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Comment Jack Welch (GE), Tea Party, Republican WET DREAM!! (Score 1) 286

Mr Welch is famous for wanting to put a factory on a barge and anchor it off the cheapest labor source country available, even he did not expect to be able to get away with his low wage crap in the USA!

Tea Party and Republicans want Right to Work for Less, will say its unfair, but secretlly love it. As their Koch Brothers and other Citizen United enriched cauffeurs push for...after all you don't support their anti-labor pro themselves BS you will be primaried.

WOW, $3,500 is all it costs a company to get away with this...that is super cheap. Can you hear the flush of high paying tech jobs increasing to India because of this. A better solution would have been to put the business out of business.

After all the Supreme Court, thanks to Citizen's United, has judicailly stated that corporations are people, time for a few of the bad actors to get the Death Penalty.

So many states, Republican and Tea Party controlled, are failing financially right now, when will people learn, their polices (all of them) do NOT WORK! They never did, they never will. This BS started in the 80s, with President Reagan, and they could get away with it because this country had a huge middle class (huge supply of families with money that could buy goods and services). Both parties, Republicans and Democrats have slowly whittled away at the middle class to the point that the wealthy 1% can no longer maintain the economic viability of the country...thus we get recession, depression and low wage jobs.

Low Wage jobs are not an equitable replacement for Higher wage middle class jobs that have been lost and will never come back thanks primarily to the Republicans and Tea Party's unwillingness to do what is right for this country.

So many countries have lost their vertical markets for their products because this cheap offshort labor steals their products and undercuts them in the market...don't look to most Americans to cry for cheap businesses have done this to yourselves.

Ironically insane as they keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result...idiots.

You can not be pro-family and anti-labor.
You can not be anti-single payer health care and pro family.
You can not be pro religious and care nothing for the least among you.
You can not be pro-family and create an environment where two paychecks (from the mother and the father) will not provide the same standard of living as that parent's grandparents.
You can not be only focused on religion and kill families financially, what do they have left to tithe with?
Heck if two parents have to have three or four jobs to have a standard of living less than that of their parents and grandparents...have you really helped them at all? NOPE. This is what Republicans and Tea Party candidates say they are for based on morality...put up or shut up.

Full Disclosure: I am no Democrat, NAFTA was not good for us, but I recognize the only political party at the national level to balance the budget was the Democrats with President Clinton. Republicans and Tea Party have never done that.

And why every vote Republican and Tea Party, they have nothing new and only come up with any plan after being lambasted for not having one...remember the conservative yahoo standing up holding the blank piece of paper at President Obama yelling, here is our plan....telling, very telling.

Say Balancing the budget is not needed, I understand the financial benefit of a very strong economy, yet Republicans and Tea Party fail to learn the lessons of the can not economically pull yourself up in a climate of Austerity with only lower paying jobs being created and expect that to happen.

Hey politicians, all of you, How many high paying jobs have you created today? Last week? Last Month? Last Year? While you were in office?

Jobs that pay under $14 per hour do not qualify.

If one company can do it, others can, but won't.

In n Out pays (for a decade now) a new high schooler $10 per hour. What are the other fast food restaurant's excuses. Don't say you can not, you can, you don't want to, nor do you have to.

In n Out Managers (Store Managers) make over $100K.

In n Out is wildly successful, everything fresh, nothing frozen as Texas will find out as it expands east once suppliers are lined up. You won't go back to MikeyD's, Wendeyes, Bugger King, etc... if you have an In-n-Out nearby. And their meal deals are cheaper to boot.

The container store pays their employees $50K per year! If they can do it...

One west coast restaurant insists their Managers only work 50 hours, no more, as they want them to have a family life (life outside of the restaurant) and be better managers when they are at the escapes me...but if they can do it the others could, but don't, wont. Their turnover is much lower and we all know this saves the company money.

Is your employee turnover rate higher than the average for your industry? Fix it or fail. The fix might be higher wages and better hours...get use to it.

Imagine the boost to the economy if the supply side increased thanks to higher paying salareis. I can imagine it. This is the only thing that will work!

Since the 1980s, the policies of the political parties have not been working. VOTERS are INSANE to do the same thing and expect a different result. Stop listening to their lies. Do your own homework. After all we all want our children to be better off than us, don't we?

And don't say it will spoil them to inherit money, that argument bolsters the 1% against everyone else. You need money to make money. It is that simple.

People lament jobs and buisnesses relocating overseas (for tax reasons) yet wont mention Tarriff and Trade Policies which historically (pre 1980) controlled this bad behavor. To glibly say it won't work and businesses will locate elsewhere is BS, if our economy is booming businesses will want to sell their products here. If they have to build it here and pay equitable wages thanks to smart tarriff and trade policies, they will.

One thing we know, if a company does NOT HAVE to do it, most will not. Sad but true. They honestly do not care about their employees....their loss

Stock buyers will say they want organic growth, yet when a business grows and needs to hire thousands of people, increase in labor, what do they do...punish the company...ironic..yes, but true.

Enough of the wet dream, it will never work...if you can not garner votes with your policies, time to change your message and do what your voters want. If not, and your Citizen's United financed campaign still loses (as it will eventually) don't complain to us...we saw it coming even if you did not.

Privotizing public things, never makes them cheaper forever...perhaps for a year or two, but down the roald, those public things get more expensive and the private entity that is enriching itself will push money to those Republican and Tea Party candidates to do more of the matter how it destroys the US economically and financially.

Please learn and will come to the same conclusions if you use the brain god gave you. I know my friends and I did. Dogma kils your kids. Wise up for their sakes or they will suffer at the hands of those you vote for.

