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I'll find out the scoop on beta testing.

In the meantime, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S8U5A7W/ is released, and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V0K291W/ will be released soon (was available for pre-order until a few days ago).  And http://store.sony.com/55-class-54.6-diag-4k-ultra-hd-tv-zid27-XBR55X900C/cat-27-catid-sony-ces-2015-tv (and its cohorts) will be released soon too...
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Anyone who wants the government more involved in health care: come spend some time here.
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+Todd Volkert  Yar. UPS vs USPO is definitely a better example. Though honestly, I rarely have problems with the USPO and anecdotally they tend to deliver faster than UPS. Having seen my packages wait for days in a warehouse minutes from my house,  UPS appears motivated to delay shipment to justify the price point for faster delivery tiers. The DMV is solving an easier problem than the ER, but it has scads more volume to handle and far less latitude to triage than an ER.

Even considering that, I’ve sat in a nearly empty ER at St. Mary’s for four hours before my son could get stitches because nurses aren’t allowed to perform stitches in CA – which is a bureaucratic problem, but it’s caused by the doctor lobby more than private vs public health care.

I’ve had horribly bureaucratic problems dealing with all sorts of private services (DirecTV being at the the top of my sh_t list). It seems that you recently had similar problems with Comcast.

Mileage varies even within services that have good reputations, and I don’t want to use data from an unrelated service to evaluate the potential for success or failure of another.

BTW, welcome back!
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Thursday cheese & wine... that's divine.
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That's what you get for launching so much stuff!
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Thought of the day: it takes a lot of effort to make a design look effortless.
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"Caution: slide closed"

It's a slippery slope, my friends...
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Crash Course: Chapter 16 - Fuzzy Numbers by Chris Martenson

Most enlightening video I've seen in a long while. I highly recommend watching it.

To quote +Sean Owen, "this should be required viewing for every citizen of this country. If you've ever wondered why official figures say the recession is over when it's painfully obvious to anyone paying attention that the opposite is the case, here's your answer."
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+Newt Gingrich +Mitt Romney +Ron Paul. If any of you have your notification settings set to receive this message, please watch this short video.

...and if you get into the White House, please stop the dishonesty portrayed in this video.
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+Richard Keller I don't know if I feel qualified to give meaningful hints, but I think this book is a good primer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160059638X/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
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Thank you for calling Comcast Business Class!

Please enter the zip code for the location where you have or want service.

xxxxx

Please hold while we process your call.

Your call may be monitored or recorded for training or quality assurance purposes.

If you have calling about your residential service, press 1.  If you are calling about your existing business class service, press 2.  Or if you are...

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Welcome to Comcast Business Class!

For quality and training purposes, this call may be recorded or monitored.

If you are a customer, please enter your 10 digit phone number or your account number.  Or, if you are not a customer...

xxx-xxx-xxxx

For your business account, press 1.  For your residential account, press 2.

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Ok, I've got your account.  Now, it'll just take a few seconds to pull up your information.

Your last payment of $xx.xx was received on July 9, 2012

You're at the main menu.

For technical support, press 1
For balances, payments, and billing questions, press 2
To change or add to your service, press 3
If you're interested in service at a new location, or thinking of discontinuing your service, press 4

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For service at a new location, press 1
Thinking of discontinuing your service?  Press 2

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For assistance, please hold for a customer service account representative...

All of our representatives are busy assisting other callers.  Please stay on the line to speak with a representative.

4 minutes passes

a human answers

Tom: Thank you for calling Comcast. My name is Tom.  How many I help you?
me: I'm calling to schedule the discontinuation of my business class service.
Tom: Unfortunately, this isn't the right department, but I can transfer you to the discontinuation department.
me: That's funny, 'cause your menus had me specify that I wanted to discontinue service.
Tom: Sorry about that.  Can I get the zip code that service is being delivered to?
me: I already entered that as well, but it's xxxxx.
Tom: Ok, thank you sir.  Let you transfer you...

phone beeps

2 minutes passes

I get hung up on


ARGGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHG!!!!


I dial again

I navigate all the same menus, get to another person who doesn't handle discontinuations, tell him he better not hang up on me, get to the right person after another few minutes on hold, tell them I need to discontinue service, and hear.....

Kathy: Ok, well to discontinue service, we need to send you a form that you can fill out and mail, fax, or email back to us.

WHAT?!  You can set up service over the phone, but you need me to fill out a form to discontinue it?

And while we're at it, do those menus actually do anything?  And do you really think that wording it "thinking of discontinuing your service" as opposed to "to discontinue your service" works?!

It's no wonder it's among the most hated companies in america.

http://consumerist.com/2010/04/congratulations-comcast-youre-the-worst-company-in-america.html
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I just press zeros until they get me a real person. 
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+David Glazer, it's spreading.
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To be sure, hyphen instead of a dash is an insidious problem that affects us all.

ref: https://plus.google.com/110563351377427897709/posts/YF1Y8M2vwKm
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A great representation of the two platforms. Question: do you still buy Windows machines? Most of the people I know have switched to Macs, but that's probably not a representative slice of most computer users.
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I grew up using DOS and then Windows on custom built (first with my dad's help) PCs. In comparison Macs seemed like toys. Though, the real toy was using the tricked out PC to play the latest games, which at the time a Mac could not do.

Nowadays, with the advent of the bash prompt and my use of the computer primarily for professional interests (read: performance AND stability) the Mac has won me over. I do have a couple netbooks and build-out PCs around for recreation, but they're running flavors of Linux. I imagine if I were still a hardcore gamer I'd still have an overclocked (read: unstable), performance-tuned Windows PC, but I'm not.
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"An $80 value, yours for only $19.95!"

You keep using this word, 'value'. I do not think it means what you think it means.
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False economy.
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This makes a great gift for any Settlers of Catan enthusiast.

#giftideas #catan
 
Holiday special: $20 off the Vagabond for Google Plus users!

Dec. 1 - Dec 22, 2011.

Enter 'Gplus' at settlersaccessories.com. Limit 5.
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No – I've only ever played Settlers once – but I thought the 'Gplus' promo code was interesting.
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