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Comment Re:No Way In Hell. (Score 2) 198

Could you explain why? Since the ISP supplied the modem and your packets all travel through their tubes anyways, what additional vulnerabilities do you have by using their router?

Serious question. I stopped scrutinizing my home networking gear when everything seemed "good enough", so apart from the fact that my isp could have me pwnd a number of different other ways, why should I be particularly worried about using the freebie router?

Comment Re:No National Center for Men & Tech...? (Score 1) 473

That link points to a story about an online chat for "men and anyone with concerns or questions about prostate cancer".

A chat run by a charity. In the UK.

I don't want to go out on a limb here, but I don't think the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or any US government agency has anything to do with it, so que sera sera.

Comment Re:...Because most teachers max out well before th (Score 1) 399

When you factor in the cost of living in CA, $70k doesn't go all that far....

Maybe not, but it beats the median household income in California by about $10k source. And it beats the median 1-earner income by $20k.

If teachers make $22k in Brevard, FL, that's pretty tragic, but this lawsuit is about teachers in California, who can be well compensated, depending on the district they're in. Also, as the post you responded to pointed out they get extremely generous benefits. It's easy to disregard them as you did, but the pension contributions and lifetime medical benefits are unimaginably expensive.

Comment eMachines settlement (Score 3, Informative) 117

If you purchased an eMachines computer with a floppy drive way back in the late 90s, you can get either $62.50 in cash, or $365 worth of Gateway or Acer stuff from their refurb outlet.

I'd forgotten I ever bought an eMachine until I got the notice last month.

Comment Re:Surcharge (Score 1) 338

3 providers? Aren't there 4?. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-mobile. T-mobile even dropped the contracts - sort of.

Also, there are an increasing number of no-contract and prepaid services that are becoming credible contenders.

Metro PCS, Virgin Mobile, Boost mobile, Straight Talk, Net 10. There are MVNOs for every one of the major services so you could stay with AT&T's network if you want.

Personally, I switched my family from AT&T to Ting 4 months ago (yeah, shamelessly putting my referral link in there). AT&T bill for a really pared back plan was $110, the Ting bill has averaged $40 and it's a better plan. But you do have to buy the phones.

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