Comment Retire from any job in 10 years using Homework and (Score 1) 120

Your only security is the money in the bank (or investment).

Even if your house is paid off, you still have to pay your property taxes, insurance (home and auto), food, water, power or you will lose that home.

Here is what I wish I knew 10 - 15 years can learn from my mistake (I am successfully doing this today as you should be.):

Follow Jim Cramer's Homework and Buy method of investing. Watch Mad Money Monday through Friday on CNBC at 6pm EDT. Pay $199 for his Action Alerts and follow along until you learn how. Read two of his many books: 'Sane Investing in an Insane World' and 'Get Rich Carefully' and follow his method of investing and you should be able to retire by year 8, 9 or 10 even with a minimum wage job. (And as a Programmer, you better be making more than minimum wage!)

No more fears of age discrimination by age 35 to 45 any longer as they need you, but you do not need them. That is real power and real stability, how much money you can generate each and every year for the rest of your life. As long as you are dependent on others, you will be at risk to become a laid off programmer that many will not hire. Heaven help you after 45 if you still have to work...our society does not want you to receive a retirement any more. And if that 401K is not managed by YOU...the reason its not growing are the hidden fees sucked out each and every year by whomever manages it for you. Waht a farce.

Here is how I got the $140 per week:
$14,336.00 = ($7 per hour * 2048 hours per year) (takes out vacation, sick, etc...) = $14,336.00 per year in salary.
- $5,160.96 ($14,336.00 * .36 percent tax rate, hopefully you have an accountant and are not paying 36%.)
$ 9,175.04 ~ (after tax yearly income on a job paying $7 per hour, should you get taxed at the max rate of 36%)

$ 176.44 ~ ($9,175.04 / 52 weeks)
$ -140.00 ~ saved each week to be ready to invest and not touch for at least 8 years....
$ 36.44 ~ what you have left over to live on, after taxes and saving $140 to be invested.

$ 140.00 ~ If the minimum wage is raised to $11 per hour, you will be able to invest $140 and have $140 per week to live on. Perhaps if your car is paid off and you have no mortgage or rent payment you can do this...good luck if you do not do this while you are programming and making better than a minimum wage. Still would be hard if you have to many monthly revolving expenses above and beyond mortgage or your self a favor and limit any and all revolving charges.

Assumption: You save $140 per week in an account ready to be invested. When that account reaches between $750 and $2,000 you buy 20 - 25 shares of a stock costing between $30 and $80 per shares (see break out below). If you do this for 8 years, you will be close to $125,000.00 in your stock portfolio and earning more than $20,000 each and every year for the rest of your life.

Here is how it could work for anywone, even with a close ot minimum wage or minimum wage job.:
$140 per week ~ minimum in an investment account, when that account gets up over $750 dollars, buy 20 - 25 shares of a lower priced stock that you have personnally done the homework on.

  • When you reach the following levels of savings in your stock market investment account you can purchase at least 20 shares of stocks at the following price levels:
  • Savings ~ The number of shares at what
  • to Invest ~ dollar amount you can invest:
  • $750 ~ 20-25 shares in the $30
  • $1,000 ~ 20-25 shares in the $40s
  • $1,250 ~ 20-25 shares in the $50s
  • $1,500 ~ 20-25 shares in the $60s
  • $1,750 ~ 20-25 shares in the $70s
  • $2,000 ~ 20-25 shares in the 80s

$125,000.00 ~ Takes 8 - 10 years if only investing $140 per week. Faster if you invest more per week. Assuming you reinvest all the proceeds, assuming a 20% return (extremely conservative, I am over 30% and have a shot at 50% return this year) within 8 years you will have amassed this level in your stock investment portfolio.
$20,000 per year ~ The amount you can be sure you will earn on your $125K portfolio for the rest of your life. Probably more, this is very conservative. You will never fear that you will lose your paid off home because of property taxes, cost of insurance, etc...
$250,000.00 ~ Amount of your portfolio, 2 or 3 years after it reached $125K. Compounding is your friend and helps you amass wealth faster the more you have. At this level ($250K), you will never have to work at anything you do not want to again. You will never lose your home if its paid off. You will be able to afford vacations multiple times per year.
$50,000.00 per year ~ The amount you can be sure you will earn on your $250K portfolio for the rest of your life. Probably more, remember I am being extremely conservative.
. . . It only gets better from here, because you learned the value of deferred gratification and the compounding effect of money / investments.

This only works if you follow Jim Cramer's Buy and Homework method of investing talk in to the two books mentioned above. There are no short cuts, the more you make and put in investments, the faster you will reach true financialy independence.

Yes the market is rigged (google 'Flash Boys' its all true, and you can get ahead in spite of it) for those that trade in large volumes, however individual stock pickers can get ahead by following Jim's advice.

Investment income is taxed at a 15% rate, lower 10% if you have a great accountant and are very wealthy. Its how Mitt Romney managed to get a 10% tax rate that everyone talked about in the last presidential election.

Don't let those that have benefitted from our system, pull shut the gates behind them and hurt the rest of us, never let them raise the tax rate on investment income. After all in most cases, you have already paid tax once (sometimes twice) on that income, so why pay more a second/third time. Enough is enough.

Comment Re:Transcript... (Score 1) 120

Just wait will 2040, when your job will be outsourced to dozens of 3rd world countries...

Don't have to wait, just had a second job outsourced to India last year. And so many others have had jobs outsoruced since 2005, so no need to wait another 26 years...been there, already happened, can't afford the T-Shirt to prove it.

Still find it funny when one of these outsourcing company's steal a company's trade secrets, code, products and eventually their vertical market thanks to that outsourcing. How about that, you really do get what you pay for! Who would of thunk it.

