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Comment Re:cheaper to keep 'er (Score 2) 122

In my area, I cannot get internet only from Comcast/XFinity. "That service is not offered in my area."

You're being lied to. They tried to tell me the same thing too. They also still offer the truly basic cable with 12 or 15 channels too. But you practically have to put the manager in a stranglehold to get them to offer it.

As it stands, I could get some cable plan with 100 channels (or something more) for about $10 more per month more than I'm paying right now, if I bundled it with internet. By bundling them, my internet price literally drops by half (with no special promotional rate). But even at $10 per month, it's simply not worth it for me.

I'd switch to a different ISP, if I could get one that was even close to my current speeds. But there's no other option in my area. So I'm stuck with Comcast.

Comment Re:All these bans are useless security theatre (Score 1) 244

If the point is to spread terror, the destroying an aircraft seems to be more effective than blowing up a queue. Not only is the visual of an aircraft crashing to the earth more vivid, but it demonstrates that security itself is ineffective.

There is rarely a visual of an aircraft crashing to earth. Frankly, the visual of the aftermath of a small detonation inside a structure looks far more ominous than aircraft debris scattered in the woods. And if it occurs over water, there isn't much to see.

Submission + - A new definition would add 102 planets to our solar system — including Plu (washingtonpost.com)

The Grim Reefer writes: Is Pluto a planet?

It's not a question scientists ask in polite company.

“It's like religion and politics,” said Kirby Runyon, a planetary scientist at Johns Hopkins University. “People get worked up over it. I've gotten worked up over it.”

For years, astronomers, planetary scientists and other space researchers have fought about what to call the small, icy world at the edge of our solar system. Is it a planet, as scientists believed for nearly seven decades? Or must a planet be something bigger, something more dominant, as was decided by vote at the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006?

The issue can bring conversations to a screeching halt, or turn them into shouting matches. “Sometimes,” Runyon said, “it's just easier not to bring it up.”

But Runyon will ignore his own advice this week when he attends the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston. In a giant exhibit hall crowded with his colleagues, he's attempting to reignite the debate about Pluto's status with an audacious new definition for planet — one that includes not just Pluto, but several of its neighbors, objects in the asteroid belt, and a number of moons. By his count, 102 new planets could be added to our solar system under the new criteria.

Comment Re:Useful Innovations (Score 2) 209

It basically looks just the same as that from a film.

You must be too young to remember film, or too senile to remember it. Scratches and dust on film was very noticeable, and became more annoying the longer a film was in use. It's been a while since I've seen a digital projector glitch, but I remember film getting stuck and melting somewhat frequently. And don't forget the projectionist getting the reels mixed up.

Comment Re:Almost sounds like my kids (Score 1) 300

My daughter has lived her six years with no cable television so far. While watching the Olympics last year on over the air signals she found the commercials to be her favorite part. When you never get to see them they are new and cool I guess.

I don't remember how old my daughter was before she saw a commercial. Probably 6 or 7. Like your daughter, she was fascinated by them. In fact she looked up commercials on YouTube for a while afterward. There have been some that were pretty funny. The VW V-Dub commercials were hilarious. We have dobermans, so the Audi "Doberhuahua" commercial was good for a laugh too.

Comment Re: Because most people already assume the worst (Score 2) 308

I don't know why the medias only give this news a single paragraph in their "IT News" section... This says a lot about freedom of press. Usually, journalists are utterly against spying on people. But right now they just STFU.

My guess is that most journalists don't understand the implications of this, and/or think it sounds too much like 1984 to actually be true. Nobody wants to come across as a tin foil hat wearing nut-case. It's typically not good for your career.

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