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Comment Re:Is there supposed to be only one peak ? (Score 2, Insightful) 138

We might also see another peak if, for some reason, large numbers of people suddenly decide to congregate in a set geographic location like a shopping mall. Or maybe if groups of people gather in a self contained tube for hours at a time. Luckily, I can't imagine any reason for people to do either of these things in at least the next week or so.

Comment SCAM Mode Vs Vivid Mode (Score 1) 619

From my understanding, the power consumption of LCD TVs are calculated based on the maximum power usage. That would be OK if it weren't for the fact that most have this God awful "Vivid" (power draining) setting that seems to be the default. I bought a new 42 inch LCD a couple weeks ago, as soon as something came on with a white background, I looked like a vampire in the sunlight. It was just way to bright. After fiddling with the settings, I found that I get the best picture with the backlight turned down. When I'm watching SD broadcasts, I get the best picture with the backlight turned WAY down. I don't know if others have the same experience, but if most of us are turning our backlights down, it would seem like manufacturers are just shooting themselves in the foot by offering an energy hungry vivid mode that most people don't use.

Comment It Pains me to suggest... (Score 1) 438

3G is really the best you can hope for. It's quick and easy to set up. You don't have to point a dish every time you stop. And you can expect some coverage while you're driving down the the highway.

Now the part I hate to admit. You're best bet for 3G would be with a company called Millenicom. You can get service on either the Sprint or Verizon backbone for 59-69 a month with no contract. The Verizon network will get you a 5Gig cap, people on Sprint are still unlimited, and they have a new unlimited plan with limited coverage.

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