Back in the 90s, there were a group of middle IT Managers and IT Directors that would be assigned the new shiny 'golden' project initiative that the company was pursuing to increase revenue and theoretically grow. Right before the project would completely 'fail' they would jump off it and wait for the next new golden 'shiney' thing the company wanted to pursue. You see these new golden projects get the budget and they make more money.

It amazed me that Human Resources never reviewed the many golden boys that kept getting assigned the new projects, had heavy turnover and jumped ship before it failed. You have to allow your people to 'fail' and learn, however what is with letting them do it the third, fourth and fifth time again? Have they had any success? Then why are you allowing them to shmooze their way into the company's budgetary coeffurs again? Look specifically at that Manager's 'turn-over' rate (of experienced professional programmers, Engineers and Systems Analysts) and cut them off. There are other roles that do not impact direct reports that they can do for the company, you don't always have to fire them....

So someone is laid off, no surprise there any more. A gap in their resume, means they were smart enough to bank enough money not to have to work for just anyone. That they could pick and choose. After 10 years if you are not doing this, the Universe help you, you will need it.

To avoid being grumpy, program for yourself, release your own product and only pursue IT Specialist, Support, Systems Administration, Engineering Technology, Product Management, Project Management, ScrumMaster, Product owner type of roles with other companies.

Only code for others if you have a great salary, profit sharing and bonuses...the 'great salary' lets you avoid well meaning startups that might have good intentions but fail for other reasons. Unless you are independently wealthy, than stick with startups and do it for the love of doing it, not the salary. It only takes one to hit for you to never need to work again.

Hey HR Departments, check your Manager, Director, VP's personnel turnover rates. Are they higher than industry averages? Great you found your problem, now do something about it.

Many people get into management for the wrong reasons and the power goes to their head. If they can not motivate and keep their people, perhaps they should not be managers. For your company's sake, HR Directors, do your job and put them somewhere productive that they can no longer hurt the company. After all it does cost real dollars, especially in time, to hire good people, stop letting these incompetent Managers ruin it for everyone. How much do they cost the company because of their inability to manage people.

And if your Manager's role, their job description, does not include allot of time to actively working with, coach, mentor and motivating direct employees, stop calling them a Manager, they're not.

If you want to be a great manager, does your company's objectives reward you for working with and actively managing direct reports? If not, take the hint and look for a company where you can be an effective manager, where you are now, they just don't care. This breeds the wrong type of environment and you will constantly lose your best engineers and programmers because of it.

HR you tell us that turn-over costs the company money, put up or shut up...actively monitor and review your 'Managers' and 'Directors'.

It really is simple. Keep it that way!

Comment Re:NG/Coal kills. Nuclear might in an extreme case (Score 1) 216

...The radiation levels in the Chernobyl exclusion zone are similar to those measured in high elevation cities and sky resorts, yet people live there for centuries and they seem to live longer and have slightly lower cancer rates than those living at sea level.

Thanks for pointing out that those at higher elevations (lower elevations get radiation in precipatation not just wind) get more radiation that the rest of us. In fact radiation that finds its way up into the jetstream in Japan (for instance...pine trees on a mountain with an updraft every spring as the pollens are released) can reach the West Coast of North America in less than 48 hours. And Cesium-137 will continue to be released into the environment around Fukushima for the next 7 years minimum as no one has the technology to stop the leak, much less clean up all the ground water in the region.

Ground water sucked up and found in the Cesium-137 laden pollens in plants and pine cones (already measured and reported on by scientists).

Doctors were reporting an increase of babies born with holes in their hearts in the Ohio valley through to Pennsylvania after the Fukushima disaster. They were told to stop reporting the additional defects which in their expert opinion were significant and could not be explaned by other environmental factors. You will not see any stats as they were surpressed as were the radnet radiation filter readings across the US for weeks after the event. When changing the filters more frequently did not lower the radiation levels, they simply turned them off...stopped reporting anything.

Many of us were monitoring the jet stream data showing the radiation, and were shocked when the data was changed before our very eyes from that evening to the next morning. Much more conspiracy fact than anything else. We saw this with our own eyes. It did not help that people were given permission to see the raw data before it was changed and had copies of it, so there was no doubt that data was modified after the fact.

People can handle the truth...its the industry that is polluting and killing that can not handle the truth. My guess is you are among those that deny reality, without researching for yourself. I guess you would suggest that US nuclear plants do not experience leaks into the rivers they reside near, almost every week. The official reports state otherwise, granted the radioactive isotopes released are often short term in duration. The fact that they were released speaks enough to the 'safety' of the plants. Fortunately for those of us that bother to look, we see the reports, we know better.

All one has to do is open their eyes, search, question the official reports and follow experts who have no reason to lie any longer as they are no longer beholden to that industry for their livelihood.

Most of us are drawing our conclusions from the very official reports the industry is required by law to produce. It (Nuclar Power) is not pretty, safe nor cheap. Reports like the one mentioned above that measure radiation levels and show that those levels have not fallen (around Chernobyl) as expected. And the reports on Fukushima when reviewed by (Nuclear power) experts who understand the presence of one radioactive isotope indicates uncontrolled fusion is still happening (true for weeks after the Fukushima disaster) when the industry is stating fission has stopped. And the reports that indicate a cold reactor in less time than the known radioactive isotopes could have possibly broken down and approached inert in 10 to 20 half lifes. We understood the experts to mean that if its not in the reactor, its been released into the environment. It has to go somewhere. Cesium-137 can not approach inert for at least 300 years. Think about it. Are they still spraying water, I have not bothered to check in over a year. If they are, that too is pretty awful as they can not contain the amount of water needed to keep the reactors cool, thus that radiation too, has to go somewhere.

