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"Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

PortHaven SNOW SNOW SNOW (59 comments)

Nearly every astronomy event of my life with a few exceptions has been once in a lifetime missed by clouds.

4 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

PortHaven Ha... (255 comments)

I didn't realize that 3mbps was no longer considered broadband. Now I can say I pay Comcrap $50 for non-broadband service.

I used to have 6mbps, upgraded to 50 mbps saw some improvement but not drastic. (Still couldn't stream 3D Netflix until they paid Comcast to stop throttling them.) But dropping to 3mbps I do notice a signficant difference.

=(

Honestly, I think 10mbps is pretty much a fair speed for most Americans (as most Americans stream these days)

4 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

PortHaven ARE WE THIS DUMB!!! (130 comments)

So what happens....

It always escapes, adapts, finds alternatives, worse IT MUTATES, MATES, MORPHS with existing E. Coli, and slowly eradicates E. Coli.

Oh that's great you say, NO IT'S NOT!!!! Believe it not you NEED E. Coli bacteria. There are numerous varietes, many are beneficial to the digestive track. Some are bad, but many facilitate digestion.

about two weeks ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

PortHaven STUPID CAR MAKERS (820 comments)

I always associated loud engine noise as straining, and pushing an engine hard. It makes me feel like the vehicle is under-powered. A powerful engine should move it's vehicle with seemingly minimal effort.

1D10T5 ERROR

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

PortHaven Why use hydraulic fluid? (248 comments)

Seems to me that I would save that for emergencies. Use the high speed descent to pressurize air for controlling.

Just saying...

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

PortHaven NO (437 comments)

What's killing Lolipop is not "good enough", it's availability. And the fact that less people are modding / rooting their phones to allow them to update themselves.

And telcos are exceedingly slow. My S5 will probably never see Lollipop thanks to AT&T.

about three weeks ago
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The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

PortHaven Amazon made mistakes (155 comments)

1) They tried to locked down the Android environment ala Apple.
2) They failed to include an expandable SD memory slot. (Sure, you can have cloud, but that costs data.)
3) They failed to leverage their services. [Namely, expanded personal cloud access for cheap.]

about three weeks ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

PortHaven Re:Randomness means (187 comments)

Sometimes warmer, sometimes colder?

about a month and a half ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

PortHaven Re:Global Warming Fail (187 comments)

BEWARE!!!!

"Climate Stasis"....

about a month and a half ago
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Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

PortHaven Clearly..... (187 comments)

It's Global Warming's fault!

about a month and a half ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

PortHaven Actually, this is just bad training. (287 comments)

Best Buy price matches Amazon.com, just like Walmart.

But the policy is to price match items sold from and BY Amazon.com. So stores hosted by Amazon are NOT supposed to be price-matched.

about 2 months ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

PortHaven Knight Rider reboot (186 comments)

Should be a Chevy Camaro. Black or Midnight blue. And I'll go with your blue scannar.

about 2 months ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

PortHaven What I love... (186 comments)

Is that Dirk did seem to come around, because Katie Sackoff's character was one of the few decent ones in the whole BSG reboot.

I love the photo of Dirk and Katie smoking cigars in a Starbucks coffee shop. (Kudos to the manager who was smart enough to bend the rules and say, for this....we'll allow smoking.)

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

PortHaven Looks as uncomfortable as all get up... (135 comments)

Look at every photo. The screen sticks out far beyond the man's wrist - extremely uncomfortable.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

PortHaven Re:Why AT&T and not T-Mobile? (179 comments)

T-Mobile specifically advertises unlimited 3G, capped 4G.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

PortHaven And just what are we supposed to do? (179 comments)

Seriously, would you rather we wage economic sabotage against AT&T cell towers. It's like Cable TV. I have Comcast, and no other available options. They're not going to change unless enough people wine and complain. And guess what...

