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Real Name Michael Rigs   
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Description A+-certified Master PC builder and Lifetime PC Master Race card-carrying member. Currently, lurking and keeping my mouth shut.
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Signed On Sep 10, 2002, 02:12
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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week
7. Re: EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week Feb 9, 2017, 11:24 Rigs
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 04:25:
Why are you people talking about Eve?

Yes, granted, it's not EVE uh, EVE but it's still the same universe, made by the same company and most of what was said still applies to both.

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News Comments > Ghost Recon Wildlands System Specs
6. Re: EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week Feb 9, 2017, 10:54 Rigs
 
Darks wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 10:48:
Rhett wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 10:07:
If the beta's any indication, 1440p is not stable at all, even with top end hardware. I was playing smoothly at 40-60 FPS at 1080p with an FX-6350 and a GTX 970, myself.

Not sure what your issues were, but I didn't run into any. I'm running on GTX 1080 FTW on a 4K 28" monitor 2840 x 2160 had an average of 38 to 42 FPS.

Had the graphics at maximum, with vsync turned off on game, but turned on in the control panel. I thought that wasn't bad considering there are no optimized drivers out yet for the game.

Other Then that I had a really great time playing the game Coop. Ran into a few small bugs but nothing ground breaking.

Drive was a bit of a challenge at the start, but we eventually got the hang of it. but yes, that definitely needs some work. Hopefully that will get fixed. No issues with gun play, in fact I thought the gun play was very similar to The Division.

I bought the Gold Edition, I really liked what I saw and played. The open world was pretty impressive looking. Cant wait to see the rest of the game.

Surprised You pre-ordered?! SHUN THE HERETIC!!! Bat

What <smack> have <smack> we <smack> said <smack> about <smack> pre-ordering?! <smack> Slap

Whew! Well, with that out of the way, let us know how it plays, eh?


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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week
4. Re: EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week Feb 9, 2017, 03:47 Rigs
 
headshot wrote on Feb 9, 2017, 03:17:
.. and when star citizen adds an FPS module to make a more immersive universe, everbody lines up to shout them down.

I realize that statement is somewhat of a trap (and you were being sarcastic) but to be fair, EVE is a finished game, with long-since-refined mechanics of a fully-fledged game. It's not a glorified tech demo. When you play in EVE (as mundane as it might feel to some) it's still a full game. When you play Star Citizen, you're not getting into even 10% of what was supposed to be the 'full' game. So when RSI wants to go on a another fishing safari because they're bored with doing the actual game they promised five years ago...yeah, people are gonna get a little pissed.

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News Comments > Project CARS 2 This Year
18. Re: Project CARS 2 This Year Feb 8, 2017, 16:38 Rigs
 
MattyC wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 16:09:
SpectralMeat wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 15:40:
MattyC
Project Cars isn't too bad with a controller but it is a ton more fun with the wheel. After some practice you can push the cars to the limits much better with the wheel than with the controller. Much smoother for steering also. It is however a pain in the ass to set it up and tear it down if you don't have a dedicated wheel stand.

Thanks for the reply. Sounds fun, wish I had room for that. I would love a wheel and pedal setup, but I already use 1/2 my 'LAN PC' second desk for my previously mentioned flight setup and it really just sees use when I play Sturmovik games and very rarely some others. I think my better half would frown on the purchase, but honestly the desk space is a big concern with my setups at this point too. Sad

I can see your dilemma. Racing online is a big commitment. I've been doing it since the advent of it, Papyrus' experimental 'Hawaii' service that was just Nascar Racing (the original) on hosted servers back 25 years ago. In those years, I've gone from a CH Yoke (which is a really good as a wheel if you didn't have the money for a Thrustmaster), Logi Wingman Formula Force, Logi Momo and now a Logi G25. I was on iRacing almost continuously until June, when I lost access to a decent broadband connection (I'm on satellite now, which is death by latency in racing sims). Now I'm regulated to a NascarRacing 2003 install, heavily modded and Nascar 15, along with Project Cars, GTR2, GRID and all the others. Basically anything with an AI. But I've also gotten into Elite Dangerous lately and it actually plays rather well on my horrid connection. I don't know what magic Braben is concocting in his lab but it's working. Now I need a HOTAS. I still have my LWFF which I've been meaning to sell but the last OS it supports is WinXP. I've never been able to find drivers for it for Win7. So no one is going to want it, otherwise I'd be willing to sell it in order to get one of those new Thrustmaster T-160000M sticks...


