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Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 275

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

more noise

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.

Comment The problem.... (Score 1) 401

is as far as the government is concerned; Manning already got off light. There were many that wanted it executed; the same way the people "in power" don't want Snowden in jail; but want him dead on a slab.

Snowden will never come home, Assange will have to either stay where he is or face prison elsewhere, and Manning will likely never see the outside of a prison cell. As far as a lot of people are concerned; they want all three dead.

And that's not just within the US.

Comment Re:It's too easy to be a NIMBY (Score 1) 195

Well...the biggest problem is that no one understands the science behind this...and they don't want to. Instead...they resort to believing Facebook types and people who have alternative motives behind it.

Take for example one "RF Crusader". This woman films videos of her driving around in her car with some sort of detector constantly going off....talking about the doom and gloom. She stops on corners, points at things she things are towers...then rants at how "everyone at this intersection is getting cancer".

For RF is not ionizing radiation and the likelihood of cancer exposure is low. The device she's using...I don't think it even detects what she thinks it detects. But she goes on and on in the video about how you can "protect yourself" and "buy this device" from her. Riiiiiiiight. And I'll believe anything she says when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbert.

"But hey...she's a "legitimate" businessperson; she wouldn't lie would she?" It's like the people that hate wifi becuase it "makes them sick", yet use a 30 year old microwave all the time. They don't realize they're exposing themselves to so much more microwave RF energy warming up a hot pocket than they would next to a wi-fi router for a year. "But's different radiation." Give me a break.

The sad part is...the majority of people are in fact this effing stupid when it comes to RF...and they get to "dictate policy" somehow. And don't even get me started about the "NIMBY" people who do nothing but complain about the cell phone not working. Want the phone to work, doesn't want towers within 5 miles of them, doesn't care to listen about how radio systems work, doesn't care how things work period, expects them to work they demand.

Crazy new lady moved in down the street; apparently decided she would go hiking "wherever she damn well pleased". Saw the antenna in my back yard; proceeded to start outing me to the community as "a source of cancer" and "the reason everyone is sick". Called the cops on me several times when I removed her signs from my driveway (my house sits way back in the woods); attempted to file charges that "I was making her and everyone else sick."

The neighbors...they had no clue WTF she was talking about. When she finally admitted "he's got a big antenna in his back yard that's giving everyone cancer"; everyone asked how she could know that.

"I saw it! I was out for a walk and I saw it! It's 500ft tall. I got a headache just walking back there!"

She wound up arrested with eight different people filed tresspassing charges against her. No one was sure what route she took to be able to see my back yard; so they all filed for them.

Lady wound up in a psych ward.

Comment Re:What about the 10th Amendment (Score 1) 195

There's this thing in FCC regulations called "PRB-1", it is a reasonable accomdiation law that prevents local governments and municipalities from restricting ham antennas. In many cases where a local law has outright said "no"; this regulation has been cited to overturn the local law. It's happened in many places, though it's usually not easy. Sometimes you walk in to a planning office and show this to them; they know they have no alternative but to issue a permit. This depends if your state has any laws on the books. Some have laws that mimic PRB-1...leaving local municipalities even less powerful to restrict anything. Some states have laws that are stricter than PRB-1, in which case, PRB-1 holds more power.

The problem is with private land use; is that PRB-1 doesn't apply. Most HOAs ouright refuse to even listen...most of them go as far as to illegally try to ban TV antennas and satellite dishes. This law is going to make PRB-1 apply to private-land use; although the HOA's lobbied against it...with more money...and the current law that's being passed is just a shell. HOA's will *still* have to ability to outright say no; the difference is, they have to at least listen to your arguement. They don't have to consider it, they don't have to allow it; they just have to consider it vs outright bans.

People in HOA controlled properties.....which in some areas are unavoidable (99% of new building here is being done with private-land restrictions and HOAs) are still screwed.

Comment Re:It's too easy to be a NIMBY (Score 1) 195

The tinfoil types have had less and less power with the number of documented cases of them complaining about a tower that's not even turned on. When local municipalities find out 99% of the complaints from these people in other areas are about towers that aren't even turned on; credibility goes out the window.

Comment But... (Score 1) 55

A court ruled the Fourth doesn't apply to your computer...therefore the government did not need a warrant to break in to it, nor were you offered any protections against what they found. On top of that, they recently ruled you're not afforded any protections from evidence being used against you that was gathered illegally.

All the government has to do is find a clever wording to expand this to your online presence. Then, going with past precedence; there isn't going to be any issues or 4th amendment violations because the government will have legitimized their actions.

That's the key, it's no longer illegal once the government makes it legal; and they have a habit of making things legal for themselves that will never be legal. The rights in the constitution are merely an illusion they have not yet wiped out.

Comment Re:Sprint (Score 1) 196

Not to mention Virgin Mobile's idea of unlimited LTE is only something like 5 or 8 gigs of throttled access a month. Boost didn't give you a set data limit for high speed; but you were hard throttled at 8 or 16mbps; depending if you were on the "enhanced LTE" which used 3 simultaneous connections at once.

Comment Re:What about so-called "data hogs"? (Score 1) 196

"As with T-Mobile Simple Choice, customers using the most data, the highest 3% (currently those using more than 26GB of high-speed data/month) may see their data traffic prioritized behind other users once they cross that threshold during their billing month. As a result, they may notice relatively slower speeds but only at specific times and places that may experience high, competing network demand or congestion."

Comment Re:Using myself as an example (Score 1) 104

I wasn't including any discussions about another cable provider; those technically aren't Verizon's lines and they legally can't touch them. But that guy was saying he switched "between Verizon DSL or FiOS"; which I find nutty since Verizon typically physically disconnects your PTSN/POTS copper and will not reconnect it.

Going between cable and FiOS isn't an issue...move the coax from one to the other. They shouldn't have done anything to TWC's copper; as that's technically owned by TWC and they legally can't do anything to it. Like, FiOS guy did not want to use existing cable run since it was still in the 25 year old box from two cable providers ago; but he said "I'll turn around and if it somehow is exposed, I can use it." So I ripped the coax out and it turned in to "Oh, you have an existing cable run that I can assume you did yourself."

Though, in reality; we did run that ourselves because 25 years ago we had major loss issues; so the cable guy gave my father some coax and was like "if you push this through your wall, I can reconnect it."

Comment Re:Where are you? (Score 2) 104

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.

Comment Re:Be a new customer or they don't care about you (Score 1) 104

That's crazy. Every time my contract is up for renewal; I'm able to get the nice steep discounts on service.

I'm only paying $15 more than I was 6 years ago. I've gone from 25/25 to 35/35 to 75/75; I've gone from the lowest HD package to the largest HD package with Starz and HBO completer.

Ok...the TV hardware got more expensive when I added more TVs...but even then I was able to negotiate.

You just never learned how to deal with these people. You're one of those "they're not offering it to me so I guess I don't get it" as opposed to talking to some people on the phone and getting down to business.

As evil as Verizon is...they do want your business...and if they know you'll leave without getting that new subscriber discount; you can probably get it. Every year I tell XM the $239/year they want for the service is "way to outrageous for something I use 20 minutes a day in my car"; and every year they drop it down to something like $109. Then again...XM hit a million subscribers two weeks after I originally signed up; and being able to show customer retention for that long helps them.

You have to play them the same way they play you. You get a good deal; they get your money and still turn a slight profit. Everyone is happy.

Comment Re:Using myself as an example (Score 1) 104

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.

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