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Comment: Re:Driving down the cost of content (Score 1) 305

by toonces33 (#49563701) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

When there is a hurricane or severe storm, then TWC is 2nd to none. The McWeather thing they replaced it with is total crap. Their comment was that most people get their weather from the internet, and now that they dropped TWC, I really do.

Honestly I think they should drop those other programs that they have in the evening as well. Note however that they will drop them in an instant when there is severe weather out there somewhere, and switch over to live coverage.

Comment: Re:ESPN can go eff themselves. (Score 3, Insightful) 305

by toonces33 (#49563237) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Ahh, but I don't want to each sports. Ever. And even if I did, ESPN effectively only has basketball and football - if there are other sports you want you are almost always out of luck as well. And yet I have to pay for it whether I want it or not.

And what do they do with all of the money that they pick from our pockets? They overpay for the rights to televise sports. The scandals involving the huge amounts of money out there for both college football and basketball are directly related to how much TV money is floating around out there.

And I would venture a guess that there are a far more people out there who don't watch sports that you might think there are.

Comment: Re:Cue the whiners (Score 1) 305

by toonces33 (#49563045) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

There isn't a single cable or satellite provider that doesn't include ESPN as a part of the basic package. That's the whole point - ESPN insists that these terms be in the contract so that they can spread the costs to the myriad of people that don't watch sports.

The other thing that torques me about Verizon is that they recently dropped the Weather Channel in favor of McWeather. Most of the time TWC is boring and repetitive, but when there is a tropical storm or snowstorm, you can get very good and useful information. I didn't have a choice about that either. And the only way to get that back is to switch providers and in the process give up some other channels that those other providers don't offer.

So then what do you do? Sign up with multiple providers (and pay the ESPN tax for each of them)?

Comment: ESPN can go eff themselves. (Score 5, Insightful) 305

by toonces33 (#49562653) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

There is absolutely nothing innovative about what they do other than pick the pockets of every cable/satellite subscriber in the country. It is attitudes like theirs that are pushing more and more people to just cut the cord and build their own a-la-carte bundles from Netflix or Hulu.

Comment: Here is what I don't get... (Score 5, Insightful) 346

by toonces33 (#49556865) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Say some kid doesn't quite get what they were talking about in the lesson, and has additional questions. Where would that kid go? The local tech wouldn't be of any use - the kid's family would need to hire an outside tutor or some such. And if the family can't afford a tutor, well that's too bad.

Comment: Re:Got to build one of those (Score 5, Funny) 117

by toonces33 (#49539369) Attached to: iOS WiFi Bug Allows Remote Reboot of All Devices In Area

Take it to the airport, or take it on the subway.

Just for grins, I downloaded all of the sounds that an iPhone makes onto my Android phone. In a quiet room, I can play the 'bing' noise that indicates an incoming message, or the noise that an iPhone makes when the battery is low. And then watch to see what kind of reaction there is from the people who are nearby.

Comment: Re:You can't fix stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by toonces33 (#49219173) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

Define "stupid." Would you be able to tell when an auto mechanic is BSing you? When your contractor does a half-assed job building your home but still charges you full price?

Generally yes. I know enough about these things that I already have a pretty good idea what is going on with a car that I can take it to a mechanic and not get ripped. For example, does your car make a funny noise? Well you can do simple tests to try and narrow down what makes the noise change, and this gives you a good idea of what the problem might be. I just don't have the time, the tools, or the shop space to do a lot of these jobs myself, so I pay someone to actually do what I need them to do.

Same on the house. Simple jobs I do myself, other ones I will hire someone to finish things out. In many cases I might not know exactly how a tradesman would do a particular job, so I will watch for a bit so I can learn something.

Comment: Re:If you have the time, insult their family (Score 1) 229

by toonces33 (#49219077) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

That's ultimately it - how much is your own time worth. If you could construct some sort of Siri-like thing that just acted dumb, asked inane questions, and generally ran them in circles, it could be quite funny.

I suppose you could just tell them you need to let the dog out, set down the phone and not pick it up again until they give up.

Comment: Re:The functioning search engine! (Score 1) 150

by toonces33 (#49200961) Attached to: The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page

Let's say you need to tweak an old MFC app, and you search for "CString". Many of the results you get back are now NSFW :-(.

I tried using my phone to search for the nearest Kinkos. The spellcheck changed it to "Kinky".

I guess this tells me a lot about the sorts of things that average people search for.

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