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Comments on news posted 2013-01-27 09:18:05: Please empty your thoughts into the comment section below! Don't leave a mess or you will earn a demerit and societal scorn. ..

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Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

Have a nice weekend

I'm going to say it First Post that felt nice.

FFH5
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Tavistock NJ
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SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

1st measurable snowfall today. Roads all bollixed up as usual.


Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

Re: SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Same here it was nice while it lasted.

state
stress magnet
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Purgatory
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Re: SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Yep, tapering off here now as well.

jkj860
The Final Frontier

join:2002-01-10
Valparaiso, IN
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Same here. We got about eight inches here locally of lake effect snow.

workablob

join:2004-06-09
Houston, TX
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said by FFH5:

1st measurable snowfall today. Roads all bollixed up as usual.
[att=1]

74*F and sunny here. Walked the hound with the Wife and we wore shorts.

Broke a sweat and appreciated the occasional breeze.

I do wish it was cold here and some snow would be cool too but that only happens every several years.

Enjoy.

Dave
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I may have been born yesterday. But it wasn't at night.

seamore
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It's dry outside

and my boogers are crunchier today.

MJB

join:2012-01-29

Highway 401 Accident Near Toronto

80 + car pile up near Oshawa. East of Toronto. Another Carnage Alley Type Situation....

CaptainRR
Premium
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Blue Rock, OH

Re: Highway 401 Accident Near Toronto

We had two pileups like that around Cincinnati last week and one in Columbus all about the same time. Its the ones that dont learn to slow down that ruin it for the rest.

LadyL
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Lorain, OH
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Re: Highway 401 Accident Near Toronto

Whenever it snows in Ohio...the accidents are caused by people who have lived in Ohio for years...they just don't slow down or really watch what is going on around them !
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Lonnie

Vchat20
Landing is the REAL challenge
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Columbus, OH

Re: Highway 401 Accident Near Toronto

said by LadyL:

Whenever it snows in Ohio...the accidents are caused by people who have lived in Ohio for years...they just don't slow down or really watch what is going on around them !

Sad but true.
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I swear, some people should have pace-makers installed to free up the resources. Breathing and heart beat taxes their whole system, all of their brain cells wasted on life support.-two bit brains, and the second bit is wasted on parity! ~head_spaz
Austinloop

join:2001-08-19
Austin, TX
kudos:1

Re: Highway 401 Accident Near Toronto

I lived most of my life in Illinois before I entered the Air Force and got stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH,Whiteman AFB in Missouri and K.I. Sawyer AFB near Marquette, MI., among others. All of these places had snow, and K.I. Sawyer averaged over 200 inches a year, and most people could drive decently in it, especially in MI. From MI, I moved to Austin, TX and it is terrifying if there is any snow at all. Most here have no idea how to drive on it, so it is best to stay at home until it melts.

However, my job required me to be at work regardless of the weather, so I got to see some interesting situations.

DragonSpyre
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Aurora, ON

Re: It's dry outside

I love when my nostrils freeze shut mmmmm :OD

IowaCowboy
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Dear Comcast,

Please train your phone reps about new products offerings, even if they are still in the test phase or not launched in the local market. I tried inquiring about the AnyPlay device and nobody knew anything about it. They were even unable to confirm or deny if it was launched yet. They even had the guts to give me the run around.

jkj860
The Final Frontier

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Valparaiso, IN

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Re: Dear Comcast,

said by IowaCowboy:

Please train your phone reps about new products offerings, even if they are still in the test phase or not launched in the local market. I tried inquiring about the AnyPlay device and nobody knew anything about it. They were even unable to confirm or deny if it was launched yet. They even had the guts to give me the run around.

