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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

michrech Re:Interesting (196 comments)

The solution for TWC is to buy Internet through a reseller. When they increased my Internet cost from ~$45/month to ~$70/month because I dropped the TV service, I switched to Earthlink and paid ~$42/month. No change in service, same equipment, no cutover, etc. Just a bill from a different source. This was a few years back, but I just spoke to a co-worker who's doing the same thing now, so it should still be an option.

You are probably in a different Verizon region because costs are significantly lower in Manhattan for the services you're describing - even without the 2 year contract they try to push on people.

That option isn't available everywhere. For example, in my neck of the woods, they can offer me 56k dialup @ $21.95 a month(!!!), or $12.50 monthly if I pay a full year in advance, or "up to 5.0Mbps" satellite at $60 a month (or higher, depending on the plan)...

about three weeks ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

michrech Re:Only Fox (Faux) News was pulled? (275 comments)

That's OK. Pretty well everything I watch sits in NzbDrone, so even if that did happen, I'd be covered. :)

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

michrech Re:Only Fox (Faux) News was pulled? (275 comments)

There exists some people who need to know what Bill O'Rielly is talking about each night. Those people can't tolerate Dish's occasional dropping of networks. DirecTV gets most of its deals done without disruption, but therefore has to increase prices more often.

Those people can watch The Daily Show...

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

michrech Re:Pulled Fox News ... (275 comments)

Dish Network already carried The Blaze (channel 212). If they've put The Blaze in for Fox "News", all they did was re-direct it during the dispute.

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

michrech Re:Pulled Fox News ... (275 comments)

In *most* cases, they *don't*. They stick to Fox "News", and then read about how horrible MSNBC is via Breitbart, The Blaze, World Net Daily, etc, which only furthers the political divide.

WTF areyou watching either of them?

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

michrech Re:Pulled Fox News ... (275 comments)

What's the difference?

I am not sure that it really is right wing, instead it is news through the lens of the super-rich.

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

michrech Re:In unrelated news: Average IQ up 5 points in US (275 comments)

Wish I had mod points so this could be raised up...

Also, I think that's the first time I've ever uttered those words for an AC comment... lol

about a month ago
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A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

michrech Re:Wrong town (65 comments)

I live in a small college town. The college I work for has two 1GB lines going to it (I'm not sure what the other couple colleges have). The town itself is served by AT&T (I can get a whopping 3Mbit at my house!), CableONE (which is what I use - 50/3), and a fixed wireless provider.

It'd be awesome if someone would come in and offer a Google Fiber-like service (and by 'like', I mean 1GB for roughly $70 a month)...

about a month ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

michrech Re:HAHA! (191 comments)

Doh! A few comments down it's pointed out that "going back to yahoo" was a joke... That'll teach me for posting on Mondays... :P

about a month ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

michrech Re:HAHA! (191 comments)

Last I checked, Yahoo! is using Bing for its search results.

about a month ago
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How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

michrech Re:Wow (74 comments)

That may be, but how much of that is because the young guys don't get the chance to show they *can* be right?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

michrech Re:I just want to... (195 comments)

Unless you had a giant booming stereo system installed in that car, your battery should not have died after 45 minutes of the radio being on. You *should* have gone and had your battery / alternator checked, and replaced whichever was defective. :P

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

michrech Re:Random companies entering the news business (145 comments)

In a business environment, maybe. Where I work, we've already converted nearly all of our open lab PC's, and all but two computer classrooms, to ZeroClients (in our case, devices from Wyse). We're now looking at which faculty/staff can be moved to such a setup.

At home? Not a chance. This will require the same network speeds, found in businesses, in our homes, and for those connections to cost the same (or less) than what we're *all* paying now.

I guess the above was a long-winded way to say, the guys you work with are morons if they think this is happening, in the home, in the near future.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

michrech Re:Random companies entering the news business (145 comments)

Until we all have extremely high-speed internet connections in our homes, the local HDD will not be obsolete. As that isn't happening anytime soon (in the US, at least), I don't think Seagate / WD have anything to worry about.

about 3 months ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

michrech Re:God damn (117 comments)

Better would be to have the system use a cellular data network (with a VPN connection to whatever network it needed to communicate with for transaction data). That way it's isolated from the bar network *and* you don't need anything more than a power plug.

about 3 months ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

michrech Re:Distance and Charge Time (174 comments)

Aside: I believe all curbside trash pickup is a conspiracy to generate HOA fines.

I have a fix for that - don't live in an HOA zone. HOA's *suck*, and the only thing keeping them around are people willing to live under their rule.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

michrech Re:32 tb 1000+ movies (287 comments)

In addition to the AC that replied to you, some of us have ISP's that frown on lots of monthly bandwidth use. It's much better to download a movie once then watch it as many times as you want (especially for those with children), than to keep streaming it from the internet, for those of us with stingy ISPs.. ;)

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

michrech Re:Home Office... (287 comments)

Out of curiosity, if your T110 or R210 are running ESX, XenServer, or any other VM capable host, why don't you put the Plex server in a VM?

about 4 months ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

michrech Re:Apple Pay? (80 comments)

Great -- now the hackers that got my credit / debit card numbers could, instead, get my PayPal info! We all know how nice PayPal is to customers when their accounts are compromised!

about 4 months ago

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