whizbang77045 writes: I find myself wondering what impact – if any – Directv dropping the Weather Channel is having on Slashdotters (http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/01/14/directtv-weather-channel/4470233/).
Since it's purchase by NBC Universal, I've noticed more and more reality programming, and less and less actual weather. How it may be in other areas I don't know, but in our area, the forecasts are usually wildly inaccurate. A forecast low of say, 32 degrees, will appear side by side with a current temperature of 25. Precipitation forecasts are no better.
Radar appears to be a work of fiction. It's 150 miles to the nearest weather radar, and nothing below about 22,000 feet is detected. If one goes to the National Weather Service radar site, the imagery cuts off perhaps 5 miles west of us. But while that is happening, the Weather Channel would show radar imagery as much as 150 miles beyond that. There is a huge gap in weather radar coverage beyond where we live. I'm forced to believe the radar the weather channel shows does not in reality exist.
Weather alerts have been equally silly. We were cautioned of a severe storm, which turned out to be about 100 miles away!
Claiming loss of their channel would cause a lack of weather information in our area does not appear to be valid in this area. We're really better off without thinking we know what the weather will be, 3when that's not what usually happens.
whizbang77045 writes: The popular website, 1Saleaday.com, may have had its server hacked. After a purchase, some buyers report receiving an apparently bogus email from the shipper DHL, reporting a problem with the shipping address, and asking the addressee to click on an attachment for further details.
The attachment contains a trojan. In some cases, a check of 1SaleaDay's site status shows the order in question has not shipped, indicating that the DHL email is bogus.
It also suggests 1Saleaday has had their site hacked, possibly including purchaser credit card information. If you are a user of this site, you may wish to delay until their problem is known to be resolved.