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News Comments > Halo Wars 2 Trailer
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 7, 2017, 12:57 Rigs
 
Theo wrote on Feb 7, 2017, 04:26:
I honestly though 343 did a great job with Halo 5, and especially as they are just updating and droping DLC for free, buy game get tones of content. Sure the campaign was a little short, but it was pretty good (not the best, but v good none the less).

My only regret is that unlike other microsoft series, they have not put it out on windows 10 (gears 4 is on windows 10, as is forza horizon etc) and they are all exceptionally good ports.


Speaking of HALO5, one of the questions about the ending kinda just popped into my head and I came to a realization. At the very end of the 'Legendary' ending, you see a Halo power up and you hear Cortana humming. At least you assume it's Cortana. Why would she power up a Halo? (one the UNSC hasn't found yet, apparently) Speculation at the time of release was that she would use the HALO's as a way to keep the humans and other species in line, since she controlled all AI's and their allegiances were with her. (Well, most of them, anyway. Roland on the Infinity and monitor 031 EXUBERANT WITNESS on Genesis not withstanding) But it just occured to me that she can't use the HALO's! If she does, she cuts off access to the Domain, and thus her power to cure AI's of rampancy (including her, if it's not permanent). So, again, why was she on the HALO and what is she doing?

I have my own theory. The Cortana we saw in HALO5 wasn't the Cortana we know. I say she's been split into two (or more) different pieces of herself. And the other Cortana, the one we know, is on that HALO. Maybe she doesn't have any memory about why she's there. I dunno. But I have a strong feeling that they're going to go with this kind of thing, Cortana against herself. Let it be said that I still don't approve of this direction in the story. I think it's rather stupid actually. Cortana as the antagonist should have never been an option. They totally made her 'death' a non-issue within like ten minutes of HALO5 and everyone in the game just kinda acted like they knew it was going to happen and weren't shocked at all (well, except maybe for Roland). Then the story they advertised for months (YEARS!) was a total smokescreen and didn't show up at all in the game itself. Nice when you lie to your customers. Where was all the vitriol when that happened? NMS does it and it's the end of the fucking world, 343 does it to an established brand and everyone just goes, 'Meh'. There should have been some backlash. The 'grand' fight between Locke and Chief is a fucking CUTSCENE! They didn't even bother to quick-time it! Fuck me!

I could go on, but what's the point? I'm talking to myself. Would be nice to know what they're doing for HALO6. About that time, I would say, yes?

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News Comments > Halo Wars 2 Trailer
1. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2017, 22:46 Rigs
 
*sigh*

343 has totally sucked out all the fun in the HALO universe. As one of the biggest HALO fans from the very beginning (when it was a MAC exclusive!), it's just gone into territory that I can't (and don't want) to follow. While they claim they have the next decade of HALO planned out (as in the next three games), it doesn't seem like there's any innovation in that plan. Much like Bungie with Destiny. And speaking of which, Bungie needs to get off the Destiny teat and go back to it's baby. HALO needs a 'Reach' style infusion of life...

EDIT: Wait, wait, wait. I finally was just able to see the trailer (in all it's 144p glory). So you're telling me, 343, that the 'Spirit of Fire', which started it's way back home in the 2530's after destroying a Forerunner Shield World (and using it's drive in the process, thus no quick journey home) somehow ends up outside the galaxy at The Ark?! The Ark, that thing that Cortana and Master Chief (along with the Arbiter) nearly destroyed in HALO3 after going through a portal opened from a gateway at Earth? So, out of the whole galaxy, you went back to The Ark? WTF, 343?!


