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srufolo1
srufolo1
1/14/2019 6:52:22 PM
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Re: Comcast xFi
@ms akkineni I had relatives that complained about Comcast constantly in Manhattan. I use Optimum. I find it expensive. At the moment, they shut my service and I'm using a tiny antenna to get seven lousy channels.

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
1/7/2019 5:09:54 PM
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Re: Comcast xFi
It is often true that no competition will lead the business to do sloppy customer service, but a wise manager or owner will take steps to alleviate any laziness on the part of employees if not to keep profit high but to keep the customer's feelings about the brand to stay high and attract even more customers and sell more services.

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afwriter
afwriter
1/5/2019 11:31:27 PM
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Re: Comcast xFi
If it's that bad in NYC, imagine how bad it is in more rural areas where competition is little to none. I hate going back to my hometown because it is smaller and there is no competition there so every business has terrible customer service because, as I have said on many occasions, "The workers at McDonald's don't care because they know you can't go to another McDonald's."

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afwriter
afwriter
1/5/2019 11:24:05 PM
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Re: Google
@JohnDrake the ones that connect to your phone do exist, I'm not sure how much they cost though. It's funny, I bought my first battery operated diagnostic tool over a decade ago and it cost me $120 and I thought it was a steal (some shops still charge $100+ dollars just to diagnose.) That one died recently and I bought a new one that was car powered, so no batteries, for $20.

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JohnDrake
JohnDrake
1/3/2019 2:32:43 PM
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Re: Google
I own a scanner that tells me the same thing the garage is told, but I believe there is a way to get the car to flash codes that indicate recommendations without a scanner, but I'm not sure.

 

Scanners can also connect to your computer. I am waiting for one that will wirelessly connect to my cell phone. Maybe it's out there already. Or maybe I will build one (when I am awarded a bonus round in life).

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Ariella
Ariella
1/3/2019 1:09:02 PM
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Re: Google
@JohnDrake Hmm, it seems to me that they could offer general guidelines and then say that it varies according to temperature, amount of driving, conditions of the road, etc. Also I should think that it's time to let the driver's know what the code means instead of making them rely on the read from mechanics. 

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JohnDrake
JohnDrake
1/3/2019 1:05:05 PM
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Re: Google
It flashes a symbol of a wrench on the dashboard, which is the signal to take it into the garage. There, the technicians can read the computer for specific information, such as "rotate tires." The difference between this system and the system that cars have already been using since computers were introduced into car engines is that Honda's system keeps track of preventative maintenance items as well as current mechanical failures. The preventative schedule is supposed to be adjusted by the car's computer based on driving conditions and habits, which is why, I was told, there is no published maintenance schedule for my car. I have to wait for the car to say something!

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Ariella
Ariella
1/2/2019 2:18:33 PM
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Re: Google
@JohnDrake Is it very precise in telling you what to do -- say "check antifreeze levels" -- or general like "maintenance required?"

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
12/31/2018 11:47:39 PM
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Re: Google
@John: The easy way to think of the Internet of Things is that it encompasses all things that are not "traditional" or "near-traditional" computing devices (e.g., desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) that have connectivity capabilities.

There are further definitional requirements as well -- particularly depending upon whom you ask.

Here's a write-up I did a few years ago on the topic that I think still holds water: (link)

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
12/31/2018 11:44:27 PM
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Re: Google
@JohnDrake: Further imagine, if you will, your car being hacked and seized control of. Bluetooth vulnerabilities abound across devices and are relatively easy to exploit -- to say nothing of other attack vectors.

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