they produce more distortion
Only in circuits where they are driven extremely hard...or guitar amps where a tube will naturally do what takes ton of DSP
again...depends on what type of circuit you're using and if you're using the suitable tube. Stick a 6AU6 in your audio stage and it's going to get noisy.
use more power
You have me here. Thermionic Emission requires the heat.
are more fragile
Toss-Up. Drop a tube and it'll likely break depending how and what it hits. On the flipside; there are ways a transistor will fail that a tube won't care about. My tubes aren't going to care about a voltage surge or a few extra volts in the circuit. A solid state transistor will freak out if the voltage drops below a specific threshold in relation to the rest of it's voltages and will just give up during things like power surges or EMPs.
and have shorter lifetimes than solid state electronics.
Again...not entirely true. I know some tube equipment with original tubes that outlasted solid-state replacement units.
They do not sound better
You cannot measure or quantify sound quality.
Comcast is in the TV business, selling you to the premium programming providers.
Don't forget, Comcast owns 100% of NBC and a large portion of cable TV channels.
They're also in the movie business; as they own a number of studios as a result of Universal ownership
They're also in the sports business, as CSN has an unholy amount of agreements and prior to the agreement with the FCC over buying NBC/Universal, they were distributing them by fiber. Why? They have to negotiate carriage if it's uplinked by satellite. (FCC may have changed this, I haven't kept up.)
They own a chunk of Hulu.
I can't remember the unholy list of other things they own.
I change between cable & Verizon dsl or fios depending on price.
I don't believe you. When you subscribe to FiOS; they disconnect your copper and have no way of going back to it. It is *extremely* difficult to keep copper unless you are a business, or have some major legitimate reason for keeping copper. In which case; they will charge you for an extra line.
The rich get rich, and the poor get poorer. The haves get more, the have-nots die.