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FFH
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Final Four this weekend

Go Louisville

»www.sbnation.com/2013/4/5/418732···-preview


bugabuga

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Austin is getting Google Fiber :)

Local news KVUE confirmed with city sources that Austin is getting Google Fiber Wonder when/what areas. Hope Time Warner Cable is panicking (but will be glad my 2010 wish came true)

KVUE report: »www.kvue.com/news/Google-Fiber-c···291.html
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IowaCowboy
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Hopefully this medication is not counterfeit

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I went to CVS and picked up a prescription that I've been taking for years except the nurse practitioner changed the dose. The medication usually comes in a manufacturer's bottle as they are packaged in bottles of thirty and I take one a day in the morning. It is the medication I use to control the symptoms of Autism.

When I went to pick it up at the usual CVS and I noticed the bag did not feel right so I checked to make sure I had the right medication (because pharmacists/pharmacy techs sometimes make mistakes, many that are deadly) and I noticed they gave me the correct medication except it was packaged in a blister pack and dispensed in a Baggie.

Hopefully this is the legitimate medication and not counterfeit because it costs my insurance company over $600 (almost $900 when I was on the higher dose) for a thirty day supply.
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KrK
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reply to bugabuga

Re: Austin is getting Google Fiber :)

Oh that is some epic good news. Not only for Austin, obviously but because it means Google believes that Google Fiber is a viable profitable venture going forward AND WILL NOW BE EXPANDING TO OTHER CITIES.

I can't tell you how GREAT this news is. Even if you are not a fan of Google Fiber, their mere presence means other Internet providers will upgrade, lower prices, and provide better service as well as stop doing things you hate and start doing things you like. It's call competition, *REAL* competition, and this is VERY GOOD NEWS.
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IowaCowboy
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reply to bugabuga

Bring it to Springfield (MA).

Verizon refuses to deploy FiOS here. And the Boston Metro area does not have FiOS, its in the Boston Suburbs.


bugabuga

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reply to KrK

Yep. It also explains that letter TWC sent me with "Oh your promotion is extended for 3 more months! And we're bumping up speeds!"
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KrK
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Wow, what a co-incidence! Just out of the goodness of their hearts, eh?



IowaCowboy
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Maybe Google will be the Bell System of Fiber and expand it nationwide. Then they'll snuff out their competitors and get broken up 83 years later (the time that it took to break up AT&T/Bell System). It would be kind of nice to see Comcast broken up as they are behaving like Ma Bell.



KrK
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More ideally, they'll force competitors to upgrade, and we end up like Korea, and finally take back the Internet future.

Ok, crazy talk, I know... but I can hope.
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FFH
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reply to IowaCowboy

Re: Hopefully this medication is not counterfeit

said by IowaCowboy:

I went to CVS and picked up a prescription that I've been taking for years except the nurse practitioner changed the dose. The medication usually comes in a manufacturer's bottle as they are packaged in bottles of thirty and I take one a day in the morning. It is the medication I use to control the symptoms of Autism.

When I went to pick it up at the usual CVS and I noticed the bag did not feel right so I checked to make sure I had the right medication (because pharmacists/pharmacy techs sometimes make mistakes, many that are deadly) and I noticed they gave me the correct medication except it was packaged in a blister pack and dispensed in a Baggie.

Hopefully this is the legitimate medication and not counterfeit because it costs my insurance company over $600 (almost $900 when I was on the higher dose) for a thirty day supply.

Is the pill the same color? And is the code embossed on the pill the same? If it is, it may just be different packaging. Even generic versions of a drug have different codes embossed on them. You can go here to check the code on the pill to see if it is the same drug and the same dosage level you were prescribed:
»www.rxlist.com/pill-identificati···icle.htm
»pharmasecure.com/blog/2012/08/ve···-online/

Getting it from CVS tremendously increases odds it is NOT counterfeit. Online pharmacies are more likely to sell counterfeits.

Happydude32
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Re: Austin is getting Google Fiber :)

said by IowaCowboy:

Bring it to Springfield (MA).

Verizon refuses to deploy FiOS here. And the Boston Metro area does not have FiOS, its in the Boston Suburbs.

Why would you even want Google Fiber or Verizon Fios for that matter? Wasn't it just yesterday when you yourself said that 1 Gbps is overkill for residential use and that no one needs anything faster than a 50 x 10 connection? I mean since youre never going to want or need anything faster as long as you live and youll never have more than 50 GB of file transfer a month, since no residential account should exceed that, than you should be happy with your current Comcast cable modem service for the rest of your life.
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FFH
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Ex News Corp exec bids $500m for Hulu

»www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/···20130405

Former News Corp president Peter Chernin has bid around $500 million for Hulu...

Chernin, a former Hulu board member who now runs a media holding company, is among those interested, the sources said on condition of anonymity because the bidding is not public. It is not known if other bidders have come forward.

Chernin left News Corp in 2009 to assemble The Chernin Group, whose holdings span film and TV production and owns stakes in high-tech companies, including online radio service Pandora Media Inc.

Hulu's owners have for years pondered the direction of a service that now has more than 3 million subscribers for its premium offering and generated revenue of about $700 million last year.

A third owner, NBC parent Comcast Corp, gave up corporate control as a condition of buying NBC Universal.

I just find in humorous that 3 million people are paying for Hulu service.


IowaCowboy
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Re: Austin is getting Google Fiber :)

It's not speed that matters to me as much as service quality. 50/10 is fine speed wise but when it cuts out is when I wish Comcast had real competition.

Even a cable TV overbuilder coming to town would be nice. I lived in an area with an overbuilder in town and cable TV is at least $20 per month cheaper in overbuilder towns (I know this firsthand).

