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Comment Re:I'm no physicist but... (Score 1) 86

No, its not a valid point. You assume the energy comes from having to work harder. If it were to require more energy going in then that would be a characteristic of the material used and has nothing to do with conservation of energy. The Earth in the end is the energy 'ground'. This simply takes some of that energy and directs it into a device that converts it to electricity before it eventually makes it way to ground. That's called....Conservation of Energy....

Comment Re:Another boondoggle (Score 1) 106

Because then you'd have to rip apart and rebuild the engines to get all the sand/gravel out that's been sucked through them. When I first saw it the first thing to come to my mind was, wow, they're using paper mache. Then reading further they talk about 'cellulose cement' or something like that. Which again, sounds like paper mache. I don't think its super expensive compared to an engine overhaul.

Comment I don't mind guides (Score 1) 200

I still like to channel surf. The problem is everything has its own guide and they need to be integrated into one. He's right about not caring about channels, although the channels themselves do care because they want you to be aware of what channel is providing some content you are watching. I'd like my basic cable from cable and sling tv channels and hulu and whatever else all in a single guide that just knows how to get what i click on.

Comment Re:Oh no! (Score 1) 314

The power outage for phone argument is over used. Yes it happens, and you can easily argue that a single more robust wireless solution in some cases would be better as the electrical and phone are going over the same poles.

The reality is in most cases copper costs more and takes longer to upgrade services. Yes they get money to maintain, both from customers and the government. But I could really care less if they can offer something better with the money I'm spending today and in the future. For most people, most of the time, wireless can offer a better service. Most people don't consider their phone service married to copper, its just what it happens to use at the moment. Offer them better service on a different medium and they'll jump at it.

The point being this isn't necessarily some nefarious plot. The union doesn't like it because fixing wires keeps people in a job. But the end customer for the most part could care less and is currently being held back by copper.

Comment Oh no! (Score 2, Informative) 314

We must all freak out even though the article itself says there is an exception form to fill out if the copper line is required. For 99% of people who are out of a FIOS area this is a good thing as it gets their foot in the door for providing some form of wireless internet that will far exceed what they can offer via DSL. The
The vast majority of customers could care less about copper or wireless or whether they are getting money to maintain copper. Presumably the wireless system has a battery ups like cable to maintain service during short outages. Does everyone here have parents that work in a copper mine or something?

Comment I don't really see an issue (Score 3, Interesting) 220

It's instagram. The idea is for 99% of people to post garbage pictures of themselves for fun. It's not about learning some life lesson about dealing with a world full of anonymous assholes who now can say what they want without looking someone in the face to do so.

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