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  1. agreed (2 Replies)

    A couple of Verizon links regarding TV and phone service over FIOS.

    While traditional cable TV networks use mostly coaxial cable to deliver service to your home, Verizon FiOS is 100% fiber-optic all the way to your home.

    With FiOS, hundreds of thousands of these strands are bundled together to make the fiber optical cable that is connected to your home.

    When I’ve talked to them about the transition, they have indicated that the FIOS equipment for phone needs power from inside the house, unlike the current NID I have which is powered from the street (and stays up even if I lose power).

  2. depends on where you live (1 Reply)

    I know this is getting really tangential, but…

    Even today, if you buy a landline, you get copper.

    I don’t believe that is true if you have FIOS available in the neighborhood. All of the new installs in my area have been FIOS and I don’t think copper is an option as Verizon is trying to eliminate it completely, where it can, in the existing customer base. I get several letters and calls (which I don’t answer) a month asking me to set up an appointment to change my copper line to fiber – no charge.

    Of course, from the FIOS box to the phone itself is still copper.

  3. not so much the IOC in this case as the international sports orgs (0 Replies)

    … such as the IAAF. They just aren’t going to have an Olympics where someone breaks a world record and, well, it isn’t recognized as an official world record.

    Baseball isn’t comparable because there are not fixed dimensions for a baseball stadium.

  4. custom-built rowing venues seem to be the rule (1 Reply)

    If Wikipedia can be believed, Atlanta (1996) was the last summer Olympics that used an existing body of water (Lake Lanier, which is actually a reservoir created in 1956). All of the subsequent sites had venues built specifically for rowing. All except London were built specifically for the Olympics.

    Rio de Janeiro will use an existing lagoon.

  5. Boston Marathon, Charles do not meet international standards (2 Replies)

    Somewhere upthread somervilletom says something about doing homework.

    Boston Globe article:

    The Boston Marathon, which began in 1897, is the world’s most fabled footrace. The Head of the Charles Regatta, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, is the planet’s biggest annual two-day rowing event. But neither of the famous courses could be used as an Olympic venue should Boston host the 2024 Summer Games.

    The overall decrease in elevation of the classic Hopkinton-to-Boston Marathon layout exceeds international standards, which is why Geoffrey Mutai’s historic 2011 run was not considered a world record by the international track and field federation. And the Charles has too much current, too much wind, and bridges across its straightaways.

    IAAF Rules and Regulations:

    the overall decrease in elevation between the start and finish should not exceed 1:1000, i.e. 1m per km (0.1%).

    The Boston Marathon, if my sources and calculations are correct, drops 480 feet over 26.2 miles, which is .35%.

  6. daylight for bills otherwise buried (1 Reply)

    Some bills that never would get out of committee before would have a debate and vote in the Senate. And then (at least theoretically) it would become more difficult for the House just to say they will just ignore it. A lot might depend on how much media exposure and public pressure there is for such bills.

  7. as Jon Stewart put it... (1 Reply)

    … on his show a couple of months ago, “They practice a mindful stupidity”.

  8. missed opportunity (0 Replies)

    I feel that an important opportunity was missed when Obama flubbed his “You didn’t build that” line (ironic for me to criticize him for being inarticulate). With the addition of three words, “… all by yourself”, it would not have been spun into an attack on individual initiative. But it was, and the larger message, of how we all rely on each others efforts (and, yes, taxes) was lost.

  9. agree on quantity problem (0 Replies)

    One approach would be to try to discourage surgeons from prescribing a large supply of opiates for patients recovering from minor surgery. I have had minor surgery twice and both times was given prescriptions for ~90 pills of percocet/oxycodone when I really didn’t need more than one or two pills on the day of the surgery.

    I’ve also had this experience. The one time I did need relief for an extended period of time, I asked to get off the narcs (because I just hated how I felt) and was put on Tylenol 3s (codeine), which did the trick. It seems that a similar ramp-down plan could be put into effect for most patients – don’t prescribe more than a week’s worth of the narcotic and re-evaluate when those run out.

  10. huh? (1 Reply)

    A kid? Kathleen Hanna was born in 1968 and formed Bikini Kill in 1990.

    It was definitely Joyce’s doing (as was the Roadrunner thing) but that is more due to her past than any age thing.

