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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Brad1138 Re:How many roofs were ruined by Dish installation (230 comments)

If the dish is installed properly, it doesn't damage the roof. It is more about cheap install companies that do crappy work, not a systemic problem.

2 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Brad1138 Re:Most calls not really from Dish (230 comments)

Well, we have plenty more than one customer. Your assertion is wrong and shows a complete lack of understanding how our business works.

2 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Brad1138 Re:Most calls not really from Dish (230 comments)

We do not work for Dish or Directv. We are authorized to sell, install and maintain the products. Does a salesman at a local AV store that sells Sony TV's work for Sony?

We pride ourselves on the fact that we don't telemarket or lie to our customers. My boss is blown away that anyone would (be dumb enough to) give their SS#, CC#, birth-date, address and phone # to someone that just called them on the phone... Unfortunately people do, and then they have a problem and come to our store, because when they called the telemarketers back no one would give them the time of day. We have to inform them that they bought it from our competition and are now asking us to support it and help them with their product (you can see steam come out of my bosses ears when this happens). They think we are all one happy team and we should help them out for free...

As I said earlier, we have some high profile customers. The University of "my state" medical center (one of the top 5-10 in the country), has our system. To them the fact that it is Dish running the infrastructure is irrelevant. They needed better TV, we bid on the job and won. We build what is essentially an "old school" cable system to run the Hospital, powered by Dish network receivers that are located in a large mechanical room on the roof.

The residential customer sees one of our billboards, or hears about us by word of mouth and calls us, or comes into the store. We show them what we have and they decide what they want. We can not control what other companies do, but we didn't flood their mail with junk mail or cold call them or knock on their door.

Your comment that we are "just doing our job" is silly and insulting. Again, if Sony did something very unethical, does that mean everyone who has ever sold Sony should be considered unethical also? Does it mean that the Sony TV's still weren't the best fit for the customers needs?

2 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Brad1138 Re:Most calls not really from Dish (230 comments)

We don't telemarket or go door to door or anything like that. I didn't say Dish (or the telemarketers) were ethical, I said we (our local, family owned company) are the ethical ones. We care about our customer, we give them a local place to come to or call if they have any problems or questions, we personally roll out to fix problems if needed. Good luck with that if you sign up with a telemarketer.

2 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Brad1138 Re:Let's forgive Dish and move on (230 comments)

Where did I say anywhere that we were telemarketers? I stated telemarketers are the "bad guys" .Word of mouth is our best advertising.

My point is, we have played by the rules, care for our customers, don't telemarket or anything like it (door to door etc.) and we are in jeopardy of loosing our business because of the ass hole telemarketers.

As for a car analogy, go step in front of a bus, preferably while it is moving.

2 days ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Brad1138 Most calls not really from Dish (230 comments)

Most of the calls are from telemarketing companies that sell Dish, not Dish themselves. I work for an authorized, small local company that sells and installs Dish (and DTV). As we see it, the biggest problem in the industry is telemarketers that sell the systems and then don't care at all about the customer. These unethical companies are the ones breaking the laws, but Dish looks the other way as long as they are sending them lots of business.

The sad thing is, it is very possible Dish will do away with all retailers to help fix this problem, and the small, ethical, local retailers will get thrown out in the wash... This is the complete livelihood for the 5 of us that own and work at our company. We handle some large accts like our state capital, entire state prison system, state University medical center (to name just a few). My boss has built a great little company, it will be very sad to see it taken away as a result of this. This is actually quite scary, we all have over 15 years of our lives invested in this company.

2 days ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Brad1138 Re:Yay (286 comments)

Youngun

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Brad1138 Re:Reaching 40 would be something... (286 comments)

That sucks, you have definitely had more than your share of issues at way to young of an age. I hope the best for you.

