt to the children at having to go through this. I suspect that a number of your a on that list, not hard to pick you out though.

Comment Re:Manufacturing buisness supported by government. (Score 1) 356

Just like the telephone companies, the cable companies, the big oil companies, and the military industrial complex etc... Need I continue? Business as usual, move along, nothing to see here. In other news, taxes are going to be going up. Oh, sorry, meant to say that the middle classes taxes are going to be going up. Wealthy corporations and the 1% who offshore profits are going to be paying less.

Comment Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 1) 329

Could not agree more. We cut the cord over 8 years ago and time shift every program we take off air to delete the commercials. Only thing we have is internet, not even basic cable. It is via legal streaming services like Netflix and Amazon prime as well as off air that we partake of any entertainment. No Hulu since they expect that we pay for the service and endure commercials to boot, What a racket that one is! Off air programming in HD is far and away better than that delivered by the cable companies too. Sports, never watch them unless you consider F1 cars and bikes a sport, which I don't. More of a Nerd VS. Nerd competition with backing by really wealthy companies. Point is this, when I can choose the channels, AND ONLY THE CHANNELS, I want for a reasonable price then I may be enticed back. Now we all know this is not really going to happen from the cable and satellite companies. Sooner or later though the content providers will figure it out and simply bypass the cable and satellite companies completely by having the likes of Netflix or others host and serve up the content. The NFL, the NBA, the NHL, are all milking everyone for all they can get right now and this includes ESPN who in turn does that same the cable/satellite providers who in turn do the same to the average stupid subscriber to their crappy sub par service. In the end it is likely that if those that actually watch the sports now have to fit the vast majority of bill for the service at the ridiculously elevated rates charged right now, the viewership would fall very quickly indeed. If more were to cut the cord, really more of a paring down as it were, they all would have to adapt to the desires of the consumer.

Comment Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 331

Hollywood is incapable of taking what is a truly great story and putting it to the screen in a more or less complete fashion. Reality is that this is the kind of book that would be better split into 2 or even 3 movies. Frankly it would have been far better if they did a mini series on TV instead. With high hopes but low expectations.

Comment Re:I've got this (Score 2) 400

This is an easy one. You can't remove them, they will just be uploaded again and again. What you can do is simply not watch or otherwise acknowledge their existence at all and in doing so you strip the power and motive as well to make such crap. There will always be those that seek out and enjoy this kind of imagery, they need help. But they are in the small minority. I have not seen any of the beheadings nor the pilot being burned and have managed to miss two girls one cup to boot! I have far better things to watch. Is there not enough killing and filth on the TV and in the movies to satisfy people without seeking out the videos of those stupid and unfortunate enough to go to one of these third world shit holes and get taken by these sick fucks and ultimately killed by them for fun and profit? As the years progress entertainment more and more is tailored to the lowest common denominator, look at all the reality shows. With the exception of maybe four or five the rest are all total shit. We would not remove them though a strong case could be made that they do a great deal of harm to society when the idiots that seek them out and watch later emulate. It all comes back to education, we have shit for schools here in the USofA and turn out some of the dumbest kids now. Smart people don't watch this crap nor do they seek it out. For fucks sake, pick up a god damned book for once!

Comment Re:So, pass the buck to government ... (Score 1) 214

'This uncertainty is not good for investment, and it's not good for jobs here in America.' Really now? How is this not good for American jobs? These assholes can't outsource the infrastructure. They can't outsource the plant, the fibre, the maintenance workers and installers... I fail to see how this is really bad for the consumer at all. Here is the fact. In wireless they are able to sell you small chunks of data at criminally marked up rates where as in wire line and fibre they generally are not able to limit you thanks to the FCC rules and laws. As long as they are basically unregulated in the wireless arena they will stay there and fight to keep it that way. Another thing to keep in mind is that they are going to start to feel the push at their sphincters more and more from Google in major metro markets as they roll fibre. Fact is having 1Gb symmetrical is not really of much use to you or me 99.9999% of the time, it is really just a marketing gimmick. Companies like Google can push into markets like this since they can simply run their lines after buying off the relevant parties in the area of interest. No so with wireless as there is no bandwidth to be bought since only a few of the major wireless companies have all of it bought and payed for. Essentially these are government sanctioned and supported monopolies, just the same as cities with only one broad band provider. This is Verizon management admitting that they can't buy their way out of this and so they are cutting and running. Simply put, a new more forward looking and creative management group will be able to make a go of it. If they invest in the last mile and compete with or better the cable companies in the area at the game they will be very profitable

Comment Re:let's not beat around the bush (Score 2) 331

I simply can not believe that yet another major US tech company like IBM would lay off so many employees like this... COUGH COUGH, General Electric, COUGH. In other news they still are off shoring their income to shield it from paltry US taxes they are asked to pay but still enjoy major US tax payer support through subsidies and tax breaks. Irony... Get used to this people, this is only going to be getting worse after the next election when they will have all their people in place and pass laws allowing them to really take advantage of the common hard working person. Hard work, dedication, honesty, and integrity, are not really valued like they should be any more. Sensible, modest, long term growth and stability are being sacrificed in favor of short term profits to satisfy the investors and line the pockets of the top few execs. The one sunny thing about this is that in another twenty years they will be on the auction block to have their patent portfolio sold to pay off creditors.

Comment Don't think so... (Score 1) 129

Wait, you mean that the FCC actually came down on the side of the consumers and against a very minor special interest? Wow, just WOW! In other news, the FTC and the FCC are likely going to finally allow the acquisition of Time Warner by Comcast in the next few months. For the customers this will be a really great thing since it will allow them to be fleeced more efficiently and have their service issues better ignored. It will also allow the Cable companies to better lobby the FCC and the Congress to pass laws finally and forever end any hopes of net neutrality. This should finally guarantee continued control of commerce, ad dollars, and media revenues etc. by only the largest incumbent and most financially flush companies. Pop those pain pills people and call your petrologist, the ass rape they are about to release on we the average internet user is going to be nothing short of epic!

Comment Re:Than don't sign the contract (Score 1) 189

Wow, really surprised by this. Am I the only one that knows that Apple pushes their suppliers to the limit to maximize profits? I suspect that GT had hoped to use apple to fund the cost of the fabrication facilities at a break even point and make money selling excess production to third parties. Guess they bet wrong on this one. To bad they are not the first or the last.

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel