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  • Jan 26th, 2016 @ 1:44pm

    Re: Heed well the wisdom of David Canzi

    Can that work for Lawyers also?

  • Jan 26th, 2016 @ 1:43pm

    Re: FREE speech?

    I have Ghostery installed. What I like is I can block everything, or pick and choose what to block or even whitelist a site. What is interesting is going to a site and seeing how much crap they are actually trying to feed to you and how much crap you're grabbing from so many other sites. Even here it's blocking 13 things. I've notice when I unblock some things, a bunch of other junk now wants to load up form sites all over.

    Here Techdirt we have Amazon Associates, Double Click, Quantcast for advertising and then there's a bunch of Beacons, Widgets, Analytics and so on and so on. I'm sure if I allowed some of this stuff, even more crap would try to come in the door.

  • Jan 26th, 2016 @ 1:35pm


    Exactly! You're free to spout out your speech and I'm free to ignore it! You're free to throw out all your crap ad's, and I'm free to block every one of them from getting to me.

  • Jan 25th, 2016 @ 9:38am

    Re: collateral damage

    I cut the cord about 4 years ago., but have seen these banners in channels I'm getting form the Antenna. It's really annoying. Personally I'm more on the cable side of this because the costs, the fee's they want for channels are shooting up way, way faster then the cost of living. It's just never enough.

  • Jan 25th, 2016 @ 9:34am

    Re: Makes sense

    I don't see why Cable company's should even pay a Re-transmition fee. They're offering a service to get more people to watch your channel. Where they live a Antenna may not be practical, or the signal may not be the best. ABC, CBS, whatever, which you show your own ad's to make money!!! If anything, they should be the ones paying the cable company's to do it.

    I cut the cord almost 4 years ago and it's been the best thing ever. After paying for it for about 18 years. But once in a while I get those banner messages about blackout for Comcast or whatever. It's not blacked out for me being a Antenna user, but that messages are still in their stream.

    When I look around my neighborhood and don't see a antenna in site, I laugh and think SUCKERS!!!! I don't miss that $170 Comcast bill back then I was paying. I currently pay $50 a month for 105Mbps service. That's all I need, internet only. All the broadcast channels I get 100% Legally FREE with a Antenna and use a TIVO to record it all where I then skip past all the commercials!!!

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 3:23pm


    I hear SlingTV isn't all that great. Then again it's owned by DirectTV, a Satellite TV company. What do you expect. I still think that $20 for what you get is to much. Maybe at $9.99 it would be worth it?

    I cut the cord about 4 years ago. I was already paying for Netflix and Amazon. Hell I had Amazon just for 2nd day shipping before they even added all this PRIME Streaming Movie/TV service and other things to it. I use Amazon Prime Music all the time as it's FREE and commercial free being a prime member. It's a pretty good App on my iPhone.

    So those service I don't consider a extra cost for cutting the cord as I had them before I cut the cord. I just recently switched from Media Center, to a TIVO setup to record all the broadcast channels with a Antenna. So I get ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, PBS in HD and 5.1 surround, plus other channels like MeTV and Antenna TV, etc. Those have a lot of great old series on them. Want to watch Hogan's Hero's or Colombo, or and so on and so on. It's great for that. Tivo supports Amazon and Amazon Prime, Netflix, HULU (No thanks, and others with a universal search for content from all of them, plus PLEX support. So a pretty good all in one solution.

    I can skip commercials. Watch in the family room and continue in the bedroom using the Tivo Mini. Which can do everything my Tivo Roamio does. So I don't anything and can watch on my own time. I have no monthly costs in doing this.

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 3:12pm

    Re: Re: Beats water?

    My Plasma is a heat provider!

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Water?

    Who in their right mind want to pay $200+ cable bills? CableTV is a Luxury item. CableTV came about because of poor statically Analog TV. It's skyrocketed to the expensive garbage we have not. 200 channels of crap in which you might only watch 20 of them at most. But it's setup where you have to get the most expensive bundle to get that 1 or 2 channels you actually want. This is all by design.

    A Girl at work that just lost her Mom from Cancer, She and her brother live in the house. They have a 200+ Comcast bill. They don't make a lot of money. With a house payment and everything else, maybe ESPN is right, Poor, but not POOR, POOR as they are in a house and not living in a cardboard box. She wants me to setup a Antenna and whatnot for her. Her brother can't do it, and toss that huge cable bill. To me that's just crazy. I pay $50 a month for Internet only.