Good luck with that! Your better off checking here to get the info you need. Much better information on this site from all of the users than you will get from a CSR unless you go to the Comcast Direct site here.
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djcrazy
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Re: Dear Comcast,

I definitely second this! Phone reps are clueless and usually cannot do much for you without transferring to a supervisor. They just read scripts. I would MUCH rather come here at my leisure and get an answer, which is usually found just by searching and not having to start a thread.
Expand your moderator at work

hortnut
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Re: Dear Comcast,

Here is the Website on it:

»info.xfinity.com/Portal/content/···dex.aspx

=====================================
All you need to enjoy AnyPlay is

Subscription to XFINITY TV and XFINITY Internet
AnyPlay from Comcast
Compatible Apple or Android tablet or smartphone
The XFINITY AnyPlay app, available as a free download
Wireless Router with an available Ethernet port

Getting started with AnyPlay is easy

Connect the AnyPlay device
Launch the XFINITY AnyPlay app on your tablet or smartphone
Choose a show from the guide and enjoy!

Ready to Purchase?
Our Agents are Available 24/7. Call 1-800-XFINITY.

AnyPlay currently not available in all areas.
===============================================
But then from the FAQ's
What is AnyPlay? AnyPlay allows you to watch all of your XFINITY® TV channels on your iPad® or Android™ tablet or smartphone anywhere around your house using your home WiFi network.
What do I need to have in order to get AnyPlay? Once AnyPlay is available in your market, you will need:

XFINITY Starter Video service or higher AND XFINITY Performance Internet service or higher
AnyPlay from Comcast
Compatible Apple or Android tablet or smartphone
The XFINITY AnyPlay app, available as a free download
Wireless router or wireless gateway with an available Ethernet port
Valid Comcast email address or Comcast User ID

What does AnyPlay cost? AnyPlay is available to qualified Comcast customers for $10.00 per month. A shipping and handling fee may apply for an AnyPlay self-installation kit. For professional in-home installation by a Comcast technician, additional charges may apply.
=================================================
On the Corporate Page:
AnyPlay is now widely available and is currently priced at $10 a month.
»corporate.comcast.com/comcast-vo···tablet-2
==================================================

Not surprised that not everyone at Comcast knows about it.

hth
CXM_Splicer
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I think you are going to find in the coming years that as CSR pay goes lower and lower, benefits taken away, filled with part-timers... the Reps' intelligence, motivation and training is also going to get worse. Eventually 'Customer Service' will consist of only the Company's web interface as the position of CSR is eliminated completely 'in order to remain competitive in today's business environment'.

FFH5
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FCC takes power away from NIMBY's for temp cell towers

Based on a law passed in 2012, the FCC has stripped local government of powers to hold up deployment of temporary cell towers, COWs, etc. It also limits their ability to prevent modifications to EXISTING cell towers

Too bad that law didn't also take away local governments power to stop NEW cell tower placements altogether.

»www.politico.com/story/2013/01/c···747.html

“Providing more certainty to industry and municipalities, and more flexibility to carriers to meet extraordinary, short-term service needs will accelerate private and public investment to strengthen our nation’s communications networks,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in a statement.

On Friday, the commission defined and clarified a technical provision in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 regarding local review of requests to modify an existing wireless tower or base station. The provision will accelerate deployment and delivery of high-speed mobile broadband to communities across the nation, the commission said.

FCC today also launched a proceeding to expedite placement of temporary cell towers — cells on wheels (COWs) and cells on light trucks (COLTs) — that are used to expand capacity during special events.


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anon anon

@charter.com

Re: FCC takes power away from NIMBY's for temp cell towers

I find your statement inronic since your are anti-big government. yet here you are advocating big governemnt telling much smaller local government what to do.

FFH5
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Re: FCC takes power away from NIMBY's for temp cell towers

said by anon anon :

I find your statement ironic since your are anti-big government. yet here you are advocating big government telling much smaller local government what to do.

Well I am a multi-dimensional person and not locked in to all aspects of a leaning towards a favored political philosophy. Practicality is my overriding philosophy - along with "what is best for ME". Only an idiot is a 100% follower.
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CXM_Splicer
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I find that he is primarily an advocate for big business; if a rule empowers big business then he is all for it. If a rule restricts big business then we need to get rid of that law and de-fund the agency passing it... smaller government.

