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  1. If you could so an upload test along with the download test...

    If you also have a slow upload number(like say 40Kbps), with the slow download number, then your dish may not be properly aligned any more.

    Tech Call support should be able to give you your alignment numbers and whether they are bad or good.  Unless they pull the $95 fee, for having someone to come out and check your dish physically.

    And call support can tell you what beam you are on as well. So you know whether you are on WildBlue 1 or Anik F2.

    There is also the push/pull test. Have someone push the dish 'slightly' up,down or to one side or the other and do a speed test and see what result is in each instance.  And keep out of the way of the TRIA(electronics cone on the end), to avoid blocking the signal.

  2. Try a speed test at 8am. If it is near your purchased package speed, then you are on a crowded beam.

    And WildBlue will B.S. you up and down that speeds are not guaranteed. 

    But then again, you are paying for the 513Kbps to 1Mbps tier range.  Some people upgrade and find the higher package only gives a higher FAP limit and not much better speed performance in primetime.

    Might you know what beam you are on for others to say if your beam is over-subscribed?

    Click to enlarge.

  3. There was an article the other week about independent artists having to pay dues, from sales of their music, to a union(mafia representative) for them.  But the Independent artists are not part of any union. But for the Artist to get their withheld money, they have to join the union, and pay dues.

    The artists never paid the money direct, but the money was taken during sales of the music.

    If you want a real good example of the higher up's getting blood money out of people. And with government support, just like the copyright mafia is doing.

    To sum it up. So a independent daycare gets grant checks from the government for support of poor kids at the daycare. Union says that daycare is now a government employee, due to getting checks from the government, and is now a union member. Union starts to pull union dues from those government checks because they have friends in government. 

    http://www.wxyz.com/news/local/story/Day-Care-Workers-Fight-Union/OGaO-7PikUiJNTPHQ1GawA.cspx

    Day Care Workers Fight Union(WXYZ) -  Most people who launch their own business believe they callthe shots because they are the boss.  That's what Paulette Silverson thought too when she launched a home daycare out of her Brighton home12 years ago.  It's called Wondercare.

    When she learned she was being forced into a union she was flabbergasted. 

    She received a postcard that said she was now a dues paying member of the United Auto Workers.

    That means the union is taking a cut out of every state issued check to home day care providers of low income children whose parents need help paying for child care.

    Paulette wants to know how they can comein and take money from businesses that are provately owned and turnthem into union members.

    Silverson is not alone.  In December,2008, 40,000 home daycare owners were notified by mail that they were now members of the newly formed Child Care Providers Together Michigan union.

    It's a joint enterprise of United Auto Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

    Patrick Wright of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation just filed a lawsuit in September on behalf of two home daycare owners, Sherry Loar and Dawn Ives.

    Sherry says she doesn't remember receiving anything other than notification that they were going to start removing funds from any co-payment she received from the State of Michigan.

    PatrickWright says similar unionizing efforts are underway in 8 or 10 states. He calculates that adds up to 400-thousand new members and $37-million dollars in dues and that really starts to add up.

    Sarida Mossis a UAW Region One servicing rep. for Child Care Providers Together Michigan.  She says for three years union reps went door to door, sent letters and called providers to educate them about a possible union.

    So, how do independent business owners become union members?  Well, it is complicated and tricky.

    InJuly of 2006, the Department of Human Services signed an agreement with Mott Community College to form the Michigan Home Based Child Care Council.

    By November of 2006, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission conducted a vote by mail.  Of the more than 40-thousand home daycare providers in Michigan, only a little more than 6-thousand voted.

    Wright says Loar and Ives don't believe they were aware of the vote to become unionized, and did not vote.

    Silverson says, "I have to admit I did not read the fine print and didn't look into it.  I just checked a big No and stuck it in the mailbox.."

    In some rural areas people were against the union.  For every 25 people who said yes, 75 said no.  However, Moss says once people are educated about what the union does they come around.