My Internet is good when it works but getting them to fix things is as fun as getting teeth pulled. The techs are useless.

If they had competition, things would be better.
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I have not and will not cut the cord.



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Re: Final Four this weekend

Once Florida lost in the Elite 8( for the 3rd straight time )I'm no longer interested.


silbaco
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reply to KrK

Re: Austin is getting Google Fiber :)

Their expansion doesn't mean it will necessarily be profitable. If they expected it to be profitable, they would be rolling it out in many more markets and much more quickly.

My guess is that it is just another trial market and perhaps another attempt to push the incumbents. The uptake is what will determine the profitability of the service and it is still too soon to know how that will work out.



IowaCowboy
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Got the phone portion of my DirecTV/VZ bundle installed.

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Phone box
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DirecTV Splitter
Tech took out some splice boxes and consolidated everything into a new NID so our phone and the neighbor's phone (if the new neighbor is going to get a landline) comes in through this box in my basement.

The DirecTV gear is in the basement as well (power inserter and splitter). The ground block is outside. I would have liked him to put the ground block next to the cable ground in the basement next to the electrical panel but he said it must be grounded outside and the cable line is a code violation.
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I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.

I have not and will not cut the cord.

cpalindc
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Earthlink/Mindspring problem?

I can't connect to Earthlink/Mindspring mail servers via pop or web. Even the dns lookup for pop.mindspring.com, or mindspring.com alone fails to return anything. This is happening both on Comcast in Washington, DC and Suddenlink in Arkansas, so I don't think it's an ISP routing problem...Anybody else seeing (or not seeing) this?


cpalindc
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I guess they had a major outage; @EarthLink twitter feed started posting about it an hour ago with many area codes DSL service down. However, everything just came back up a few minutes ago, so all is well....for NOW...



Jeffrey
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Silicondust + Fios

I'm very close to pulling the trigger on a $150 Silicondust unit (the 3 tuner one needing a cablecard) and use it with my Fios service.

Reason: Verizon's iPad app sucks, and with my on my laptop all over the house and outside, I'd like to watch TV where I please without buying a new TV and renting a box.

Overall, how do you all like the Silicondust units? I see mostly good reviews.
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KrK
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reply to silbaco

Re: Austin is getting Google Fiber :)

Perhaps.... but if things were looking bleak in KC I don't think they would be willing to jump into it again. KC must be shaping up in a way they like.
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Bach
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Oh, the irony...

Memory 4... less?



Ostracus

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reply to silbaco

Re: Austin is getting Google Fiber :)

Well it benefits Google when it comes to the Net Neutrality issue, and pushes the incumbents closer towards "dumb pipes".



skeechan
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2 edits

Thoughts?

Jealous of the other markets with 150Mb Ultimate already rolled out. Come on Cox, where B my upgrade?!?

Great weather but have to work on Saturday...sucks.

String cheese is good and reduced fat Pringles are crunchier than the regular ones. Same for Cheez-its.

New Perfume single is coming out in a couple of months, must preorder.

Oh wait...it said BEST thoughts.



amenite
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Kindle Fire HD - Keep an eye out for refurbs

Bought a 32 GB large size model for GF for birthday (no 4G). First one doesn't charge. Amazon ships a replacement (and free charger brick - good on you Amazon) that charges OK but has flaky power switch. Third unit to arrive tomorrow and hopefully third time is the charm.

There's a reason they recommend their charger. It puts out 1.85 amps and to get a full charge in 4 hours you need all that juice. If you're a buyer jump on the 1/2 price charger at checkout - you'll be glad you did.
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Duramax08
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Re: Oh, the irony...

Yeah, the ram prices are insane. Then I think about it, 3 years ago I bought a 2x2GB set for $99. So it isnt too bad.

Damn smartphones taking all the resources......
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FFH
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Planning for retirement? Healthcare $ could be overlooked

»news.morningstar.com/articlenet/···d=589929

A recent survey found more than half of retirees and those still saving for retirement greatly underestimate the out-of-pocket tab.

Estimating how much one needs to have saved up in order to retire can be difficult. But among the most important--and most overlooked--aspects of retirement planning is health-care costs, which can have a dramatic impact on a retiree's financial picture.

Past research has also shown that people don't understand the Medicare program and think it will cover more than the 60% of health-care costs than it does. Many of our respondents underestimated the costs of premiums for Medicare Parts B and D and for supplemental coverage. It also seems most people don't fully grasp how much health-care costs, including the portion they will have to pay out-of-pocket, are increasing.

women respondents projected 50% lower lifetime expenditures ($30,000 median estimate of lifetime retiree spending) than their male counterparts ($60,000 median estimates) despite experts' estimates that the typical woman will spend 50% more over her retirement on health-care costs than the typical man.

Perhaps even more importantly, we think that retirees need to be careful when selecting supplemental health coverage--a policy that fills in the Medicare gaps, which 90% of retirees have--that it protects them against catastrophic spending, even if they need to spend a bit more upfront.

Saving for retirement? Then better plan on higher Healtcare costs than you think you will need. Medicare, Obamacare, etc isn't going to cover all your costs.


KrK
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1 recommendation

The True Science of Parallel Universes....

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywn2Lz5zmYg


Enjoy


KrK
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reply to FFH

Re: Planning for retirement? Healthcare $ could be overlooked

Medical costs are the single biggest cause of bankruptcy and wealth destruction of the formerly middle-class.



chip89
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Re: Kindle Fire HD - Keep an eye out for refurbs

I have kindle fire hd I went out to the store this week to pick up a kindle powerfast because without it takes forever to charge with a regular usb charger the kindle powerfast is much better.



cabana
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Re: The True Science of Parallel Universes....

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