Verizon gets marketing but little else, and sunspot update
Molly, Tom, and Jason:
I have been listening for a year and half and also love the podcast.
I really look forward to my BOL each morning.
Of the hundreds of vendors, customers, and governmental entities I deal
with, only two stand out as abysmal.
Verizon does not get it at all at the day-to-day service level.
Customer response time, access to knowledgeable technical support
personnel, and the knowledge and workmanship of onsite service has sunk
so low over the years that it is truly beyond belief. I deal with them
every two or three months, and they never disappoint in their ability
to be the bane of my business existence.
BTW, Comcast is a very, very close second.
Well actually: As a ham radio operator (call sign K3FY) we depend on
sunspots to supply ionizing energy to certain layers of the ionosphere
to enable us to bounce our radio signals back to earth. The angle of
this reflection varies with the ionosphere's density, the frequency of
radio waves used, and the take-off angle of the originating signals.
This reflection allows us to greatly extend our communications range,
and at times with several bounces a complete circle of the earth
occurs. Now back to the sunspots themselves. The occurrence frequency
of sunspots varies within an 11-year cycle. Each cycle is given a
number. We are currently at a sunspot minimum with virtually no
sunspots. However, this marks the beginning of next 11-year sunspot
cycle number 24. The occurrence of sunspots and generally their size
will both be slowly increasing over the next 5-1/2 years. Only the big
ones tend to threaten power grids and communications. Please refer to
the links below for more information.
Graph from http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml
An excellent source of sun information
Tom, I also love "The Real Deal."
Hey B.O.L. crew,
I was listening to show #646 at work yesterday and had to stop
everything and concentrate on the show. My attention was grabbed by the
voice mail at the end of the show. I heard this woman bouncing through
thoughts like she was hopped up on caffeine. I liked that. It reminded
me of me. The only difference is I have Netfilx streaming to my laptop,
and I have the HBO on broadband. The only thing I need is someone to
bring the ice cream.
Love the show,
Mike from Wisconsin
Hi Tom, Molly, and Jason.
Was listening to Episode 645 where you talk about cellphones and SMS and
the costs involved, and how you sort of speculate how nice it would be
to just buy a GSM cell and stick your SIM in it and everything works.
I live here in Manila, the Philippines. I've never really given it much
thought, but now I realize how great we have it here, and repressed you
guys are over there with phones and everything.
Here, a typical midrange postpaid plan from a provider costs about
US$28.50/month, which includes 344 minutes of call time, and 350 free
text messages. If you go over, they start charging 20 cents a minute for
calls, and .02 cents per SMS.
You can also buy prepaid SIMs for about $3.50, loaded with a few free
minutes of call time and SMSs. You just buy credit and load up the
(anonymous) account in increments of $2 or even smaller, or you can ask
friends with postpaid accounts to pass you credit phone-to-phone which
gets charged to their accounts.
The nice part is you can buy a SIM chip anywhere to create havoc with
your enemies, or to play pranks or do scams, then just throw it away
after, since the prepaids aren't monitored or regulated at all. Imagine
And of course, you can just pick up any open-line phone at any store
anywhere, from cheapo disposables to the top-of-the-line units from our
region, where it all comes from.
That's it. Love the show.
Adel from cellphone nirvana
I have experienced this crishing twice in the past week from the other
end. This is how it works: cheap car posted, send e-mail for more info,
then get a response saying that they are in a divorce, visiting family
etc., and that they want to ship it to me, all they need is name,
address, and to Paypal money in advance.
A PS3 wish engine
Given that all of Sony's PS3 denials seem to come true about a week
after they deny the claim, perhaps we could use this information to our
advantage. Maybe they aren't hiding anything when they deny, but some
how the asking of the question is creating the reality where the price
drops occur. Basically what I'm saying is why don't you all send a
question to Sony looking for an official response to the question:
"Is there any truth to the rumor that Sony plans to give away 10,000 PS3
units for free over the next few weeks?"
"Is there any truth to the rumor that Sony plans to pay off Frank L.'s
You never know, it might work :)
Frank J. M. Lattuca, Esq.