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    by Published on 06-18-2017 03:20 PM
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    The image you see above is the cover art for Dark Star, a seminal film from the early 1970s. It was the first sci-fi stoner comedy and while that may not seem so noble, it was also an early effort from sci-fi master John Carpenter. I've seen it, and while it's not the best movie ever, it's a part of history ...
    by Published on 06-16-2017 12:27 PM
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    Cars 3 is everything that's wrong with Pixar right now. The studio that brought us the memorable moments of Toy Story and The Incredibles is now pandering to multiple sequels in a presumed attempt to keep their merchandising and theme parks going. Sure, they did good sequels with Toy Story 2 and 3 but even Cars 2, an early sequel, seemed to be nothing more than ...
    by Published on 06-15-2017 11:34 AM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    Wow, the world changes quickly. It was just about three years ago that we first started talking about AT&T buying DIRECTV. Back then it was the cause of a lot of speculation, and if you read what I wrote back then, it's actually pretty close to the way things have happened. AT&T still rules in wireless infrastructure but they're getting rid of their homegrown video product, and DIRECTV brought technical expertise and critical contracts that have allowed the company to continue growing in a very mature market where most competitors are shrinking.

    Not only that, but changes in the regulatory environment have made it possible to have a live TV service that's practically free (if you bundle it with AT&T's Unlimited Plus plan) and doesn't count toward your mobile data caps, even if you don't have an unlimited plan. That's the kind of corporate synergy that I like to see.

    In the early days it wasn't clear exactly how the deal would shake out, how many people would lose jobs and how much the whole communications industry would be affected. A few years later and we see that the new company is very stable, the dealer network is still intact and stronger than ever, and the layoffs have been pretty minimal. Not only that there's been relatively little disruption, especially compared to high-profile deals like Time Warner Cable, Bright House and Charter all becoming Spectrum or Verizon divesting its west coast residential operations to Frontier. In those two cases, massive customer service interruptions, billing problems, and service outages were the norm for months until things settled down a few months in.

    The AT&T/DIRECTV deal took a long time to close but in hindsight that may have been a good thing because it gave both teams a lot of time to plan for the future. The transition has been smoother than anyone expected and for all those who thought that DIRECTV would turn into a low-rent copy of U-Verse TV, they've been pleasantly surprised.
    by Published on 06-13-2017 01:31 PM
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    There has been a recent rise in some variety of article like, "Am I the only one still watching Difficult People?" or "Vinyl is the best show you're not watching." In fact, I was inspired to write this article a few weeks back by reading an article on The Verge called, "Watching a TV show no one else likes has never been lonelier."

    It's not surprising that with so many entertainment choices, that well-produced ...
    by Published on 06-11-2017 03:44 PM
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    The internet has been a tax-free zone since 1992. In those days it was just too hard for out-of-state retailers to figure out how to collect taxes and send them to all 50 states. The ruling actually applied more to catalog merchants (remember them?) than web sites, since in effect there were no web sites. Still, the largely ...
    by Published on 06-09-2017 03:49 PM
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    Comic books, up until the 1980s, were a very limiting art form. They were produced as cheaply as possible and that meant limiting the number of colors and making everything look exciting even though it looked flat. At that time, comics were also thought of as children's entertainment.

    That started ...
    by Published on 06-08-2017 02:52 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    5G is coming. We all know this. It's still a while off, but it's actually far more interesting than 4G, ...

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