    Loar called herstate representative to complain.  She got nowhere.  They she says shewrote Governor Jennifer Granholm.  Twice.  The second time byregistered mail.  No response.

    When we called the Governor's office, we were told the matter is under litigation and there would be no comment.

    Some home daycare providers admit they have very few children whose payments are subsidized by the state.  Still, they say every dollar counts.

    Their lawyer hopes this will be taken care of before things really get out of hand, "Are we going to do doctors next because they take Medicare? Arewe going to do landlords next because there's rent assistance?  Are we going to do small grocers next because there's food stamps?  Where does this end and why are we doing it?

    Silverson says for now, she's dealing with it and doesn't have the heart to charge her parents another dime but she says, "I hope the lawsuit can stop it.  I hope they can un-unionize all of us home daycare owners."

    The Michigan Department of Human Services has gone to court asking that the daycare workers suit be thrown out.

    Patrick Wright has until later this month to respond to that request.

  4. England may force 40,000 Internet users offline. No crime by these users will have been committed. It's just the possible extra $40 a month added to their bill,  because of the copyright mafia, to enforce their version of stopping piracy.  No ISP in their proper business sense will take loss's that big without passing on costs to the consumers.

    Or the proper way, would be to have the copyright mafia pay the bill. Maybe a billion dollars to start?

    So who really controls our Internet anyways? The copyright mafia or the people?

    http://torrentfreak.com/piracy-surcharge-set-to-force-40000-households-offline-091228/

    Piracy Surcharge Set To Force 40,000 Households Offline                       

    Written by enigmax on December 28, 2009                                                                       

    Earlier,ISP BT predicted that operating an anti-filesharing scheme in the UKwould cost

  5. When I posted some news items last week, about a dozen words throughout the article paired up when the one next to it. 

    And I am not sure if one article tried to pull some info from the source code of the page. But might of been the invisible ad section. Well they are invisible to me anyways.  :P

    Using FireFox 3.5.6 

    I didn't like Google Chrome cause of that damn updater nonsense. And all those ad's on webpages. Or can you shut off the updater manually yet? And whatever else it does.

    I have a copy of Opera, but only as a spare. 

  6. I got chocolate and a losing lottery ticket from Santa in my stocking. The 2 chocolate I promptly ate. Then  I ate the wifes chocolate next. I did ask and she said yes, so I ate the whole thing. I think she meant part of it. Oh, well.  Theres one more to eat of hers.

    Oh, I forgot about the turtles chocolate as well. 

    And the early x-mas present was the new computer system. 

    Turkeys done for already, after tonights dinner. 3 days in a row. 

    Gotten past the need to buy each other gifts that might not get used much.

    The Wifes dead dad, a few years before he died, we started to give him edible gift baskets. Wooly socks and such can only sit for so long before they get dusty. 

  7. How many people have wireless security cameras watching the inside of their home and do not use encryption?  Makes for a good show for the neighbors without you using encryption.

    Just because you think no one would tap into those wireless signals does not mean that no one is.

    But you'd think the Military would encrypt all wireless communications. And maybe they should also purchase generic computer parts to make upgrades easier.

    Article does wander into how much encryption is on our legally purchased media, just so we can't do anything else than watch or listen to it, until it breaks or gets stolen, with no backup copy.

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/12/predator-drones-use-less-encryption-than-your-tv.ars

     

        Predator drones use less encryption than your TV, DVDs    Militantshave been recording video from US Predator drones in Iraq andAfghanistan using laptops and $30 software, thanks to a total lack ofencryption.

    What three-letter Internet acronym best fits the bizarre news out ofIraq and Afghanistan that militants there have been intercepting USPredator drone video feeds using laptops and a $30 piece of Russian software: LOL, WTF, or OMG?

