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Martian Communication: Not What You Think, But Still Awesome

In an effort to speed up data connections between Mars and Earth, NASA has reached out to US and international companies and scientists for solutions.

Currently, NASA depends on satellites used for research carrying specially designed radios – but the current technology is aging, insufficient, and will likely deteriorate before NASA’s budget allows for more satellites to be launched.

The Federal Business Opportunities website (http://FBO.com) states that the project would consist of “orbiters capable of providing standardized telecommunication services for rovers and landers on the Martian surface, in the Martian atmosphere, or in Mars orbit.”

Read More Here.

New Jerseyans Missed the Window. No Sports Betting for the Garden State.

“U.S. top court declines to revive New Jersey sports betting law” reads a recent Reuters Article

The Federal Court pointed to a federal law which grandfathered only a few states into maintaining their sports betting practices back in 1992 – while giving other states one year to opt in. 
Well, who is surprised that NJ fell asleep at the wheel on that one. In the Pre-Pocono-Casino era, NJ was happy as thin-crust pizza-pie to stick with what they were already best at in AC. Years later, with the gamblers flooding to newer out-of-state casinos, NJ finds itself up against the Federal Government wagging their finger in a confirmed “No.” And are only left to cry in Paula Cole fashion, “Where did all the gamblers go?”

Verizon Charging More for Less? New York Residents Look Out.

Bullet Points: “Verizon Allowed To Charge Customers More For ‘Deteriorating’ Service Due To Deregulation, Petition Claims

By  on July 10 2014 10:45 AM 
Verizon Overcharging Customers for Bad Service?
  •  Petition Claims Verizon is Overcharging Customers for Deteriorating Services
  • Verizon misses deadline to connect all 5 Boroughs to its Fiber-Optic Network
  • Millions still reliant on copper wire connections that the petition claims are not properly maintained. 
  • Verizon Regional Director John Bonomo speaks out.
  • Interesting quote: “Telecommunications providers tout the reliability of fiber optic networks, and the marketplace is full of claims for the desirability of wireless service,” the petition said. “But millions of New Yorkers continue to rely on a network that runs on copper for voice and data services. That copper network is becoming increasingly deteriorated, is not adequately maintained, and the quality of service received by millions of people in the State is getting worse each year.” READ MORE 

    Our analysis: Consumers should understand that hurricanes as devastating as Irene and Sandy were to NYC are understandably going to cause delays in ANYTHING having to do with the polls. As for fiber optics… as great as they are – the technology is being developed to far surpass fiber-optic networks – without running wires. (Much better for the environment and our natural resources.) Let’s not insist these companies sink money into dying technology while they are racing to bring is faster wifi than we ever dreamed possible.

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Water Bills Gone Mad: Water & Sewer Fees – $10,000 for 3 months??

A man forced to pay over $10,000 on a water bill for water he never used.

Kirit Kothari, of Cedar Grove, N.J., isn’t an abnormally thirsty person. Nor does he have an exorbitantly large lawn or garden — nor, for that matter, a personal water park in his backyard.
But somehow, according to a bill he’s received from the Cedar Grove township’s water department, he owed $10,457.90 for water and sewer fees incurred through January, February, and March of 2011. That adds up to nearly 1,000,000 gallons of water for a home of two people. For comparison, an Olympic-sized swimming pools holds about 630,000 gallons…Read More on this and Other Crazy Water Bill Stories from the Huffington Post Here.

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Worth a Laugh – Unless You’re a Lawyer

The Lawyer & The Rancher 

A big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by an old rancher. The rancher’s prize bull was missing from the section through which the railroad passed. The rancher only wanted to be paid the fair value of the bull.
The case was scheduled to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room of the general store.The attorney for the railroad immediately cornered the rancher and tried to get him to settle out of court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and finally the rancher agreed to take half of what he was asking. 
After the rancher had signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn’t resist gloating a little over his success, telling the rancher, “You know, I hate to tell you this, old man, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn’t have won the case. The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your ranch that morning. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!” 
The old rancher replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that durned bull came home this morning.”

Two attorneys went into a diner and ordered two drinks. Then they produced sandwiches from their briefcases and started to eat.

The owner became quite concerned and marched over and told them, “You can’t eat your own sandwiches in here!”

The attorneys looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders and then exchanged sandwiches

The Case of the Unarmed Burglary

An attorney defending a man accused of burglary tried this creative defense: “My client merely inserted his arm into the window and removed a few trifling articles. His arm is not himself, and I fail to see how you can punish the whole individual for an offense committed by his limb.”

“Well put,” the judge replied. “Using your logic, I sentence the defendant’s arm to one year’s imprisonment. He can accompany it or not, as he chooses.”

The defendant smiled. With his attorneys assistance he detached his artificial limb, laid it on the bench, and walked out.


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