Or chip it into a rock or perhaps engrave it with a laser? Oh problem;
how to read it when there are no more humans and or electrical
civilizations on the earth?
And then when those 'other beings' arrive trying to read it; with
expressions such as, "Wonder what these odd markings are?
And who was DESI or LUCEE (or maybe 'Lucy' a prehistoric African
fossil)? And who was Schworzeneiger (big nose?), Roofelt (who had
wheels for locomotion?), Obam Bam (a colourful speaker?) Martin Luter
(perhaps a musician with a large following?).
A leading and well respected figure in one part of the planet appears
to have been a male personage called "Big Abe'".
Other confusing partial translations, (possibly leaders?) being Church
Hill, Put In, Net and you, Gandee or maybe Gandi?, Greesome (maybe a
farmer?), Arm Strong (maybe an athlete?). Rebar and Win Free were
apparently famous females, as also Munrow, and someone called
Elizabeth One and Too?
Others; Choo en lay. Also, Chang K Shek (perhaps an Arab potentate?)
and Sad Man Hussan (something Persian?). Also a Sam or (Sammy) heavily
laden with a bin (completely incomprehensible and contradictory
references to that individual?).
Other figures were Gengis Carn, Chung Dynasty? Marcus Polar (maybe an
explorer?). And a Scott or Scottee so named by a leader called
Shaftner or ...... ?
The so called 'homo, not so sapiens' appear to have been a late
species of ape mutation, some tens (maybe 100,000?) thousands of years
ago, who over-bred. Thereby so polluting, shortsightedly killing off
other species, and using up the resources of their planet, that they
died out. Signs of their destructive living style are still evident.
They employed primitive flying machines and also engaged in ground,
water and aerial warfare, which wasted their energies and skills which
could have been employed in reducing their numbers and saving their
species so as to survive on a more limited basis.
There are also signs of some sort (or several sorts) of a belief in a
mythical (godlike) being (or beings?) or some sort of supernatural
force. However it is also evident that there was no agreement between
the different factions. Apparently each group considered itself the
only true faith or 'religion' and were highly intolerant of other
groups. To the eventual demise of all beliefs following breakdown of
the planets natural rhythms and systems.
There is a minor chance that a few 'homo sapiens' (Wise apes) as they
ironically called themselves, escaped to another planet or system. But
whether a small group would have survived with the limited
intelligence and skills they displayed, is unlikely.
Anyway life moves on and one species more or less in the great scheme
of things is of no consequence as we think headquarters will agree. We
now move on to other planets in this immediate solar system and will
report any further signs of 'humana vitae', if any!
I was merely commenting on those who procrastinated for more than
two years, did not get around to getting the freebies (or close there
to) for all that time and now are getting all flumoxed about that what
they had studiously ignored for all that time fit a specific demographic
that isn't exactly advertiser friendly. You have any suggestion that I
There's a "Guardian" mindset (government) and a "Commercial" mindset.
"Guardian" solutions do not work well in a commercial environment and
"commercial" solutions do not work well (if at all) in government.
"Guardian" techniques include: secrecy, honor, largess, hierarchy,
obedience, and force. "Commercial" methods include: dissent, cooperation,
reward, trust, and voluntary agreements.
A commercial tactic of incentive when applied to arrests (such as a bonus
for each additional arrest) is obviously wrong. Obama's suggestion that
there be a financial cap on certain salaries is equally flawed.
One lesson to take away: Success in business is not a guarantee of success
as an office-holder - commerce and government demand completely different
There is at least one exception to the above dichotomy: The Mafia. It has
characteristics of both.
on 2/9/2009 6:01 AM (ET) pacca wrote the following:
Time Warner Cable and all other cable and satellite TV suppliers are
already broadcasting digitally, so you are already viewing digital
The converter boxes are for those people viewing TV by rooftop and
rabbit ear antennas.
Willshak is wrong on the basic facts, as well. Lots of cable systems are
still sending out the 'basic' channels as analog signals, and will work
fine with 'cable ready' TVs and no converter box. This is true even if
they are getting a digital stream from the local OTA stations. They are
re-transmitting it as analog, so people with old TVs still see the 'DTV
Ready' screen card when the tests happen.
Some cities (apparently including Chicago, judging from the traffic on
here), the local cable company is trying to drop providing analog signal
through the wire, and force everyone into expen$ive set-top boxes, which
also give them more bandwidth to play with.
But, analog feed will eventually go away everywhere, and we will all be
stuck with the damn boxes. Begs the question- why even make TVs any
more? Just sell big monitors with integral sound systems, and
better-quality converter/tuner boxes for OTA use. Same business model as
home stereos- you can upgrade one component at a time, and only buy the
pieces you want or need.
Yes, some places Cable uses that as a selling point, and for some
people it is. Also gets people used to using cable, and some of them
will upgrade later, especially if they get a job.
ONe advantage of a tv with a tuner (maybe cable boxes allow for this
too, but I don't know) is that one can record one show while tuning
the tv to watch a different channel. I'm going to miss that next
week. I will be able to on my dvdr-harddrive watch a recorded show
while recording another show, but that won't let me view two shows
transmitted at the same time.
In my area, Comcast used strong arm tactics to get people converted to
all digital. They did it by taking some of the popular channels in the
basic package and making them digital only. If you had the basic
package, you did not get a reduction in price for fewer channels. What
you got was an offer to get a converter box and a reduced price on the
basic DIGITAL package for a year. About the only reason I had stayed
with comcast was because I didn't want to have a set top box. Once
they made a box madatory, they no longer had any advantage over
satellite, which was cheaper. That's when they lost me.
Going digital is a huge cost advantage for cable providers, as it
reduces infrastructure costs. They can serve more people with less
They have a big incentive to discontinue analog as quickly as possible
even without the OTA changeover coming.
Totally agree. Not only did they take away the channels, Hallmark, Oxygen,
WE, and others, but they just raised the prices for basic cable...again ,
while not raising the prices for the other tiers. I had Direct TV years ago,
but couldn't get local programming, now you can so I am thinking of going
back to it. I hate Comcast.
They did the same thing in my market. I can't believe how many satellite
dishes suddenly appeared when they did that. My friend works as the
administrator of a local municipality which granted the franchise to
Comcast for their municipality. She said they had hundreds of calls and
when they brought it up with Comcast they just shrugged it off since
they are the only cable company.
Is Comcast the only cable company in the area at all, or is Comcast the
only one that has been granted a franchise by the municipality. I
understand that Canton, Michigan has cable service from two different
companies, so residents have a choice. I don't know which two cable
companies those are or whether some other municipalities also allow
If what you say is true (TW already broadcasting in digital), then how
can my TV receive them with the cable coming DIRECTLY into the set
without going thru ANY cable/converter box?
I am of the impression that cable is NOT all digital. I do get some of
the digital sub channels on my digital TV, but I also get all the
basic channels on my other Non-digital TV's without any other box.
Can you explain this?
Hank <~~~~old, also ugly, at, bald and filthy.............rich!
And just because someone says they are still receiving cable and it's
not all digital doesn't mean QAM is being used. As others have
pointed out, there are many cable systems that are still carrying some
basic channels in NTSC analog. I can tune in the basic local
channels here in NJ on Cablevision with an old TV with NTSC tuner.
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