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Comment Re: sure! (Score 1) 143

Yeah, I am pretty sure I will be one of the first wave of people killed in the apocalypse.... It actually doesn't bother me much, though. I will make way for others to survive.

Ouch....that's kinda pessimistic, isn't it?

I don't have a ton of supplies, or bunker, but I am stocking up on arms and ammo. And I have friends that will all try to hook up if shit does bad. I don't expect it, but you never know.

And if nothing else, if hillary gets in....guns and ammo prices will skyrocket and stock will plummet.

I figure just in case tho...I'm trying to learn some survival skills. I have been teaching myself to garden naturally, how to preserve food, etc....to make myself valuable to others if things go tits up.

Again, I don't expect it, but its never a bad thing to at least have some sort of game plan.

I saw what happened in a mini version of it with Katrina, and you don't wanna be stuck in the middle of shit like that when the lights go out. So, it helps to at least have some rudimentary thoughts on what you'd do IF.....

Comment Re:IANA is nothing really important (Score 1) 226

Let's say PBS and NPR claim they're going to sell themselves to the Chinese, would that cause the Republicans to start increasing its funding? We could give control of the Department of Education to Canada and see what happens.

Well, the movement to go back to small govt isn't really about what you're trying to paint it as....

But there is some good thought to maybe just abolishing the Dept. of Education, and leaving the management of the educational system to the states. Having it on a federal level certainly hasn't proven beneficial all these years.

And for radio and tv networks, why should the govt be in that business at all? Sure, make the private entities, just like any others out there and make them compete to survive.

Comment Re:More channel choice is needed (Score 2) 225

Why can't ESPN be it's own $8-12 /mo package?

Take a look at Playstation VUE's packages (no, you don't have to have a playstation to use it, I'm on the latest version of Amazon FireTV):

I get the Core Slim package for about $35/mo..has all the ESPN channels, and the SEC Channel.

This is part of my cord cutting package.

Just FYI...the VUE application is too much for the PS3 unit if you do have one...the guide just doesn't work well. And on the Roku 3..the Guide is not a true guide like on the Amazon FireTV. I'm guessing the Roku 4 is good too since it has more hardware, but I've not tried it yet.

Comment Re:Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss? (Score 4, Interesting) 225

Problem is that the way many companies price things, you don't save that much by cutting the TV. I have TWC and it's only like $20 cheaper/month if I cut TV and keep high speed internet. What we really need is a lot more competition, but the last mile problem is monopolized. I expect sooner or later somebody (Google, others) will find a way to solve that, as there is way too much money to be made by disrupting that last mile. It might end up being wireless last mile with other frequencies, mesh networks, etc. Or low orbit satellites.

Interesting, I'm cutting the cord, but I'm not counting my internet into the equation.

I have a business internet connection at home, I need it for work, so I'd have it regardless of any other need.

I have a business connection from Cox Cable for $69/mo....it is an old one that is grandfathered in. But nothing is bundled with it.

But I use AT&T Uverse, U200 package for TV and with it in 2x rooms, it was about $113/mo.

I've set up an OTA antenna that pulls in all my local channels. I hooked that into a Tivo Roamio OTA box for DVR, and I also have a couple of Tivo Minis for the office and bedroom TVs...and that streams the live and DVR'ed stuff to all rooms I need.

For what I call my "cable channels" that I would miss, like news (CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc) and other entertainment like TCM, FX, TBS...all the ESPN's...I subscribed to Playstation VUE streaming, which runs on the Amazon FireTV (new version with better hardware) and have a box for that on each TV. The Playstation VUE system has a DVR like functionality built into it too, for show you "like" it records and keeps for at least 28 days. I liked this feature plus the better channel selection than SlingTV gave.

I got the 70+ channels package from VUE and is about $35/mo.

I was already streaming Netflix and have Amazon Prime.

So, I dropped my bill from $113 to $35 a month. I'm quite happy.

I've been trying to watch all the DVR content off my Uverse box and have almost done that. Likely after this weekend, I tell Uverse to take their equipment back and just enjoy what I have which I love so far.

I fiigure in about 8 or so months roughly, I'll break even on my equipment.

Comment Re:Clinton is above the law (Score 0) 396

As to your conclusion, there are guys in prison today for violations of the exact same laws, and several are now attempting to appeal their sentences. At the time they were convicted, those laws were seen as strict liability, so their trial records do not include proof of intent. If those same laws, which haven't changed, require mens rea now, at the very least they need a retrial to establish intent.

Can you please name a couple of these guys? I don't know who you are referring to.

Also, I'm confused about what you said about 'intent'. Are you saying that these guys did not have intent, or simply that the government did not have prove it? It would seem that the recommendation to prosecute or not (by Comey?) would partly depend on that.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 232

You might get an email, but that just tells you that they think it will be delivered that day, not that it will. Besides, what are you going to do, bring a chair to the utility room and camp out waiting for them to deliver a package? Even if you check a few times on that day, you still won't see it for three or four hours, and that's still bad.

Comment Why would you buy a Samsung Appliance? (Score 1) 162

Samsung's home appliances (refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washing machines, dryers) have an absolutely horrible reputation for reliability and worse, for indifferent or non-existant service and repair. A few exploding washers is probably the least of the problems you could expect.

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 232

They don't need planes for the vast majority of their deliveries. Amazon has distribution centers in 21 states, within 20 minutes of something like 30% of the population, and within plausible single-day delivery range of probably the majority of the population. So for products that are frequently ordered (and thus are stocked at every depot), they can deliver to almost everyone on the same day by truck, or rent a few small warehouses in a few places and deliver the next day to probably 80–90% of the U.S. population.

Sure, they'll still rely on UPS/FedEx/OnTrac for deliveries that involve distribution centers in other parts of the country, or for deliveries out into the boonies, but that makes up only a small percentage of their deliveries. And for the ones that don't require all of that, there's no real advantage to using a third-party trucking service over doing it in-house.

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