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Brad1138 40 is young. (286 comments)

I don't like the term "middle aged". I am 47, but I don't think of my self as old or even middle aged. I haven't lost much of a step over the last 20 years, I can keep up with my son skiing (or he keeps up with me). I still think the same way I always have. Old is a state of mind, I plan on being young forever.

about a month ago
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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Brad1138 I was wondering (239 comments)

If "Anonymous" would become involved.

about a month ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Brad1138 Re:You forgot something... (275 comments)

Agreed, I was happy when I heard that. I want the package that doesn't contain it at all.

about a month ago
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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

Brad1138 Boeing and ... (75 comments)

Who?

about a month ago
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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Brad1138 Re:6th sense (99 comments)

We had a large 6.8 earth quake in early 2001 in Washington state. Our neighbor and friend had a smallish (about 10-15 lb) dog. When you opened the front door, if she didn't have ahold of her dog, it would bolt for the door and do everything it could to squeeze through the gap and run free for hours. You would try to keep the door barely open, or put your leg in it, but her dog would always do everything it could to get by.

The morning a few hours before the earth quake, she opened the front door and the dog wouldn't go near it. Your example is cool (thanks), but that isn't enough time to be helpful, if there was at least 15 to 30 minutes or so, of warning, then I think it could be useful.

about a month ago
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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Brad1138 6th sense (99 comments)

It has long been reported that animals act odd before earthquakes, I had never heard about before tornado's. Animals do seem to have some "6th sense" that we just don't understand.

I had an idea over ten years ago, that I hoped could save lives and make me money, but I'll never do anything with it, so here it is:

One animal acting strange (as in before an earth quake or whatever) is nothing, but a large number of animals in a specific area, could very possibly be a warning of impending danger. If there was a (well known) web site that you could report your animal acting "weird", or out of the ordinary to, you would have random reports from all over the place, but if you mapped results in real time and saw a lot of activity in a specific area, that could be an early warning. I don't see why it wouldn't work, assuming the "animals act weird before events" theory is correct.

Anyway, if this works and saves lives, remember you heard it here first.

about a month ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Brad1138 Just skin? (175 comments)

Or is the rest of the body "not aging "also?

about a month ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Brad1138 Re:Why does this need a sequel? (299 comments)

It worked for the Blue Brothers...

about a month and a half ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Brad1138 Re:Why does this need a sequel? (299 comments)

You need to watch the movie, "Dead and buried" you'll get why at the end.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

Brad1138 What is kind of cool and sad (334 comments)

Is that there is likely life on some of the planets around the stars we see in the night sky, but we will likely never know for sure.

about 1 month ago
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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

Brad1138 Re:All or nothing (83 comments)

That could be a very scary thing, snap your leg in 2 or put your hand on a burner and not know it....

about 2 months ago

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Unity/Gnome 3/Windows 8/iOS Do we really all hate

Brad1138 Brad1138 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Brad1138 writes "You see complaints about all the "next gen" GUI's all over the place, but do we really all hate them? I don't like them, I tried very hard to like Unity in Ubuntu 11.04/11.10 before giving up and switching to Mint (I am very happy there currently). But is it the vocal minority doing all the complaining or is it the majority? Will these all crash and burn?"
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Wikileaks is under cyber attack....

Brad1138 Brad1138 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Brad1138 writes "The whistleblower website WikiLeaks is under cyber attack, but even if it goes down, a new cache of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables will still be published Sunday night, it said via Twitter Sunday.The announcements come shortly after the United States warned WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange that publishing the papers would be illegal and endanger peoples' lives. Would the US Government openly sponsor an attack like this? Wikileaks is down as of this submission."
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US Elections

Brad1138 Brad1138 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Brad1138 writes "I am a US citizen and will vote for Mccain

I am a US citizen and will vote for Obama

I am a US citizen and will vote for Other

I am not a US citizen and hope McCain Wins

I am not a US citizen and hope Obama Wins

I am not a US citizen and hope Other wins

Cowboy Neal"
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Proof of Live on Mars?

Brad1138 Brad1138 writes  |  about 7 years ago

Brad1138 writes "From an article on BBC news.com, a magnified version of the picture, posted on the internet, appears to some to show what resembles a human form among a crop of rocks. This looks a lot more compelling than the Mars face. Could this be proof of extra terrestrial life?"
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When I can't use a network to move files, I use.

Brad1138 Brad1138 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Brad1138 writes "1) Thumb Drive
2) CD/DVD
3) External HD
4) SD card
5) Floppy
6) Stone Tablet"

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