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  • Jul 9th, 2020 @ 11:14am

    Standalone Hardware

    We have 3 'smart' TVs. All of them had major issues with apps, either not existing, or couldn't be updated, or just horribly buggy and broken.

    We ended up buying three HD Roku boxes, and haven't looked back. They update regularly, the apps work 99+% of the time, and we can all be streaming HD shows and no flickers or stutters. Plus the pictures are clean and crisp on the tvs.

    We would get HBO Max, at least to try it, if it was on Roku, but until it is, we won't. We don't watch our tv on our computers (especially since we have 50+ inch tv's that are 4K).

    If AT&T wants any of my money, they'll just have to give Roku a cut.

  • May 13th, 2020 @ 11:05am

    Cognitive Dissonance

    This is the cause of your confusion. You are not taking Cognitive Dissonance into account. This is the same process as the people who wear masks while protesting COVID shut downs. The human brain has a remarkable facility to contain two utterly diametric opinions and somehow justify both of them.

  • Jul 3rd, 2019 @ 6:49pm

    Gibson Quality

    My uncle used to be a luthier for Gibson. He made hand-made guitars and mandolins for them. He wasn't allowed to put his name on it, not even inside. It would take him months to make an instrument, and they were extremely high quality. Gibson would sell them for thousands each. And this was 20+ years ago.

    He stopped making them because Gibson started cutting his pay per instrument to the bone (to the point he would be losing money to make the instrument). Quality went down drastically as other luthiers quit as well, and switched to other companies or just made instruments and sold them directly to musicians. His personal instruments still sell in the $2000 range just on his name alone. Unfortunately, he recently passed away.

  • Mar 12th, 2019 @ 6:58am

    Good Luck

    should give you a good luck at just how much the current FCC actually values data integrity

    Good Luck getting anything approaching integrity from Pai's FCC...

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 10:41am


    Seriously, If NJ knew this was a bogus request, why did they wait until they were sued in court to announce it? They were sued in Texas, and moved for dismissal due to lack of jurisdiction. Why didn't they just move for dismissal over it being a fake? It's like NJ didn't want to admit it was fake until the last possible second? Maybe to make the plaintiffs waste funds?

  • Feb 5th, 2019 @ 10:29pm

    Re: Not full story

    Only if you don't look at the entire story. Basically, McDonalds didn't really put in much evidence, I think they were so sure they'd win, they lobbed it over with minimal effort. They sent in some pictures of promotional material, a few website print outs, and some affidavits from the company hoy paloy. Basically, they didn't do anything showing consumers knew it.

    It also didn't help that they had basically gone in an trademarked 'SnackBox', which happened to be the best selling Supermac's menu item, but never sold a single item in any store in the EU called a 'SnackBox'. It's likely the EU officials disliked this little bit of McBullying, and since McD's basically phoned it in (on a rotary dial princess phone likely), they stripped the marks.

    McD's can appeal, and probably will.

  • Feb 4th, 2019 @ 11:33am


    STOP interrupting the fear mongering and self congratulations with your facts and reason, or you may end up on the wrong side of the thin blue line!

    Remember, you're playing in the big leagues now!

    /s (for the sarcasm impaired)

  • Jan 10th, 2019 @ 12:12pm

    Oh the Noes!

    My one consolation for the last two years has been that as bad as our political situation is, I could always count on EU and Britain to do something almost if not more stupid (stupid votes to Brexit, stupid court opinions on link taxes or RTBF, and so forth).

    If they start using common sense, what will I have to console myself with?
  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 12:15pm

    Re: What did the court order?

    Short Anser : RTFA

    Slightly longer answer : Read the F****** Article.

    Longest Answer : If you read the article, and notice the blued and bold text in the first paragraph, you'll find a link to the previous article discussing the court handing down orders that the State could not have Copyright in the law, and must make it available without copyright limitations.
  • Dec 28th, 2018 @ 11:02am

    Re: Who would have predicted it?

    Pretty much anyone with a functioning reason center in their brain.

