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  • Apr 24th, 2018 @ 9:16am

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    Old bill, Portland market... $270 before taxes on Comcast, with most premium channels, excluding Sports. (Forced ESPN is what pushed us over the edge)

    Current bill... $95 + Netflix and Hulu for Centurylink nearly symmetrical gig service.

    I put on 5 lbs just hitting food carts on my walks in the neighborhood with the extra cash.

    Ban Cord Cutting! it contributes to obesity!

  • Sep 18th, 2017 @ 8:15am

    Re: One big problem

    Not really a problem at all.

    Just a modicum of self control, and you subscribe to one or two things, watch what you wanted, then quit. You don't really have to subscribe to EVERYTHING at once.

    Some people react less optimally to boredom, that's fine too. Go outside and play. Visit a museum, donate blood, If you've got mobility issues like me, use the time for PT.

    When the media companies inevitably play games and offer only a few episodes at a time, use the savings to buy the entire season on Blu-Ray or download.

  • Sep 18th, 2017 @ 7:55am

    Cutting the Cord on Wednesday!

    Took a few years to get my mother in law trained, but it's Happening! We're cutting the Comcast line on the 20th, Centurylink Gig service finally in my area. (From a friend with their 'net... "The Customer service sucks, but the connection is great!" )

    Our bill is now going from nearly $300 , to $85 + fees and whatever we subscribe to on a month by month basis. (Kids mostly watch Japanese language shows, and the only thing I'll have to find elsewhere is "Rick and Morty".

    All because Comcast tried to bump the broadcast TV Fee, and refused to remove ESPN. Those few measly dollars pushed the rest of the family over the edge.

    One straw too many for the camel's back. Thank you Comcast. Goodbye!

  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 12:38pm


    Bah, got signed out on that post.

    Seriously tho, vote by mail is the best.

  • Dec 21st, 2016 @ 10:36am

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    I used to, (before quitting for my kids and stroked-out-Mother-in-law) work in insurance, My wife is a senior Workmen's Comp examiner.

    Idiocy like this got her almost fired for using the internet at work, for looking at medical journals because they use terms like "penis".

    Conversations with the higher-ups usually went...

    "We understand you've been looking at inappropriate material on the job"

    "The Lancet is inappropriate?"

    "What is "The Lancet?"


    They don't bother her anymore.

  • Nov 29th, 2016 @ 8:17am

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    As the son of a pair of hippies, (My Mother not being an unintelligent one as she and her co-workers built most of the pacific NW's initial internet backbone for GTE (now Verizon) back when the company thought the net was a fad, but I digress...)

    Fuck that noise... They've trusted random strangers to walk up to the house and cut the corner off their station wagon to fix damage... and paid them in advance because "they didn't have the right paint" (vanished with the money), they've fallen for curb painting scams, after Dad died, Mom let some asshole talk her out of an antique, concert-grade double bass worth 8 grand at it's last valuation... (in the mid 80's... ) for $3k. (After she told me how happy she was to sell it, I had to point out she had just been screwed out of $10-15k,)

    I have enough trouble keeping my flaky family from screwing themselves over as it is, they do NOT need to be acclimated to accepting random windows that pop up.

  • Nov 16th, 2016 @ 9:47am

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    Well, now I don't feel so bad for having an older Harmon Kardon that tops out at 2x Optical input. PS4 HDMI >> TV >> Optical>> Stereo>> Done.


  • Nov 2nd, 2016 @ 5:27pm

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    I started using Line while chaperoning teenagers on an exchange trip to Hiroshima.

    I rather like it, outside of the cutesy stuff my younger kids love.

    The file sharing, gif making on PC (just slap a border down and hit record) and getting my messages on PC and phone at the same time make it quite handy, the encryption is a nice touch. Video phone has worked well too.

    Easy enough that my elderly mother even figured it out.

  • Sep 29th, 2016 @ 2:11pm

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    Was wearing my Nerd Harder shirt in downtown Portland near the Tillicum crossing 2 days ago.

    Older gentleman approached me with a very angry look on his face, got about 10 feet away before his face softened and he exclaimed "OH, nerd HARDER.... I thought it said "Nerd HERDER" and you and I were going to have words....

    Good times.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 1:36pm

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    As soon as a big media company starts talking about "Heroes", I think about food companies labeling food "Natural".

    Makes me want a heroic, natural breakfast of a live bear, washed down with a nice tall glass of all-natural meteorite.

  • Jul 18th, 2016 @ 12:14pm

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    Woo, Order has processed anyhow, and our shirts will be printed!

    I don't know Whether this was some behind the scenes machination by Techdirt, or the manufacturer saw one more order and rolled it into the main group, either way...

    Thank you!

  • Jul 13th, 2016 @ 9:13pm


    (grumbles and places an advanced reservation on the next batch)


  • Jul 13th, 2016 @ 9:13pm


    (grumbles and places an advanced reservation on the next batch)


  • Jul 13th, 2016 @ 9:11pm

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    "I'll wait till payday..... "

    (eldest) "Daddy I NEED one too!"

    (payday comes)

    "Shirt last available 3 days ago"


  • Jul 12th, 2016 @ 3:19pm

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    Not watching even a highlight on a non-olympic channel this year.

    Unless they add corpse-fishing to the events... Gold medal goes to whomever gets the largest torso out of the bay.

    Bonus points if the limbs match the torso.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 @ 11:17am

    Re: Re:


    Every TD reader should be turning on their local scanner stream to enjoy the police running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

    All those kids, (and Childlike adults ;) ) running around OUTSIDE like they own the place... It's a madhouse I tell you A MADHOUSE!!!

    On the up side, as a regular scanner listener, I have to say I'm impressed by how calmly my local PD is handling the situation. Mostly people hear the screw ups that make the news... You don't hear about officers calling out other officers for being idiots over the radio.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 @ 10:53am

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    I'm having a blast watching this rollout and my kids, I used to play Ingress fairly heavily, (Niantic's precursor to Go) and the small scale hiccups of Ingress are in full bloom. (GPS spoofers, Human nature fueled rivalry and asshattery)

    Once or twice a month for a while, you would hear a call go out on the police scanner, detailing a confused/suspicious person wandering around at odd hours with their phone out, the police would investigate, and you'd hear the saga end with "Just another Ingress player".

    Some players get very aggressive about Ingress. Threats and stalking have been issues, (at a low level, the worst behavior gets the most attention, even if it's rare.)

    Tomorrow I'm taking a gaggle of my eldest's friends out driving along the Columbia river, and Forest Park... and wherever else they wish to go on the hunt for rare pokemon.

    The discussions about being aware of your surroundings and other people, cars, property will be nearly constant.

    Something I've learned, I know the names of FAR too many Pokemon on sight, for a person who never played the games.

    Be safe out there folks, Don't want your last thought to be "A wild Train uses Crush.... It's super effective!"

  • Jul 8th, 2016 @ 11:00am

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    File in haste...

    Regret in leisure.

  • Jul 8th, 2016 @ 11:00am

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    File in haste...

    Regret in leisure.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016 @ 7:12am

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    Few weeks ago after a phone call and online chat with Comcast detailing our refusal to upgrade to the X1 system, we received a large box from UPS, full of X1 equipment.

    We called Comcast and found out that they had scheduled a tech visit to our house, without our permission or knowledge and apparently were going to just show up and try to talk us into it.

    Their Rep swore they were going to call back (Oh really! Suuuure....) and of course, never did.

    Of course, we can keep our legacy boxes, at $30 a month, That alone is almost half the price of switching to the local Microwave internet carrier. Even if their system barely works, it's becoming temping just to cut Comcast off entirely.

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