    The prices for all that TV content just keeps shooting up way, way faster then people's paychecks!!! The list of people I know who cut the cord or plan to is growing. My brother did it last year. He would have done it sooner but his wife was stopping him. Some people are really in denial with what's happening. It's right in front of your face.

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 3:00pm


    Exactly, it's the OLD people that are holding onto Cable. I cut the Cord. My Dad Moved into my house and he used to have Satellite. Getting used to not having it, He now tells me he has to much stuff to watch and doesn't miss it. He's retired, no job, so watches a lot of TV!!!

    To me what seems to really be surprising, is not a shift to Netflix and whatnot, but to YouTube!!! So many teens, that's all they all seem to watch or make their own video's to put up on anything and everything. They don't watch anything else!!!

    That is the Generation that will be coming in, getting Internet only, and still watching lots of youtube, and I'm sure Netflix or whatever, but ESPN? That's way down low on the list.

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 2:53pm


    That's why they have the Child Molester to fall back on!!! Have to protect the kids!!! Can't do that if you're phone and data is encrypted. Who these people are sending messages to? "Hey Bob, guess what? I just kidnapped a 6 year old boy and am hanging out at my cabin in the woods! Don't tell anyone now!"

    Darn if we just had a backdoor in that encryption that kids life would be saved!!! We'd be able to read that message and come and save the day!!! HAHAHAHAHA, Ya right, Who would do such a dumb thing? These politicians think everyone is just dumb. Maybe most are as they're in office!!

    Guess what, with a Warrant, in hand, shown to you, you have to Unlock your phone and let them in!!! That's the law!!! They just want to easily spy on everyone on everything looking for anything. Guilty of something or not. With NO warrant. Or some dumb abused warrant that just lets them get away with anything they want.

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 2:38pm

    (untitled comment)

    From what I just heard, this security issue was already FIXED!!! All RING Doorbells would automatically download and install this update as they all check for updates once a day.

    Here is where it was originally Reported.


    Way down on the bottom of the page is says FIXED!!! This topic is now fear mongering or a issue that's already been taken care of. Anyone with a RING Doorbell is already cured!!!

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 2:27pm


    That's right! Ignoring people cutting the cord like myself. The younger generation,, the young Teens NOW are pretty much only seems to be watching YouTube!!! I don't get it, but it's YouTube for everything. My brothers young kids pretty much only watch Netflix for kids. They didn't know what commercials were for the longest time. Do these people think they're going to sign up for Cable as a adult? Or watch broadcast tv?

    Things aren't going to get better for them. They'll get far worse and people are dying off.

    What was the Original reason for Cable TV? It wasn't 200 channels of crap. It was because Analog TV in many places SUCKED and there were only a few channels from the antenna. I grew up with just a Antenna. We had a box so we could turn the antenna to get some channels and turn it some another way to get others. It sucked. While my friends next store had Cable TV. They had HBO back then, which was the only Premium channel. MTV still played Music Video's, there wasn't a ton of channels, but you got them clearly.

    Now you have 200 channels of crap, maybe only watch 20 at most. You need a Box as it's all encrypted, which costs you more money. What are you really getting for all that money you're spending these day?

    I cut the cord about 4 years ago. When I got my house I mounted a large antenna. I get ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, PBS all in HD and 5.1 surround plus other channels like MeTV and Antenna TV, etc. All 100% Legally FREE.

    But even that seems to be going away because of the generation of watching Youtube!!! Netflix will survive youtube, but the others??? There's just so much content these days trying to get your attention. Why would anyone want a $200+ Comcast bill every month?

  • Jan 20th, 2016 @ 5:46pm

    (untitled comment)

    I heard in the past that only 4% of Cable subscribers actually watch the Sport channels on a regular bases. That means 96% are Subsidizing that 4% group!!!

    If you had to sign up for ESPN as it's own service like HBO. it might actually cost you $15 or more a month. It's those HUGE costs to cover sports games and the Million that players get. Costs have just shot up. Why do I want ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, FOX Sports and on and on and on. Paying for all that crap I NEVER wanted or watched!!! It's one of the reasons I had enough with Cable TV service.