Its laughable, the idea of storing Cesium-137 laden water for 300 years, while they continue to spray more water. As if Cesium-137 can be broken down faster than 10 half lifes of 30 years each or 300 does not take a nuclear physicist to see the flaws in that line of thinking...

The nice thing about scientfic fact...its not conjecture, conspiracy theory or heresay. Nope, just the facts are enough to prove its neither safe nor cheap (sic nuclear power).

Only the uninformed or a shill would state otherwise, in light of the factual reality revealed in the industry's own official reports.

Comment Re:NG/Coal kills. Nuclear might in an extreme case (Score 1) 216

You've been bamboozled. Nuclear power is quite deadly.

Thanks for posting that report. I skimmed it quickly and did not see heart disease, holes in the hearts, genetic defects related to the heart mentioned specifically.

Cesium-137 is absorbed by heart muscle. As the report pointed out, the levels of Cesium-137 had not only NOT dropped but were found to be higher than expected given the 30 year half life of Cesium-137.

While many think it only takes 10 half lifes (10 * 30 years = 300 years) for Cesium-137 to approach typical background levels. I believe 20 half lifes if more accurate. (20 * 30 years = 600 years).

So obviously more Cesium-137 was released in Chernobyl than reported.

Move ahead to Fukushima, where experts have stated that no company or government currently existing on the earth would posess the technology to stop the leak for a minimum of 10 years (a decade) and it boggles the mind that anyone would say that Nuclear power is safe. Wait until the Cesium-137 laden pine cones release Cesium-137 laden pollens each spring for the next 7 years (probably longer) and than lets talk. Better yet lets develop the technology to stop the leak and contain the radiation and than lets talk.... Remember if the reactor is cool, its leaked into the ground....

Haven't most of the Nuclear plants in America reached the end of their 20/30 year lifes already? Yet they are not being mothballed as expected. More accidents waiting to happen.

And don't say we need Nuclear power, we do not. When all the reactors were offline in Japan, they only experienced rolling brown outs for a short duration until they adjusted their usage to the lack of nuclear power. Granted the Nuclear power industry pushed way faster than even the Japanese wanted to get them back online...less we all learn the truth that Nuclear power is a canard, not needed to generate electricity, only needed to generate weapons. Especially dipleted uranium and worse weapons.

Follow the money to find the truth.

Speaking of money, its also true that Nuclear Power is extremely expensive. It can only be seen as cheap when costs are hidden. Lets say you cover the build out costs and the moth ball costs, which rarely are accurately revealed when talking about cheap nuclear power. Lets look just a re-casking of nuclear fact lets not look at radioactive isotopes that have a half life of 240,000 or more years. Lets look only at Cesium-137 that supposedly has a 30 year half life.

Casking starts to crack within 50 years. They say it has a 100 year cask life, but that too is a wee bit of a stretched lie. Within 50 years they start to crack. How much does it cost to re-cask? How many millions? (And we are not talking about a disaster like Chernobyl where the entire building will need to be re-casked in the very near future at a cost in the multiple Billions ($20B plus)...we are talking about re-casking Cesium-137 for only either 300 or 600 years. Let take the smaller number...300 years.

Cesium-137, 30 year half life, must be maintained casked for 300 years, re-casked every 50 years or 6 times at what cost? And we are not talking about only one re-casking for all the Cesium-137, but a re-cask for each rod that contains Cesium-137....

How much does it cost to re-cask one rod? If you cask more together, the radiation will cause the cask to crack sooner, as it will be concentrated. How many rods at how many millions per casking?

No Nuclear power is not cheap. Its insane to ignore the facts and expect a different result...

I just don't get the people who deny reality. Obviously they have an agenda and it does not help yours or my health at all. Even worse, they are so evil, that they are willing to radiate our children's children for the next 300 years! Pathetic fail.

There are worse radioactive isotopes with much longer half lifes than Cesium-137, however the measurements at Chernobyl, the reality of Fukushima show us that we will live and die with it for the next 300 - 600 years...and that is if there are no additional disasters.

If the Energy Industry refuses to shut down reactors at the end of their planned life..that its not if another disaster will happen, but when. Nuclear power is not safe and it already costs us more than our kids can stand to live with.

It would be gone already if not for the millions of dollars made from selling weapons. Just get real and be honest.

Comment Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (Score 1) 316

Most of us gave up on tape for most of our backup needs long ago. ITs just so much cheaper to backup to TB hard disks. Especially if you exchange them with a family member for offsite storage. They are just too cheap today, to bother with tape, would be cost prohibative.

Also lets you avoid additional monthly costs for internet based backup storage and the associated additional bandwidths costs that must happen if the Cable industry is allowed to deny FTTH and consolidate any further. Cable providers are already throttling bandwidth to get people and companies to pay more for bandwidth. That can only get worse without FTTH.

Besides the last time I went down the tape/cartridge route, the Sydos tape units stopped being made and when mine broke the writing was on the wall to find a better home / Small Office Home Office (SOHO) solution. Hard drives attached to a LInux box was the best solution.

An LTO-6 drive costs about $2500, and it stores 2.5TB of data on a $50 tape. That is about half the price of a comparable hard drive. If you have more than 100TB of data to store then tape becomes cheaper (that is, the savings for the tapes exceeds the cost of the drive). Tape is also a bit less fragile during transport/etc, and likely more reliable than optical media unless you buy the expensive stuff (which certainly isn't any cheaper than tape).

Your comment got me to thinking, how much might one of these cost? Granted the article mentioned that there is not a price on the 8TB Seagate drive yet. So I checked on pricegrabber for 6TB drives...

