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  • Jul 11th, 2016 @ 8:30am

    Re: Dont break the law if you dont wanna get blowed up

    More like don't shoot and kill a bunch of police officers!!! I get there are bad police, must most in general are good people wanting to help the community. The only safe way to end it was blowing him up remotely. He forfeited his life shooting a killing a bunch of police. We sure don't need a expensive court case for this, let alone more police dying trying to catch him alive. It's not worth it. He was clearly guilty!!!

  • Jul 7th, 2016 @ 8:15am

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    So this Voluntary systems turned into Mandatory!!! How did that happen? Oh wait, it's Government in action. Why so many people think when the Government creates something that's Voluntary that it'll stay that way, is beyond me.

  • Jul 6th, 2016 @ 5:37pm

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    What I don't get is this Whole Rebroadcasting fee crap!!! You are helping the broadcast channels reach more people and/or get a better picture in some cases. You are in fact doing them a favor. They already get paid with the Commercials they advertise. Remember this is stuff you can get for FREE with a Antenna!!! Plus in general a better picture. Yet they want to rape Cable and satellite company's to re-transmit something people can pick up for FREE. It's kind of card to be on the cable and satellite company's side on this.

    The net effect is everyone bill goes up more and more people cut the cord, and they lose subscribers. I had my $50 a year Internet only service from Comcast. I was going to call them up and see about dropping it to 50Mbps which is fast enough for my use. After my year expired. It was cheaper to get their 75Mbps service, Plus either HBO or Showtime, a free cheapo cable box I still don't have hooked up, along with some basic channels and their StreamPix service or whatever it's called I've never used and now I'm paying like $45 a month. Really, Comcast is giving me free HBO, which is how I'm looking at it. I just use the HBOGo now app. The only lame thing is Comcast won't allow HBOGo on the Tivo!!! Works on my other devices though like AppleTV and ROKU. This is there way to try to keep people paying for TV service, I just could really care less.

    The Antenna and Netflix is most of my watching. I don't even have time to watch much HBO but I get it. It was cheaper to get this bundle then Internet Only!!! I'm good for another year, and next year I'll see what new deal I can get to keep my cost at $50 a month or less.

    The whole bundle thing really needs to go. As far as I'm concerned, have the Cable and Satellite company's charge by Channel. In fact, set the prices based on what they have to pay for them. So you would get freebies if you wanted like HSN. Maybe ESPN is $15, other channels could be 50 cents, $1, $5, maybe free because they want people to get it and watch the channel. They are making their money on commercials and the more viewers, the more money.

    So if the Tribune (I've never heard of) want some huge increase, let them have it. Charge per user that wants it. If it goes up $10 for that channel, few people will get it, let alone pay for it. Some of these company's that have a number of channels, maybe they can bundle their channels for a lower cost if you got them all. Again, A-La-Cart!!!

    One of the things that pissed me off was all these expensive sports channels I had to pay for that I NEVER watched. I don't care about ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNNews, Fox Sports, and all the others. Let the people that love sports pay for it. Why am I subsidizing it? There's enough sports on the broadcast channels for my needs.

    As these prices keep being jacked up, more people will cut the cord and everyone, the cable/Satellite company's lose and the content providers. I can't get their channel with a antenna. Oh well. What I don't see I can't miss!!! They disappear!!! Who wins in the end?

    The only thing I hate, is having to see these banners on Broadcast channels I pick up with my Antenna. I don't feel sorry for CBS or whoever that cuts the feed. At some point you have to play hardball and not cave, because look, one does it and request a huge fee increase and there's everyone else with their hands out also wanting a huge fee increase. I got tired of that game and CUT THE CORD, at least the best that I could with the cheapest option that made sense. The cable box they shipped me is still in that box! I'd have to run a new cable just to use it and I just could care less. My bill is a little cheaper and my Internet speed seems just as fast as always and I got a bonus of HBO thrown in.

  • Jul 6th, 2016 @ 7:51am

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    Hey if you can keep people on your Box by allowing Netflix on it, people will end up paying the monthly box rental fee forever instead of getting a ROKU, Chromecast, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, etc. Then finding out, maybe they don't need that Comcast box. Maybe they just don't need Comcast TV service. This is really just another way to keep people locked in.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 @ 7:41am

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    So really, the Dish Hopper is worthless unless you wait 7 days later? That's just dumb. I'll stick with my TIVO with it's commercial skip that works minutes after the program airs. Being a Cable Cutter, and getting my TV from the Antenna, the TIVO works great for my needs. I rarely see any commercials.

