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Comment Re:Criminal behavior (Score 1) 84

"...and one of the council members asked other companies for their input on the matter." LOL did you read that before you posted it? I think what you meant to say was that the counsel member that has been in the pocket of the incumbents was told by them to stall the vote and introduce the new bill. AGAIN, this would all be academic if the cities simply owned the last mile and all the players had to pipe their services through the COs where the customer pipes came out of. This is the very bullshit that makes people so fucking pissed at these companies. Internet access is not a hard thing to do and do well. The hard part is fucking the customer so deep and hard and then making the customer think that it feels good!

Comment Re:Durability (Score 1) 111

A hell of an environment to put such a device into and expect that it will maintain the levels of accuracy and reliability attainable here on earth. I suspect that it is another boast in an attempt by the Chinese government to boost their stature in the international scientific community. One good sunspot burst and it is toast, LITERALLY!

Comment Re:Cell Phone (Score 1) 195

Generally not a few hours but... The battery banks that most of the cell sites have are rather large affairs to be honest. At least 1000AH at 48V on the ones I have worked on. Not that it matters at all for the general public since they are put into emergency mode and only available to emergency responders. Also, they are linked via Fibre so that may be lost if above ground and a fair bit of it is. Ham Radio is about the best option for the general public that there is in such cases. In general metropolitan areas your average car transceiver has 50W output, into a good antenna this can translate into the equivalent of at least a couple hundred Watts of power. IE, There is a good chance that you should be able to talk to your loved ones. Allot of the repeaters are likely to have generators with good fuel reserves and you should be able to get a message through that way as well.

Comment Re:Verizon Has Issues (Score 1) 209

Had unlimited on two phones and a data card. I was paying about $215USD a month with 700Min and no text. They jacked it to around $265 a month, I called them and told them to put it back. They said they couldn't . OK, Cancel the data card service, I only use it a few times a year anyway and it was only backup internet connection for the girl friends IT job since she works from home. I also went to a 12GB shared data plan and unlimited talk and text as well as tethering on both phones making the data card unneeded now. The new bill is $134 a month she said. I said how the hell did that work out for you then! We now have $90+ more dollars in our pocket and the greedy fucks at Verizon have me making far more phone calls and spending allot more time on the phone than in the past. I always try to use up as many minutes and far more data than I did in the past just to spite them.

Comment Re:Usenet (Score 1) 92

Time Warner is all digital, the ploy is to force one into renting the box for a few dollars more a month. We have only internet, not paying them for a cable box I don't need for a service I have no desire of There are far to many commercials on cable anyway and the programs are abysmal at this point. I am so done with cable TV. I go to my mother in laws house a couple times a month and a couple of hours of cable programming cures me of any desire I might have for cable TV service. Also, I am grown up and don't lose my phone so there is no need of a land line (VOIP) phone.

Comment Really quite simple (Score 4, Interesting) 97

Here is the point. The music and movie industries is trying to force the internet providers into monitoring for infringing downloads. If they do not then the record/movie companies think that internet providers are responsible for the illegal downloads. They are also trying to force the internet providers into sending notices on their behalf to supposed/suspected infringing users and to disconnect them at the whim of the record/movie companies. In essence they are trying to force the internet providers into the role of being the enforcers for them. Of course the internet providers are not to keen on any of this bullshit as it puts all the cost on them. If they comply they lose a cash cow since most of the customers that "MIGHT" be actually infringing do it at most on a very casual basis at worst. These are at most 10% of the public and far less are actually hardcore down loaders and seeders. Also most are likely not cable cutters so they provide a fair bit of monthly recurring income from subscriber packages. So lets see, you can fight the music and movie industries and continue to make a boat load of money a month off of each and every customer or you can kick them at the whim of a group of greedy no talent scum bags and lose a significant chunk of your revenue stream. Wow really hard choice there for the internet providers.

Comment Re: DSL shouldn't be considered broadband any more (Score 1) 104

xDSL at a distance of more than say 3Km and it ain't broad band. The telcos have only themselves to blame for this. For decades they continued to milk and squeeze the American consumer and businesses with their services that were built using government funds and support and their lobbied for monopolies. 25 years ago when the cable companies started to get serious about providing internet service on their trunks the fat and healthy telcos stood back and let it happen without a bit of a fight. They were so use to having their monopoly and way with the customers that they were drunk with profits and power. By the time they were awoken from their largess the cable companies were really and truly entrenched in the very same markets that the telcos had run rough shod over. The barn door being left open and the whole ranch having run out they did what any smart business does, they doubled down on their crappy and woefully out of date infrastructure and milked the customer even harder. Cable companies, laughing all the way to the bank, simply leveraged their installed cable backbones and offered more and better services. The cable companies were driving wooden stakes into the vampire telcos hearts from every direction. xDSL to the rescue! BUT, it ran on old lines that were in some cases over the age of the execs that were now bilking you and me. If you were lucky and close to the CO you might be able to get 7 or 8Mbps. Most of us were lucky to even be able to get xDSL at 1-1.5Mbps. Meanwhile the cable companies and their equipment suppliers invested heavily in their backbones and ran fiber to the neighborhood and the RT feeding the trunks, the last mile as it were. Now they were poised to deliver. All the while they are also able to take advantage of the laws the Telcos had managed to slip into the law books, and by extension the public's ass, making it illegal for municipalities to build out a backbone or last mile. This applied even in places where they had no economic interest or incentive to provide service due to low density of population and demand for high margin services. I am going to say it again. Repeal the laws blocking municipalities from building out backbones and feeding the last mile and take it back for the public. Make all the value added service providers route through the municipal CO and destroy their strangle hold on the public.

Comment Re:And that is why you follow the law. (Score 3, Insightful) 287

Just my thought too. All they had to do was arrest the guy and get the warrant to the on call judge. FUCKING SIT TIGHT FOR AN HOUR OR TWO IS ALL IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN YOU FUCKING KEYSTONE COPS. Instead they seized the recordings outside of a warrant and the little prick goes free yet again. If I were the girl I would bring a suit against the department for bumbling my justice and letting the shit get away with it yet again. It is going to happen, people are getting tired of this sort of shit that the rich get away with. There is going to be that tripping point and watch out. Allot of these shits and their scumbag lawyers are gonna end up face down in a pile of their own blood. The public is tired of reading about this time and again. Keep in mind that they are working hard to make sure that they are able to own and carry guns while taking the right away from the common person... You work it out.

Comment Re:How is this a breach of terms? (Score 1) 109

Funny this one, isn't it all there for anyone to see if you simply join? Oh my, they didn't join and yet still have access to the data? My O My, what are we to do? (wringing hands in consternation) I have a page but post not a single bit of truth or useful information on it. It is simply a place holder and nothing more. Enjoy that info you pulled from me, it is utterly without worth.

Comment Re:but... (Score 2) 16

Actually, they can be a fair distance away and skim the transaction using the likes of a Yagi-Uda antenna. The very high frequencies the transactional data is transferred at it very small antennas have very high gains. In theory you could sit outside of a door in the comfort of your air conditioned car pointing the antenna at the register and snoop the traffic as it happens. From there...

Comment Re:What is cable? (Score 1) 137

We cut cable about 10 years ago and do Netflix, Amazon prime, and off air. Don't miss a thing on cable. All the adds and crap programming are soul draining. The solution is simple. We buy the set top box and they activate it just like usual. Problem resolved, or is it. The cable companies would not be able to make tons of money for old recycled boxes rented to their customers for ridiculous amounts and that will not due! CUT THE CABLE. Mine is only an internet provider.

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