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News Comments > Conan Exiles Banishes Servers
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News Comments > Fallout 4 High-Resolution Textures
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 6, 2017, 22:30 Rigs
 
I so wish I could try these out but it ain't gonna happen any time soon. Aside from that fact that I couldn't download it to begin with, my SSD is only 40gb (Intel X-25). In addition, I still sport my long-suffering HD7850/1gb, which could only dream of being able to handle this. Not that I wouldn't try anyway. Fallout4 was a big project, something I almost finished last year before I got burnt out on it. One of the reasons was because it reminded me so much of Skyrim and Fallout3 (not doubt because of the same engine) and I'd just got done playing through New Vegas and before that had gotten through 60% of Skyrim LE.

Still, it would be nice to see Fallout4 in all it's glory. When I was deep into it, my daughter came around and promptly said, 'Daddy, that looks like shit.'. She was right, it did, but it was the only way to keep a smooth framerate. When I explained this, she kinda just rolled her eyes and said, 'then what's the point'? She's a PS3 pro so not seeing the game in 'all it's glory' is something she's not accustomed to. I've been so used to it, as a PC gamer, for so long, I'd forgotten that not everyone has to deal with it. I wonder if they'll bring these textures to the PS4 Pro and Xbox Project Scorpio versions?


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News Comments > Conan Exiles Banishes Servers
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2017, 21:44 Rigs
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 21:21:
BUURN BRADY BURN MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Little over six minutes to go at 28-12...um, I don't think the Pats are gonna make it. Suits me fine, actually. They're starting to become annoying like Dallas in the 90's. Well, ok, not that annoying, but bad enough. I'm sure they can't pull off any heroics and last minute awe like my darling Giants can. You never count the Giants out when it's all on the line, they'll blow your mind. The Pats? Meh, not so much.

EDIT: And in the two fucking minutes it took to write that, the Pats brought it to 28-20...fuck me!


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2017, 20:14 Rigs
 
*I sit here at half time looking at the score of 21-3, Falcons*

Sooo...how 'bout them Pats, huh? Rotfl

To be fair, I'm not all that interested in the SB this year as I get ready for Speedweeks and the Daytona 500 (which is to say, 'our' Super Bowl) but I have to say...daaaaaamn! Quick! Someone deflate some balls (instead of egos)!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have more painting to do on the ol' #63 Bluesnews Ford Fusion (and then find out why I'm still nearly a second off the pace)... Race

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2017, 15:51 Rigs
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 14:18:
Agent-Zero wrote on Feb 5, 2017, 12:53:
survival is the new WW2

Rust is still the best of them

Bite your tongue!

Empyrion is the best out there. It's everything No Man's Sky should have been and more! I can't believe how a supposed triple-A game got it so wrong while an Early Access game from a 'nobody' eastern European dev is getting it so right! I'm just glad there's a choice. I haven't tried Conan yet, too many horror stories and I have enough on my plate to keep me busy for a while. I need to get a new HOTAS for Elite. Playing on a Logi Rumblepad2 just isn't cutting it. Hmm, I wonder if my old CH Flightstick would work? Does Windows7 even recognize gameports anymore?!

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2017, 15:51 Rigs
 
ARGH! Double post because my internet connection SUCKS! Grrrrr...  
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News Comments > Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Beta Testing
10. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2017, 03:32 Rigs
 
Quboid wrote on Feb 4, 2017, 18:21:
Dman20 wrote on Feb 4, 2017, 13:00:
Was semi curious about this. Sadly missed the beta chance for a key.

The 3 I posted earlier are probably still valid. It's got potential, if they fix the framerate while driving and making the controls a bit sharper (there's possibly some sort of mouse smoothing).

Nope, I tried them before I checked my email for mine. All used. I did send him one through the board email contact, though. Hopefully he checks his mail. If not, I still have three available if anyone wants to try it for the next two days...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2017, 03:20 Rigs
 
I swore JMS said that B5 had been filmed with HD in mind. I can't seem to find the quote but I want to say he brought it up around the time that the (then) new B5: Lost Tales DVD came out in response to just that question. I'll have to keep looking for it.