  11. not telling me anything I don't know (1 Reply)

    Re-read my comment. I did question the how much traction this might have. My points were two: 1) Anecdotally, I hear more people talking about it now. 2) We’d better figure out how to get people concerned.

  12. climate change and Middle East peace (2 Replies)

    I had a friend say to me last night that the two things that keep him up at night are all of the reports of evidence that climate change is occurring at a rapid pace and the whole quagmire that the Middle East has become. That’s only a sample of one (OK, two including me) but a whole lot else doesn’t matter if significant action isn’t taken on both fronts. I don’t know how deep of a public sentiment there is, but if present and tapped into, it could be part of a winning strategy.

  13. recall correct (0 Replies)

    The proposed fix: allow Senate members on joint committees to push Senate bills out of committee and onto the Senate floor. House members would have the same power to discharge legislation that emanated from their chamber.

  14. if not the four big teams, not much interest (2 Replies)

    For the 2+ decades I’ve lived here, Boston sports coverage and following has always been rather parochial. Anything that doesn’t involve the Sox, Bruins, Pats, or Celts is at best second class (including the Revs) and college sports only get highlighted when local teams are involved.

    Case in point: The absolute biggest sports story from yesterday was in the NCAA basketball tournament where Wisconsin ended Kentucky’s attempt at the first undefeated season since Bob Knight’s Indiana team did it in the mid-70s. Wisconsin won, 71-64 and will play Duke for the title Monday.

    In the New York Times, this was the top-of-the-fold story on the first page of the SportsSunday section.

    The Globe? Relegated to the second sports section, page C14.

  15. only need votes from your side (1 Reply)

    I read the article yesterday and am recalling from memory, but I believe the proposal is to keep the committees as is but change the rules so that, say, the Senate can take up a bill with only a majority of the Senate members of the committee voting to do so. Essentially gets rid of the current situation where the House members can kill anything.

  16. nope (1 Reply)

    The games were always held in Olympia.

  17. is there "on the street" support anywhere? (1 Reply)

    Everywhere I look, from media to the comment sections after articles to here, the voices against vastly, vastly outnumber those in support. I honestly don’t see a path to making this happen other than forcing it down our throats.

  18. we?? (1 Reply)

    What do you mean WE, kemosabe?

    I think you’ve honed in on the problem. This isn’t a “we” bid. “We” weren’t a part of it until Boston2024 already had the bid done. They’ve given “us” something we didn’t ask for. Now that they need “our” buy-in – to use our land, to take over our transportation infrastructure, and, yes, to reach into our pockets – now it becomes “we” all of a sudden.

    If anyone is really serious about bringing an Olympics here, let’s reset and start the process over for 2028. And the first step, not one to take after the USOC has already picked a bid, is to ask the question whether, conceptually, the majority of the population thinks it is a good idea.

  19. cost vs. benefits (1 Reply)

    I know where you are coming from, but I think we have to get back to the things Oliver points out in his piece. Is it worth that price to fund all of those other sports? Should football and basketball athletes be treated the way they are (both the good and the bad) just to ensure that other students get to play lacrosse w/o the time demands required of the major sports athletes?

  20. it isn't what any of US call them, it is how the NCAA classifies them (0 Replies)

    Read this.

    But the origins of “student-athlete” lie not in a disinterested ideal but in a sophistic formulation designed, as the sports economist Andrew Zimbalist has written, to help the NCAA in its “fight against workers’ compensation insurance claims for injured football players.”

    “We crafted the term student-athlete,” Walter Byers himself wrote, “and soon it was embedded in all NCAA rules and interpretations.” The term came into play in the 1950s, when the widow of Ray Dennison, who had died from a head injury received while playing football in Colorado for the Fort Lewis A&M Aggies, filed for workers’-compensation death benefits. Did his football scholarship make the fatal collision a “work-related” accident? Was he a school employee, like his peers who worked part-time as teaching assistants and bookstore cashiers? Or was he a fluke victim of extracurricular pursuits? Given the hundreds of incapacitating injuries to college athletes each year, the answers to these questions had enormous consequences. Critically, the NCAA position was determined only by its member institutions—the colleges and universities, plus their athletic conferences—as students themselves have never possessed NCAA representation or a vote. Practical interest turned the NCAA vigorously against Dennison, and the Supreme Court of Colorado ultimately agreed with the school’s contention that he was not eligible for benefits, since the college was “not in the football business.”