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Comment I live near Sacramento, CA and have no choices (Score 1) 702

I live 1 hour drive from Sacramento, CAlifornia and have DSL after fighting with AT&T for 3 years. I get no cell phone reception in or around my house, and there are at least 5 - 10 K people who live in the immediate area that have no choice other than DIALUP POTS. So you city folk may have everything dialed in with multiple choices, but us country hicks that live 1 hour drive from a major city HAVE NO CHOICES.
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Comment There is a way to make travel secure (Score 1) 582

We have two options 1: everybody travels naked, with no carry on or checked luggage, all luggage will be shipped by UPS, FedEx or the Like. 2: Nobody Travels except in their own car, or in cars with people they are familiar with. In this case we will have the situation of travel board websites and people will just organize themselves any way. Examples are commuter stops in San Francisco, or the old fashioned boards in college about who is traveling where, and who would like to pay for gas, or food. As far as I am concerned we should all be using the internet for conferences, etc. My company literally forbids traveling in the USA unless teh client absolutely will pay for my time, and travel expenses. In the case of Europe, well I had hoped to visit some locations, but not by plane, i think I will travel by old fashioned boat.

Comment From a Windows Programmer who uses Visual (Score 1) 799

You did not say what OS you are using, so I will try from a Windows Perspective. First I really love GAMBAS http://gambas.sourceforge.net/en/main.html which is open source and free. There are also the Visual Studio Express downloads from Microsoft. If the child's interest is in creating games then there are specialized open source Games engine like moodle, and a bunch of other really weird sounding names. Until you are more specific it is really hard to go down a whole list of everything that is available, even if we restrict the list to Windows.

Comment Don't have to physically Leave the USA to be Charg (Score 0, Offtopic) 305

I live an hour outside of Sacramento, and was charged by AT & T 1,100 because some on managed to use my wireless phones in my house, and call a Canadian Number !!! This Happened twice before i got rid of the wireless phones in my house, and only because i had affidavits from bowling partners for 3 of the phone session, and my son and I were on a trip, was I able to successfully dispute those charges. AT & T was NO HELP, and I had to LEARN EVERYTHING MY SELF. In the end I have no choice about AT & T, since teh Vonage will not work with the Crapphy internet we have out here 1 Hour drive from Sacramento, California, and NO CELL PHONE RECEPTION IN OUR HOUSE EVEN TRYING, and there are over 5,000 people up here in teh foothills you are in the exact same position, STUCK IN LANDLINE HELL, with NO DSL, and our only options is ISDN, or Satellite Internet. Be glad you live in the big city, I have to love trees a lot to put up with this 3 rd world backwater called the USA. I am thankful when I travel to Korea, and India, because there I have complete internet and phone mobility !!!! When is the Government going to insist that this situation is causing the USA to be a 3rd world nation as far as telecommunications is concerned !!!

Comment Re:why is it so expensive anyway? (Score 1) 305

This is the Great and Glorius Unites States where our Government allowed Limited Area monopolies and thus limited competition, so we pay Top dollar for SHIT service. i live 1 hour dri9ve from Sacramento, California and I AM STILL WAITING FOR CELL PHONE SERVICE !!! I have only had DSL se5rvice for the last 5 years because, because I circulated a Peitition in the State government, and personally an assistant to one of the state senators. I get better Internet service in the farmlands in INDIA THAN IN THE USA. AT & T is nothing but a money Grubbing no customer service, that my Grandfather who worked for Ma Bell for 55 years is ASHAMED OF.

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