    If I'm not watching TIVO, I'm on Netflix.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 @ 7:22am

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    Knight Rider covered this very topic. The whole KITT and KARR episodes. Karr was all about self preservation and of course he was Evil. They changed that programming when they built Kitt. Those were self driving cars. (Well not really) but you get the point.

    Really though, with everyone having self driving cars, the roads should be safer as long as you keep humans out of the mix throwing a wrench into things.

  • Jul 1st, 2016 @ 6:42am


    Stupid YOU! I won't blame the rest of your fellow citizen's for your stupidity.

  • Jun 30th, 2016 @ 7:43am

    Re: Let Them Choose the Suit They are Buried In

    I say let things continue as they are. I cut the cord, well as best as I could. I'm not paying for Cable TV or a Cable box, though I just got on a new deal from Comcast where I only wanted Internet service, but it was cheaper to get some basic channels and got this cheap cable box where I don't pay anything for, plus a pick of either HBO or Showtime, I went HBO. They're pretty much just giving me HBO for free. This is how hard they're trying to keep people paying for TV service.

    So I have this cable box I can't even use unless I run wiring for it, which I have no interest in doing as I didn't want it. There's no rental fee on it so I don't care. I get my HBO using the HBOGo App on my devices, expect HBOGo on my Tivo doesn't work as Comcast won't allow it to work on a TIVO!!! That sucks!!!! But works on my AppleTV and ROKU and other devices just fine.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 @ 5:19pm

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    All the Government stuff is paid for BY THE PEOPLE and anyone should be able to take any pictures and so with as they want with them. It all should be in the Public Domain right off the bat.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 @ 7:49am

    Re: Re: Re: The self funded channels are showing this

    The Republican's are doing their job!!! It's not the Republican's job to give into everything OBAMA wants!!! By the way, when the Democrats are in control they do the exact SAME THING!!! That I guess is OK for you.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 @ 5:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Which is why people should follow the laws of this country and the constitution. Not whoever's Moral's.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 @ 5:21pm

    Re: Re: I doubt it is going to be a minor nuisance

    I think torrents is up there high on the list. While you hear "The Internet is PORN!" I don't think it's in the top 10, let alone the top 5.

    Really, who cares. These so call POOR people have Smartphones to watch PORN in the first place? Really, so called Poor people in this country are not Poor! Look at Poor people in other countries, now THEY'RE Poor!!!

    Must be part of the Free Obama Phone plans. So it's really OBAMA that's allowing the homeless to watch porn on their Smartphones with the free Wifi.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 @ 5:15pm


    Because NY has a super high tax rate, and giving out more freebies is not the job of the Government. Spreading the wealth is just government sponsored theft. In the end, the Taxpayers flee, which has been happening in N.Y.

    Here's something, Go to a Public Library. Free Internet, Free Everything. Doesn't cost anyone a penny. How about N.Y. just take $20 from you every month and just hand it over to some random Poor person. You sure don't seem to mind at all.

    The so called POOR person in this country is far, far richer them the real poor people in other countries. If the Poor want stuff. Get a Education, a Job, stop popping out kids you can't afford, etc. It's not my responsibility to pay people to sit around on their butts, playing the Xbox and popping out kids. I work my butt of for what little money I get, being single and no kids, I get raped in taxes. My property Taxes are the same as the family of Mexican's right across the street with a bunch of Kids and cars all over.

    We had a Revolution in this country because of high taxes. Which was something in the single digits. When is enough, enough? It's almost worth not working and just getting free everything. It really is at that point in many states. Cheap housing, free money, Free child care, free car, free phone, free health care, the list goes on and on.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 @ 7:28am

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    As long as the Taxpayers are not on the hook for the costs, who cares!!!

  • Jun 20th, 2016 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Silver lining?

    Keep driving the taxpayers and Tourists away and what do you have left?

  • Jun 20th, 2016 @ 4:54pm

    Re: I'd be curious...

    Which is what I said above. What country would allow U.S. made products sold in their country when there's a U.S. created backdoor program in all those devices? They don't want the U.S. Government spying on their Citizen's. China being one of them. In fact for Apple to sell the iPhone in China they got to sit is a room with Apple and check out the source Code to make sure there was no such back door in iOS.