In the meantime, according to that great B5 episode guide in the sky, Midwinter, this is what entailed to produce the special effects shots on B5...

The B5 effects teams, both at Foundation and at NDI, use Lightwave 3D by NewTek and specialized software to design and render the visual effects. For the pilot, the effects were rendered on a network of Amiga computers; later, Foundation used 12 Pentium PCs and 5 DEC Alpha workstations for 3D rendering and design, and 3 Macintoshes for piecing together on-set computer displays...

CGI space scenes are clearer and have more realistic movement than model shots. Some interior shots such as docking bays are "virtual sets" combining live action with computer imagery. Computer-generated aliens make regular appearances on the show as well.

Are Macintoshes used in the production?

Even though the Joe uses "another" platform, the show actually uses many! Macs have been essential to the creation of the show from the beginning. Even farther back, the Amiga and the Newtek Toaster were employed.

Currently we use Pentiums and Alphas for animation, Macs for Editing, Matte paintings and Compositing, and SGI's for Compositing and titling. If that isn't platform independent, I don't know what is!

The arsenal looks like the following-
Alphas for design stations serving 5 animators and one animation assistant (housekeeping and slate specialist). Most of these stations run Lightwave and a couple add Softimage. VERY plug-in hungry. PVR's on every station, with calibrated component NTSC (darn it, I hates ntsc) right beside.

P6's in quad enclosures for part of the renderstack, and Alphas for the rest, backed up 2x per day to an optical jukebox.

Completed shots output to a DDR post rendering and get integrated into the show.

Shots to composite go to the Macs running After Effects, or the SGI running Flint, depending on the type of comp being done, and then to the DDR (8 minutes capacity on the SGI).

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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 5, 2017, 03:09 Rigs
 
Verizon has already shelled out $4.4 billion to buy AOL and another $4.8 billion for Yahoo...

Rotfl

How is it that AOL gets shared around like a tired old whore yet can still ask top dollar?! Time Warner bought it and went nowhere then Yahoo and went nowhere and now Verizon. Who's having these dreams of grandeur?! Or will the CEO just love you long time?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
45. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 4, 2017, 15:58 Rigs
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 4, 2017, 14:09:
Creston wrote on Feb 4, 2017, 13:51:
Rigs wrote on Feb 3, 2017, 19:42:
PLEASE! I need your help, guys! You're my only hope!

Is there any place anywhere within ~ 2 miles of you that has broadband? If so, and if you can get a direct line of sight, you could set up two Ubiquiti transmitter/receivers (one at your place and one at the place that has broadband) and transmit the signal that way. Apparently those things get ~ 300Mbps connection speed between them, so they should have little trouble relaying the signal.

A guy I somewhat know here in OK does that, he actually rents a small little shack for ~ 150 a month somewhere where he can get Cox, then he transmits that signal from there to his home with a pair of those transmitters. It seems to work pretty well.

It's not cheap, but it's an option.
That is one expensive way to skin a cat, scary thing is I could see myself doing that if I had the filthy lucre to spend on it.
But if that were the case I hope I would spend the money on my internet addiction instead. (i know, he probably needs broadband for work and not pron games like the rest of us )

Yeah, I really appreciate the suggestion, Creston, thank you, but that's a little out my league. I mean I'm desperate, for sure, but I can't really swing that...lol...about $90/month is the highest I can handle right now, which anywhere else would be enough for a nice 50m down connection or more. I haven't had a chance to call Windstream today, I've been everywhere but near a phone but looking at it last night, their system seemed to be ok letting me make an order for service but couldn't find our address...so yes? I dunno. I need to talk to a human being. I've been thinking about it all day, how much of a relief it would be to have a decent internet connection.

Thank you, everyone, for listening and offering ideas.