When most people use the term 'smaller government' what they really mean is 'more powerful business' or a 'more free market'.

ARGONAUT
Have a nice day.
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New Albany, IN
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Re: FCC takes power away from NIMBY's for temp cell towers

said by CXM_Splicer:

When most people use the term 'smaller government' what they really mean is 'more powerful business' or a 'more free market'.

I definitely agree with that statement.

"Trading up for a better paid master."
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NOVA_UAV_Guy
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This could be a good thing, but it also comes with potential drawbacks. For instance, I'd be rather perturbed if a service provider decided to drop a temporary cell tower in the neighborhood - even if it was just for a couple weeks to support a large event. These things aren't the most attractive looking pieces of equipment and do take up space. But avoiding things like this is one of the reasons I moved about as far beyond the suburbs as possible. Still, however, I'd like to have the Town have the power to prevent a deployment of temporary sites if enough of its residents objected.
Kearnstd
Space Elf
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we do need something though to speed new towers through Planning and Zoning. One person can hold up construction. And really towers are not that ugly, you barely notice them after awhile.

Unlike those fake pine tree cell towers that stick out like a sore thumb. I cannot understand why people think those are better than the typical slender grey steel tower. My mind tends to ignore the normal towers but when I see the tree ones I instantly can tell something is a bit off with that tree.
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chip89
Premium
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Independence, OH
where I live my local government does't even pay attention to cell phone towers there is a Huge one in the middle of town.

IowaCowboy
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I think local governments should be stripped of their authority over cell site placement completely and jurisdiction over cell tower placement and design should be with the state Departments of Public Utilities to have a central authority at the state level as opposed to have fight every city council, zoning boards, board of selectman, etc. Giving local cities and towns too much control creates too much red tape for economic development. The city I live in is so corrupt that the less power they have, the better.

Camaro
Question everything
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Westfield, MA
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Re: FCC takes power away from NIMBY's for temp cell towers

Wait until MGM or whichever casino gets the bid. The sad fact is the FBI has a building in Springfield (so does the DEA FYI if you didn't know) and they only spend there time investigating dirty cops.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Unlocking My iPhone

No -- this isn't about the recent DMCA shenanigans although I find that amusing.

About two weeks ago I started the unlock process with AT&T. I navigated to their on-line web site and completed the request form. Within a day or two I received an e-mail asking me to wait another 24 hours before following the unlock procedure.

OK -- thank you AT&T! I didn't even have to talk to anyone. Yeah! Now...on to that unlock procedure...

Connect your phone to iTunes and restore it. Say what? Of course I can use iTunes to do a full backup, restore the iPhone and then recover with the backup. Which I did and my phone is now unlocked but who the heck thought of this as an unlock procedure? What a PITA!

IMO -- this is a completely ridiculous process. Does anyone know WHY I had to go through this ridiculous, lengthy process just to enable the phone to work with another network's SIM card? Is this unique to the iPhone?

In closing, although I like my iPhone and to a far lesser extent, Apple, iTunes leaves a lot to be desired. Despite telling me I was doing a full backup, it lost all of my music. No harm done, all of my music is ripped from CDs I own so I can quickly restore it but Apple -- you don't know what the definition of FULL BACKUP means. What a load of bull.
crooked

join:2000-07-29
Durham, NC

Re: Unlocking My iPhone

It doesn't help now, but from what I hear, you don't actually have to do a full restore to unlock it, even though the instructions say that.

I'd have to do more research to provide better instructions, but this is what I've picked up from skimming macforums or whatever it's called.

N3OGH
Yo Soy Col. "Bat" Guano
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Super Bowl Sunday...

This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday. The 49'rs are playing the Ravens in the SUPER BOWL.

SUPER BOWL SUPER BOWL SUPER BOWL.

Come & get me Goodell, I ain't afraid of your goon squad!

Oh, shit. I'm dead now, ain't I???
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squirrel83
cheers

join:2005-05-02
Honolulu, HI

great start to the weekend

great start to the weekend

Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT

Has anyone noticed that Google SafeSearch is now mandatory?

