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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

CharlieHedlin Re:No. (291 comments)

I have 16 channel docsis 3.0 at 300/15 mbps right now in an Austin, TX suburb so I was coming here to say the same thing. I do hope to see FTTH in the near future, but getting rid of transfer caps/allowances is far more important (I can blow through the 500 GB allowance on my service rather quickly)

about 1 month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

CharlieHedlin Re:We're ignoring them... (406 comments)

I guarantee half the mothers are planning to disobey the important instructions regarding the O2 masks. I have pointed out the reason to my wife and many strangers when it came up and you could see the look of sudden understanding on their faces.

about a month ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

CharlieHedlin Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (406 comments)

They never go into that much detail. You have to actually read the safety card to find out how to operate the doors, and even then the drawings aren't that great.

about a month ago
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Violent Galactic Clash May Solve Cosmic Mystery

CharlieHedlin Re:Think of the aliens (56 comments)

Probably none, this was ancient history and the universe was too young. This happened 11 billion years ago.

I really want to figure out how to make an really old news joke out of this.

about a year and a half ago
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China Plans Space Station By 2020

CharlieHedlin Re:Space Race v2.0 (293 comments)

If handheld GPS costs $100 and in vehicle navigation costs $2500, it is possible. at 6.5% (sales tax on vehicles, goes to the state, not fed) a family of 4 with one of each has paid $156 is sales taxes alone on stuff that wouldn't exist otherwise. That beats the $35 / resident, but barely.

If you count income taxes on that money it would be over $400, but that money likely would have been spent on something else if the GPS systems weren't there.

more than 3 years ago
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Mediacom Using DPI To Hijack Searches, 404 Errors

CharlieHedlin Re:File an Anti-Trust Complaint (379 comments)

Most cable companies are most heavily regulated by local franchise agreements. If I had Mediacom doing this in my area I would probably have to start attending city council meetings to speak against them at every opportunity. I have a terribly despised ISP in my neighborhood, but they have recently upgraded their network and have provided me with great service (I believe they do NXDomain crap, but I use OpenDNS. They do it too but I have at least chosen them).

more than 3 years ago
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PS3 Hacker Claims He's Jailbroken 3.60 Firmware

CharlieHedlin Re:Unbreakable? (176 comments)

Sony previously avoided the war entirely. Having Other OS kept a great deal of hackers at bay. The problem was a few too many restrictions and tinkers who wanted more power. They would have left the security intact had the system not been crippled from the OtherOS.

Sony should have left well enough alone, fixed the hole, allowed access that people were looking for, and retained Other OS. The war would have quickly fizzled.

As it is now my family gripes every time the thing requires an update to connect and I'm ready to abandon the PS3 completely. I still have a 10GB partition with Linux that I can't use.

more than 3 years ago
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Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'

CharlieHedlin I depend on reply all! (256 comments)

There is nothing worse than technical discussion being fragmented when people forget to use reply all! If I don't want my recipients to interact with each other, I will use BCC.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

CharlieHedlin Re:Normally (811 comments)

None is saying 90% gets passed down. Taxes have been 20% and will probably stay that way. If one person's incremental rate is 90% and another is 5%, the person paying 5% pays more and earns less. The person paying 90% is compensated that much more (and the costs shifted around).

Certainly this isn't 100%, but that's how it is going to usually work out.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

CharlieHedlin Re:Normally (811 comments)

And as a matter of fact Texas doesn't tax 3 of the 4 items on your list.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

CharlieHedlin Re:Enough of this (811 comments)

Texas has been demanding that Amazon collect taxes for a long time. They willfully disregarded. I bet if they were willing to put future taxes on the table Texas would settle to keep the jobs.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

CharlieHedlin Re:Enough of this (811 comments)

I live in Texas, I'll happily pay the sales tax too (as long as it's collected with my purchase).

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

CharlieHedlin Re:They still owe texas money. (811 comments)

Amazon didn't collect but they had a legal obligation to do so. Texas has never bothered to collect the use tax, so no one pays it.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

CharlieHedlin Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

Sales tax in texas starts at 6.5% (State) and is legally capped at 8.25%. Localities, library districts, metro and such can have taxes that add up to more, but there is a priority in who actually collects it (because of the 8.25% cap).

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

CharlieHedlin Re:Texas Budget Deficit (811 comments)

As far as know every state will credit sales tax paid towards use tax. Texas shouldn't have to build a use tax enforcement system (there isn't one for consumers).

Amazon should have been collecting these taxes. I usually try not to hold sales tax against the merchant when comparison shopping (although on expensive appliances I have been known to).

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill

CharlieHedlin Re:Why they "thought they could skirt" (811 comments)

Dell did this LONG before they had stores. The rules are clear, you ship from within the state, you are considered to have a presence.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama's Goal: 98% of US Covered By 4G

CharlieHedlin Re:Great for middle-class employed people. (324 comments)

I have used my iPhone 3GS to tether to my laptop while fixing network problems and had no issues holding a conversation with the person I was helping at the same time. 4G assumption not required. I was at a Marina and an 18 wheeler parked between me and the Marina's WiFi access point.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama's Goal: 98% of US Covered By 4G

CharlieHedlin Re:Great for middle-class employed people. (324 comments)

Well, you don't have to have unlimited LD, caller Id, voicemail, etc. Those services are the only way your landline was $60.

I was able to have a land line (measured, I think 25 calls free a month and $0.02 per local call after that) and Elite DSL for $58/mo. I dropped it and went to cable Internet for $55 so I could get 3-4 times the speed (too far from equipment for Uverse. They have it at the other end of my block).

more than 3 years ago
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Alcatel-Lucent Shrinks Mobile Cell Tower To Small Cube

CharlieHedlin Re:Just another microcell (113 comments)

They described a usage difference, but no real difference.

more than 3 years ago

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