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    yeah i sold my TV 2 months ago haven't watch any cable show or anything for the past year
    i just use Amazon Prime for my show needs and torrent any show i want to watch that not on prime.

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    Also check into Aereo See when or if they plan to be in your area.

    I am also an avid user of PlayOn and PlayLater. Check them out too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucretia View Post
    If you investigate your bill a little bit, you'll find out that most of those "federal" charges aren't taxes. They're fees the government allows the cable/phone company to charge to recoup their investment in the infrastructure. The government DOES have a role--they limit how much the provider can charge you (or your bill would be much higher.) They're additional charges from your cable company, not taxes.

    My bill breakdown is about 66% paid for the actual service, 33% paid in cable company "fees" (a lot of them disguised with "federal" in the name to look like a tax), and 1% in tax.

    http://www.fcc.gov/guides/understand...telephone-bill
    I actually heard a great radio/podcast bit on this about a year ago. Basically, these 'federal fees' were charges that cable/internet companies were allowed to bill to build the 'internet superhighway' way back when, but the standards that were set early on were so low that it it only took them a handful of years to achieve, now the cable/internet companies have declared "mission accomplished" but continue to charge these fees. These fees are not going to the federal government coffers and are not going to improve internet speeds or services -- they simply go towards profits now and they are billed as a federal tax. Win win win for the corporation: no obligation for improving service anymore, improved profits for years, and get to blame the feds. Awesome.

    The one thing I will say is that it was bad federal policy back in the early '90s, but even then most people wouldn't have predicted the accelerated technology developments that happened in the subsequent 10 years. And now our representatives are so pocket of big corporations that no one ever tries to repeal this private corporation tax against Americans.

    When I lived in France my triple-play cost one third what it does in the US, and I had faster internet speed. And French telecoms companies are second only to the US in sucking. Rant done.

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    To put a little perspective on the early 90s: it was before google. Remember Mosaic, anyone? It was the first browser to let you post images, sound, video clips, etc. Before that everything was text--usually in amber or green characters on a black background (if you were lucky they were white.) In the late 80s people in my office had to share computers. We had just gotten to the point where everyone had one to work on in the early 90s--and this was a NASA laboratory. Imagine having to wait for your cube mate to finish what he was working on to free up the computer in order to check your email.
    Now is not the time to bother me. And it's always now. Wiley Miller

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    O.k., now, be honest: Are you REALLY sure you guys were on the moon in the late 60s??? Sounds like I had my own XT before NASA employees had theirs...

    Stefan

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucretia View Post
    To put a little perspective on the early 90s: it was before google. Remember Mosaic, anyone? It was the first browser to let you post images, sound, video clips, etc. Before that everything was text--usually in amber or green characters on a black background (if you were lucky they were white.) In the late 80s people in my office had to share computers. We had just gotten to the point where everyone had one to work on in the early 90s--and this was a NASA laboratory. Imagine having to wait for your cube mate to finish what he was working on to free up the computer in order to check your email.

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    YOU had an XT? I DREAMED of having an XT! I had an abacus with missing beads and a knotted piece of twine! The big dogs tended to have better computers than the lab grunts--they needed them to keep track of their appointments and play Leisure Suit Larry.

    I read an article that said the computer on the Apollo rockets had less computing power than a programmable toaster does today. Pretty freaking amazing.
    Now is not the time to bother me. And it's always now. Wiley Miller

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    Freaking amazing is right. And I loved playing Leisure Suit Larry At the time I upgraded to an AT laptop that weighed around 22 pounds IIRC, and for an upgrade from 2 to 4 MB (!) RAM I paid the equivalent of what today would get you a very nice notebook. But those were fun times.

    Stefan

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