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Comment: Or just cancel. (Score 1) 125

I just canceled my subscription. Had it since 2006. When I called to complain that my Wii, my Roku, and my computers were having trouble...in addition to them not having a Linux client...they told me to contact my ISP so that they could 'speed it up'. I have a commercial line...and every other streaming service in full HD works just fine. They refused to open up a ticket to have it looked into, so I cancelled.

I give zero @#'s about their problems.

Comment: Recently bought a Nissan... (Score 1) 160

by skogs (#45077423) Attached to: Car Dealers vs the Web: GM Shifts Toward Online Purchasing

I would have given anything to accomplish this feat with Nissan last year. I figured out what car my wife and I could settle on (2 year process), and then tried to get one. Alas the last of the 2011's were already sold. So then I waited a few months and tried to get a 2012 vehicle. Alas those were delayed due to the flooding that also hit the nuclear plant and made much news. When I finally got a dealer to ship me one from 1200 miles away, I still didn't get all the exact options that I wanted. Most noticeable is that my wife complains about the lighter interior upholstery.

Why should I have to spend months trying to order something that should be so simple as: Middle of the road trim level, brown, with dark upholstery. Honestly I don't understand why I couldn't get those three things together in one vehicle after searching 15 some states.

I had driven several of the vehicles and knew we liked it...just couldn't get it without fancy doodads that we didn't want. I bet straight internet orders wouldn't get jacked up by the dealerships quite as bad.

Comment: New IP: Lawyer Script (Score 1) 364

by skogs (#44303307) Attached to: HBO Asks Google To Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player

Perhaps they are using a new program/script that does all their Lawyering for them. It must have 'accidentally' gotten the extra VLC link, assuming it was their content. No moderately versed PERSON would make this mistake, so it must be a machine. Therefore, we have a new threat in the wild: A never sleeping, never eating, intellectual property attorney that has no common sense or morals.

Oh wait....that isn't really all that new. Maybe the electricity part is new?

Comment: Real Fix (Score 1) 564

by skogs (#42865095) Attached to: On the end of USPS 1st Class Saturday delivery:

About 97% of my letter carrier delivered mail is junk mail. How about we actually consider fixing the problem in addition to the cut services?

Why does 97% of my mail, which I don't want, delivered at rates between 25-35% of what I could mail things for? Victoria's Secret clearly is making enough money to print a new catalog every single week...how about we penalize the marketing douches and force them to actually PAY for the crap they send. VS catalog could come once every 6 months instead of every 6 days, and they would pay more for every single one.

Seriously. It costs me 46 cents to mail 1 piece of paper. The guys mailing 500+ copies of a 50 page catalog or a 30 page coupon bundle pay between 14 cents and a $1.27 for the largest thing delivered to me lately.

'The People' are not getting the same kind of service that is given to 'The Business'. Considering the impact to landfills, the carbon footprint when I burn the catalog, the endless amount of fuel and man-hours necessary to deliver it...mailing catalogs and coupons really shouldn't be profitable...but it is thanks to retarded policy regarding bulk mail.

Comment: Re:not really a bad thing (Score 1) 272

by skogs (#41592959) Attached to: SpaceX Launch Not So Perfect After All

I agree completely. I believe this is proof of evolution in the rocketry business. This is an extra level of failsafe designed into the system, allowing work to still be accomplished.

Had this been any previous launch vehicle, it would have had to abort and splash down in the ocean somewhere because it wouldn't be able to compensate and continue on.

Comment: Anybody else hear the song .... (Score 1) 181

by skogs (#39940711) Attached to: Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues

Do you want to date my avatar...

Perhaps this will increase the job satisfaction and reduce depression amongst TSA screeners. Seriously...who would want that job? For every 1 person they might want to see naked and put their hands on...they are required to look at and feel up a hundred more that they would rather just run away from.

Comment: odd (Score 1) 1054

by skogs (#39417543) Attached to: Teacher Suspended For Reading <em>Ender's Game</em> To Students

I remember reading this on my own in 6th grade. I heard it was a sci fi classic, and read it. I remember it being fairly mind blowing at the time. I'm not 100% sure if it was really that eye opening, or if I was just that young and green behind the ears. I don't remember anything naughty in it. I turned out ok, as did millions of nerds after and before me.

I hate stupid people.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.

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