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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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Re: HOW much?

Not sure your definition of "pretty basic" but, according to the Comcast website, that price gets you a 25Mbps service. Apart from areas served by Google Fiber/Verizon FIOS/etc, "basic internet" in the US is typically 5Mbps or less, depending upon the carrier.

I do agree it's overpriced, though. I get twice that speed for US$50 from a rival cable carrier - and with significantly better customer service, too.

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

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the mind boggles...

"Andrew Tridgell will remotely monitor the spaceplane's status from his sofa in Australia, so we'll have an element of expert input - depending on the connection - available to us."

It's expected and routine for nation-states with huge aerospace/military budgets but, for a bunch of hobbyists in a quasi-garage project to do this in more or less real time from around the globe is really cool. Cue "back when I were a wee lad" and such... Really looking forward to a successful flight - $DEITY knows you lot have put in the requisite time/effort. Cheers and best of luck - including with the FAA

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

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Re: "Strange, no Isis?"

probably didn't want to give any unintended additional exposure to the extremists whose acronym is sometimes similar...

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Cortana conversation

situation: cooperative gaming session

Friend over headset: "Take out that guy behind the car."

Me: "I'm fucking trying"

Wife's Win10 laptop, suddenly awake: "No. Try not! Fuck, or fuck not! There is no try"

Friend over headset: "um... what?"

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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"politeness should put the kibosh on universal voice recognition"

SHOULD, but probably won't. For example *...

* Yes, that's a commercial but it's a) not that far from the truth and b) what most of us would really like to see happen to such jerks.

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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Re: Pinball

Holy crap! A pinball with full LCD back glass? That would certainly be distracting, but very very cool. Must learn more about Jersey Jack and their pinballs. Thanks for the tip!

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Persephone

aka Rupert. Perhaps we should send New Horizons by there to peek in on the Grebulons?

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Bacon-smoking locals provoke noxious Chinese smog

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Re: Ouch

"I quit smoking cold turkey."

"er... That's great. What do you smoke now, bacon?

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Jammin', we know you hate jammin' too: Marriott U-turns on guest Wi-Fi ban

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Re: Be a real shame

Oh, sorry squire, I scratched the record network -

sorry squire, I scratched the record network -

sorry squire, I scratched the record network ...

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: Well...

the sad part is that Klingon no longer appears as an option on translate.google.com. Fortunately, we're (mostly) all nerds educated professionals here so Q'pla' with that...

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CES: WELCOME YOUR ROBOT OVERLORDS... and, er, co-workers

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Re: "exactly how does one ork a cow?"

you might start with flowers and light poetry, although the cow will just nibble the flowers while you read. The second stage is more difficult because it typically takes FOREVER to get the cow to use the trapeze properly...

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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Re: 'just' 470 light years away

"I mean, you might think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's but that's just peanuts to space."

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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or ...

greasing the wheels of something or other

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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@ Martin - Re: I think your

Thank you. I've often wondered about the origin of that but never got around to actually checking. Have an upvote.

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SpaceX: CATS with FRIKKIN' LASERS to blast off to space station

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Re: I'm calling my lawyer...

CATS: All your station are belong to us

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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@ Worstal - Re: Good question

The problem with breaking any US system into smaller/efficient units is portability - both of coverage and patient.

At one level, the US is a single jurisdiction. However, there is a second level with 50 separate jurisdictions - each with their own ideas/laws/etc. However, there are no restrictions on movement between these sub-jurisdictions. It's a simple matter for me to drive or fly to another state and my health coverage needs to work there as well. If we break down the health system into smaller units, cross-unit coverage between jurisdictions will be just as problematic as it is today between private insurers.

Example: Outpatient Procedure X costs me $200 if I use an "in network" provider. Once my annual deductible is met, my "out of pocket" portion of that is 10%. If, however, I use an "out of network" provider either by choice or because I am across the country on vacation/assignment, that procedure now costs $500. Furthermore, because I am "out of network", my portion of that is now 30% - double whammy.

Any designed segmentation of the US system into smaller and more efficient units must also take the above example into consideration. It could work, but must be done very carefully. Given that politicians and for-profit people will be involved, you can be certain they will get it wrong. Very VERY wrong. The ACA ("Obamacare") is a shining example of exactly HOW wrong they can be. All politics aside, the intent of the ACA was laudable, but the execution ultimately made a flawed system even worse.

