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Comment Re:NO FUCKING SHIT (Score 1) 127

For the purposes of commercial marketing, it's not incorrect.

Someone who is assigned a "Conservative" marketing profile is probably NOT going to read sponsored content from HuffPo while someone who is assigned a "Liberal" marketing profile is probably NOT going to read sponsored content from FreedomOutpost and if by chance they do, they're not going to patronize the advertisers of those sites.

Someone who reads content from across the spectrum just might look at content from either of those sources and probably won't penalize advertisers quite so much.


Comment Re:Comcast good for broadband only (Score 1) 139

I think it's like that everywhere - so I finally gave up spending $80/month for internet (75Mbs with my own modem) and nearly $140/month for DirecTV and combined TV with internet for $100/month from one company. I'm not quite as happy about the TV service, but it's over $100/month - TV's just not worth it.

Comment Re:Six million soon-to-be-unhappy Comcast customer (Score 1) 139

Well, I'd been a happy 25Mbs comcast subscriber for quite some time, but was looking forward to the day that some company would run fiber into my neighborhood. Google announced the Atlanta area, but not in the suburbs where I live.

Then AT&T came through announcing their fiber in my neighborhood, and within weeks I got a letter from comcast telling me I could upgrade my service. Still, I haven't had customer service problems with comcast's internet folks, the uptime has been great. Competition is great. I may switch to AT&T, but I've heard such terrible customer service stories.... and I've heard stories about comcast that don't reflect my experience, so I don't know how much to make out of the complaints. Of course, people don't jump up and down ranting about good service, so the negativity always seems to over represent customer experience for pretty much every company, but I don't see why, with my upgraded speeds and (so far) great service, I should risk change.

Comment Re:I recently switched from DSL to comcast (Score 1) 139

I've got the "boost" service (75Mbs, but am actually getting 90Mbs); I am paying $100 month, but that includes HD cable service, pretty much all non-premium channels. That beats the hell out of paying $80 for the boost service and $140 for DirecTV before I switched. I am also a VERY happy comcast internet user, having had little downtime for years, and upgrades in speeds... I use my own modem and they don't hassle me about it.

On the flip side, their TV people have overwhelmingly been just plain bad. A couple of years ago when I still had a pre-paid cell plan, I used all of my minutes waiting on hold (now they have a callback option and hey, they actually call back). $20 for their missed appointments hardly make up for the day I took off from work. When I recently switched and had problems, they wanted to send a tech out and I just said "no," I visited their store about five times over the course of the week to finally get working equipment, and it still cost me less time (and was more convenient time for me) than waiting for a tech to tell me what I already knew. Terrible, terrible, terrible.... but the internet folks were top notch.

Comment Re:DSL is my only option (Score 1) 139

Because the bundling packages versus single packages make it a horrible waste of money to not get both services from the same company.

In fact, with comcast, I was paying LESS per month for higher speed (75Mbs) - for the first 12 months - by bundling some TV package I never intended on using. The problem was I was paying more than that just for satellite (> $130/month, and that didn't even include premium channels - just HD and DVR service on three TV sets). So recently I sort of cut the cord and cancelled satellite, but I did get the basic cable package with HD from comcast for $20 more than I was paying. Augmented by commercial free Hulu ($12) and I already had Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Point being, if you're going to get both, it's far cheaper to go with one company. For the record, I've had the absolute worst customer service from Comcast for the cable TV service... but over the past year, I've had the absolute best customer service from comcast's internet people.

DirecTV, for me, was the best service to get television from - but it's just television, not worth nearly $140/month just for that.

Comment Most methane comes from Dams not Cows (Score 2, Interesting) 189

According to the estimates of the INPE researchers, dams are the largest single anthropogenic source of methane, being responsible for 23% of all methane emissions due to human activities.

Thus irrigation for crops is worse on the environment than cows.

Comment Re:Sweet! (Score 1) 193

It's highly subject to location, of course, but I've gotten 90Mbs on Ookla speed test on my T-Mobile phone.... about the same I'm getting wired at home with Comcast. The difference is Comcast has a 1TB data limit, whereas I get throttled after 6GB on my phone.... I never even come close on my phone, so I'm not inclined to switch plans, though.

Comment Re:"Existing ones who opt-in" (Score 1) 193

I'm not planning on changing my data plan.... I never reach 6GB/month, and my "cache" (20GB of roll-over data) is full if I ever encounter a month where I need more (I do sometimes travel and need more). Out of the four in my family plan, only my daughter (who, for some reason, never turns on wifi at home) routinely hits her cap and gets throttled. That's her own fault - she's got a wireless gateway right in her own bedroom, but doesn't take advantage of it. I'm not paying more because she can't be bothered to turn on wifi.

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