I was surprised that you could get 20 of them for $11,742.61, or $587.23 per 6TB drive, if you were willing to buy them 20 at a time. Pretty cool. As the link shows the price varies from $600 to $1000 depending on who you buy one 6TB drive from.

A small storage case that will hold 4/6 drives can be got for $30 per a easy home backup system using hard disks are easily within reach. Even better get an embedded linux system, the smaller the better, and hook that to it for the best Internet / Cable / TV / DVD - DVR recorder to watch movies and TV shows. Just erase them like we use to do with VHS tape when you are done. Pretty amazing...8TB, WOW.

Comment Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

They are trying to ?uck up unix and linux on purpose...

They try to kill it in a thousand different, little ways. A million little cuts... I couldn't agree more. All the while, those same companies use as much of the so called 'free' stuff, often without giving back in kind, as they can.

...There is very little money in "free" linux, compared to old school commercial Unix that was the other way around, too much money, per seat per click licenses, that made people seek lower cost alternatives, such as Windows.

I would disagree that there is very little money in 'free' linux...using Firefox as one multi-million dollar company. There are a few others. Though to your point, not as many as their should be.

Your per seat per click comment about people seeking lower cost alternatives in Windows got me thinking about how pathetic it is to have a so-called corporate 'IT Manager' come in and cut the good stuff, while saddling the company with bills for the less effective solutions. All the while framing it as if its 'cheaper' when its not. Its only cheaper if they phrase the argument so that their solution is cheaper. But they do try to say its cheaper, don't they.

The cost of just MS Office, which every desktop in a corporate MS environment gets, skews any thoughts of it being a lower cost alternative. I have seen some insane per seat per click, per desktop costs in the recent past. No way is the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) cheaper for Windows... Not for Oracle either...better off with least they fixed the stuff in MySQL that Oracle would not allowed to be fixed so that they could upsell Oracle. That is another conversation...

Instead they cut labor costs and tech support costs...pathetic.

What I find ironic is that even the push for auto updates/upgrades which was suppose to help everyone so much (what a joke) has fallen flat on its face. One company I recently worked for, fired all their windows tech support / updaters and are not bothering to patch, update or upgrade systems anymore...

Heck I thought Microsoft layed off too many people to have time to provide updates for their products any longer...

How cheap is too cheap? I guess its all fun and grins until you and/or your company gets hit. Viruses are just the tip of the iceberg...offshoring companies stealing your private data, products and customers costs a heck of allot more.

And the people who made these decisions, got profit sharing, bonuses and left the company before the reality of what they did came to light...amazing and ironic.

Comment Re:Just don't deal with Americans (Score 1) 251

Loved your post, esp the reality that Version which is just as bad... as the Cable true. While FIOS is better than Cable, usually, its not Symmetrical and they still throttle / limit bandwidth.

There are less than 41 communtiies with Symmetrical / Synchronous Fiber To The Home (FTTH).

DSL is usually better than throttled Cable internet. (You don't want DSL from AT&T, or affiliates of Cable providers, do your homework to avoid problems) And the price of DSL, $30 or less...often $15 or less, is way better than FIOS. Just move to a true FTTH community. Do not waste your time with Verizon FIOS or anythingG (ie. 3G, 4G, 5G, etc...).

Warning: if you do get service from FIOS...get in writing that FIOS will NOT cut your premise wiring while installing theirs, (if they cut it, they should replace it or do not accept their service). Too many have complained that Verizon does this to cost you $200+ (to run new uncut premise wiring) if you try to switch away from them. There is no other reason for their techs to cut your premise wiring when installing FIOS.

Just say no to 20Mb/4Mb, 100Mb/10Mb, 100Mb/5Mb, etc... if the upstream (second value) is not the same as the downstream value, that provider will throttle your service.

Is the upstream bandwidth the same as the downstream bandwidth ie. 10Mb/10Mb, 50Mb/50Mb, 100Mb/100Mb, 1Gb/1Gb, etc... than that fiber might be Symmetrical and Synchronous, meaning the provider will not throttle your bandwidth.

FIOS is not Fiber To The Home (FTTH). FIOS is not Symmetrical. With true FTTH, there is absolutely no business incentive to throttle bandwidth as that one fiber link goes from the switching station (best if owned by the community) to your home. Its not shared, thus no reason to limit it. Remember that FTTN, FTTP share parts, which ultimately end up allowing/causing the provider to limit your bandwidth un-necessarily.

Best of all, it costs a $1,500 - $3,000 to run that one link of fiber to your home and increases the re-sale value of your home by $5,000. In communities where this is successful, that link is owned by the homeowner and sold with the home. The providers compete for your service at the community owned switching station, meaning there is plenty of competition and you fire the bad players when they mess up. Added plus: FTTH communties have cheaper Cable internet surprise there.

Comment Re:Is there an counter to this? (Score 1) 251

This is way too much effort, unless you happen to enjoy yanking some chains over the phone. Here's how you quit Comcast: (1) Disconnect every piece of Comcast equipment in your home. (2) Load it in a box, and put the box in your car. (3) Drive to the nearest Comcast customer center. (4) Dump the box on the counter and tell the rep: "I wish to terminate my service immediately." No one will argue with you. You have completely bypassed Comcast's customer retention process by doing this. Pay the amount due on your bill, get a receipt with a complete list of the equipment you've turned in, then go home.

Its how you quit any cable provider that plays BS games with you...take the equipment to the office, pay the final bill and churn away from them. No time wasted on the phone at all.

DSL will always be better than throttled Cable Internet and 100% of Internet providers throttle to less than DSL speeds!

Someone mod this back up...the only effective way to combat this insanity is to leave them...cut off the service and churn.