    In other words, anyone but cable executives, politicians, flat Earthers, climate deniers, religious extremists, and about half of all celebrities.
  • Dec 28th, 2018 @ 7:37am

    Karma's a...

    ...witch (or some other word that rhymes with it).

    This is what happens when you forget who your actual customers are. Nielsen's customers have never really been Cable Operators. Their customers are content creators, not content deliverers. Forget who your customers are, and your business will inevitably suffer.

    I don't really see any way for them to become relevant at this point. If they'd tried to work with streaming services when they were first starting up, they might have gotten a foot in the door and offered some service to them.

    But now, streaming services already know how many views they get for every show, and how their audience watches (binging, mini-binges, individual). Why would they need Nielsen? And why would content creators need Nielsen? They can probably get a pretty good idea of what's popular using their subscribers on their streaming service. Especially since they'll have a good idea of the demographics already. You can get a decent extrapolation on the general viewer audience based on a sample set (this is how Nielsen works now), so if you've got your own sample set...

    PS : Expect to see some Nielsen numbers folks getting job offers from various streaming service providers as they ramp up internal diagnostics.
  • Dec 27th, 2018 @ 3:30pm

    Re: Apples & Oranges

    You're comparing apples and oranges. The only crime the girls were guilty of is being teenage girls and not 'ratting out' to a cop. That's not a crime.

    The person you're describing likely DID commit crimes, and it would have indeed been valid to arrest him.

    Part of the problem we have is that schools punishments now days don't make any sense.

    Bite a poptart into a gun, arrest you! Don't talk to the police, arrest you! Act obnoxious in school in SC, arrest you!

    Bully a fellow student, meh, kids will be kids. Make another student's life a living hell, meh, kids will be kids. Come to school with gang tattoos, meh, I'm afraid of gangs.

    How about let's throw out zero tolerance policies, cops with IQ's below 100, cops and teachers/admins who can't pass an emotional stability test, and start dealing with things that really matter in school?
  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Venn Diagram

    Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if there were more out there like me.

    But hopefully who can finish the sentence before hitting 'submit' when trying to 'preview'. LOL
  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 1:23pm

    Venn Diagram

    I recognize that some percentage of you probably feel differently about Cuomo and (chances are...) a non-overlapping venn diagram of you probably feel differently about the NRA.

    Yeah, I make Venn Diagram's heads hurt. :P I'm one of those few people who are both for stricter gun laws (stricter rational gun laws, like universal background checks and laws against anyone with mental illness owning them, or anyone in a household with someone with mental illness owning one) and also very much pro 2nd amendment (I've had guns around me all my life, and my mother is a 76yo woman who keeps one in her purse for protection, with a conceal carry permit).

    So, I think both that (A) Cuomo is a lousy governor, and that (B) the NRA is full of bull excrement. The NRA is no longer about actual gun ownership, and is now all about money and being a Republic political arm. Doesn't mean I think we should get rid of guns, just need a new alternative to the NRA to uphold 2nd amendment without backing nutjobs for office.

    Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised

  • Nov 7th, 2018 @ 9:33pm

    Makes sense to me...

    The school is the state university in Iowa, a 'swing' state that has a Republican Governor, Republican State Senate, and Republican State House. It's really only a swing state because the Federal Congressional Districts have enough suburbs in them to result in a 3-to-1 blue vs red result.

    The school is basically boned no matter what it does. If it doesn't fight 'evil marijuana' the conservative state government will make it's life hell. If it does fight it, it loses repeatedly in Federal Court for First Amendment violations. Plus, let's be honest, the school administration is almost certainly deeply red as well. Even if they aren't, the state purse strings are blood red so keep the politicians happy.

    Unfortunately, losing money fighting the Constitution doesn't get your funding cut, it gets it undewritten by the state to pay for the windmill tilting. However, failing to fight the Constitution WILL get your purse strings cut. So, it's not really hard to see why they're doubling down on stupidity.

