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Are Cable Subscribers Subsidizing Internet-Only TV Viewers? 223

waderoush sends a tongue-in-cheek open letter to cable TV subscribers from somebody who has cut the cord in favor of streaming shows over the internet. "Dear Cable TV Subscriber: I don't think I've ever told you how grateful I am. I haven't paid a cent for cable television since 2009. Yet I have on-demand access via the Internet to a growing cornucopia of great shows like Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, at reasonable à la carte prices. And it's all because you continue to pay exorbitant and ever-increasing monthly fees for your premium cable bundle (around $80 per month, on average). After all, your money goes straight to the studios and networks that produce and distribute all the expensive first-run programming that I'm perfectly happy to watch later at heavily discounted prices. So in effect, you're subsidizing my own footloose, freeloading, cord-cutting TV habits. I don't know how to thank you!"

Comment Re:Time for a tinfoil hat for your EZ-Pass... (Score 1) 314

I used to live in NYC. When you're shipped an EZ-Pass it actually does come with an RFID blocking bag and since it's attached to the windshield with velcro it's not really a problem to block the signal. Many rental car companies use an RFID blocking box on the windshield that you have to slide open to use the EZ-Pass (which they charge you 10x the toll for the convenience).

Down here in Atlanta (where I live now) they have a similar system called the Peach Pass however it's a sticker you put on your windshield that you can't block and can't remove without destroying it. I'd say New Yorkers have the better deal.

Submission + - Filesharing increased after block of The Piratebay

Zappy writes: Number of internet users sharing files increased from 15% at the start of the blockade to 18% six months later a study done by Universiteit van Amsterdam show. Full artike in Dutch

Comment Atlanta, GA (Score 1) 380

The system works fairly well here in Atlanta. I have a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and when the alerts come in it buzzes and it's quite loud with it's own alert tone similar to the one you hear during emergency broadcasts. The message appears over the lock screen and the screen automatically turns on for about 2 minutes.My wife has an iPhone on Sprint and gets very similar alerts at the same time mine does. We've noticed that if I'm at work 30 miles away she may get a message and I won't so the geographical locating is pretty good. While I have seen it for Amber alerts they most frequently use it for tornado warnings and flash floods. Both of which Atlanta gets a lot of each year and a recent one gave me enough warning to seek shelter when a tornado was spotted so I welcome the system and hope they get the bugs out in other areas of the country.

Comment Historical note: (Score 1) 555

Also of note, this is the second time they've been busted for the same thing. The last time was in the early 90s then The Humble Babe(old member of The Humble Guys) got poped with the sysop of BBS-A-Holic for using stolen credit cards to by software and hardware. They used to be called USA/FLT (fairlight).

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