Starting a couple months ago, Google took away the ability to turn off SafeSearch for its .com domains, although the sites in other countries still had that ability. I started a thread on Google Groups and all Google would say was that they weren't censoring anything, people just had to be more specific in their queries. That was demonstrated to be false.

Now Google has made this change to all their sites world-wide.

Instead of the old three options of "Off", "Moderate" and "Strict", you now have "Show most relevant results" and "Filter explicit results". The latter is equivalent to strict filtering and the former is the equivalent of moderate filtering.

There is now no way to get unfiltered search results using Google!

Some people will say that it doesn't matter because there are other ways to find porn. That ignores the bigger picture. How do you know what's being filtered? Can you guarantee that only porn is being filtered? No, you can't. How do you trust filtered search results if you can't turn the filters off for comparison?

Who appointed Google the net's nanny?

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state
stress magnet
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Purgatory
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Pure unadulterated awesomeness

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=iasXdkIrzUQ

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FFH5
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Anonymous does another stupid useless attack

»www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/01/26/···website/

The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide.

Wow, I bet all 6 people who go to the US Sentencing Commission web site are bummed out.
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FFH5
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Re: Anonymous does another stupid useless attack

said by FFH5:

»www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/01/26/···website/

The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide.

Wow, I bet all 6 people who go to the US Sentencing Commission web site are bummed out.

The web site is up and operating:
»www.ussc.gov/index.cfm
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ndwbr

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Atlanta, GA

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Verizon 4G + FoxFi app performing better than AT&T 6Mbps DSL

Hi everyone, AT&T DSL is out again (2nd time in 4 weeks, rep says it will be out for 3-5 days - don't worry they're gonna pay!) so I've gotten another chance to power-test out the FoxFi wifi tethering app turning my Verizon Galaxy S3 into a wifi hotspot - Yes I popped $7 for the paid version of this app (best $7 I ever spent instead of paying $30/mo to the big V!) The last speed test I ran gave me 13Mbps/10Mbps compared to my 6Mbps/512Kbps DSL. Since I'm on an unlimited Verizon plan I'm going to keep testing this as long as I can! This is great - I've got my laptop connected to it (I can even VPN and remote desktop to work with no problem at this speed) and I can take my Wifi Kindle Fire anywhere I want and use it too! At my current rate I'll probably double my usage to 4gb over last month's - Wondering if Verizon will have any issue with this...but as I understand it they can't prohibit you from using your phone this way...Any one have a similar experience or comments on this to share?

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philcord

@comcast.net

CBS should re release The Amos & Andy TV show from the 1950s

One of my favorite television shows of all time is Amos & Andy. I remember watching it when I was eight years old on WPIX channel 11 in New York. A year or so later, I started to see the show on WCBS channel 2 during the week, when I didn't have school or was on vacation. Then without warning, the show was taken off the air, it seemed never to be heard from again. This was the first all black comedy show to be seen on television. It had high ratings when shown for the first time from June 1951 to June 1953. They made 78 episodes. What happened, CBS started to get pressure from the N.A.A.C.P. during production to take them off the air because they said they were stereotyping black people and making them look in a bad way. They were no different than the Marx Brothers, Abbott & Costello or the Three Stooges except they were black. In 1966 CBS withdrew the Amos & Andy from syndication from the entire country. The show centers around the antics of George "Kingfish" Stevens, head of the Mystic knights of the Sea Large Hall played by Tim Moore. His wife Sapphire played by Ernestine Wade. Andy Brown played by Spencer Williams. Algonquin J Calhoun the Lawyer played by Johnny Lee. Amos Jones the cab driver played by Alvin Childress and Lightnin' the Janitor to name a few. In many of the episodes Kingfish is trying cheat Andy out of something usually money. In other episodes the Kingfish is trying to hide a bad deal he made from his wife. You can now see all but six episodes of Amos & Andy on the internet. Today Amos & Andy is harmless fun, compared to what's out there and should again be seen on TV.