    Putting a backdoor into something means at some point someone will hack it. In the end the only people it hurts is Most of the Population of normal, everyday users, just trying to mind their own business. The Criminals with install any number of 3rd party Encryption software created outside of the U.S. and there's not a single thing the U.S. Government could ever do to stop it.

    We are a Global Economy. These Governments trying to get their ways to spy on people and using the same weak excuse of Terrorists or Child Molesters. If that works for you, you might as well throw whatever rights you have left right out the window. It's such a TINY part of the General population and yet screws over the 99.9% of everyone else.

  • Jun 20th, 2016 @ 8:30am


    That's just a dumb thing that clueless idiots like to keep bring up!!!

    For one thing, it was a number of items as a whole that made a iPhone, and Rounded Corners was 1 thing out of many. It also wasn't a Patent, but Trade Dress. 2 complexly different things.

    You Apple haters keep repeating the same old B.S. garbage. having zero clue what you're talking about. But you keep on bringing up only Rounded Corners and Patent and you're 100% WRONG!!!!!!!!! Apple did no such thing.

  • Jun 20th, 2016 @ 8:15am

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    Lets say the U.S. Got it's way and demanded back doors. Do you think other countries would want or allow U.S. created phones sold in their country where the U.S. Government had backdoor access to citizens phones?

    The U.S. government wised up back in the 90's when they wanted to force company's to install the Clipper Chip into everything to gain backdoor access. Of course later it was hacked. But the point was, it would have made American's insecure's and who would want to buy American Products?

    While bad things happen, that's a tiny percentage of people, to the millions that would be screwed because of weak security. If you gain backdoor access, how does that STOP anything? Looking at a device after the fact stopped something. It's really simple to destroy phones before you do anything, if there was anything on the phone to begin with that would have been any help.

    The police, FBI, whoever NEVER get 100% of the info they want. We have these things call Paper Shredders. Do those company's have to piece together documents for the FBI if they want something? Good luck with that one.

    I the end, anyone with half a brain and wanted to do criminal things, maybe wouldn't trust a American Company and encryption anyway. You would install your own Encryption software, maybe something open sourced and vetted. Cheap Android phones you can toss, destroy at any time with your own Encryption software installed would be the smart move.

  • Jun 8th, 2016 @ 1:17pm

    Re: Buy an HD antennae, ditch the cable box

    Which is what I get when I got my house, Install a nice large antenna. When on my roof, I don't see a single antenna anywhere!!!

    My year of 105Mbps for $50 was up and it jumped to over $80 just for Internet ONLY. Now I'm on a new deal, 75Mbps service which is still more then fast enough, but it includes HBO and their Streaming service and a basic cable Box as local channels. No fee on the box. I don't have it hooked up as I'd have to run a cable for it, so who cares I have my Antenna anyway which picks up more channels. I can use the HBOGo app on my many devices, and Comcasts Streaming service, I forgot what it's called, I don't care about. This cost me just over $45 a month. So it's CHEAPER for slightly slower Internet and free HBO. I really only wanted Internet ONLY but that was more expensive!!!

    They really are trying to do whatever they can to protect their TV business and not just become some dumb Internet pipe. A year from now, I'll see what new deal I can get to keep my costs down.

  • Jun 8th, 2016 @ 1:10pm

    Re: Here is what cable companies fear about opening up the set top box market

    You are kind of describing Tivo!!! Get one that supports a Cable card, and now you have your Cable Box along with Youtube, Netflix, Amazon, etc with Universal search. Even adding content to stream.

    This takes it to another level, where you don't even need a cable card. They're a pain in the butt to deal with and the cable company's have been fighting that all this time. You need much cheaper systems like ROKU and AppleTV but with Encryption support of whatever Comcast wants to use to protect content but would work on any Box supporting their encryption protocol, now you really have something.

    Instead as always, this is nothing but trying to protect their Setup Cablebox rental fee's. Fee's that you pay off the box many times over and still never own it. It's plain as day who's getting screwed. That's the customers, including the POOR PEOPLE who instead could have the option of just buying a cheap Box and no rental fee's.

    Really, how dumb do these company's and JJ think people are? I know some people blindly follow them, but I have to think far more don't believe this garbage.

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