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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

tquasar Cord cutting (85 comments)

We're being hurt by the profit over anything else business model . Yeah, I have huge bills for TV and net, a land line and two cells. I used to have a antenna on my house to receive free TV and my RV has one so I can get local news and weather while on the road. Net access is not a luxury but a necessity. As a bonus, my electric company has the highest or nearly highest electricity rates in the US of A.

4 days ago

F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

tquasar Simple (164 comments)

There is no privacy. I knew a man who repaired pagers and police radios, etc. He worked in a small shop that was surrounded by copper screens and everything was grounded to eliminate any stray signals. Think of a clean room. So who can live like that?

about two weeks ago

For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

tquasar Cox web and TV service (98 comments)

There were problems with TV and Net service. A tech arrives after 2-3 days and as soon as we talk to him it's obvious that the guy is not well trained or smart. He had a cutting and crimping tool and was going to replace the ends on the runs to my house. I said no. He makes a call and the second guy arrives with the same lack of ability. While talking to them I ask my son to call again to tell Cox WTF we're dealing with. My son is one of those tech wizard big brain guys and found some program to analyze our connection. The phone answer people have no idea what he is telling them. So, a third Cox tech arrives and he knows we were being treated poorly, sees how much packet loss there was, etc., gave us a new modem and said there will be no charge. Service has been good since then but my bill is close to USD $190 per month.

about two weeks ago

NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

tquasar Go to a team web site and see the ticket prices (216 comments)

I had season tickets years ago. Our seats were in the nosebleed section and the cost was pretty high. We met some really great people and started parking in the same area every week, had a pre and post game party. Now a season ticket for the San Diego Chargers is $1100.00. Or sit in the cheap seats to watch a losing team for $50.00 or $75.00.Think end zone. Parking is $25.00. Food and beverages? What is the cost of four hot dogs or what you order and beverages at your sports place? .

about two weeks ago

The Meteors You've Waited All Year For

tquasar Re:Ah, so that's why! (31 comments)

Night and morning low clouds and fog.... That's the coastal forecast here for much of the time. I have a small 'scope and giant binoc's so sometimes I'll drive 40 miles to a large parking area along a mountain road to view the sky.

about two weeks ago

Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

tquasar Sleeping for four hours (106 comments)

I had an unusual work schedule and began sleeping for no more than four hours at a time. The effects where bad.. My sister is a nurse and worked PM's and nights and we talked about the toll it took on us. When she told people that she worked nights their reply was "Oh. so you just sleep during the day". The lack of a normal day/night schedule is really bad. The flight crews train for this but you can't erase your body clock. If you haven't done it you will never know what it's like. Imagine having a sunrise and sunset every 90 minutes.

about two weeks ago

Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

tquasar Re:Not the same but... (204 comments)

It wasn't me who didn't do anything but management who covered up any problems. I told my manager about my concern of several containers of a weak acid stored in a cabinet in the lab. Years old and in paper cartons, one could see they were deteriorating..She took them and poured the contents into the the sedimentation basin. That means she put the chemical into a PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SUPPLY. A contractor was using a buffer solution in some analyzers and put the not empty containers in a dumpster at the plant. They leaked into a drain in the compound that didn't go to a sewer but drained to a canyon just outside the fence. I told the plant manager about it and nothing was done. A co-worker reported some serious problems to the Office of Drinking Water, the regulator, and he moved to another job that was a hour plus drive away because of retaliation by mgmt. Art sold his house and moved and that was a real stress for his family. His wife found a new job and young kids were going to a new school.. Years later he told me it was a good thing overall having better pay, newer house, and a company that treated the employees well. I "made" as I like to say or treated seven to one hundred and sixty million gallons of drinking water per day. So, no to your comment.

about two weeks ago

Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

tquasar Not the same but... (204 comments)

I saw things at my workplace that endangered the public's health and could have harmed employees but I couldn't speak out because I would be the one to be fired. A drinking water plant with twenty tons of liquid chlorine on-site, three to five thousand gallon tanks of ammonia and ferric chloride and a mtnce staff that kind of sat around until something broke. Any problems were kept secret, rarely reported to the State. I was exposed to chlorine gas and ran to the locker room and took a shower. Nothing said or done.

about two weeks ago

NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

tquasar And in Baseball News (107 comments)

Players now will use the new iGlove and the third base coach will b a Netgear R6250.... Play ball ! Sort of.

about two weeks ago

Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

tquasar What could possibly go wrong? (120 comments)

Your room temperature is set for one hundred and ten degrees. Twenty lobster dinners and fifty bottles of Dom will be delivered shortly. Thank you for your patronage.

about three weeks ago

Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

tquasar So Cool (171 comments)

It's a Brillo Pad?

about three weeks ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

tquasar No credit card debt (570 comments)

My only debt is my house payment and I might pay that off as the tax deduction stuff isn't that great of a benefit in the USA. I use a gas card and pay it every month. When I use a credit card the balance is paid when the bill arrives.QED.

about three weeks ago

The Truth About Solar Storms

tquasar Power? (91 comments)

I don't need your stinkin' power. RV in the driveway? Check 100 gallons water? Check. Two generators? Check. Me? Czech.

about three weeks ago

How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

tquasar Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

Water Plants. My plant had two gensets, one for the lake pumps and another for plant ops.The clearwell might be full but our service area has many valleys and mesas so there are many (electric) pump stations that fill tanks or towers to maintain water pressure. With no power there will be zero water pressure after those tanks are m/t. .

about a month ago

The Psychology of Phishing

tquasar Fake emails are so convincing.... (128 comments)

No, they're not. I use filters, blocking, caller ID, etc. and kinda know who calls or sends me email, so even if my stuff was wide open it would be delete, delete, delete do not pick up.. Anyone who works from home or is home during the day or at dinner time gets spam calls even when trying to be a "Do Not Call" person. Who makes this stuff up? A generation of clickers? Really Slashdot?

about a month ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

tquasar Warring While Distracted (752 comments)

Hey! Look over there... Perfect timing as Israel advances into Gaza.

about a month ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

tquasar Broadcast Syndication (138 comments)

Good news for Trey and Matt, the show is on multiple times per day here and I don't know how I can do much more watching. Comedy Central technology works OK for me.$80 mil? Really?

about a month ago

Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

tquasar Bones (55 comments)

I was on a trip in the California desert and saw some fossil bones eroding along a trail while hiking with a group of rock hounds. I was going to return to the site to examine or dig up the bones but another person did so. A radius and ulna.

about a month and a half ago



A Peek At User OS and Browser Type

tquasar tquasar writes  |  about 3 months ago

tquasar (1405457) writes "I goto Heavens-Above to find out when satellites will visible from my home. You can also find info about the sun, moon, constellations and just a lot of astronomy stuff. Going on holiday? Set up a location to know when a satt or flare will be visible. There's a page that lists users OS and browser, Thirty-nine visitors use Win 98 , three use Netscape.

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