    I cut the cord not long before I went House shopping. When I got my House, the first thing I did was mount a large antenna. Signed up for Internet only service. At the time U-Verse. Not fast, but at $35 a month, fast enough for my needs. Well after a couple years with U-Verse, they almost doubled my cost and wouldn't make a deal again and I warned them I'd cancel. Because Comcast was a TON faster for not much more money. Well In about a Week, I got a new Cable Modem, ran a new Cable line outside to the hookup to my Closet where I planned to put the new cable modem. Called Comcast, was going to get the 50Mbps for $45 a month, they said for $5 more I could get 105Mbps, so I did that. Got it working, ripped out my U-Verse modem, called them up to cancel, they tried to work out another deal and I said NO, already warned them a week ago and I have Comcast now and working, bye, bye!!!

    Back at my old place, it was just me and I was paying for much slower Internet from Comcast, plus their TV service, and a Duel HD DVR Motorola Box and paying $170 a month. No thanks. Could no longer justify the cost. I had enough. I dropped Showtime a few years before that because costs were shooting up every year. I had enough.

    A Girl at work right now pays over $200 a month to Comcast. She and her brother live in the house that was her MOM's who just died from cancer. They don't make a lot of money. She wants me to help them out and get them setup with a Antenna and get rid of that $200+ cable bill every month. I'd NEVER pay that. it's just crazy. No TV is worth that much.

    Kids these days don't even seem to watch CableTV. It seems to be all about Youtube!!! My brothers young kids pretty much only watch Netflix. Didn't know what a commercial was for the longest time. They cut the cord about a year ago I guess. I have to much TV to watch as it is. Why would I pay a bunch more? I'd rather keep it in my pocket then give it to Comcast. Think about how much you pay and add it up.
    If I stuck to what I was paying 4 years ago, to what I'm paying NOW and prices didn't keep going up. I'm saving $120 a year right now. That's $1,440 per year, or $14,400 after 10 years!!! How long have you've been paying, and how long do you think you'll continue. 10 years, 20 year, longer? It add's up fast.
    $1,440 a year, means that easily paid off all my TIVO hardware, plus all the costs of my Antenna, cables and wiring my house for Gigabit Ethernet and a few other things. The year after and beyond is nothing but savings. Hell buy a couple season passes for shows you may miss. I buy season passes for "The Walking Dead" from Amazon. The cheaper SD version which looks just fine. I can watch on Monday after the new episode airs on AMC on Sunday night. It's commercial free and I own it!

    Think about it. If you're a huge Sports person, you can always get SlingTV at $20 a month to get ESPN and ESPN2.$5 more for the sport bundle, get another 9 sport channels including ESPNEWS.

    Maybe cutting the cord will work for you, maybe it won't.

  • Jan 20th, 2016 @ 5:21pm


    Throw up a Antenna like I did and get ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, PBS in HD and 5.1 surround sound for FREE legally!!! It looks BETTER then cable as it's not as compressed! That doesn't include other channels I get like MeTV and Antenna TV, etc.

    I cut the cord around 4 years ago. I still have Comcast, so not truly CUT. But it's Internet only where I currently pay $50 a month for 105Mbps service. I have my own Cable modem, so no rental fee's on that.

    I did luck out and was able to get a Tivo Roamio OTA Box which has 4 tuners with Lifetime service for $299. That was a great deal. So I can record all my programs from the Antenna with full DVR control. I can watch from the family room and continue in the bedroom on a Tivo Mini. ZERO fee's for doing that. Sure there's some upfront costs, but the savings I have pay it all off in no time flat.

    I assume NBC programs are on HULU+ (CBS has their own $6 a month all access thing!) So for $13 a month Commercial FREE. You don't want to pay the cheaper $9.99 and have commercials because then it just SUCKS. Do that with a ROKU or AppleTV or a Amazon Fire. They all support HULU+ Even the TIVO does.

    You can get one of their new Tivo Bolts for $199 which includes a year of service and then it's like $15 a month. You can stream HULU+ and Netflix and there's even PLEX support. There's Global searching for content. It has Auto commercial skip for certain channels during prime time hours. Hit a button and will skip them all. So it's kind of a All in one solution that way. No ROKU or anything else needed unless you get into some of the other content providers they don't support.