    Actually, all three are appropriate for something this farcical,horrible, and brain-numbing. The reason that the transmissions could bepicked up easily by a cheap satellite recording program? They werebroadcast in the clear between the drone and ground control. That'sright

  8. In your Yahoo mail main page.

    On the bottom right. Close out the members that are showing. (Get Updates From..)

    Might work? Or it could be something different.   I see no answer on the web.  But there sure are a lot of people sharing their email account files.

    http://overview.mail.yahoo.com/connectmore/updates

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/homepage/homepage/updates/;_ylt=AtJpHxSlmoOm_AXQYOEX5u4uUCl4

    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/homepage/homepage/updates/upcom-32.html;_ylt=ApCGCgdIWKdlVPJ3YkngSTK6k3dG

  9. Nice title huh?  :twisted:

    Simple censorship. Once a site gets put on a BlackList, it stays forever. Whether that site is nasty or if the filter King decides that site should be blocked, due to a lame reason. Sites that are critical of Government find themselves blocked as well.

    I wonder how many Proxy server sites will be blocked too?

    The first rule of censorship is that you cannot talk about censorship.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/15/2772467.htm

    Green light for internet filter plans

    Posted Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:15pm AEDT

    Updated Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:31pm AEDT

    The Federal Government will introduce compulsory internet filtering to block overseas sites which contain criminal content, including child sex abuse and sexual violence.

    Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced the changes today following a controversial trial to filter the internet which was conducted earlier this year.

    Senator Conroy says some internet content is simply not suitable in a civilised society.

    "It is important that all Australians, particularly young children, are protected from this material," he said.

    "The Government believes that parents want assistance to reduce the risk of children being exposed to such material."

    He says the Government will not determine what is blacklisted on the internet in Australia, rather an independent body will determine what sites are rated as RC for refused classification.

    Legislation will be introduced into Parliament next year which will require all ISPs to block material which has been refused classification in other countries.

    This would include sites containing child sex abuse, bestiality, sexual violence or detailed information about how to use drugs or commit crimes.

    The filtering trial attracted criticism from some who said it would not work and would slow internet speeds.

    But Senator Conroy says the trial has been successful.

    "Our pilot, and the experience of ISPs in many western democracies, shows that ISP level-filtering of a defined list of URLs can be delivered with 100 per cent accuracy," he said.

    "It also demonstrated that it can be done with negligible impact on internet speed."

    Grants will also be offered to ISPs to voluntarily block other content.

    After the legislation is passed the filter will take 12 months to implement.

    Criticism

    But Electronic Frontiers Australia, which monitors online freedoms and rights, says the Government's plan is flawed.

    "Although it may address some technical issues, what it leaves out is far more important," Electronic Frontiers Australia vice chair Colin Jacobs said.

    "Exactly what will be blocked? Who will decide and why is it being attempted in the first place?"

    Mr Jacobs says the ease with which users can circumvent the filtering raises questions about what it is actually trying to accomplish.

    "What we're talking about is a filter that can only intercept accidental access to prohibited material," he said.

    "Any motivated user will be able to get around it, it will be quite easy, so who is this being targeted at?

    "If it's targeted at the people who traffic in illegal material, well, then clearly it's going to be worthless because they'll be able to get around it any time they want to.

    "If it's teenagers the same is true unfortunately, and given the types of material that are going to be on the blacklist, younger children are unlikely to be affected one way or the other."

    Transparency

    Senator Conroy says the Government will take steps to ensure the filter is transparent and people know why material is being blocked.

    This may include measures which allow people to appeal the decision to block a page and notifications to websites that they have been blocked.

    The Government has been trialling the filter since late May and was due to report in July on the outcomes of the trial.

    It has faced fierce criticism that it will strangle free speech on the internet, is open to potential government abuse and will ban sites that should not be coming under scrutiny.

    In March, an alleged list of about 1,000 sites already banned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was leaked online, revealing that harmless sites had also been marked as unacceptable.

    http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_311669

    Nine ISPs originally agreed to take part but iiNet pulled out of the trial in March, saying the filter would not work and was a dead parrot.

