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Preferred Type of Game?

NormHome Pinball (171 comments)

Some of those big old Bally's pinball games were awesome; the last pinball game I remember playing a lot was the Star Trek - The Next Generation; for a TV show themed machine it was pretty good, complicated too.

about two weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

NormHome Re:I just don't understand (1128 comments)

I can't find the article to post but I'm pretty sure I read that aside from the altercation at the car where Michael Brown tried to grab Darren Wilson's service weapon (and apparently the weapon discharged in the struggle) that at least one witness stated that Michael Brown was advancing on Darren Wilson with his hands in the air taunting Officer Wilson and making threats (I'm not going to try and repeat what the article said from memory).

This is not the cut a dried case that some people would have everyone believe.

about a month ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

NormHome Criminal Prosecution (275 comments)

If there's no criminal prosecution then that's a serious miscarriage of justice. If they aren't fired after an internal affairs investigation then something is seriously wrong.

about 2 months ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

NormHome Re:Municipal Internet is Inevitable (hopefully) (175 comments)

I was sort of thinking the same thing, internet access is a necessity these days almost as much as electric, water, gas and maybe internet should be a public utility.

about 2 months ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

NormHome Re:next up (232 comments)

I understand what you're saying but on the flip side if enough communities say "The Consumerist says you're the worst company in America and we don't want you here" at some point the board of directors and upper management or even the franchise authorities, state and federal consumer watchdogs or other regulatory authorities will take notice and say you guys need to shape up. I swear that every three to six months I find my bills going to by some $2 or $4 charge and my choices are limited as the only other company that provides similar service in this area is Verizon who is the runner up worst company.

about 2 months ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

NormHome You tell them! (232 comments)

Take that most hated company in America! And good for you Worcester! It took a lot to take the crown from Bank of America but you descended to new levels of badness and a customer service experience that made customers want to kill themselves.

about 2 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

NormHome Re:Sheesh, what's the problem? (367 comments)

Yeah right, did Google abuse the animal?; work it too hard?; not feed or water it enough?; not give it regular breaks as it's traipsing across the hot dusty desert?

You make a good point on the environmental issue. Also Google's helping out the local economy by employing local people and resources, doesn't that count for anything.

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

NormHome Bought any I could get my hands on.. (304 comments)

All gone now but I remember a time when I saw this vendor at one of the local computer show / flea markets who had them for $50 and I bought all six that he had, the last of them gave up the ghost a few years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

NormHome Re:I still don't get this. (304 comments)

I'm pretty much with you on this; I wouldn't ever carry a bare phone or one with just a silicone bumper in a front pocket let alone a back pants pocket. But I also feel to some extent that this is a "mobile" device and it should be designed with a certain ruggedness in mind, especially considering the retail replacement cost.

about 3 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

NormHome Re:Third option (421 comments)

That case is only about $17 US and I wouldn't trust a case that cheap; the Otterbox Defender case I use on my iPhone 4s was something like $35 and it's been great; the Defender for the 6 / 6 Plus is probably going to be between $60-$75 but it's well worth it to protect your $600 plus dollar phone.

about 3 months ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

NormHome I'm not optimistic.. (191 comments)

I see so many problems with the world and very little being done to work those problems out; one of the biggest (in my opinion) being the energy crisis and the dwindling supplies of fossil fuels. What the world needs is clean, cheap energy i.e. hydrogen fusion or something similar. You see articles in the science news every once in a while but many of them turn out to be frauds or nothing ever comes of them.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

NormHome Liar, Liar... (330 comments)

"Of course, the promise is to keep all products supported as they are" so many big company's say that to help smooth over any objections to the purchase but those promises are seldom kept. To quote one of my favorite movies, what's the community to do after the fact use the "Liar, liar pants on fire defense".

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

NormHome Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

It may depend on the state, consumer protection is much better in some states than others i.e. "void where prohibited". So parts of Comcast's boiler plate TOS may not be enforceable in some states. But in my opinion this kind of strong arm behavior is reprehensible and limits on what services a person is able to run on his connection should not be legal. Although I would say that if one person was doing something with his or her connection that used so much bandwidth that everyone in the neighborhood was being negatively impacted then something would have to be done.

about 3 months ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormHome Re:Saw it at the Smithsonian a few years ago (99 comments)

Hmmmmm.... interesting, I'm not sure if I saw it before or after the 1980 restoration and it was just hung from the ceiling at the time (in the gift shop if I remember) but if it was after I don't know what the restorer did to it but it looked like it was about to fall apart. I remember seeing pictures in the "Making of Star Trek" book where it was on a floor mounted stand like you say, it's never occurred to me that it wasn't designed to withstand being suspended by wires.

about 3 months ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormHome Re:Saw it at the Smithsonian a few years ago (99 comments)

I saw it there around 1980, probably before the first restoration. It was great to see it but it was pretty dirty and didn't look very well kept. I hope this new guy takes good care of it.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

NormHome Re:Good luck. Nice knowing you. (78 comments)

Yeah, black bagged and disappeared is probably whats going to happen.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

NormHome State Attorney General? (355 comments)

If they are overcharging you or miss-measuring, this could be a consumer protection issue and possibly your State Attorney General or possibly the U.S. Attorney's office could help you. But you're going to have an uphill battle all the way, just like Slashdoters roll their eye's every time a judge makes a crazy ruling in technology related cases that's clearly wrong because they don't have a good grasp of the technology involved you're going to be speaking a foreign language to these people and you're going to have a very hard time getting them to understand the issue i.e. "What's DD-wrt?" or even "What's a router?".

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome Re:They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I'm willing to give anything a try but none of my friends or customers who have Verizon service use DSL and have FIOS instead. I can probably find and disable the router and wireless part of the Verizon Actiontec but my question is, if I do that will the channel guides still work on the houses cable boxes? The Verizon people made it seem that if the Actiontec were not the router on the network then the channel guides and DVR's wouldn't work right.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome Re:They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I can't control what provider my friends and customers choose, only advise them of the pitfalls associated with Verizon and their equipment; the reality is that Verizon's marketing machine convinces people that they're getting a good deal when in fact it's probably the same as Comcast and you're stuck using Verizon's equipment. Of course if you have a business and don't use Verizon's TV service then you can use your own router but if you're a residential user you're out of luck.

I've never understood why the Verizon cable boxes / dvrs channel guides won't work with third party routers and only with those Verizon branded Actiontec routers and I've never been able to get a straight answer to that question from them either.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I don't like those combination modem / routers very much either and I always suggest that Comcast people get just a modem and their own router; but can someone please tell me what to do with people who have Verizon? Those Actiontec modem / routers / wireless combo are just awful and port forwarding doesn't seem to work properly on the ones I've worked with but Verizon says that if you don't use their equipment and you have their TV service then the channel guide on the cable boxes won't work, so how do any of you overcome that problem?

about 4 months ago

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