MOST OF US WHINERS ON THIS FORUM

Have probably complained to our congressmen, the FTC, the FCC, etc.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

PortHaven Re:I'm fine with a fine (179 comments)

I'd be happy with a just getting unlimited 3G performance, and having the tethering ban lifted.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

PortHaven Correction (179 comments)

When these contracts were signed. They were signed for Unlimited 3G service. And that is what I expect. If there is a good signal in an uncongested area, I should receive 3G quality service. I should NOT be throttled down to 60K.

about 3 months ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

PortHaven Not exactly... (179 comments)

When many of us signed up for unlimited. We signed up for UNLIMITED 3G speeds. Anything below that due to throttle is in fact a breach of contract. They can throttle the 4G, but the 3G should NOT be throttled.

I should always get my approx. 1mbps service in an uncongested area. I should NOT be reduced to 60K.

about 3 months ago

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Adobe launches AIR, open-sources the Flex SDK

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today Adobe launched several products and initiatives:

- AIR, Adobe's integrated runtime environment which brings Flash to the desktop has gone live.
http://www.adobe.com/products/air/

- The release of Flex 3,and the Eclipse based Flex Builder 3, were launched! Along with the new release, Adobe's Flex SDK has also gone open-source. Adobe has launched a new website in support of the Flex SDK, BlazeDS & Tamarin.

Definitely an exciting day for many of us RIA developers."
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1-ton ROUS found...

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  about 7 years ago

PortHaven writes "The fossilized remains of a rodent measuring nearly 3 meters and weighing approx. 1 ton has been discovered.

The scientists believe the rodent, named Josephoartigasia monesi, roamed the earth about four million years ago...obviously readers of "The Princess Bride" know that these large rodents of unusual size continued to exist until the late 1800's in select regions of the world.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/01/16/super.rat/index.html"

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One million doses of vaccine recalled

PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PortHaven writes "Today on CNN.com a recall of one million doses of vaccines. The doses were not properly sterilized and could pose a risk of infection.

Recently, there was a post on Slashdot regarding YouTube videos containing misinformation on the dangers of vaccines.

While I agreed that most of the information put out is misinformed, outdated, or fear-mongering. I expressed concern that while the vaccines by design might be safe, there may be bad batches from the manufacturing process. Those seeming to suffer such ailments from vaccinations may have received a batch of subpar quality. A scientific study may show the vaccine to be safe when manufactured properly, while not taking into account the affect of poor quality batches.

However, even expressing such concerns on Slashdot easily gets one labeled as being anti-science. I am far from being an anti-vaccine advocate but I am also aware of modern day manufacturing processes and failure rates. Numerous studies have shown that manufacturing processes tend result in a portion being defective or of sub-par quality (be it chemical testing standards, Snickers bars, or Xboxes) — so how is it unscientific to point to this as a valid concern regarding vaccinations."

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PortHaven PortHaven writes  |  more than 8 years ago

PortHaven writes "Just received a notice from Comcast regarding future rate hikes. Essentially, Comcast is trying to force all it's broadband subscribers to use their TV service.

The rates were as follows:

$39.95 internet+TV
$49.95 internet only ($39.95+$10 additional fee)

The new rates for 2007 are as follows:

$42.95 internet+TV
$59.95 internet only

There is nearly a 40% cost difference if you decide not to subscribe to Comcast's TV. Yes, it is common to offer discounts for bundled services but Comcast has gone way beyond a mere bundle discount. The new pricing scheme is akin to McDonald's announcing that you can no longer buy a hamburger unless you also buy a coke and fries. Everyone understands the concept of the value meal. Buy a #1 and save 70 cents on your big mac, fries and coke. But what Comcast is doing is charging $7 for a #1 value meal. And if you just want to buy a big mac charging you the same $7.

Essentially, this pricing is designed to prevent customer from moving to alternatives. Now any difference in savings you'd gain by using satellite TV + cable internet is lost because there is now a $20 surchage. Presently, my household does not own a TV or subscribe to TV service instead we utilize Netflix and iTunes. The only real alternative to cable broadband is DSL. However, the telephone companies require you to have a landline (approx. $20). I, like many others in the younger generations have found no need for a landline (our cell phones do quite nicely) nor for TV service.

It appears I have no choice but to choose one or the other if I want broadband internet access. It's Monopoly! Do you choose to land on Boardwalk or Park Place?"

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