    However, Optus joined the trial in April.

    In May 2008, the Government said it would spend $125.8 million over four years on several measures to strengthen cyber safety, including the filter.

    The Government maintains the filter is not designed to curtail freedom of speech.

    http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Australia_secretly_censors_Wikileaks_press_release_and_Danish_Internet_censorship_list,_16_Mar_2009

  10. With the SM(subscriber modual), if it is not pointed correctly, you can have a poor signal.

    And if you are far enough away from the tower, more interference can happen resulting in a poor connection.

    If the SM is swaying in the breeze, you can have a signal that is good then bad then good then bad, etc.

    I've done tests in the past with a wireless antenna that was in a strong wind area and I could easily see the performance loss(speed drop or higher lag) during regular webpage surfing, when the wind would gust. One webpage loads fast, the next loads slow, then speeds up to finish.

    The other problem can be the base station(main tower) . Such as needing more server or bandwidth capacity.  But that can show up as very slow speeds.

    Occasionally a tower can have it's own interference issues, due to a competitors tower, and ignoring interference possibilities in configuration.

  11. Since I use it as a starter page when i open a browser.

    Never have used a starter page.  Back when I was on dialup, I didn't want to waste my time loading some page first, that was not the one that I wanted to go to first.  

    Was on dialup the other week. It was so slow. And that was for Google loading as well(graphics).  Haven't put the dialup card into this new machine yet.  But my DSL is very reliable.    

  12. Remember NeBuAd? Most don't.

    It was a company that sold itself to ISP's, so the ISP could make millions and billions in new ad revenues by mining the users Internet data stream. ISP's also hack the users DNS, to redirect non-existent web address queries to an ad laden Internet search portal, to be able to serve the user ad's based on the browsing habits.  Many ISP's still do DNS redirects which tend to break the Internet. Sometimes you get redirected to an ad laden page every 50th webpage clicks.

    The users webpages were hacked to put in the ISP's ad's in place of the websites actual ad's.  Censorship? Why yes it is. How does the user even know that the webpage they are looking at is the actual webpage they wanted? And injected ad's have been found to sometimes contain malicious links.

    Rogers Cable Internet in Canada still does this practice with whatever third party ad provider that still exists after the worlds Governments have become involved in killing the deceptive, illegal practices.  Why illegal? Well the users were not informed that all their Internet data was being mined(privacy and wiretapping laws). In real legal terms, you must 'Opt In" to have your data mined and not that oh so whissy washy "Opt Out" B.S. that sometimes does nothing to stop the crime.

    If someone monitors your phone call, thats a crime.

    If someone monitors your Internet data, thats big business.  

    http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/11/Class_Alleges_Giant_Spyware_Scheme.htm

     (CN) - Internet service provider WideOpen West installed spyware on its broadband networks that "funneled all users' Internet communications - inbound and outbound, in their entirety - to a third-party Internet advertisement-serving company, NebuAd," a class action claims in Chicago Federal Court. "NebuAd and WOW used the intercepted communications to monitor and profile individual users, inject advertisements into the Web pages users visited, transmit code that caused undeletable tracking cookies to be installed on users' computers, and forge the 'return addresses' of user communications so their tampering would escape the detection of users' privacy and security controls," the class claims.

    The only named defendant is WideOpen West Finance LLC (WOW). The class claims WOW gave NebuAd virtually unlimited access to the personal information of at least 330,000 people.

    The information included credit reports, political affiliations, job searches and even movie rental choices. NebuAd paid WOW for each person they spied on, and used the information to deliver customized ads based on people's Internet search preferences, the class claims.

    The class adds that WOW lied to Congress in August 2008 when it said that it had made an agreement with NebuAd, but that NebuAd had not use the information to get access to and use people's phone numbers and addresses.