Only one exception, if there is no other service available in your area, than your screwed unless you move!

I have been with DSL (not provided by a Cable company) for a few years and love it. All the Cable operators throttle the upstream bandwith to lower than 40Kbps and the downstream bandwidth to lower than 200Kbps and DSL is way faster than this.

To see it first hand as I did, get dd-WRT on a supported firewall/router and you will see the millisecond the speed test begins the bandwidth pipe opens full speed. The millisecond the speed test ends, the service is throttled back to the less than 200Kbps/40Kbps levels.

Occasionally if you are lucky, if you are able to stream video and/or download a video the pipe will open a little more and the download will happen faster.

Ironically, a dd-WRT enabled firewall router reveals this level of throttling with Cable internet 24 x 7 x 365 the pipe is saturated late at night when people are sleeping and/or when others are working during the day. Ironic and pathetic.

Comment Re:Nuclear power will be too cheap to meter... (Score 1) 343

Totally agree with your post. It has never been cheaper or safer as history teaches us.

First time I have heard about storing radioactive waste in steel, would love a link so I can check out the article.

It is my understanding the reason they use cement to encase the radioactive waste is its the only safe way, as steel barrels break down faster than cement.

Of course cement breaks down, starts cracking, in 50 years, even though the offical documents suggest a 100 year life before re-casking is required to keep it safe. How much the cost of recasking, well its hundred of thousands if not millions...every 50 to 100 years.

This is why they want to drop it in the ocean or put it in a mountain vault, they don't really want to keep it safe. If they did, they would never suggest any option where monitoring, re-casking would be impossible.

All radioactive isotopes attack different organs or bones in people. Cesium-137 is specifically absorbed by heart muscle.

How many people reading this are aware of the increase in holes in the hearts of newborns and other heart related pediatric issues reported by doctors and quickly supressed. Doctors weeks and months after Fukushima were pissed about this. The Ohio river vally from Ohio through Pennsylvania are where the reports occurred, for those that care to research it as I did. Don't complain to me if you don't want to even bother to check?

Even Cesium-137, with only a 30 year half life would have to be casked at least 10 half lives (if not 20) to get close to inert (background radiation) which means Cesium-137 (increase in heart problems) would have to be re-casked at least 300 / 50 = 6 times, probably 12.

Re-casking Uranium or of those has a 240,000 year half life, which means multiplying 240,000 by 10 or 20 to get close to inert....

However we might not need to even address that long of a half life as when scientists went back to Chernobyl 27 years later (almost one 30 year half life) the radiation, specifically Cesium-137 had not dropped at all, in fact it was higher in many areas which lead to one of three possibilities:

1) The half-life of Cesium-137 is longer than 30 years. (doubt this one.)

2) Cesium-137 breaks down in nature slower than in the laboratory. (again, similar to 1), doubt this one too)

3) The Russian government lied to everyone about how much Cesium-137 was really released. (probably the truth)

Regardless, we have a very accurate reading on the amount of Cesium-137 radiation, approximately 27 years after Chernobyl, so in another 30 years (a second half life), we will know precisely if number 3 is correct. What if the levels of Cesium-137 have not dropped in half after the second half life (60 years after the event)? What than? Time will tell us precisely.

All bets are off and no amount of planning can accurately predict the costs of storage (which requires re-casking every 50 - 100 years) alone, which will be significantly higher the more half lifes required to approach inert. And the cost of both building and dismantling Nuclear Power too huge to ever be consider cheap when compared to any other energy source.

Better to dismantle and recask, cost wise, rather than have to re entomb a whole reactor. Will Russia have the money to re-entomb the reactor at Chernobyl? The smart money says no way. How many Billions to re-tomb as the concrete degrades? Yea not cheaper at all if you allow the plants to operate beyond their so called safe limits and a disaster happens.

Now consider Fukushima...

The week it happened, nuclear scientists not beholden to any government or the NRC stated factually that no scientist, government, corporation had the ability to stop the Cesium-137 from leaking, nor would any entity have that technology for the next 10 years. In other words, it can not be made safe, it will continue to leak and no one has a technological solution that will work, nor will they for the next decade....therefore how is Nuclear Power safe? Its NOT.

If the reactor vessel cooled, the radioactive waste went into the ground water and out into the ocean....

Water, ground water, is being pulled up by pine trees (and other blossoming plants) that release their pollens in the Spring, the levels of Cesium-137 in a single pine cone is way more than what is required to kill a person, and all those trees and plants will be soaking up the Cesium-137 laden groundwater for the next 10 years and releasing the Cesium-137 laden pollens for the foreseeable future. Any of that crap that gets pulled into the jet stream, however it happens, can reach the USA in 24 - 48 hours. Not alarmist, just factual.

Safe, heck no. Cheap, never was. They should all just stop lying. Its beyond pathetic.

To add insult to injury those that want to create new breeder reactors, that would create more contaminated radioactive waste, lie and say it will be safer. Worse yet some of those new breeder reactor designs (Sodium cooled fast reactors, I believe) can not be fought in any conventional sense, caused by a Fukushima, Chernobyl or Three Mile Island type of Disaster , an introduction of oxygen ignites and burns...the idea that anyone in their right mind would consider such a reactor and suggest that it is safe is beyond insulting to someone of average intelligence. Yet they claim even these Sodium type of breeder reactors are safe. Yea right...not. None of them are safe!

Every time I look at the weekly and monthly reports on nuclear power plants around the USA, all of which show which Nuclear plants have leaked radiation into the environment that period it sickens me. Should sicken all of us. Does sicken too many that are needlessly exposed to this cheaper, safer alternative.

