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  • Oct 2nd, 2015 @ 10:27am

    It appears as though they WOULD provide service

    The problem is it would cost $117,000 to provide the initial byte to his house. If one could get a letter out of the service provider, better include the cost of installation without any weasel words.

  • Oct 1st, 2015 @ 11:49am

    Sounds like retransmission fees

    Maybe have their subscribers get a page that says "Your ISP is blocking our ads, the very ads that pay for the services that your trying to access, please contact your ISP for removal of these blocks, and we will restore access to these services."

    One could rewrite this: Your Cable TV company is blocking our content, since it is not paying us the retransmission fee we require, so please contact your Cable TV provider and ask it to pay for our content, and its attending ads, and we will resume providing you with our entertainment.

  • Sep 16th, 2015 @ 11:18am

    Recently had bad exerience w/ ProXPN

    Received a new credit card w/ embedded chip and new expiration date. Tried to update my credit card information using a previous link and couldn't do it so wrote customer service. I was told it was impossible to do that and must cancel my account then resign up with the new credit card info. I also noted to them that billions of US credit cards would be reissued in the near future with new expiration dates because of the requirement for chipped cards and if they continued with this policy they would be losing customers to other VPNs. Other sites make it trivial to update credit card info. Why not ProXPN?

  • Sep 16th, 2015 @ 6:36am

    Haven't watched Weather Channel for years

    And I'm not likely to start again. I think they got rid of most of the their knowledgeable in studio weather folks a long time ago and there's nothing there to watch. My go to weather info comes from It's now owned by the Weather Channel and seems to have kept its focus on weather, though their new web site design is terrible, slow and hard to use.

  • Sep 11th, 2015 @ 12:42pm

    How's the typewriter business doing?

    In almost every area when new methods or technology is better than older ways of doing things the older methods suffer and sometimes disappear. There are too many situations like this to mention here but readers of these threads know of many examples. Evolve or go away.

    Oh. Didn't I read that the Russians have re-instituted the use of typewriters in areas needing high security to avoid capture of information through Internet hacking?

  • Aug 6th, 2015 @ 6:47pm

    Re: Local Weather Forcasts...

    Ho, Ho, Ho!

    I was listening to a local weather forecast on one of the big four network affiliates when the weather person said that we would have a north wind and explained that this meant the wind is blowing towards the north. The anchor sitting at the desk asked about it and said she thought that a north wind comes out of the north. The weather person said the anchor was wrong. This weather person is the main meteorologist for the station. Yikes!

  • Aug 4th, 2015 @ 12:12pm

    Pay the lost luggage fee

    Josh said:

    It all could have been avoided if BA had bothered to treat their ordinary customers with respect and fix the issue and tell them what happened before the judge even needed to identify who he was. Everything after that looks like a cover-up of a massively powerful company trying to protect it's bottom line at the expense of everything else.
    I'm guessing that the legal costs to BA or the other carrier are more than what it would take to find out where the luggage went and if they couldn't find it pay the fee associated with the regulations for lost luggage. Lawyers are expensive. So are the wigs worn by English judges if one were in the luggage. BA should just quit while they're ahead and pay up.

  • Jul 27th, 2015 @ 9:35am

    Re: One thing gained

    If I remember correctly, for Comcast the hotspot address is different from that of the household's address. Furthermore, the user must sign in to the hotspot using their Comcast account so if Comcast is keeping records they can know who used the hotspot, when and for how long.

  • Jul 22nd, 2015 @ 10:47am

    Remember Sony's Rootkit DRM

    Wasn't Sony's rootkit an attempt to DRM music CDs? The UAL DRM may or may not be worse than Sony's DRM, but I'd stay clear of it. If one wants to watch movies on a plane flight bring your own DVDs or store them unencrypted on your computer's/tablet's memory as suggested above.


  • Jul 15th, 2015 @ 6:50am

    The cable companies may respond

    One part of the revenue/cost equation is the response cable companies may take or are already taking. Cable companies are also the providers of Internet services through which cable cutters get their streaming content and with the potential for price increases for data consumption through subscription fees, data caps and overage charges, the cost of getting streaming can increase. Add the cost of a few streaming packages to actual Internet costs, and for many who want content through the Internet, they could find it nearly as expensive as a cable subscription, particularly for a household of multiple, simultaneous viewers. The streaming packages may also not be all that ala carte. How many of those channels in a streaming package are of no interest to individual subscribers? Yes, you got rid of ESPN, the religious channels or others you're not interested in from cable TV packages, but you're likely still paying for stuff you don't care about. And the cable companies need to satisfy their stockholders by keeping or increasing profits.

