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tomgates last won the day on May 30 2016

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    Yakima, WA & Ajijic
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    Walking, gardening, fine wine and food, cooking, bbq and entertaining.

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  1. So the DAC rate with the peso at 18.5 would be more like $.24 cents US.
  2. Dry wood

    Good firewood on Constitution( I think), a couple blocks east of Colon.
  3. Handymail Rip Off

    iShop has a notice warning about checks $10,000 or over. No problem sending checks under that amount. They don't even ask.
  4. Net Neutrality abolished in the states

    From today's WSJ: The Internet Is Free Again Killing Obama-era rules will remove the FCC as political gatekeeper By The Editorial Board Dec. 14, 2017 7:23 p.m. ET 342 COMMENTS Disney’s deal announced Thursday to buy some premium 21st Century Fox properties for $52.4 billion underscores how technology is remaking the media landscape. This discomfits some, but the Federal Communications Commission is right to let markets steer competition and innovation. The FCC on Thursday voted 3-2 to approve chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal “net neutrality” rules backed by the Obama Administration that reclassified internet-service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Title II prohibits “any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services.” By effectively deeming the internet a utility, former chairman Tom Wheeler turned the FCC into a political gatekeeper. The rules prohibited broadband providers from blocking, throttling and favoring content, which Mr. Wheeler ostensibly intended to help large content providers like Google and Netflix gain leverage against cable companies. But as always in politics, treatment under the rules would depend on ideology and partisanship. Even as liberals howl that the Justice Department’s lawsuit to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner is motivated by President Trump’s animus to CNN, they want FCC control over the internet. The left’s outcry at Mr. Pai “killing” internet freedom has been so overwrought that the FCC meeting room had to be cleared Thursday for a security threat. Bans on throttling content may poll well, but the regulations have created uncertainty about what the FCC would or wouldn’t allow. This has throttled investment. Price discrimination and paid prioritization are used by many businesses. Netflix charges higher prices to subscribers who stream content on multiple devices. Has this made the internet less free? Mr. Pai’s rules would require that broadband providers disclose discriminatory practices. Thus cable companies would have to be transparent if they throttle content when users reach a data cap or if they speed up live sports programming. Consumers can choose broadband providers and plans accordingly. The Federal Trade Commission will have authority to police predatory and monopolistic practices, as it had prior to Mr. Wheeler’s power grab. *** Mr. Pai’s net-neutrality rollback will also support growth in content. Both content producers and consumers will benefit from increased investment in faster wireless and fiber technology. Apple is pouring $1 billion into original content to compete with Amazon, Netflix and YouTube. Disney is buying the 21st Century Fox assets to compete with Netflix and other streaming services, build leverage with cable companies and establish a global footprint. Netflix has more than 47 million international subscribers and streams in nearly every country. Fox (which shares the Murdoch family’s ownership with our parent company, News Corp.) will keep its news and main sports channels, which can offer “live” content to consumers. The antitrust concerns should be negligible. Consumers will also benefit from the slow breakdown of the cable monopoly as they customize “bundles” like Hulu or a Disney stream that may cost less. Americans will also enjoy new distribution options, which could have been barred by the net-neutrality rules. This week T-Mobile announced its acquisition of Layer3 TV, a Denver startup that streams high-definition channels online and will compete with AT&T’s DirecTV Now. Verizon Wireless last month said it will start delivering high-speed broadband to homes over its wireless network late next year. Google and AT&T are experimenting with similar services that will be cheaper than digging dirt to lay cable. This could be a boon for rural America. By the way, Google has vigorously promoted net neutrality in theory but less in practice. While Google says it remains “committed to the net neutrality policies,” the search engine uses opaque algorithms to prioritize and discriminate against content, sometimes in ways that undercut competitors. Net neutrality for thee, but not me. Google ought to be transparent about its practices. Technology and markets change faster than the speed of regulation, which Ajit Pai’s FCC has recognized by taking a neutral position and restoring the promise of internet freedom. Appeared in the December 15, 2017, print edition.
  5. Need to screen in back patio.

    Tempisique across from the old El Serape can do it, as most iron workers can. Beto is the owner and speaks English.
  6. College Football Bowl Games

    Adelita's too. 2 tv's. My house via Dish.
  7. Net Neutrality abolished in the states

    Net Neutrality was killing investment in Internet infrastructure. Good riddance. If you drive a car a lot, you pay more for gas. If you use more electricity, you pay more. Why is bandwidth usage any different?
  8. Meeting new people

    Mama's Bar in San Antonio has karaoke on Tues and Friday at 5:30. Friendly crowd.
  9. Jump starting with a newer car

    Don't be an a**, just a response to an earlier post about new cars not being able to jump or be jumped.
  10. Jump starting with a newer car

    I just looked in the owner's manual of our 2016 Honda Hr-V and it has specific instructions.
  11. Alebrijes

    What is an Alebrije?
  12. Took 58 minutes to the "new" Costco from Ajijic centro.
  13. Jump starting with a newer car

    Just get an anti-gravity battery, like an XP-3 or 5. That way you don't have to use your car. It can charge phones too.
  14. Swimming pool

    Prob talk to Juan Pablo at Home Services/Handy Mail. He is building one for a friend currently.
  15. drive time

    With the new Microliberamento, and the new partial cuota off Hwy 15, prob 4 hrs rather than 5. Depends where you are going in PV.