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Comment Don't forget DATA SPEED (Score 2) 61

I stood outside of Starbucks with a friend the other day with my iPhone on ATT and his on TMobile.

He ran the "Speed Test" on his and I on mine. I am not kidding that TMobile had 10 times the speed.

Why? I am not sure. What I can tell you is that I went over my data plan last month and ever since, my data speed is throttled. ATT offers no clue.

I'm moving to TMobile!

Comment Re:Proof of Throttling? (Score 1) 62

OK, the data rates I saw when connecting my MacBook Pro via Hotspot to my iPhone 5s.

1. For years it was 200-800 KB/sec when connected
2. ATT sends me a note I am over my data limit and data transfer goes to 4-20 KB/sec
3. I go check out info at the ATT store and up my data plan
4. Data speeds still 4-20 KB/sec (Activity Monitor)
5. 2 More trips to ATT with all the excuses: Heavy cell traffic, Poor reception at your house, interference, etc. (even though nothing had changed at home)
6. Final ATT guy says "Let's reset your network connection in your iPhone." One restart and data connections routinely now go up to 200-900 KB/sec as needed.

Is that enough proof. It is just a data rate after all.

Comment Re:Proof of Throttling? (Score 0) 62

It took 3 trips to the ATT store before I got a guy who knew how to check and he said "You are definitely nowhere near over your limit." He agreed that 10-20KB/sec data on a hotspot connection to the iPhone was rediculous.

He then said "Have you tried resetting your Network Preferences?" I said "No, what's that." Go to "General" all the way to the bottom "Reset" and then to the middle of the page item "Reset Network Settings." It causes the phone to reboot and then the data speed was restored to 'normal' speeds.

The average ATT store employee has NO CLUE.

Comment ATT Loses BIG TIME! (Score 2, Interesting) 48

I went over my ATT data limit & they throttled my data. So I visited their store last week and then upped my data allowed.

But I am still throttled most of the time on both cellphone and hotspot. Takes a long time to get a connection. Sometimes takes a minute to get something starting to load (looking at Mac's Activity Monitor.) Very often I'm limited to 20-40 KB/sec. ATT guys don't have an answer. Time to move to TMobile.

Comment Rock/Earthen Dams in California (Score 2) 457

Guess how many of these quickly build damn dams exist in California.

The next 160 year cycle of Pineapple Express mega-floods is due in 2022. Geologists know the cycles from core sediments, which are indisputable.

Can they retrofit dams in time? Will they even try? Will it make any difference if they do retrofit? Will any bureaucrat get fired? I am betting NO.

Do the dam and water engineers already acknowledge this and the bureaucracy keep quiet on it, just like at Oriville Dam?

Comment Long Cycles--Dry Before Wet (Score 1, Informative) 267

Year to year changes are "NOISE." California had a drought for several years (virtually a blip in time) and then come the rains. It happens over an over.

Sun spot cycles are repetitive. Mega-Rains come to California every 160 years or so. Last time was 1862, so 2022 look out. These are formed over decades of hot water buildup in the Eastern equatorial Pacific.

Cycles have been consistent over centuries and it looks like they are changing now due to more limited solar input.

How these longer term cycles & their variences affect the Earth don't seem to be of concern in current evaluations where people are only interested in year to year or decade to decade changes.

Long term cycles are not "sexy", but may hold the fate of nations in their hands because of long term weather changes to dry or wet which cause massive changes in growing regions which means food for billions of people.

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