    WideOpen also lied to its customers by telling them that their personal information was safe, thank to a bogus "opt-out" policy, the class claims.

    It claims WOW misinformed its customers: "please rest assured that WOW does not and will not share personally identifiable information with any advertiser," and told them that they would receive ads that would be less relevant to them if they opted out.

    The class demands that WideOpen hand over all the money it received from NebuAd, for distribution to the class. It wants WideOpen ordered to delete all of their stored personal information, plus restitution and damages for invasion of privacy, unjust enrichment, eavesdropping and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

    The class is represented by Michael Aschenbrener with KamberEdelson.

  13. RoadRunner WiMax.

    http://www.wirelessweek.com/News/2009/12/Time-Warner-Mobile-WiMAX/

    Time Warner Expands Mobile WiMAX Offerings

    By Maisie Ramsay Wednesday, December 2, 2009

    Time Warner Cable launched its mobile WiMAX service in Dallas and North Carolina yesterday over Clearwire's 4G network. The cable company claims its Road Runner Mobile's up to 6 Mbps data transfer speeds are comparable to its residential cable service.

    Time Warner also plans to begin reselling Clearwire's white-labeled mobile WiMAX service in areas of Texas and Hawaii by early 2010. The company is currently offering the service on dual-mode air cards and 4G air cards.

    "Road Runner Mobile lets customers take their favorite Internet service wherever they go. This is an important part of our strategy to give our customers any content, on any device, anytime, anywhere," said Barry Rosenblum, executive vice president of the Texas region for Time Warner Cable, in a statement.

    Time Warner has invested millions of dollars in Clearwire over the past year and took part in a recent funding round which helped net the mobile WiMAX company $2.8 billion in debt and equity financing.

    Comcast, another Clearwire investor, also began reselling Clearwire's mobile WiMAX service in a new market yesterday with its Chicago launch. Like Time Warner, Comcast is offering the mobile broadband service on dual-mode air cards and 4G air cards.

    The Chicago launch coincided with an expansion of Clearwire's retail efforts and the start of its mobile WiMAX service in the greater Seattle area.

  14. So the Mafia collected and published songs using the simple method of , "Publish now. Ask for rights to publish in the particular compilation later". "Oh and payment eventually as well".

    But it's so hard to find unknown artists like Bruce Springsteen, Sarah McLachlan, Bruce Cockburn, Sloan, Watchmen and others.

    A more simple story.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20091207/1201017234.shtml

    The full story.......

    http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4595/159/

    Canadian Recording Industry Hit With $6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit

    Monday December 07, 2009

    Appeared in the Toronto Star on December 7, 2009 as Record industry faces liability over `infringement'

    Chet Baker was a leading jazz musician in the 1950s, playing trumpet and providing vocals. Baker died in 1988, yet he is about to add a new claim to fame as the lead plaintiff in possibly the largest copyright infringement case in Canadian history.  His estate, which still owns the copyright in more than 50 of his works, is part of a massive class-action lawsuit that has been underway for the past year.

    The infringer has effectively already admitted owing at least $50 million and the full claim could exceed $6 billion. If the dollars don

  15. Unplug the power and then Pop the BIOS battery out to reset?   you may have to push the power button to discharge the board, before putting battery back in.

    I know on one of my new machines when I was installing Windows 7, something went wrong and that worked. The power came on but nothing ran.

  16. FAP warning for WildBlue. It is monthly rolling limit and if you go over the small limit(on the basic package) , you will be throttled way back for about two weeks. Until your FAP level reduces, to 70%.

    New sign ups have that happen a lot.  

    http://wildblue.com/legal/fair.jsp

    The 1000ms pings(both systems) are due to software on the system(DAMA), otherwise you could get about 600ms at the best(but thats ancient history).

    Hughesnet has a daily FAP and an overnight FAP free period.

    http://consumer.hughesnet.com/faq/fair-access-policy.cfm

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