No wonder the Duke Energys and Koch Industries types of 1%ers feel they can pollute with impunity. We allow the Nuclear Power plants to release trace amounts every week and every month. At least those trace radioactive elements have much shorter half lifes, but it should not get released, period...else its not safe, period.

We simply can not live without clean water to drink, heart attack in hours or days through lack of sleep, next is lack of water (3 days?), than lack of food...all will kill you eventually. Plenty of other energy sources pollute our drinking water.

I was looking for a comment from someone to call them on the lie of safe and did that, thank you.

Comment Re:Up to 25 critical facts on current Ebola Outbre (Score 1) 390

Here is one of the best articles on the Ebola outbreak that I have found todate, it covers most of the fact points, while focused on the recent outbreak, enjoy. Has a map of the world showing countries involved with current outbreak.

How deadly Ebola has spread across the globe: Health officials try to trace 30,000 linked to death of American victim - as Nigerian film star sparks outrage by fleeing Africa in a mask on first-class flight

  • ~ Hong Kong woman quarantined when she fell ill after returning from Kenya
  • ~ Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is 'justified'
  • ~ He warned the spread of Ebola could become a global pandemic
  • ~ Health campaigners petition U.S. drug authorities to fast-track potential cure
  • ~ Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond declares disease is 'very serious threat'
  • ~ He will chair an emergency meeting on how to boost defences
  • ~ British airlines are also on 'red alert' for cases of the deadly virus
  • ~ Man with 'feverish' symptoms tested for deadly Ebola at Birmingham hospital
  • ~ He had travelled into Midlands from Benin, Nigeria via France when he fell ill
  • ~ Charing Cross Hospital staff also feared man had Ebola symptoms this week
  • ~ No cases have been confirmed in UK but 672 people have died in West Africa
  • ~ Warning issued to GPs, A&E departments and all NHS trusts across the UK
  • ~ Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and damage to the nervous system

Comment Up to 25 critical facts on current Ebola Outbreak (Score 1) 390

You know its become mainstream when CNBC is talking about Germ zapping robots with a headline of The war against EBOLA

Here is an article with 25 facts that the mainstream media is not always telling you. I found, No 15, interesting, a map showing the 20 CDC Quarantine Centers. They, the CDC, are/have been preparing for a very good reason just in case.

Almost each fact has links, facts number 1 thru 10 most will find disturbing. With links to multiple articles by different health organizations around to world, such as Doctor with out Boarders, who stated on June 21, 2014 EBOLA was out of control, and the World Health Organization (WHO)back in April said the Guinea Ebola outbreak was challenging. The infection killing 50%, the incubation period being as short as 2 days or as long as 21 days is a heck of a warning...imagine someone coming back from a mission trip to help others, walking around for 2-3 weeks before realizing they are infected.

For those falsely reporting that the virus requires physical contact, your wrong as the 2012 study proved (Fact No 11) article about animals in separate cages contracting the virus without physical contact. Worrisome is the doctor treating the two Americans (who quarratined themselves at the onset of symptoms) also became infected and you would have to be a moron to assume he (other 100 health workers Fact No 5) was (were all) exchanging bodily fluids with his (their)patients, other doctors treating patients. Perhaps one or two were exchanging bodily fluids, but all 100, no way, not in those circumstances as they understand the risks.

Full Disclosure:
The site may be a wee bit alarmist, however facts are facts.
The site with the 25 facts also tries to be a little political as if one president, Democrat or Republican, is solely responsible, pleeesse. So just ignore those facts with a political slant. See my political soapbox comment at the end.
The site also suggests military conspiracy, who knows, take those with a grain of salt as well. As a couple of family members who served had said, GI stands for Government Issue. Its not like IF our men and women were being used as guinea pigs that they could say No, they can not. Or as my Flight Surgeon family member agreed, if the study is double blind, the Doctor does not know with 100% certainty what they are injecting the veterans with, in the immunization. So read and take at your own risk, but for GIs, you have no choice, you must partake...your Government Issue as soon as you sign on the dotted line and swear the oath. Just comes with the territory.

(stepping up on my shoebox) Now YOU POLITICIANS....

I just wish those that focus on the political, would stop electing politicians that say they support our veterans, when the opposite is true based on VA funding, medical and phschological budgeting for treatment of our returning veterans. Let us start being as insistant that the people we elect to office budget for all the expenses associated with sending men and women to war. All our men and women who served (our veterans) SHALL get proper medical and mental treatment when they return from war, period, end of discussion.

To me it seems like the height of incompetance that politicans do not budget for the medical and psychological expenses associated with returning servicemen and women. How many wars have we been involved in? What do you mean you can not budget for this? I call BS on that crapola.

So POLITICANS, before sending more men and women to war, darn it, budget for the VA for their return or don't send them. And if you (Politicians) are unwilling to work together to fund/budget that money for our veterans, than you have outlived your usefulness to American citizens and need to step down. Stop tearing apart our family units, especially our veterans.

To the rest of us American voters, lets stop electing these cowards that refuse to stand up to special interests and do right by our veterans. By default, based on state of VA budget in 2014, most of our current politcians have admitted they are incompetent. Where's the budget? Where is the funding for our returning veterans? No more exuses.

(stepping off my shoe box)

Comment Most Internet providers throttle if the law allows (Score 1) 1

I loved the video. Yet many will not believe their own eyes and that is just sad. Many others will make lame excuses suggesting what we see is not true. The reality is most providers throttle and will continue to do so as long as laws permit it.

Sounds like VPN is the solution. Usually can be had for less than $5.00 per month, obviously worth much, much more. Besides today's Java apps love bandwidth so VPN access to the internet not only avoids most provider's throttling, it simply makes sense.

