Saturday, July 26, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Talk about a complete DISCONNECT!!! This customer service call... HEAR IT: Comcast 'embarrassed' by employee who resists customer's effort to cancel service. Technology journalist Ryan Block posted an 8-minute clip of the customer service representative continuously trying to ask him why he wants to disconnect and trying to talk him out of it. The company apologized to Block and said it would work to make changes. https://soundcloud.com/ryan-block-10 JERUSALEM Antenna (yes, that IS the name of the technology) will connect 70% of the HDTVs in the USA to the local stations. The above antenna costs between $12 and $20. I get 41 free over-the-air channels in the San Francisco Bay Area. And I rarely watch even one of them. Cable is $100+ each and every month - no matter how you slice it. Satellite TV is about the same. And not ALL HDTV is the same quality! Over-the-air may be 1920x1080x30 (for movies) or 1280x720x60 (for sports). Higher temporal resolution reduces jutter or frame-to-frame jurky-ness (not jitter). Not all cable and Satellite channels can deliver anything like that owing to power-bandwidth products. Lower resolution requires less overall power to transmit. And power consumption is money. By the way (here's a bright idea), check out LED light bulbs for your house. They can cut energy consumption by up to 90%. But don't buy them from billionaires! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaDqNDLpZa8
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Once upon a time, people went to church. Oh, it was fewer than 1 in 5 or 20% of the people but then it WAS a time many people could be found in pews. Those were the "good old days." That was before there were such government entitlements like the minimum wage, mandatory education, and retirement programs for the working class. In fact, the working class of the day is pictured below. a tourist industry. Pass the loot (PTL). altar boy molestation scandals. the actual number of butts in seats is far from agreement. Apparently Christians, Catholics, and Holy Rollers just seem to feel goos about telling a "white lie" (a euphemism for such lies as one finds it convenient to tell, and immediately forgives oneself for telling).
Friday, June 13, 2014
NICE cartoon... The so-called Tea Party is apparently fed up with the republicans selling out to big corporations and have a victory on their hands. Reagan a petition requesting his* (Reagan's) impeachment at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds up at Chico State back in 1969. He trashed California's educational system before moving on to trash even bigger things (like your future). GE. During the Reagan presidency, GE exported tens-of-thousands of jobs to China! The Tea Party is waking up, methinks... outright insane.