    Life is complicated.

  • Jul 13th, 2015 @ 5:44pm

    Check out Amazon's >300 user reviews

    Many excellent reviews, some not so good. Average ~4 out of 5. Confusion about whether a wall wart included, though those who bought them for $39 somewhere didn't get that, others did for $59. Uses an unusual charging cable - 3.5 mm on one end, USB on the other. Can use a USB port to charge or your own wall wart with a USB port. I couldn't find out if the Li Ion battery is replaceable.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 @ 4:48pm

    Re: Re: Why carry large amounts of cash?

    I understand that the guy may have been concerned about the IRS getting into the act because a large funds transfer would be involved. On the other hand, making use of tech, and even low tech, methods for moving money would avoid the situation discussed in the original post. A low tech method would be for the guy to send a check via Fedex overnight. People deposit large checks when they sell a house or car. A single, large transfer might not bring the IRS into the situation. They get interested if there are a lot of them. If there's no large amount of cash in a vehicle the cops couldn't have taken the cash. Even if the cash gets to the girlfriend, how will she use it? Likely she'll deposit it in a bank account. Paying the rent, mortgage, credit card debt, etc., in cash may be impossible or raise the interest of the IRS. There was the recent report of a small business man depositing multiple, less than $10k deposits to his bank account and running into trouble.

    I know the discussion here involves the interaction with the cops and the court, but all this could have been avoided.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 @ 11:03am

    Why carry large amounts of cash?

    I still don't understand why folks carry large amounts of cash in cross country trips. There are bad guys out there besides the police who will get the money perhaps with fatal consequences for the money's owner. Getting stolen money back from criminals would be pretty tough.

    With Internet banking it is easy to move money from one account linked to another account, taking typically three business days. Some Internet banks have a maximum withdrawal amount per day, but if one plans ahead, that shouldn't be a problem.

  • Jun 18th, 2015 @ 4:52pm

    How's that new guy doing?

    How is that guy that was appointed to improve/fix customer service at Comcast? He's been in office for several months and things haven't changed. I'm getting the idea that his appointment was just some kind of PR stunt that's not working.

    Some posters here suggest not getting an ISP email address. With Comcast you need an email address to sign in to your account which has some features you may need. In places with Internet broadband caps you can look at your current monthly data use as well as find out some other useful information. One other useful feature is the ability to stream HBO Go, Turner Classic Movies, and other networks if they are part of your cable TV package. You don't have to use it for email if you don't want to and use gmail, yahoo mail or other services. That option is very useful if you might move resulting in an ISP change.

  • May 27th, 2015 @ 2:57pm

    Contact the approptiate authority

    After discovery, but by never "testing" the discovery by breaking in, Starbucks would have been notified of the problem and given them 45 days to fix it or the fault would have been mad public. If Starbucks security certificate were removed, they would have been in a lot of trouble. Not sure if CERT is the appropriate authority.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 6:59am

    I haven't seen what's in each Channel Pack option

    What is in each of the channel pack? My guess is the Base service and the Channel Packs only have channels with advertising. If you want something without ads like the Encore channels or the various ...plex (Retroplex, Movieplex) ad free channels, they'll not be $10 per pack. Do these prices include HD versions of the channels or is that an extra charge? Our household almost never watch ad supported channels. I haven't gone to Verizon's website to check things out. Lots of questions remain unanswered here.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 9:28am

    Re: Paying for policy support

    The best customer service I've found for a malfunctioning Comcast DVR is to unplug it, wait a short time and plug it back in. Of course, one loses the guide information for awhile until it is repopulated. This tells you something about the quality of telephone customer service.

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 @ 3:11pm

    Comcast Launches....

    Um, has anyone received residential 2 GBps Internet? Let us know when you do, otherwise "lanch" sounds pretty premature.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 2:30pm

    Re: Lifetime does not mean what it says it means

    Ya. Lifetime could mean the lifetime of the company and that's how long it takes to cash the check or claim the credit card debit

  • Mar 12th, 2015 @ 9:36pm

    Re: Re: Sounds like the police could shut down everything

    There may be some ambiguity about whether your back yard is a Public Place. Item 18 states that noise that may come from a private place is subject to this bylaw. Furthermore, the bylaw discusses application to private places that the public normally has access to. I think this probably applies retail establishments like restaurants or bars but might include the backyard of a house if the owner allows folks to pass through to get to some site back of the house like a park or hiking trail.

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