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Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain

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@Jimmy Page - Re: FCA

UK are now using the Ferenghi Commerce Authority as a regulator?!? Wow. Yes, that would definitely be an organization with "teeth"...

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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Re: Westmalle or Duvel

As much as I love a good microbrew (and there are many here in the US), if you have Westmalle or Duvel, you don't necessarily NEED microbreweries. Given the choice, I'd opt for a Leffe Brun but that is sadly impossible to get in my neck of the woods

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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so does this mean

that we are FINALLY about to see some hot roborocketglider action?

I shiver with antici...

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...pation.

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Boffins cure BONING PROBLEMS in 'virtual lab'

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which name did they choose for the process?

GLADOS or Wheatley? Inquiring test subjects want to know.

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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scrubbed

no go today. :-(

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FCC puts AT&T and Comcast gobbles back on the table

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Re: "Rollerball Night in America"

but only if the game is based on the 1975 original movie, not the shit 2002 redo.

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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also @Dalek Dave

don't you need to go exterminate or something? Run along, dear, and do be quiet about it.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Re: US Politics needs one "Lone Wolf"

That would be nice. It really would. However, I do not believe it will ever happen. What US Politics really needs is equally unlikely - a clean sweep.

The Plan:

1. Vote them ALL out. Every last one. Replace every single elected official.

2. If The People's business doesn't start getting done in a more sensible/reasonable/cost-effective manner, repeat step one as many times as necessary.

That, of course, will never happen. Many folks don't even bother to vote. Most of those who do are more concerned with updating Farcebook or what's on telly to be bothered with politics. However, if one is going to dream, might as well dream big...

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Re: Sir

Easy. It muddies the water and makes it hard for the voters/taxpayers/those-who-still-give-a-shit to keep up with what's REALLY going on. A significant percentage of politicians over here began as lawyers. The US legal system started out a couple hundred years ago with lofty ideals and principles. However, it has devolved into an unworkable mess where The Truth is irrelevant, The Facts mean little, whomever can afford the most clever lawyer usually wins.[/jaded]

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The "Patriot Act" won't be allowed to die

In January, the Republicans assume control of BOTH houses of Congress. They'll make a big show of caring what The People think and may even go so far as to stage a "squeaker" wherein the "Let's Fuck The World" er, "Patriot" Act survives by one or two votes.

The reality of USA-ian politics now is that there is diminishing difference between Republicans and Democrats - BOTH are out to fuck everyone. The only difference is in whom they really serve. The Republicans are owned lock, stock, and barrel by Big Business. The Democrats are beholden to those who believe Big Government is the answer to absolutely everything. The METHODS used by both are essentially the same - screw the taxpayers, take from one group and give to another, line their own pockets with other folks' money.

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Japanese boffins build rounders-playing ROBOT SCHOOLGIRL

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whew! Dodged one there!

Good thing the Japanese fancy baseball rather than Cricket. Might have got serious there!

Wait. Did you just say "WHOP"?

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GIANT sunspot returns, bigger and belchier than ever before

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Re: AaaaUUGGH

Better to be zapped back to 1968 now rather than 1868 any time beyond now.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Re: My lander is full of eels.

I regret that I can only upvote you once. That was worth having to clean my monitor.

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

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Re: Am I the only one

No, you arsen't. Er, I mean "aren't"

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Texas boffins put radio waves in a spin

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I'm getting old

I saw that picture, noticed the BNC connectors, and thought:

"That's REALLY small for a Token Ring network"

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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what's the big deal?

Hasn't Google been using much of that facility for almost nothing anyway? Now, at least, NASA is getting paid for it, AND the site will get a much needed sprucing up.

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Does Father Christmas expect a happy ending with Clara in Doctor Who?

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what's in a name

As the credits rolled, I saw "Santa - Nick Frost."

