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Comment Re:Ballsy, but stupid ... (Score 3, Informative) 308 308

Reminds me of the time in the mid-70's when we were going from Boulder to Arvada via the road south to Golden and mistakenly turned at the entrance to Rocky Flats (where the "triggers" for nukes were made). We pulled up to the security shack and the guard politely told us that we needed to back up, turn around, go back to the highway and take the next turn. We asked if we could pull forward a few feet and make a u-turn around the guard shack and he said that if we moved forward, he'd have to shoot us. We kindly thanked him for his assistance, backed up, turned around and got the hell out of there.

Comment Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (Score 1) 131 131

Reminds one of the scene in Burn After Reading where Chad tries to blackmail Osbourne Cox:

Osbourne Cox: If you ever carried out your proposed threat you would experience such a shitstorm of consequences, my friend, your empty little head would be spinning faster than the wheels of your Schwinn bicycle back there.

Chad Feldheimer: Y-you think that's a Schwinn?

Comment Re:The Dork Brothers! (Score 1) 296 296

This.
I use a Case Logic AUA-311 which holds (inventorying it as we speak...) a Chromebook, Nexus 7, iPod gen 4, flashlight, flash drives, magnifying glass, pen, pencil, a couple of small screwdrivers, etc. Plus a Kindle Touch when I might want to do some reading without a backlight. With all that stuff, it's still lighter than a laptop in a bag.

Comment Re:Out of touch (Score 1) 298 298

Universal Service is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) http://www.usac.org/about/.

"To implement the 1996 Telecom Act, the FCC established four programs:
  - High Cost, for rural areas (transitioning into the Connect America Fund)
  - Lifeline (for low-income consumers), including initiatives to expand phone service for Native Americans
  - Rural Health Care
  - Schools and Libraries (commonly referred to as "E-rate")

Money to pay for universal service programs comes from the universal service fund (USF). The USF is paid for by contributions from telecommunications carriers, including wireline and wireless companies, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers, including cable companies that provide voice service, based on an assessment of their interstate and international end-user revenues".
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Kind of interesting how they don't explicitly state that "money to pay for universal service programs" comes from customers (it's a line item on phone bills). Actually, it used to be two line items, one for universal access (phones for the poor) and one for E-rate (Internet for schools, libraries and rural healthcare).

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long

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