1badmf wrote on Feb 3, 2017, 23:14:
what kinda cell service do you get out there? maybe a cell hot spot?

Cell service isn't too bad but really, I'm still gonna be against a cap, so it doesn't really help to have a cell hotspot. I considered that before getting satellite. Our cap now is better than what they give on cell. At least usage-wise. Speed-wise, it kicks the shit out of my satellite connection. It's actually pretty considerable. On my satellite, I can be loading my email and it will just seemingly forget what it's doing and stop dead, forcing me to reload the page multiple times until it 'wakes up'.

1badmf wrote on Feb 3, 2017, 23:15:
those customer ratinsg thooooo

Yeah, I've heard some pretty bad things about Windstream long before this but beggars don't get to be choosers. I'll make that deal with the devil if it gives me what I need.

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News Comments > Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Beta Testing
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 4, 2017, 15:35 Rigs
 
I would like to try it out and I was accepted into the beta, but given my data cap and being throttled at 128k/sec (ISDN speeds), there's no way I'm gonna be able to download 26+ gigs. So since everyone was given 3 extra keys, I still have two left if anyone is interested. They just released a patch that they say 'improves' things somewhat. I can't look to confirm. Would rather be in the Ghost Recon BETA...


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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2017, 20:35 Rigs
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 3, 2017, 20:21:
DSL is distance based, the closer you are to the phone company "central office" the better your bandwidth. You are never going to get it to work in a rural location. I live in a city of 100,000 and I can't get DSL because the cable distance from my house to the central office is too far.

You have discovered the hard way one of the cons of living in a rural area. There are pros too, and depending on your priorities, maybe enough of them to make it worth it. But if broadband is high on your list, unless you have big bucks (to pay a telco to drag a fiber to your home), you need to live in a city. Doesn't have to be big... even towns of 3-4 thousand will have cable tv and hence have broadband. Just the way it is, ten years from now it might be a different story. Maybe.

Yeah, I went through the whole DSL birthing pains back in 2009 when we had it through ATT. We were supposed to get 6meg where we were but we never reliably got more than 3. After, no lie, SIX techs over four months and I don't know how many calls, with them always saying there was nothing wrong on their end - there was something wrong on their end. The DSLAM box, actually. It was setup incorrectly and people were provisioned incorrectly. Since there was only about six people that had DSL service, no one else complained and thus they never investigated until I threw a holy hissy fit. The half year ordeal was solved by one tech with some patience and five minutes to fix the mistake. After that, we had 6meg no problem until we moved.

I realize that it may be that we just don't have any service here but for some reason I just can't shake the feeling that I'm missing something. I figured if I asked nicely here, a few more heads and eyes might find what I missed. I've tried everything else I can think of. I thought it was worth a shot.

RedEye9 wrote on Feb 3, 2017, 19:49:
Rigs wrote on Feb 3, 2017, 19:42:
snip
time to move. /s
ask those neighbors.
http://broadbandnow.com/Florida/Lake-City

http://broadbandnow.com/Florida/Lake-City?zip=32025

My zip is 32038, btw. I shoulda mentioned that, I suppose. Regardless, I think you might just have found what I've been looking for! I've heard horrible things about Windstream, but I'm very willing to make a deal with the devil if it means getting a solid broadband connection with no cap! Plus, they're a provider of DISH, so if they do actually have DSL in my area (and my fingers are crossed hard enough to break!), I might be able to get out from under our current two year contract with DISHNet. Or just transfer it. Whichever. ~$80 for 25meg down is music to my ears! I'm gonna have to give them a call in the morning and find out for sure if they have service at my house. Whichever happens, I will certainly let you guys know how it goes, either way. Thank you, sir, for the site and the one provider that never came up before in ANY of my searches! (Strange)


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28. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2017, 19:42 Rigs
 
Ok, guys, I need some help. I hesitate to ask but I'm at my wits end and I've exhausted every avenue I know so far without a resolution. If you're in a helping, compassionate mood, please take a look. If not, well, thanks anyway...

