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  • Aug 6th, 2012 @ 12:32pm

    Re: Cord-nevers

    I'm in this group. in the house I lived in until I was 20, it would have cost $10,000 to install cable, because cable service stopped at the beginning of my street, and they wanted to install a full trunk down my street incase others wanted to join in. Problem is, they wanted the first person to sign up for cable to foot the entire cost, and even if they split the cost among everyone, there were at total of 3 houses on the road that was about a 1000 feet long, so it would have still been prohibitively expensive. We also never got satellite, didn't feel it was worth the expense for the amount of TV we watched. After I moved, I didn't have a lot of money, so I either could get cable/satellite, or get internet. I picked 'net. I am perfectly fine with not having cable. For years now, I've had a computer, or some other net capable device hooked up to a TV, to stream video, and will continue to do so.

  • Aug 1st, 2012 @ 3:00pm

    More ways for trolls to profit

    The thing with this whole first to file deal is that it should be fairly easy for patent trolls to start applying for random patents. With how loose the patent system is now, they probably could get patents on things that aren't even proven possible yet. Or hell, pay some grunt in a lab for what their betters are working on, patent it while they're still working out the finer details, and bam, sue 'em as soon as they bring it to market.