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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

langedb Re:So... Covenants (324 comments)

There is one other process. It's called a variance. The Board of Directors, at their discretion, can under certain circumstances grant a variance to the CC&R. Now, if your 22 homes are truly of the mind to get high-speed, why isn't the HOA via the Board trying to negotiate something? If the declaration is what's getting in the way, and everybody wants the service, it seems changing the CC&R would be easy, especially for 22 homes. Now, move up to 300 homes, and life gets harder. Barring that (each state is different in regards to reqs for changing the CC&R). Alternately, the HOA has one other tool -- Special Assessment. You all find out the cost from the ISP to wire you up & the HOA as an entity pays them to do the neighborhood. The ISP is more likely to be willing to deal with one entity and one payer than 22 individual ones.

about 6 months ago
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Richard Branson Plans Orbital Spaceships For Virgin Galactic

langedb Re:LOL, wrong question ... (177 comments)

Assuming the cost is on the same scale, would you pay a few hundred grand for a few weeks in orbit?

Would I if I had it to spend? Absolutely. Can I or most of us afford to spend the cost of a house on this? Sadly, no.

I suspect most of us will never get to do this, which sucks. Because I would dearly love to do this before I die.

Folks said the same thing about:

  • Automobiles
  • Air travel
  • Computers
  • Cellular Phones
  • ... and much more
    • Give it 30-40 years or so and you'll be getting daily deal notifications about $1000 one-way tickets to Disney-Space on Southwest.

about a year ago
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A Floating Home For Tech Start-ups

langedb Re:A B1 visa is not easy to get... (332 comments)

The US has some amazing restrictions and employment laws. For example, I am a US citizen born abroad. Because I was born abroad and lived abroad, I didn't sign up for "Selective Service". Well, duh. However, this makes me ineligible for most government jobs or indeed student loans. (Yes, I have been told this in person by government officials.) I may have lived in the US now for over half my life, paid taxes, yadda yadda yadda, but if I want additional schooling then I'd have to go back to my country of origin (England) because I'd be refused it here.

So, why not just sign up for the Selective Service & get on with life? It takes just a few minutes to fill out the forms.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Reverses iPad "No Cash Purchase" Policy

langedb Re:This note is legal tender (377 comments)

While cash is legal tender for private debts; there is no requirement on the creditor to accept it. source

more than 4 years ago
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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos

langedb Safety of the device? (428 comments)

While I admit this is very cool and I'll take two; what power is the laser? What keeps this thing from also shooting out a user's eyes while it is doing its job?

more than 4 years ago
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AT&T Loses First Legal Battle Against Verizon

langedb Re:Now to get rid of noncompetes (214 comments)

I didn't have a contract with my old Cingular/AT&T service, nor do I have one with my new VirginMobile service. I also don't have a contract with Netscape ISP, or Dish Network. I *chose* not to take their offered contracts, and you could do the same, if you don't like being locked-in for 1-2 years.

I did the exact same thing with Comcast for internet and Dish for TV. They came at me with a contract, I declined & told them I'm definitely going elsewhere then as their competitors contracts come with more stuff. They caved.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More

langedb Re:Verizon is doubling the phone-subsidy to $350.. (520 comments)

Also, unlike most other services, with TracFone you don't own your number. You decide to switch carriers and your phone number goes with it. Personally keeping my number is worth quite a bit more than $350. To each his own though.

According to TracFone's FAQ. They will allow you to transfer your number out of TracFone, but your personal information on the TracFone account must match the information on the new carrier's account. Source

more than 4 years ago
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DVRs Help Some TV Shows Improve Ratings

langedb Re:I don't get why PVR-users watch recorded ads... (297 comments)

I don't understand why those with PVRs still watch the ads. .

In our case, the wife likes watching the ads as it's her primary way to learn about new products and services.

more than 4 years ago
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A Mobile Phone Mesh That Can Survive Carrier Network Failure

langedb Re:Mesh networks in Aviation (131 comments)

The HAM community already has this sort of thing. It's called APRS, and includes all the capabilities that you describe. All that would be needed is to put the necessary GPS and computer systems into the aircraft and wire them up to warn the pilot when another plane is getting too close.

more than 4 years ago
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Report That OS X Snow Leopard May Include Antivirus

langedb Re:Snowing ? (335 comments)

Unseasonably cool with a 30% chance of flurries. Then becoming warmer.

more than 4 years ago
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US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux

langedb Re:Now? (477 comments)

"Not only that, I just checked and according to fedex it costs $7.39 to mail that same letter from coast to coast for their cheapest option. That's only what, nearly 17 times more expensive?"

factor in how much of your tax dollars when into that and then get back to us with a valid point....

Umm, the USPS is self-funded. None of your tax dollars go towards supporting their operation source

about 5 years ago
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Online Community For a Call Center?

langedb Central Chat (138 comments)

Over here, instead of a web-board or something like that, management setup a chatroom on our IM server. They then encouraged everybody from front-line tech support up though the developers, sysadmins, engineers, and their managers to join. Attendance is encouraged but not mandatory, and it's been emphasized heavily that people are free to speak their minds about any subject including bashing management without reprisal -- just don't get into a flame-war. What resulted was the room became a mechanism to instantly escalate any issues which the tech support folks couldn't handle as well as a place where you could easily bounce new ideas around to find out how a change would be perceived by the various stakeholders. Our users got a huge win as most problems are now solved while the user is on the phone rather than having to wait while the ticket works itself up/down the hierarchy. The rest of us got a place to blow off steam as well as bounce ideas around people from diverse areas in similiar position levels.

more than 5 years ago

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