    Disclosure : I'm a conservative leaning independent who gave up on the GOP when McCain died.
  • Aug 10th, 2018 @ 5:25am

    Not a 4th Amendment Issue

    This is not a 4th Amendment Issue. It may rise to a constitutional issue if the TSA utilized criteria that are protected (such as race, gender, religious affiliation, etc), but under SCOTUS precedent (Katz v. United States), you can basically be followed 24/7 by a cop.

    Note, there are limits to this. Basically, a human has to tail another human. The TSA can't put a tracker on someone's luggage and use it to follow them (United States v. Jones) without a warrant (just like they can't put a GPS tracker on your car and use it to track you without a warrant).

    Related, the SCOTUS is currently working on another case about whether law enforcement or government agencies can use your cell phone to track you without a warrant (Carpenter v. United States). Based on the US vs Jones trial, my personal bet is that they come down on the side of needing a warrant, but you never know.
  • Jul 23rd, 2018 @ 2:52pm

    Cut the Cord Myself

    I was on DISH, and called up to switch my family over to the Hopper (we have 3 receivers, and are recording some shows 3 times for different rooms). They wanted me to pay them $300 for the 'privilege' of paying them $25 more per month for the one Hopper than the 3 receivers I already paid for.

    I got so mad, I got 3 Roku's, got everyone set up on them, and everyone in the family was happy enough with them. We cancelled the service, and when it came time to send the receivers back, they only sent us one box for one of the two HD receivers, they told us to keep the other receivers as they were 'obsolete'. Up until that month, they'd been charging me $15 a month for that 'obsolete' receiver.

    Ended up saving (even after upping my U-Verse to Unlimited for +$30/month) over $70 per month. And everyone is happy with the results.
  • May 14th, 2018 @ 8:01pm

    Something something proofread something...

    > In other world, be more like beer drinkers, world.

    There is sentence wrong with this sentence.

    Worlds, use your worlds!

  • May 11th, 2018 @ 5:39pm

    Re: stopped for Traveling While Black? maybe not.

    It's not that the dogs are trained to find large bundles of cash.

    It's that large bundles of cash smell like drugs. Especially $100 bills.

    Put 410 $100 bills in a bundle, and there's enough coke on it to make a dog alert, if it can actually smell drugs at all, and isn't just randomly alerting to get treats from it's handler.
  • May 7th, 2018 @ 7:47am

    Cutting the Cord

    We recently cut our cords :

    What we originally had :
    1) Dish + 3 Receivers (2 HD, 1 SD)
    2) Dish All America : $136 / month with all fees and rentals
    3) HULU (12.50 / month)
    4) Netflix (14.00 / month)
    5) Amazon Prime (100 / year)
    6) AT&T U-Verse Internet Only (30.00 / month)
    Total Per Month : ~$200.00

    What we wanted to do :
    Go to Dish Hopper 3

    What they wanted me to do :
    Pay them $100 fee to upgrade to Hopper 3, for the privelege of paying them another $10 a month for the saem we had plus Hopper 3.

    What I did :
    Got mad, started looking into cord cutting.

    What we have now :
    1) Four ROKU receivers (2 Ultras, 2 Roku Express Plus)
    2) Sling TV Orange (25.00 / month)
    3) CBS All Access (10.00 / month)
    4) Netflix (14.00 / month)
    5) Amazon Prime (99.00 / year)
    6) AT&T U-Verse Unlimited Internet only (60.00 / month)
    New Rate : ~$120 per month

    So we reduced our bills by $80 per month. Really, I hesitate to include the $8 per month for Amazon as we mostly use it for buying things, not video. We dropped HULU because they TOTALLY hosed up the user interface and turned it into a steaming pile of horse droppings. Then they said they were proud that their interface was difficult to use because 'our younger subscribers prefer a non-intuitive interface'.

    Anyway, to reduce your costs, I'd suggest going with ROKU + Sling TV and you'll get most of a basic cable package, and either use over the air for local channels, or add on CBS all Access. You'll get NBC on demand in Sling with a $5 add on. ABC you wont' get unfortunately, they mostly go to HULU and HULU is awful now.

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