FFH5
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Re: CBS should re release The Amos & Andy TV show from the 1950s

CBS should re release The Amos & Andy TV show from the 1950s

Buy DVD whole set at Amazon:
»www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_n_f···50303011

If have a Netflix DVD subscription:
»dvd.netflix.com/Movie/The-Amos-n···70090230

They are in Public Domain and can be streamed from here:
»matineeclassics.com/tv/1951/the_···dy_show/
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TexasRebel

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Just plain effin tired of it all...

I say nationalize all carriers. It's the people's money that keeps the infrastructure growing and running. The corporations just horde all the money that's collected to pay off lobbyists or other government agencies to dictate stupid policies.

Eliminate data caps and ridiculously overpriced internet connections. Instead of cheering how much worthless paper you collected in a quarter, how about celebrating and rewarding people on how many peoples lives you improved.

The monetary system we have today is worthless paper, backed by nothing. I'm tired of hearing all the whining about why we can't do this or why we can't do that because it's not cost effective. BS!!! The same BS was used 100 years ago to destroy Nikola Tesla and his creative spirit. He had a way to deliver electricity free to the people, and the bankers said, absolutely not.

Call this a rant.. I really don't care, but I'm effin tired of this BS economic system that is controlled by bankers and corporations. Communism doesn't work, and neither does Vulture Capitalism.

There's millions out of work and losing their homes and it's NOT their fault. Unemployment is realistically at around 40% and not the myth of 7.8%. Once you run out of benefits, you are no longer counted as unemployed.. That's a documented fact.

Perhaps we need a extinction level event to spur radical change. It's disturbing to be living in a era of time when we have all kind of technology advancements, but most are shelved or bought up and dismantled because there's no money to be made from them. It doesn't mater if it would revolutionize the world. It's all about the almighty effin buck.. Which is effin paper!!!!

Imagine that.. the lack of us advancing to greater and better times is the lack of effin worthless paper, backed by nothing.

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YukonHawk

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Patterson, NY

I could complain....but I won't.....

All I have to say is don't let your highs get too high and lows too low. Enjoy the weekend.

YukonHawk

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Patterson, NY

I already have an AE 5th gen......

Should I get a an Apple Express to play my iTunes over the stereo? I know...who cares.....Ha!

FFH5
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Funeral Procession gets burgers on way to graveside

An unusual last request had a Burger King supply burgers for the deceased and his mourners on the way to the burial.

»www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/26/wh···+Text%29



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Petabites

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Karl? It's time.

Without a doubt, please give the Javascript speedtest tool a proper burial (no need to be an "enabler" of people shoving Oracle on their machines for no good reason)



A slightly tougher decision would be to get 3 months ahead of the rest of the world by killing the FLASH speed test -- simultaneously -- even before you have an HTML5 replacement.



DSLReports.com and BroadbandReports have always been ahead of the curve on taking the industry where we know it has to go.



Thank you, Mr. Bode.

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Camaro
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Faster than Fibre?

Found my wired from last month still in plastic wrap, opened it up and read this article, I haven't seen this shared on here so I am hoping it's new, good read.

»www.wired.com/business/2012/08/f···ing/all/

miataman

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Re: Faster than Fibre?

The article is dated, but a great read anyhow.
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Kearnstd
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Seeing those microwave towers in an open field makes me think, How much economic damage would a kite with copper mesh in it do if you got it right in front of the microwave dish?

Not tower damage on the physical level just something in the beam. (To be honest it would be tempting to do just to see if the kite would spark like a fork in the microwave oven.)

In short do these microwave relays are the networks built accounting for blockage? What is to stop a town miles away from authorizing say a hotel tower for their own economic good and if that tower blocks the beam can this trading network sue to stop it?

I find it scary that even 1ms is considered vital. I mean even gamers find below a certain ms ping acceptable. 14ms to Chicago would be dreamland for gaming. And these guys just waste it to shave hundredths of a penny in profits.

WHT

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Kinda warm...

76º F...Washed truck in cargo shorts and wet sneakers.