Bad as it is, the POTS still works. The nice thing about it, is during a storm that takes down the mains, if you still have an old style black dial phone connected, or you have a cordless with a battery back up, you can still use the phone. Some alarm systems still rely on the old telephone red & green wires. A lot of fax and dial up modems still use that, and pretty much any senior citizen still probably has a POTS line. It took me 2 years to talk my parents (80 & 79) into canceling their old pots line. My dad would say what about a power outage, but after I told him, you have what kind of pots phone? He responded a cordless....ok, and what powers the base station on the cordless? Then he got it and canceled it. The old copper pots lines, are why you see in a lot of areas, large tanks of liquid nitrogen strapped to the poles in an attempt to dry out the moisture in the lines. It's way cheaper than replacing a trunk line with hundreds of pairs of wires.
Yes, new blood is needed in any business, to foster new ideas, but, when you take the EXPERIENCE out, it can create problems. Here is an idea. If companies, government etc..."force" employees to retire at age 65/67 (USA), then by god every politician in the USA should be FORCED out of office also!
You know...up until a few years ago, I use to think that the USA was above board, but, more and more, I'm starting to wake up to the fact that the government of the USA does not have it's citizens best interest in mind. Sad, but the only difference between spying from China, Russia, Iran, USA is the language they speak, and the flag they fly.
What effect will using tin, have on the problem of tin whisker growth on the circuits, documented years ago by NASA, since the government/EPA mandated that manufacturers stop using lead in soldier, which was proven back in THE FIFTIES to retard/reduce the growth of those whiskers? Back then, everything was vacuum tubes, not the nano micro circuits we have today.
For "what you get" they are too expensive, limited in range, and don't have the carrying capacity of a "typical" SUV. Granted, about 90% of the SUV's I see around town are driven by moms using them as a minivan, but that's what they use them for, because a lot of the moms don't want to be caught dead driving a minivan, with all the other moms in the neighborhood driving SUV's... The keep up with the Jones' crowd...if you could get them on board, then electric would take off...so to speak.
He started in 1967, retired in 1999. He was "old school"...always be polite, always tell the truth, never push anything on the customer. Guess that was why, even though he worked in a small town of less than 6,000 people, he had sales in 47 states! Hawaii, Alaska & Rhode Island were the only three states he didn't have sales in. Most of his business was word of mouth. He never advertised in magazines, newspapers, radio or tv. The dealership he worked for, had ads of course, but none with him, unless it was a group photo. Obviously every car I bought, came from him, but last year, my 13 year old Mustang was needing to go to the car graveyard. I bought a new one, but the experience was unpleasant. The salesman was nice, but the whole, meet the guy on the lot, then get shuffled to the guy inside, then get shuffled to the guy trying to upsale you, to the guy with the financing... This idea of doing EVERYTHING bypassing as many of the pushy people might take off!
NO one really wanted this, unless you were in: automobile repair automobile parts "Big" agriculture lobbyists politicians. Once again, "we the people" get screwed because we are at the bottom of the funnel. Taking all the land, all the fuel, resources to take a staple food crop, just to throw it in the tanks of soccer moms to drive their snowflakes to the 3,403 after school activities? What a waste! If they really want to make alcohol out of something, I bet you could get almost 100% of school age kids everywhere to get on board of using sugar beets instead, if it meant they would be wiped off the dinner tables everywhere LOL. Sugar beets, sawgrass have been shown to be as if not more effective for converting to alcohol than a STAPLE FOOD CROP called corn.
safety on airlines. After the TSA searches you, force everyone to FLY NAKED. Kind of hard to smuggle something on board if you are in your birthday suit
Hummmm...I remember a bunch of people saying that "drill here, drill now, pay less" wouldn't work? Could they have been wrong????
It's all dark...really
I really hope, but it won't happen, that the USA turns OFF its piggy bank to the UN, or others that come begging for money, which will of course be wasted and stolen. It's time the rest of the world take care of their own, instead of turning to the USA every time a natural disaster hits. Every time a hurricane hits here, no one offers to lend a hand. Hopefully, soon, we'll pull ALL of our troops out of every foreign country and quit meddling in the affairs of other nations. Let them fend for themselves for a while. The USA is broke as it is.
Over the past 40 or so years, the (lack of) education in the USA, the increase in pop culture, has lead to a decline in the overall intelligence of the average citizen, and allowed them to be more easily controlled. All you have to do now to panic the average citizen, is to "tweet" something and just allow that to spread fear. I've seen it happen on the left AND the right. Someone tweets out they are going to take away X, and it blows up worse than a 6 year old starting a rumor about so and so having cooties on the playground!
Now we'll have not only people with low IQ skills checking people in, who, in a lot of places are "wannabe" police, have been picked on because of who knows what, that will be given FIREARMS (hopefully with a LOT of training, and psych exams first!). First time someone gets out of hand, instead of one looney firing off a weapon, we'll have lead flying all over the place. The TSA groping people is bad enough, but this just gives me one more reason not to fly.
I wish they would just leave the time alone. In the USA, we had it a little around WW1, then during WW2, and then it pretty much stayed during the made up energy crisis of the 70's. In today's 24/7 world, there really isn't any "savings". I agree that (at least in the USA), we have pretty much run our lives around the schedule of television programs, but, I think that is also disappearing. With Tivo, Dvr's, time delay etc...who watches tv around what the idiot networks say? I wish they would just leave it either on DST or standard time and leave it alone. The only "real" issue with playing around with the clocks now is going to work in the dark & coming home in the dark, when they change it to standard time.
Also, look at the SIZE of these places. How many South Korea's, or Japan's would fit within just Texas? Providing high speed to every spot in the USA is problematic at best. Are telcos & cable ops overcharging? Most likely, but the rollout is hard to do, just to the amount of land area in the USA.