The FCC use to define broadband as 768Kbps (too low in my opinion) yet I can not seem to find that definition on the website any more. Should a provider's bandwidth, especially upstream, be allowed to call itself broadband if they throttle it to less than 768Kbps? I suggest no, in fact it seems like FRAUD to me.

All video will pause and spool when the bandwidth upstream gets throttled to less than 200Kbps, probably below 300Kbps. I highly recommend home users get a firewall/router that supports dd-WRT, OpenWRT or Tomato firmware as than they will see in real time exactly what their bandwidth is every second. Without a tool to see your bandwidth in real time, you simply do not know what your real bandwidth downstream/upstream is.

Speed Tests lie. With a dd-WRT enabled device you see the pipe open up as soon as the speed test starts and throttle back down immediately (the millisecond) after it finishes. Misleading people to believe they have the full bandwidth they are paying for when they do not.

I have had Cable Internet in multiple cities over the years and 100% of those throttled the promised 20Mbps/2Mbps to as low as 101Kbps/20Kbps the majority of the time...even after I paid the additional $10 per month for burst or faster bandwidth. Whenever my upstream bandwidth got above 300Kbps, the spooling was less likely to happen...made be think that if they could not throttle to less than 768Kbps upstream that videos would sputter and spool less often. Of course there are other ways to introduce latency that reduces bandwidth.

The real solution to throttling, is Fiber To The Home (FTTH). With FTTH there is no business reason to throttle the service as the pipe is not shared. FIOS is not FTTH in 100% of its locations (I wonder if it is FTTH anywhere?), its PONs or some other hybrid like FTTP or FTTN, which are not the same as FTTH and still result in artificial limitations between the internet and the end user. With FTTH, every home has the pipe to themselves and while there is no business reason to throttle, it does not mean that many providers will not try to do it anyway.

On average, FTTH costs each home owner between $1,500 to $3,000 and increases the price of their home by $5,000 in re-sell value. When FTTH is done right, the Fiber link is owned by the home owner. Providers negotiate for service at the switching station, usually controlled by the community, town or city, not a provider, and if a provider throttles their service is less desirable.

The real business reason for throttling is to perpetuate the scarcity myth, with which all businesses increase prices needlessly.

Since many services throttle to below 200Kbps upstream, no matter what they promise, DSL is often faster than other ISP alternatives at a fraction of the price. Just make sure you are not getting your DSL through a company that is tightly entwined with Verizon or other company that throttles bandwidth.

One last thought, bit torrents and other methods of downloading fast actually free up more bandwidth than they use. It seems the most often told lie, with respects to the scarcity of internet bandwidth, is that other customers are stealing your bandwidth by using bit torrents and other tools to download video in huge chunks. As if there are bit torrent users are every street, on every block, in every neighborhood, in every zip code, in every community, in every town, in every city, in every county, in every state in the union online and downloading every hour of a 24 hour day. Its absurd at face value. As if there were that many people on my street that could install and use it...yea right.

If your video is spooling, sputtering and stopping when most people are offline (working, sleeping, etc...) then your service is being throttled. In reality traffic might get busy at dinner time, maybe, and thats about it. Not 24 hours X 365 days per year. Its laughable.

Comment Re:Sue them for all they're worth (Score 0, Troll) 495


The book Econned explains how people with a far right economic agenda have been stacking the US courts for years. The result is what you see, basically a feudal systems where corporations are treated like lords and everyone else is a serf.

Not only are they stacking the US Courts, they are also preventing any other party from filling open judgeships when they have a president in office...thus the only candidates to the Supreme Court will be their right wing, ultra conservative, cronies. Pathetic.

This has been in the planning for well over 40 years...thanks for suggesting the book, will check it out.

If a party can not legislate, they need to be removed from office and their presence in the Senate and House of Representatives reduced so that all Americans can be helped with economic activity, jobs and more. They have forgotten that if they are not part of the solution, they most certainly are part of the problem. In this case, they are the problem.

To insure they get elected, given demographics going against them, they put in BS legislation to limit voting. Hey if you can not sway people to vote for you, you do not deserve to be elected. Its simply un-American to not want everyone to vote. And they are on the record stating that they can't win if everyone votes.

Lastly its lame to use the label that the left wants to re-distribute wealth, when the right re-distribute's to their political backers. Or to say you want government out of your individual lives and bedrooms, when you use the Court to legislate morals which legislatively puts government into individual lives and American bedroom, in so many nanny state ways. Pathetic.

Full disclosure: While I am fisically conservative, I am not a conservative or liberal, in fact 70% of Americans are closer to my way of thinking then either political party.

Comment Bandwidth is one cost, Licenses, Administrators... (Score 1) 130

Just another victim of the issues around bandwidth and cost to do perform the updates.

With Net Neutrality no longer being upheld, Microsoft's patching and update process is very expensive. Can it even be done with a server onsite getting patched first and updates to the rest of a businesses client machines coming from it? If so, then even that did not help at the multi-national conglomerate I worked at. A huge Java dev cloud user env, the Administrators performing updates to thousands of machines were told to stop some days when the network experienced problems. Though the network was as much to blame as anything else.

Still the company with more than 10,000 clients simply stopped updating Windows machines. Simply stopped.

The personel that were patching were let go or moved to other duties, their positions were never back filled. Cut labor at what cost long term?

I strongly believe MS sees the writing on the wall and just as they cut other costly support services, they cut this patching / update process for the same reasons...not the reasons they tell us. Cut that labor and bandwidth.

Net Neutrality issue here perhaps? After all if MS starts getting charged for the bandwidth required to do the patching and updating by the ISPs wanting to charge more for bandwidth....

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