I moved from a housing development in west central FL in June (called Beverly Hills for some totally asinine reason now lost to time) where we lived for five years (never missing one rent payment, nor were we ever late and I never had any issues with the house that was our fault, only normal wear and tear on a 50 year old home. Still, we were given a grand total of three weeks to move out with a 5pm Friday afternoon phone call...not relevant to what I'm asking but it still pisses me off whenever I think about it!). At the time, we had Bright House cable, (BH being Time Warners red-headed stepchild that was recently renamed to Spectrum because of their sale to Charter) a glorious 50m down, 15m up connection. It really was very nice and not all that expensive considering, about $60/month.

We now live about an hour and a half north of where we were, about 30 minutes from the GA-FL border and about an hour and a half west of Jacksonville, FL, near a small, bustling town called Lake City. We went from living in the middle of civilization to living on the west side of fucking nowhere, in the woods! I absolutely hate it but, at the moment, we don't have any other options. The real problem, though, is the internet connection. Or, well, the lack of one. As far as I can tell, besides satellite, there is absolutely NOTHING around me that can provide broadband! No cable, no DSL, no wireless! Not a damn thing! I've searched high and low for six months and come up with nada. Zip. I've asked the neighbors, I've called the local phone company (ATT), the library, the electric company, DSL Reports, that other cable-sponsored moving site that tells you what broadband options are in a certain zip code (forget it's name) - nothing. So, since the house was already wired for DISH (*shudder*), we went ahead and signed a contract for DIshNET, with reassurances (of course) that the $50/month plan would be 'more than enough for us'. But much like wireless connections, they don't focus on speed, they focus on data usage and there's a very prominent data cap for each tier. Our is 10gigs for a whole month during day hours (which, coincidentally, is gone within SIX days! And, somehow, continues to go down even when none of the computers are hooked up and on or, indeed if we even have power at all! (We had 2gigs left of our cap when Hurricane Hermine came through a few months ago and knocked our power out for almost exactly 36 hours and when we got it back, those 2gigs were gone! The router and modem weren't powered, how is that possible?!)) and then another 50gigs allocated for 2am-8am, which sometimes lasts nearly the whole month and sometimes is gone within two weeks. Once the cap is reached, our speeds drop down to the point that it becomes painful to even check Facebook, much less watch Youtube (at 144p, though I do still try from shear boredom alone!). I'm convinced that when we're throttled, a dial-up connection would actually turn out to be faster! It would definitely be more reliable and responsive if not fast.

Suffice to say, this arrangement with the satellite is not working out. And did I mention it's (or rather - WAS) $50/month, but for some reason it went up to $70/month? This isn't worth fucking $10/month! My TRACPHONE routinely puts my internet connection to shame! It's ridiculous and I need to fix it!

So this is why I've gone into detail about all of this - I need help finding a provider that's better than what I have now. There HAS to be a DSL or cable provider I haven't found yet. I can't concede that in 2017, our only broadband option here is satellite! We used to live in Levy County in 2009, a rural area about an hour south of where we are now before moving further south to Bev Hills (and civilization) in 2010 and before they instituted DSL through ATT, we had Wild Blue, which was a satellite internet provider of DirectTV (Hughes...it's really all the same satellites, just different resellers). While the connection was rather slow and the cost was nearly $90/month, it was leagues better than the dial-up we were coming from and we had NO data caps! None. I can't believe that in the five-six years since, the connection has gotten WORSE and they've made it even more horrible with data caps! That seems to be absolutely backwards!

I just want to get out of this nightmare. I'd gladly take a slow DSL connection or cable over this any day of the week, without hesitation and I'd be willing to pay MORE! That's how bad this is! I'm desperate and I'm not ashamed to say it!

PLEASE! I need your help, guys! You're my only hope!

*looks around to make I haven't been seen, crouches down and turns off holographic recorder*


=-Rigs-=
 
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'Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package, how efficient of you...I only hope that in your stumbling around, you do not wake the dragon.' They didn't listen, of course. Arrogant men never do.
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