Not being overly familiar with the actor, I thought "Really? A bloke named NICK FROST?!? cast as Santa Claus? At the time, I was unsure if that was a marvelous and/or amusing coincidence or a lame joke. Thanks to the article here, I now know I had previously seen Mr. Frost in "Shaun of the Dead" and therefore my initial assumption of amusing coincidence was correct.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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Re: missle silos

yes-ish. If you are referring to the concrete structures where the couple are laying on their backs, those are old gun emplacements dating back to between the World Wars. Haven't seen the entire thing but the first half is all shot north of San Francisco. The gun emplacements are just north of and seaward of the Golden Gate Bridge. Neat area to tour. The guns guarded the harbor entrance which is now dominated by the bridge. After WWII, the guns were removed and SOME of the emplacements were converted to Surface-to-Air Missle launchers.

The wooded area in the article picture and at about the 1:11 mark appears to be Muir Woods. Farther north is wine country (Napa and/or Sonoma counties) as seen in the opening shots. As evidenced in the video, it's a truly beautiful area - with or without copulating humans.

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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"disruptors"?

Would those be Klingon or Romulan?

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CERN: 2015 restart causes tech rethink

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Re: I wonder how MS defines "unlimited"

Probably the same way AT&T does.

' "unlimited" until we arbitrarily deem it excessive and severely throttle your throughput rate'

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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I would go so far as to say

that if you throw out the forest and moon stories, this whole series has been one of the best in the current generation. Yes, there have been some pretty significant blunders in writing and character development but Capaldi's superb acting ability has, for me at least, completely overcome all but the two abysmal stories mentioned at the beginning of my post. There were even a few redeeming bits in those two stories - albeit mostly snappy one-liners from Capaldi, which furthers my point. Supremely interested to see which part of the cliff we will be left dangling from next week.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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easily the most played title on my MAME cabinet

absolutely love GnG, even though I suck terribly at it. I can't recall ever getting past level 2 without rage quitting first. Thankfully, I had the foresight to encase my MAME cabinet entirely in formica so it's nigh on indestructible.

And a big thank you to article author Giles Hill for finding that hilarious "lyrics" video. I hadn't previously seen that and now several coworkers are wondering what the heck I'm laughing about.

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NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM

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missed opportunity

I can't believe none of the editorial staff demanded the inclusion of this as headline or sub-head:

"LADEE bits found on moon!"

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China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap

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Neither do they demand human rights, democracy, etc etc.

now THAT might be an RoTM worth watching.

Oh, wait. Isn't that how the First Cylon War began...?

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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Re: I foresee trouble

one robot sneaks up and tags the other robot with a "kick me" sign in 3... 2... 1...

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: I hear Honey-Booboo is available

to be shark food? Spiffy! Film it, and call it a documentary.

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Disney and chums halt Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV weddings

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The real reason for the delay is probably simpler

Most likely simple stalling until this election cycle is past. Then they will do whatever their lobbyists tell them to without fear of reprisal from an angry electorate*.

* yes, I know, the FCC isn't directly affected by The People©®™ or their voting results, but politicians are and those politicians lean on bureaucrats like those at the FCC - some of whom are beholden to those same politicians for continued public-sector employment...

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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Re: Living in Belgium

and I am most jealous of you. My company has a facility in Belgium and whenever my colleagues visit, they bring us samples of incredible Belgian chocolate. (and wonderful Belgian beer, but we can get much of that over here now).

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Re: Nielson ratings just shit themselves.

Not necessarily. I have it on very solid authority that the METHOD of delivery for programming has little effect on at least SOME of the ratings services. The viewer's solicited opinion of the actual program content trumps the method by which it was watched. At least a few of the ratings services have actually kept up with evolving technology and the corresponding viewing habits of consumers.

This CAN be a good thing. If the data are properly utilized, shit programs die quickly and good ones aren't penalized for being watched via "non-traditional" methods or media.

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

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I, too,

applaud the Worcester Council for their action. As symbolic or meaningless as this may be, they know Comcast are shit and as much as told them so.

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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

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Re: Photo #6

Danke! Sehr gut! Sie sehen nun wie ein richtige Boffin *

* Please be gentle. I know my German is awful.

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Photo #6

Lester appears to be sporting a proper Boffin Lab Coat. However, I see no sign of the requisite accompanying pipe.

Well done one and all! Can't wait to see/hear of your exploits on this side of the pond. Unfortunately, New Mexico is rather too far for a quick road trip so I'll have to make do with internet coverage. In any case, I raise my glass to your intrepid adventure.

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