    With a Antenna, there's a number of options. I went with TIVO. But there's also Tablo and SimpleTV. They have 2 or 4 tuner options. They need a external HDD to record to, and you need a ROKU or Chromecast or something to be able to watch on your HDTV as they don't directly connect to a TV. Their service fee's are much cheaper then TIVO also. $4.95 a month, $49.99 a year, or $149.99 Lifetime. Lifetime on TIVO is $599!!! That's just crazy high.

    Then there's ChannelMaster. They have a DRV with NO service fee's. Just buy it and it works. As I haven't used any of these others, I have no idea how good they are. These are ways to watch on your own time, skip commercials, and doesn't waste your Internet CAP. If a Antenna is not possible, check out HULU+ and see if that would work for you! $13 a month instead of $30 a month, may be a deal for you.

  • Jan 20th, 2016 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Journalists Don’t Kill Or Injure People ...

    People do! I gun is just a tool. it can't hurt anyone on it's own. You can pick up a baseball bat or a million other things and kill a person. A pressure cooker is a deadly weapon. Should we ban those? Those were used in the Boston bombing. Not a single GUN was used to kill anyone.

    Fact is people have been killing people for as long as people have been alive. There was not a single gun used for thousands of years and yet millions have been murdered.

    If you think you gun a gun to kill a lot of people, and want to ignore BOMBS. Just do some Googling. Here is one example, Quote "It took just 10 minutes for a man armed with a kitchen knife to unleash terror in a Japanese elementary school in a stabbing spree that left eight school children dead and injured 21 other people."

    How about this one! Quote "A man wielding a knife wounded 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China as students were arriving for classes on Friday, the police said."

    You don't hear about these things because it doesn't fit into the Anti-Gun Message!!! See when you don't have access to a Gun, you just use a Knife. A Gun is a equalizer. It'll allow a Woman to protect herself from any MAN. A Gun can protect a Gay person from a gay basher!!!

    Gun Free Zone's only make people easy targets. The last place I would ever be around is a ZONE FREE ZONE!!! Criminals don't follow laws, that's why they're criminals.

    This is coming from someone who doesn't own a single GUN!!! Though one of my Brothers does and my Dad does. Their guns are locked up in Gun safes.

  • Jan 20th, 2016 @ 4:41pm


    You just proved his case for GUN LAWS which have the same protection.

  • Jan 20th, 2016 @ 3:51pm


    Who says they don't? I'm sure there's been a number of murders from what a reporter wrote about. In effect got the person killed!

    Fact is people have been killing people for thousands of years. Not a single gun in site in all that time. you can kill a person with your bare hands. A Rock, a Knife. Or a Pressure Cooker like in Boston. Not a single GUN was used!!!
    There has been at least one Mass Murder in a School in Japan and all the person had was a Knife. That's not the only place. You can Google this stuff up. The UK banned Guns, and Murder by Knife went up! Their murder rate is almost as high as ours. Gun's don't kill people, People Kill people

    have you heard the saying "Cop's are minutes away when seconds count!" That's how it's normally is. Criminals don't stick around. If you can get the police to your mouse in minutes, consider yourself lucky.

  • Jan 20th, 2016 @ 3:43pm


    This bill is just to prove how dumb the Gun laws are as it's pretty much word for word!!!

    As for the UK. They Banned Guns and guess what, people just went to using knifes and they're murder rates are almost as high. There's been mass murder in schools using a KNIFE!!! Just Google it up. Fact is more people are killed from a number of other things, Drug's, Alcohol, CARS, etc. What not do the same? Oh wait,....

  • Jan 20th, 2016 @ 3:39pm

    Re: fair game

    I think this bill is pretty funny and clearly pushing the gun control law issues and how dumb they are. Most of these reporters are Liberals. With their Anti Gun agenda. Only reporting the Negatives and completely ignoring all the Positives. Let alone statistics!!!

    It's clearly means to prove a point.

  • Jan 19th, 2016 @ 8:49am


    Well BlackBerry the OS is done for as soon as they released a Android phone, the PRIV. With plans to release more in the future. Who in their right mind would have any faith in BlackBerry at that point?

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